In Châteauroux, a new start for Eshange crafts

It is to meet a need for qualified personnel in leather goods that Soizic Henrio and Sébastien Linossier created Eschange leather factory school (EMUE) in 2017. The request comes from Jean-François Rioland, the president of the Rioland group, a Berry manufacturer for major French brands whose head office is in Vicq-sur-Nahon, who has become in a few years one of the largest employers in the Indre department. The luxury sector is indeed growing and is recruiting with all its might. “From 2017 to 2023, the group increased from 300 to 1,100 employees. We have trained 95% of them“, specifies Sébastien Linossier.

In 2021, the training center will move to Cours Saint-Luc in Châteauroux where the Rioland group has opened a new workshop. At the same time, he provides training throughout France. In the meantime, at the end of 2020, a second entity was created : Eshange crafts (EMA), an integration company approved by the Ministry of Labor.

Among the machines, digital laser cutting allows you to obtain precisely the pieces of leather needed. © Radio France
Jean-Marc Desloges

Changes since the start of the year

On January 1, 2024, the training center part was sold to the Rioland group. In March, EMA moved with all its machines to a 200 m2 premises within the local Artis’up factory in Châteauroux. The company currently employs 13 employees, including 9 in integration. who will stay here on average one to two years. EMA provides training in the profession of versatile leatherworker. The training does not lead to a diploma but offers opportunities in a sector looking for good profiles. “We have 50% dynamic outflows towards leather goods and tailoring“, indicates Sébastien Linossier.

Key rings, card holders, diary covers and even handbags, EMA has a whole catalog of personalized leather goods. “We can serve institutions who may have needs for gifts and goodies for events. For example, for the Olympics, we are going to make a thousand key rings. We can also work for historical monuments, luxury hotels, spirits or champagne houses. We really adapt to the needs of professionals“, underlines the general director of EMA. The company is also looking for customers.

The installation of EMA within Artis’up is a step. “The idea is to stay here for a year to a year and a half to get our brands back on track before leaving for a larger workshop that will be able to accommodate our growth and new employees. We are having very good discussions on this subject which are underway with the economic development department of Châteauroux Métropole to support us on this new site.“, concludes Sébastien Linossier.

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