For the first time Doreau Tonnneliers is associated with Benoit Lacoste, Master saddlers for the creation of a limited barrel collection “30 years”. It is in his workshop in Flaville, a few kilometers far from Cognac, that Benoît selected the tanneries that enhance the barrels of the “30 years collection”.
In St Bris des Bois since 1890, as in many villages, the saddler’s workshop is present. He is responsible for manufacturing and maintaining the equipment necessary for animal traction, but also responds to all local enquiries for leather (bags, satchels, cases, aprons, straps etc.) This knowledge has been handed down through Benoît Lacoste’s great-grandfather until today. The workshop has been able to respond to various demands, always tailor-made, from horse dressing to leather items.
Recently, two other people joined this workshop with new desires: to create links between countryside and city, traditional work and modern design. Together, we have created “Les Ateliers Mum”o with our complementary skills: Benoît Lacoste, Cecilia Brandt and Pierre Mounier, respectively saddler, leather worker and designer. “We want to offer refined, functional and pure-design objects by highlighting our selection of high quality leathers which allow you a wider choice of finishes”.
Today Benoît Lacoste also expresses himself in creation-design, an activity in which he excels.
SADDLERS & COOPER, A COMMON VISION
Sharing the same eco-responsibility philosophy with Doreau Cooperage, Benoît Lacoste has worked with leather in a sustainable process. The tanning, which consists of transforming the animal skin into rot-proof leather, was carried out here with a vegetable process. It was in Bellac, in one of the former French tanneries still practicing the vegetable tanning method, that the leathers have been worked on. This old tanning technique uses substances of vegetable origin, including oak wood. An eco-responsible production method offering more resistant and more durable leathers.