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.
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.
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”.
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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