EXCELLENCY OF KNOW-HOW
France owns a know-how in luxury leather goods that the entire world envies us. This excellency is carried by women and men that learnt the noble art of leather crafting with precise training but also with years of experience.
At DE GRIMM, the banner-man of this artistic trade is Olivier Massip, master artisan who's undergone the prestigious apprenticeship of the "Compagnons du Devoir et du tour de France" and who devoted 30 years of his career to luxury leather goods making.
His strengths, first an extreme exigency in the accomplishment of his work, then a knowledge of all the facets of his trade : design, patronage, choice of material and accessories, cutting, hand-sewing with the famous point sellier, machine sewing, assembly and finishing.
He put his knowledge and skills to the service of DE GRIMM's workshop located in the heart of Bordeaux, in the purest respect of traditional craftsmanship, to offer a range of handbags that inspire desire and quality at first sight.
MADE IN FRANCE
The « Made in France » label is trendy, but at what proportion of its manufacturing can we really affirm a product is made in France ? At DE GRIMM, not a single step is done outside of our Bordeaux workshop, cradle of this company since its establishment in 1945.
It is a great pride for this family owned business that makes luxury bags. In a time of brand and product standardization in every city of the world, you can only find a DE GRIMM product into our brick and mortar shop in the Grands-Hommes district of Bordeaux, or on our internet e-commerce website.
A great care is put into the choice of material and accessories for which no concessions are made. Despite a strong will to do so, the company cannot totally purchase its raw material in France, but DE GRIMM has suppliers based in the Paris area and in the Basque Country.
ETHICS OF PASSING ON A KNOW-HOW
Olivier keeps hammering this quote from the "Compagnons du devoir" philosophy : « A know-how doesn't belong to anyone, it is to be passed on". In his long career, Olivier was a teacher in a professional high school, is very implicated in the follow-up of aspiring compagnon du devoir apprentices, and is an outsourced trainer in a Hermès production site.
Naturally, he trains each new arrival in the workshop to his methods, whether they are people in professional reconversion, or young apprentices who stop in Bordeaux during their "Tour de France" (Going around France).
The main interest with the "Made in France" is that it is generating local employment, and it protects a traditional know-how for future generations... Unfortunately, the demand is way bigger than DE GRIMM's workshop's hiring capacity the time being.