The threshold of the door the Lochardet house barely crossed, at 6 rue Saint-Mathieu, in Quimper, this Tuesday, the characteristic smell of leather, subtle and captivating, envelops you. Wherever you look, coats, jackets, blousons. By the hundreds. Garments that all highlight shearling, furs and, above all, the most delicate leathers. Items for women and men, now stamped “-20%” to “-50%”. The sign that the store is living its last hours. In mid-January 2023, Didier Lochardet, “having reached retirement age”, will definitely lower the curtain. A closure experienced with “a little nostalgia”, he admits, but without regret.
Fur, good years to disgrace
The last turn of the key will punctuate his “forty-three years in the store”, soberly announces the trained furrier. Beyond a profession, a passion, which sticks to his skin since childhood. It was passed on to him by his parents, Madeleine and Marcel. They are the ones who created the store and the workshop in 1953. First in Douarnenez. During the first years, the couple worked “almost exclusively on fur”. “She was doing a lot at the time. And almost everything in made-to-measure manufacturing because, in those years, ready-to-wear did not exist, ”recounts the Quimpérois.
A material then shunned, in the 1990s and 2000s. “Even a little piece of fur on a hood, people no longer wanted it,” recalls Didier Lochardet. He then insists on one point: “In France, furriers were among the first signatories of the Washington Convention
Upstairs in the store, the clothing, repair, maintenance and transformation workshop. (The Telegram/Sophie Benoit)
“Brittany’s Last Workshop”
At 6, rue Saint-Mathieu, Didier Lochardet has not found a buyer for his business. (The Telegram/Sophie Benoit)
A site on which they are two to work now. Alongside Didier Lochardet, Christine, “who has worked with me for 36 years”. Together, they have welcomed entire generations of customers. Customers who will inevitably be numerous to push the doors of the store one last time. Before the last leather jackets so dear to the furrier are unhooked from the racks. Failing to find a buyer, the family adventure will then end. After 70 years of existence.
(The Telegram/Sophie Benoit)
Quimper – In Quimper, the Lochardet house is definitely dropping the jacket