Luxury French fashion house Chanel has acquired its long-standing lambskin leather supplier, Bodin-Joyeux.

The tannery in Levroux, which was founded in 1860, manages the entire tanning process from beamhouse operations to skin dyeing.

It employs 100 people and produces 450,000 skins per year, which are used to make Chanel's classic quilted handbags.

"Through this acquisition, we are reaffirming our commitment to the long-term sustainability of traditional expertise, in particular involving lambskin, a noble, unique material, as well as to securing the future of centuries-old craftsmanship," said Bruno Pavlovsky, president of Chanel Fashion.

Frédéric Bodin will remain president of Bodin-Joyeux, and the tannery will continue to work for all of its customers, according to a statement sent to just-style today (6 December). Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Hermès Cuirs Précieux, the tannery division of Hermès International, adopted a similar move in January by taking control of its long-standing supplier, the Tannerie d'Annonay.