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TOUS is committed to
environmental, cultural and social matters.

ENERGY
EFFICIENCY

In 2007, TOUS opened its new corporate headquarters in El Guix, Manresa (Barcelona) with the restoration of a former 19th century textile factory. The new TOUS building is part of a rehabilitation project in which environmental sustainability criteria were used.

El Guix is a typical textile factory building in Catalonia which was built in 1870, making it the oldest textile factory in the region still standing and one of the few whose structure still remains intact. It has a rectangular area on the ground floor and two upper stories with large windows and stone walls.

Its rehabilitation was used to apply bioclimatic criteria and building systems that help to foster energy savings and efficiency. To this end, the building has more than 1,000 m2 of photovoltaic panels to produce electricity, as well as solar panels to generate hot water. Plus, the installation of low-consumption fluorescent light bulbs throughout most of the building allows for high-performance light flows. Likewise, all the windows of the old building were left in place in order to use as much natural light as possible.

In addition to rehabilitating the old factory, an adjacent glass building was also built, called El Cub (The Cube). It is one of the largest buildings in Spain which is sustained wholly on geothermal energy.

CULTURAL HERITAGE

TOUS participates in restoring iconic jewelry stores as a symbol of respect for the culture and tradition of the sector.

In 2009, it opened its flagship store on Barcelona’s Passeig de Gràcia after restoring its interiors to match the original design of the rationalist architect, Josep Lluís Sert.

Aware of the rich history of this site, its architectural uniqueness and its status as a protected building within the city’s architectural heritage, TOUS decided to recover the spirit in which it was designed with its interpretation of the original layout and furniture, thus contributing to reviving one of the most notable, studied examples of rationalist architecture in the region.

Inside it has revived the essence of the original concept with the gray and blue colors that Sert planned for the entire interior. Plus, TOUS also commissioned reproductions of all the original furniture, including tables, chairs, display cases and the cash register counter, which were redesigned respecting the original concept and materials.

In 2012, it reopened the Ourivesaria Aliança, an emblematic jewelry store in Lisbon, after restoring its interior, the works by Artur Alves Cardoso, its frescoes and furniture, as well as its famous wrought iron façade.

TOUS is committed to maintaining the heritage value of the building by adapting it to the regulations currently in force.

The façade was made in 1914 by smelting metallic and plant materials in bronze. The interior is characterized by its plaster moldings in the shape of garlands and crowns of flowers, along with paintings by the famous Portuguese painter Artur Alves Cardoso.

The rehabilitation process included the wholesale restoration of the façade as well as the frescoes, moldings and all the interior furniture.

KIMBERLEY PROCESS

TOUS keeps careful watch over the sources of its raw materials.

The Kimberley process is a certification system designed to prevent conflictive diamonds from entering the market. It was devised to ensure that purchases of diamonds do not finance conflicts or human rights abuses. More than 97% of the market is affiliated with the Kimberley process, and we at TOUS exclusively deal with suppliers which adhere to it.

In addition to diamonds, TOUS exhaustively monitors the provenance of its other metals and materials used in all of its creative processes.