Groupe Royer, which has owned the Charles Jourdan and Stéphane Kélian brands since 2008, stopped the remaining production of their shoes in a small workshop at Bourg-de-Péage two years ago. A small French brand of women's shoes, Ellips, has reportedly bought the workshop to place it at the disposal of French designers who want to use it for product development, sourcing and logistics. A dozen former employees of the workshop have acquired a 30 percent stake in the operation. A crowdfunding project has been launched to collect €300,000 for the launch of the project.

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