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Shopping: Hidden leather artisan, Jean-Pierre Romiguier

We first discovered products from this leather workshop in the small fortified Templar town of la Couvertoirade, in sheep and cow country, 45 minutes from our house. There were soft, gorgeous leather jackets for sale; and a distinctive shepherd's knapsack called Le Sac du Berger that is sturdy enough to last centuries and capacious enough to pack for a two-day trip. They were all made up the road a piece, at the workshop of Jean-Pierre Romiguer, in Latour-sur-sorgue. Then you couldn't visit. Now you can. In fact, the welcome is out big time. There's even a tour.

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Jean-Pierre has been designing leather goods for more than 25 years. He has a beautifully restored small factory employing locals who are expert in leather work; plus a brand-new showroom; all at the end of a long, winding, wooded ravine. There are plenty of signs; don't worry about getting lost. Some of his best customers are Japanese; if a tour bus can negotiate this lonesome, dappled, mountain road, so can you.

This is the best place to find a full selection of Jean-Pierre's shepherd-inspired designs and modern adaptations. Layrolle (the name of his company) has a line of sandals and heavy boots to die for. I already had one of their waist-length leather jackets (my default coat throughout the winter). This time I purchased a good-sized man-purse of unique design; plus some above-the-wrist gloves.

Time to destination (through some very pretty, non-Mediterranean landscape): 1.25 hours

Directions: From Valros, take the N9 toward Pézenas. Get on the A75 toward Clermont-l’Hérault and Millau. Take exit 48 and follow the signs to Cornus, then to Latour sur Sorgue. You're on the D7. The turn is well-marked. You'll cross a mountain stream, then turn left.
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