Jeanne Chavany - Lyon, France
JEANNE.CHAVANY is a Made to Order brand of exquisite leather goods, sourced from sustainable French and Italian tanneries and handcrafted by local artisans in their family run workshop in France. JEANNE.CHAVANY do not follow rules, but values.
JEANNE.CHVANAY is a cocktail of passion, integrity, boldness, ethics, innovation and sustainability. A family-owned business, all products are made with respect, handmade in their workshop in France. Each piece is made to order, unique in its own way.
JEANNE.CHAVANY is inspired by tradition with a family in the fashion industry for generations. After over 10 years of international experience in the industry for several famous houses, the founder, Carla Martin's journey with JEANNE.CHAVANY started out of necessity.
Carla's inspiration came after needing a new handbag, something distinctive that would stand out and fit her personality. Her husband suggested, if she couldn’t find the right handbag she should create one. From that moment, she started to visit tanneries to learn and understand this noble material, while surrounding herself with amazingly skilled artisans to make her ideas and designs come to life. JEANNE.CHAVANY was born.
Quality, down to the tiniest detail, is their main focus. Starting with the selection of the finest hides from French and Italian tanneries, no compromise is allowed. Paying a lot of attention in sourcing only leather suppliers with CITES certification, guaranteeing humane treatment of animals and the preservation of species. Their leather suppliers have a strong engagement to recycle and invest in technology to reduce energy and water. These parameters are the basis of a JEANNE.CHAVANY partnership, with their commitment to upholding social and environmental sustainability by personally meeting and visiting all of their suppliers of raw materials.
JEANNE.CHAVANY deliberately limit the supply to make their pieces more exclusive. Each product is made upon request, customers need to pre-order and join the waiting list, it takes time to create the magic with a wait of 10, up to 16, weeks for a handbag to be made. This is one of their answers to reducing waste, whilst having transparency during production by sharing with customers the steps in the handcrafting process. Mass production does not fit their philosophy with artisans trained for several years.
With their collection designed and made in France, they fully support fair labor working conditions. All packaging is recyclable.
JEANNE.CHAVANY's mission is to create haute, strong and modern products without compromising ethics and key values, taking into consideration where materials come from and who is making them. They are not fast fashion nor ostentatious and showy but rather, discreet luxury.