A family and local history

It all started in Sauveterre de Rouergue, a small Aveyron village with Denise and Georges (Max Capdebarthes' parents) as well as Pierre Serieys, friend of the family.

In 1972, they created sports bags and handbags sold to wholesalers.

Bathed in this atmosphere, Max pursued training as a leatherworker in Mazamet, then with the Compagnons du Devoir, which took him to several regions of France.


Back home, in 1987 he created the Atelier Max Capdebarthes in his native village: Sauveterre de Rouergue.

This very pretty village in the heart of a Bastide is marked by the tradition of cutlery since the 14th century.

It is quite naturally that he creates and manufactures knife cases.

"The knife is part of our daily life, it deserves a nice sheath".


Max first moved into the garage of the family home, where he created his first cases. He travels all over France to offer his creations to manufacturers, cutlers, armories and boutiques. The quality of his work, recognized in the world of cutlery, allows him to create a place conducive to production.

In 1997, a workshop was created at the entrance to the village of Sauveterre de Rouergue.

Originally, a manufacturer of knife cases that expanded its know-how to the creation and manufacture of handbags, small leather goods and belts.


In front of the demand and the success of his creations, the opening of a shop in RODEZ is essential and sees the light of day in 2014.

Craft business in a rural area in Aveyron

The craft company Max Capdebarthes is located in Sauveterre de Rouergue, a Bastide village, a place conducive to the expression of craftsmanship.

A naturally rich and preserved territory. It is the land of a hundred valleys between rivers, wild and wooded landscapes. Source of inspiration and creativity.

All our products, bags, handbags, small leather goods and belts benefit from the "Made in Aveyron" approval.

Living Heritage Company : Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant -EPV

We obtained the label for the first time in 2009.

The entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (EPV) label is a mark of recognition by the State set up to distinguish French companies with artisanal know-how. This label distinguishes the excellence of French manufacturing and exceptional know-how.