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On the Hermès silk road:
The Holding Textile Hermès

Ties, scarves and shawls are among the distinguishing features of the house of Hermès. These creations are rooted in the region inhabited by the Lyon silk-workers or canuts, the weavers and printers of Isère. Hermès’ textile division, HTH, has developed gradually with the integration of the Rhône-Alpes subcontractors, to the point of creating a distillation of the region’s know-how.
Since the 1990s, some great names have been added to the family tree of the Hermès textile division, starting with Sport Soie, joined by Bucol, Ateliers AS, SIEGL, Créations Métaphores, Les établissements Marcel Gandit and AEI. Today, HTH brings together ten companies with highly complementary know-how, and 900 employees, two thirds of whom are craftsmen and women.
The workshops are dotted across seven municipalities in the region. In Rhône-Alpes, weaving is carried out in Bussières. The computer graphics and engraving phases of the designs take place in Bourgoin-Jallieu. The printing is shared between Pierre-Bénite and Le Grand-Lemps, and finishing is carried out in Pierre-Bénite-Irigny. The manufacturing workshops are located in Bourgoin-Jallieu and Nontron. The only exception is Challes, in the Sarthe département, where horsehair, sisal, linen and cotton are woven. The wealth of expertise is local but its renown is international.
While Hermès remains HTH’s main customer, it is not the only one: 15% of revenue, which has doubled since 2010, comes from external orders, so fabrics created and edited by Bucol can often be seen on the runway of haute couture shows.

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  • On the Hermès silk road:

    In 2006, following the death of its founder, Établissements Marcel Gandit joined Hermès. This choice represented continuity for the textile engraver from Bourgoin-Jallieu, to whom the scarves owe the precision of their motifs. Since 1948, Gandit artisans have made the printing screens used in the Lyon printing technique, with deconstruction of the artist’s design as a starting point.
  • On the Hermès silk road:

    Hermès became Ateliers AS’s main client in the 1960s, and its major shareholder in 1987. With its unique production facility, this textile printer based in Pierre-Bénite is more than merely a compulsory stage in manufacturing the scarves. Its artisans have mastered colours since 1948, combining them, mixing them and then applying them to flatbed screens on long rolls of greige-coloured silk.
  • New uses for horsehair in Challes

    Plain or dyed, combined with sisal or given a twist with patterns designed to meet the needs of contemporary decorators and upholsterers, horsehair continues its transformation at Créations Métaphores. The weaving process at ATBC, Holding Textile Hermès’ weaving workshop in the Sarthe department, is still entirely traditional.

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