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July 4th     10:12 am

Othilia Simon for Hermès Fall 2014 Ad Campaign

Othilia Simon for Hermès Fall 2014 Ad Campaign

February 6th     4:54 pm

Solid Sterling Silver Lima Bracelet, Hermès

February 5th     4:07 pm

Spring 1999, Martin Margiela for Hermès

Spring 1999, Martin Margiela for Hermès

January 15th     12:10 pm

Hermès Summer 2014

Hermès Summer 2014

January 3rd     2:48 pm

Hermès Clic

Hermès Clic

October 28th     10:45 pm

Lambskin handkerchief collar, Martin Margiela for Hermès, Winter 2002

Lambskin handkerchief collar, Martin Margiela for Hermès, Winter 2002

September 4th     10:55 am

Sure feels like a kimono-wrap bathrobe cardigan kind of day today. #driesvannoten #apc #lanvin #céline #hermès #me

Sure feels like a kimono-wrap bathrobe cardigan kind of day today. #driesvannoten #apc #lanvin #céline #hermès #me

September 2nd     7:38 pm

Pictures of me waiting, waiting to be posted. #latergram

Pictures of me waiting, waiting to be posted. #latergram

August 18th     8:55 pm


Here’s the one thing you’ll learn NOT to do when visiting the Hermès workshop in Paris: leave your bag on the floor! Once you’ve taken the tour through their Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré boutique, you’ll realize that treating your leather with the respect it deserves is like paying tribute to the craftsman who made it. Especially if it comes from Hermès!On a typical grey Parisian morning, ‘Hermès’ picked me up - whisking me away to suburban Pantin, home to some of the biggest luxury houses in the world. But on the 24th October 2012, I only had eyes for Hermès! Visiting their fragrant workshop is a real sensory experience. Your eyes, your nose, you ears; they’re all part of a luxurious journey. First, it’s the tap-tap-tapping sound that rhythmically follows your every step, a sign of industrious hands at work. Then it’s the smell of the leather, from the simplest and supplest calfskins to rare finds like ostrich legs, rainbow lizard and reverse croco, all sourced by Hermès’ experienced leather-hunters.On the ground floor of this charming building, designed by architect François Ceria, a monitor is strategically placed right next to the elevators, live streaming customers shopping in the Paris flagship store, so leather-workers can follow the fate of their beloved bags, even if they’re 6.4 kms away! Hermès artisans claim they can recognize their handiwork on celebrities or pick their own pieces out of a line-up any day of the week and I, for one, am willing to believe it!As for the workshop itself, the prevalent sentiment is that of everlasting love: each bag is affectionately crafted by a single artisan from start to finish, which would explain why they only turn out two pieces a week. No leather-worker is allowed to intervene in another colleague’s bag and each individual has their own set of tools, which they eventually take home with them when they retire. It goes without saying that the mere mention of placing your bag - no matter what the origins and price - on the floor to flex your tired muscles, is worthy of capital punishment!It doesn’t take long to realize that the Hermès universe is ruled by discipline and precision, but that doesn’t mean it lacks imagination. Out of all the impossible beauties the bespoke department has produced over the years – including a portable bar, a machete, an aviator cap, Barbie clothes and a leather-clad Leika – the green apple bag still holds a special place in their heart. ‘The client wanted to gift it to someone who constantly ate apples,’ says Parisian bag maker Valerie Benardeau. ”The bag’s inner layer was made of beaten silver metal and its exterior covering was leather. As the bag was being made, apples were constantly brought to Hermès to test whether the evolving design would fit perfectly!”Although this cult legend was nowhere in sight, a lot of valuable pieces are bequeathed back to the house when they reach the hands of heirs who are generous enough to part with them, or feel they’d be better cared for in their natural environment. Let’s not forget that the Hermès heritage is not just limited to manufacturing, it also specializes in overcoming accidents and easing the passage of time.”It’s all functional, not decorative,” says my tour guide and I can’t help but believe her. From its equestrian origins through to its first steps into society, the house of Hermès has proved that choosing, cutting and reading leather is akin to high art. Add a long work table, an experienced craftsman and forty leather and hardware elements, and you’ve got yourself a bag that’s worthy of royalty. So the next time you hear someone complain about the mile-long waiting list for the exquisite Kelly - named after the impossibly chic Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco – tell them it’s worth the wait!

A Tour Inside The Ateliers Hermès in Pantin, Franceby Costas Voyatzis, 07 November 2012

Here’s the one thing you’ll learn NOT to do when visiting the Hermès workshop in Paris: leave your bag on the floor! Once you’ve taken the tour through their Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré boutique, you’ll realize that treating your leather with the respect it deserves is like paying tribute to the craftsman who made it. Especially if it comes from Hermès!

