Louis Vuitton brand will hire another 1,500 manufacturing staff in France by 2022, as it expands production to meet strong demand in markets like China.
The label, LVMH’s biggest revenue driver, makes the bulk of its trademark leather and canvas handbags in its home market, where it employs around 4,300 people in 16 leather goods workshops.
It will take on an additional 1,500 over the next two to three years as these factories get up to full capacity and it opens two more, Vuitton said on Thursday.
It also said it could add a further site next to its newly opened workshop outside the village of Beaulieu-Sur-Layon in western France. The brand tends to hire locally and train staff.
“Demand in China is exceptionally high,” Vuitton’s CEO Michael Burke told reporters at the Beaulieu workshop, where it assembles bags like the $2,970 “Lock Me” model.
Burke also said the brand aimed to eventually recycle all unsold goods as its fine tunes its manufacturing process to limit excess inventories. It already recycles all metal fixtures and nearly all leather products, he added.
Company, founded in 1854 by Louis Vuitton, operates in 50 countries with more than 460 stores worldwide.