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If you love gloves, you had probably heard about Millau, a wondrous place renowned by its famous viaduct, and for being the center glove-making world.
This commune belongs to the Aveyron department in the French Midi-Pyrenees region of southern France.
In the 9th century Millau started to grown and became the center for the production of simple lambskin gloves. Then, in the 12th century there was a great demand of new materials, textures and designs. All kinds of skins were used: stag, peccary, python, ostrich, doeskin, lamb, suede, chamois.
This unique expertise of glove-making has been preserved by the families in Millau and in early 20th century, the industry had 12,000 employees manufacturing 5 million pairs of gloves a year and exporting them worldwide.
Exceptionnal quality gloves have been manufactured with luxurious exotic leathers for famous fashion houses such as: Dior, Chanel and Hermès. Millau has been granted with the title of Ville et Métiers d’Art.
In the 1960s, gloves were not as fashionable as before. The industry lost many of the eminent glove makers. Luckily, in the last 10 years, fashion gloves are having a comeback in the world, starting in Paris. Three Millau-based companies, Maison Causse, Maison Fabre and Lavabre Cadet, preserving their glove-making traditions, are bringing back the glove fashion to the 21st century users.
Source: Aveyron.com, hotel-des-causses.com, Francetoday.com
Images: Bloomberg, Tourisme-Aveyron