LVMH has started preparations to erect a new production center for Berluti footwear in Gaibanella, near the Italian city of Ferrara. The facility is expected to come on stream in the course of 2014. Specializing in the manufacture of high-end handmade shoes, the new factory will employ more than 200 people, one-quarter of whom have already started a training program. The structure will incorporate a “center of excellence” to train a new generation of craftsmen and craftswomen.