The Spanish luxury house is bolstering its skills base to support continued growth. In early December Loewe inaugurated an extension to its production facility in Getafe, near Madrid. The ceremony was attended by Loewe CEO Lisa Montague, Pierre-Yves Roussel, President of the LVMH Fashion division, and the Spanish industry minister.
The factory will expand from 6,890 square meters in floorspace today to 15,000 square meters in 2015, allowing Loewe to double production capacity at the site. The new operations will add 180 employees, bringing the total workforce to 430. The factory will also integrate highly skilled leather cutting operations.
Loewe is strongly committed to preserving the traditional savoir-faire of leather artisans and will also set up a leather goods training school in partnership with the Madrid regional government. Trainees will acquire the specialist skills consistent with the leatherworking excellence emblematic of Loewe, preparing them as future employees.
These investments send a strong signal of support for the Spanish economy. “This development will be good for Loewe, good for the Madrid region, and good for the Spanish economy in general,” said Industry Minister José Manuel Soria. Loewe is understandably proud of this contribution.