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Since 1927, the Remy Carriat house, continues the tradition of fine leather, led by the granddaughter of the founder, Marie-Carriat Hiriart, who redirected the venerable tannery towards luxury and export.

In Espelette (Pyrénées- Atlantiques), Carriat employs sixty employees, the vast majority trained by the house, with an average age of 35. Traditional know-how is combined with a constant search of quality and innovation.

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Today, “Carriat” leather is sold in France but also in Europe, in the United States and gaining recognition in China. 30% of the annual turnover of € 17 million is now generated internationally. The tannery works 60 % for leather goods, 20% for furniture, upholstery for 10%, the rest is being divided between business aviation and niche markets. The French luxury giants like Hermes, Dior and The Tanner involve Carriat as small local manufacturers.

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The color palette is vast, with a special team dedicated to the research of color, while the finishing is careful in order to give the product a shiny, metallic, natural or pigmented look.
For Marie-Hiriart Carriat, her job is “closer to the craft than the industry”.

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If the Carriat tannery has many hurdles to jump, one remains a great concern to the young CEO : “the price of the raw material, which represents 51 % of our finished product continues to rise.”

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