Unlike Kering and LVMH with many of their owned luxury brands sending conflicting statements (i.e. in a statement Kering said all its brands with owned production in Italy have shut down these sites, while LVMH companies with owned production sites in Italy only reduced working hours) Hermes, the independent French luxury giant announced it has close almost all its production sites in France until March 30 amid an unprecedented lockdown to fight the coronavirus outbreak, AFP reported on Tuesday.
Hermes’ plant closures will affect most of its 42 sites in France except for a factory that produces perfumes and which could be used to manufacture hand sanitizer gels instead, AFP said, citing an internal memo sent to employees. Hermes refrained from any further comments.
France on Tuesday stepped up restrictions on people’s movements after non-essential retail stores, bars and restaurants were ordered to close over the weekend.
Hermes said it was taking the measures to protect staff, according to the memo cited by AFP. Its 42 production sites in France include its workshops that make leather handbags, which are then exported, as well as tanneries. A watchmaking factory in Switzerland controlled by Hermes would also be shut, AFP said.
Luxury goods makers have so far taken an ad hoc approach to growing shutdowns across Europe, which in countries including Italy, Spain and France have forced them to close their stores, while some factories are still operational. Spanish based LOEWE (owned by LVMH) has reportedly shut down its production facilities, however, it is unclear if its stores in Spain are still open.
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