Nothing was written. Work as a family was not the primary intention of Michel Agulhon. These are the feet of the nose of life that were encouraged by the skills of his two sons and his daughter today at the head of the company. When, in 1995, the specialist of the safety shoe purchased The Botte Gardiane, he has only one obsession: to save the know-how of this house born in 1958, the only region to achieve even at the hand of the boots to the cowboys. “I have been touched by this unique product where the full grain of the leather is inside and the flesh outside for the jumper déchausse more easily in case of a fall”, he explains.

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A niche product, targeted customer. Engaged in studies for use in finance, Antoine is the first to come assist his father on the specialized exhibitions in the riding. He still remembers the year 2002 which was one of all the dangers: “sales were at a standstill when the Midec, the Japanese are interested in one of our sandals. Their orders have enabled us to continue.” Not without difficulties. With high hopes, big fears. A few days later, the factory was destroyed by the floods that hit the region. The fate of La Botte Gardiane becomes a family affair. Thanks to everyone, the delivery will be done in time. The clan has been block, it will be strengthened with the arrivals in the company of Julien, electrical engineering, and then Fanny, a graduate of the London College of Fashion, contributing to its development with success.

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In may, a new production unit associated with a boutique (the fourth-largest in France, with Paris and Lyon) was inaugurated in Aigues-Vives, in the Gard. A score of artisans manufacture by hand two collections per year consisting of 200 male and female role models available in a hundred colors. “Several options-measure are possible, says Fanny, artistic director of the brand. You can change the shape of the tip, the heel height, the color of the leather…” The leather comes from the tannery in alsace Degermann that provides large luxury homes unveils Julien: “This tanner uses only the calf of Aveyron. The leather is thick, retannés to the hot fat in the same way for six generations, are very flexible and resistant. A customer has brought back a shoe that was 26 years old!”

a living heritage Company since 2007, La Botte Gardiane is perpetuating a know-how become sometimes very rare as well as for installation “sewn, nailed, glued”. Cutting of the soles, slices, hand-painted, stitching, casing… Two years of training are necessary to perfectly control the gestures. Everything is done on-site. The true Made in France at a reasonable price… One would be tempted to keep for itself this address became less and less confidential, especially since the Galleries Lafayette is exposed in the framework of the operation Go for Good. A slogan that goes well with the family Agulhon.

(Labottegardiane.com).

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