May 20, 2013

Louis Vuitton workshop
in Marsaz

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The Louis Vuitton workshop in Marsaz is among the exceptional places to be discovered on June 15-16.

Reservations for visits open on May 21 at noon (Paris time) on www.lesjourneesparticulieres.com

Louis Vuitton’s twelfth workshop in France is built on former agricultural land in the Drôme region, in the southeast of the country. Inaugurated in spring 2011, the workshop is near the Saint-Donat and Sarras sites, launched in 1977 and 1981 by Patrick-Louis Vuitton, Director of Special Orders. The contemporary building is a showcase for elegantly reinvented tradition.

The workshop is immense, with some 8,150 square meters dedicated to leather goods. Massive bay windows let natural daylight flood the interior and the workbenches where 250 artisans apply their skills. Beyond the glass façade and slender white columns, a magnificent view of the Vercors region unfolds, dominated by Mont Ventoux.

Gilles Carnoy was the architect for this exceptional site. He had previously worked on several Louis Vuitton projects, including a greenhouse for drying hides at Asnières-sur-Seine in 1993. For Marsaz, he designed a workshop that is totally in phase with the environment and sustainable development.

Heat pumps, solar panels, vegetal pollution filters and LED lighting all minimize the carbon footprint. The vegetal roof—one of the largest in Europe—tops an oak frame, helping the structure meld into the surrounding landscape. This attention to green construction has earned the site “HQE” High Environmental Quality certification.

Marsaz offers an ideal setting for nurturing and transmitting a culture of meticulous attention to detail. Working in teams of eight, the leather goods artisans collectively craft products. A special training area inspires continuous learning of time-honored gestures: the supple feel of leather, dying edges, stitching and overstitching.

The leather cutting machine takes into account any defects identified by the artisan, minimizing waste of precious materials. In Marsaz, Louis Vuitton strikes an exemplary balance between tradition and innovation, putting technology at the service of artisanal excellence and respect for the environment. A dynamic that perfectly illustrates the “Future of Tradition”.

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