Louis Vuitton Looks to Speed Up Production of Leather Goods

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PARIS — Speed-to-market isn’t limited to the high street. Take Louis Vuitton, the star brand of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, whose superagile vertical supply chain for luxury leather goods rivals that of fast-fashion juggernaut Inditex. Today one of the house’s bags can be produced and delivered to stores in as little as two weeks, but the aim is to shorten it to a week, Valérie Dubois, Vuitton’s director of workshops, France, said during a visit of one of the house’s ateliers in Sainte-Florence in the Maine-et-Loire region on Tuesday. This compares with around four weeks 15 years ago. A handful of journalists were also taken to see an empty field in nearby Beaulieu-sur-Layon on which a state-of-the-art workshop geared to facilitating agility and speed is set to open in early 2019. The structure will serve as a template for future sites, with a new workshop located nearer to Paris also in the works for next year. Renderings were presented of the planned 65,000-square-foot building, which will feature a natural light-filled, minimalist, glass-and-wood shell designed to disappear into the landscape, with an interior that is entirely modular. Or in the words of Emmanuel Mathieu, Vuitton’s industrial director: “To do what we need when

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