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Bootmaking and feminisation at the heart of the 13th edition of the Rencontres du Cuir

Bootmaking and feminisation at the heart of the 13th edition of the Rencontres du Cuir

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The 13th edition of the Rencontres du Cuir, organised by the Conseil National du Cuir, took place on Monday 15 November in the workshop of master bootmaker Philippe Atienza, who is also France’s best opener. It was an opportunity to talk about bootmaking and the training courses that lead to it, as well as the feminisation of the craft trades.

 

The French leather industry is recognised throughout the world, in particular thanks to its exceptional know-how and high-quality products. In terms of figures, the leather industry is supported by 12,800 companies employing 133,000 people and generating a turnover of 25 billion euros per year, of which 13 billion are exported.

 

The sector is above all made up of small and very small companies, sometimes even of craftsmen working alone in their workshop. They are the ones who give the leather sectors, such as tanning and leather goods, their letters of nobility. “It is above all the craftsmen and small businesses that hold the know-how of the sector“, declared Frank Boehly, President of the Conseil National du Cuir. “Know-how that is ancestral and which is constantly evolving and adapting“.

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