Jules Perrigot was born on 3 November 1861 in Vimoutiers in Normandy. Following the deaths of his parents and his elder sister, he decided to leave his native region and move to Paris, where he made many friends and met his future wife. Claire was the daughter of Léon Masure, director and owner of Papeteries d’Arches, who lost his life in a fire in 1897. The pair married on 11 February 1888 in Arches, and the paper mill was Claire’s dowry.
The village of Docelles in the Vosges, “paper town”, is a reality that is very much alive. For the village and its inhabitants, the closure of the LANA paper mill in 2003, after over 400 years of production, marked the beginning of the end of an industrial saga, but also the beginning of a brand new story.
ARCHES® has recently been granted “Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant” (Living Heritage Company) status, in recognition of its ancestral know-how in the field of high quality paper making. It therefore joins a prestigious club whose member include famous French names such as Hermès, Cristalleries Saint-Louis, Baccarat, Chanel, De Buyer, Garnier Thiébaut,