The two ateliers, which will mainly produce leather goods from precious skins, are the most tangible outcome of the high standards the Maison demands of its supply chain. By the end of 2022, 100% of crocodile skins used for manufacturing Louis Vuitton bags will come from certified farms that follow standards based on four strict cornerstones: preservation of the species and respect for the local communities, animal welfare at every stage of the animal’s life, respectful working conditions for men and women on the farms, and environmental protection.
The Maison is committed to maintaining local biodiversity, relying on CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), whose strict regulations govern the marketing of these precious hides. This is seen in the integration and control of the manufacturing stages from the sourcing of the hides through to the certification of hides. Added to this high level of knowledge at each stage of sourcing and processing in the tannery is the exceptional craftsmanship that places research and development at the heart of Louis Vuitton's production systems, as well as the optimised use of raw materials.