The leather industry started in the 11th century, initially as small businesses. The first customers were the priests and lords of the town. From the 16th century the leather glove industry and the tanning industry became more and more important. Many tanneries settled along the River Vienne because the transformation of the skins into leather required a lot of water. Today you can still see many disused tanneries along the banks of the River Vienne. Glove factories settled around the church and the activity kept increasing throughout the centuries. By the end of the 19th century the leather glove industry employed 1000 women; there were 17 tanneries and 70 glove makers. The leather glove industry prospered until the fifties but from then on it started to decline due to the fierce competition coming from Asia. Over the years the leather glove became old fashioned and, as a result, many glove factories closed from the fifties until the 1990s. Today there are three leather glove factories and one tannery left. Those three leather glove factories survived thanks to the high quality of their products and they now supply all the greatest haute couture companies (Dior, Sonia Rykiel, Vuitton……) with top quality leather gloves. Their factory shops are open all year except August.
Saint-Junien: capital of luxury leather gloves.
Saint-Junien remains, however, the centre of glove making since there are only two other leather glove factories in the rest of the country. Moreover, since 2007, Saint-Junien has been named “Ville et metier d’art”. Guided tours are organised all year by the tourist information office, except August.
Leather production. factory shop : leather clothes, bags, accessories...
Informations : 13, avenue Gay Lussac - 87203 SAINT JUNIEN - tél : 05 55 02 30 60
Opening hours of the factory shop : Tuesday to saturday : 11:00 am - 12:30 am, 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm; Wednesday : 9:00 - 12:30 am, 2:00 pm- 6: 00 pm. closed on thursday morning.
Guided tours organized by the tourist information centre . All year except in August.
Glove production since 1937 for Fashion houses. Factory shop : leather gloves, bags, accessories....
Adress : 30 boulevard de la République - 87200 SAINT-JUNIEN - tél. 05 55 02 13 53 - www.agnelle.fr
opening hours for the factory shop : from tuesday to saturday 9:00 to 12:00 and 2:00pm to 6:00 pm.
Guided tours organised by the tourist information centre . All year except in August.
Glove production since 1919. Factory shop : gloves.
Adress: 18 rue Louis Codet - 87200 SAINT-JUNIEN - tél : 05 55 02 26 64
opening hours for the factory shop : from Monday to thursday 8:00 am and 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm, Friday :8:00 am to 11:00 am . factory shop closed in August.
Glove production since 1946. Factory shop : leather gloves and clothes.
adress : Impasse Jean Jaurès - 87200 SAINT-JUNIEN - tél. 05 55 02 77 77 - www.georges-morand.fr
Opening hours of the factory shop : open from Monday to Saturday 10:00 am to 12:00 am and 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. factory shop closed in August.
Leather belts , bags,accessories....
adress : 19 Rue Junien Rigaud – 87200 SAINT-JUNIEN – tél : 05 55 02 99 24
Opening hours of the factory shop : from monday to thursday 9:00 am to 12:00 am and 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm, friday closes at 4:30 pm, saturday 9:00 am to 12:00am and 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm.
Leather shoes for women..
adress : Les Plats – 87600 Rochechouart – tél : 05 55 03 70 70
Opening hours of the factory shop: friday and saturday : 10:00 am to 1:00 pm , 2:00 pm to 7:00pm. Closed in August.