Hermès: Meeting The Artisans

Hermès saddle making

MILAN- The opportunity to see how luxury products are made isn’t an everyday occasion, yet from May 11 to the 17, Hermès offered spectators a rare glimpse of what goes on inside their workshops.  With “Hermes: Behind the Scenes” an exhibit that took place at Milan’s “La Pilota” venue,  the vanguard label famous for its “Kelly” and “Birkin” bags paid tribute to the craftspeople who make those products possible.   Despite its popular fame as a leather goods and accessories maker Hermès was founded in 1837 by Franco-German Thierry Hermès, who started making carriage harnesses for European nobility.  He later ventured into luxury saddle bags and other equestrian accessories.  Homage to the house’s equestrian roots were visible at the exhibit, which also included an in-depth film.  Also on display, were the artisans behind the Hermès silk scarves, enamel bracelets, as well as the Saint Louis crystal that Hermes purchased in 1989.  Click through or gallery for more:


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