On a typical grey Parisian morning, ‘Hermès’ picked me up - whisking me away to suburban Pantin, home to some of the biggest luxury houses in the world. But on the 24th October 2012, I only had eyes for Hermès! Visiting their fragrant workshop is a real sensory experience. Your eyes, your nose, you ears; they’re all part of a luxurious journey. First, it’s the tap-tap-tapping sound that rhythmically follows your every step, a sign of industrious hands at work. Then it’s the smell of the leather, from the simplest and supplest calfskins to rare finds like ostrich legs, rainbow lizard and reverse croco, all sourced by Hermès’ experienced leather-hunters.

On the ground floor of this charming building, designed by architect François Ceria, a monitor is strategically placed right next to the elevators, live streaming customers shopping in the Paris flagship store, so leather-workers can follow the fate of their beloved bags, even if they’re 6.4 kms away! Hermès artisans claim they can recognize their handiwork on celebrities or pick their own pieces out of a line-up any day of the week and I, for one, am willing to believe it!

As for the workshop itself, the prevalent sentiment is that of everlasting love: each bag is affectionately crafted by a single artisan from start to finish, which would explain why they only turn out two pieces a week. No leather-worker is allowed to intervene in another colleague’s bag and each individual has their own set of tools, which they eventually take home with them when they retire. It goes without saying that the mere mention of placing your bag - no matter what the origins and price - on the floor to flex your tired muscles, is worthy of capital punishment!

It doesn’t take long to realize that the Hermès universe is ruled by discipline and precision, but that doesn’t mean it lacks imagination. Out of all the impossible beauties the bespoke department has produced over the years – including a portable bar, a machete, an aviator cap, Barbie clothes and a leather-clad Leika – the green apple bag still holds a special place in their heart. ‘The client wanted to gift it to someone who constantly ate apples,’ says Parisian bag maker Valerie Benardeau. ”The bag’s inner layer was made of beaten silver metal and its exterior covering was leather. As the bag was being made, apples were constantly brought to Hermès to test whether the evolving design would fit perfectly!”

Although this cult legend was nowhere in sight, a lot of valuable pieces are bequeathed back to the house when they reach the hands of heirs who are generous enough to part with them, or feel they’d be better cared for in their natural environment. Let’s not forget that the Hermès heritage is not just limited to manufacturing, it also specializes in overcoming accidents and easing the passage of time.”It’s all functional, not decorative,” says my tour guide and I can’t help but believe her. From its equestrian origins through to its first steps into society, the house of Hermès has proved that choosing, cutting and reading leather is akin to high art. Add a long work table, an experienced craftsman and forty leather and hardware elements, and you’ve got yourself a bag that’s worthy of royalty. So the next time you hear someone complain about the mile-long waiting list for the exquisite Kelly - named after the impossibly chic Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco – tell them it’s worth the wait!

A Tour Inside The Ateliers Hermès in Pantin, France
by Costas Voyatzis, 07 November 2012

June 3rd     8:48 am

Dressing Mondays like it’s still Fridays. Keepin’ it corporate. #slacker #muji #martinmargiela #pervertjeans #céline #hermès

Dressing Mondays like it’s still Fridays. Keepin’ it corporate. #slacker #muji #martinmargiela #pervertjeans #céline #hermès

May 4th     1:28 am

Paolaphotography frédéric auerbach
Portraits of women in HermèsLe Monde d’Hermès № 35, 1999 Vol. II, Fall–Winter 1999–2000

Paola
photography frédéric auerbach

Portraits of women in Hermès
Le Monde d’Hermès № 35, 1999 Vol. II, Fall–Winter 1999–2000

April 18th     3:15 pm

Visionaire 25: Visionary, Martin Margiela for Hermèsphotography bettina komenda styling desiree heiss make-up houda renita

Visionaire 25: Visionary, Martin Margiela for Hermès
photography bettina komenda styling desiree heiss make-up houda renita

April 18th     3:06 pm

Maggie Cheung walks for Hermès by Martin Margiela, Fall–Winter 1998–1999

Maggie Cheung walks for Hermès by Martin Margiela, Fall–Winter 1998–1999

April 10th     10:47 am


Shirt in white cotton poplinOho GM chain in satin-finish white goldDarius chain in sterling silver

She wants so many thingsphotography karena perronet-miller styling anne-laure nicolas
Le Monde d’Hermès № 44, 2004 Vol. I, Spring-Summer 2004

Shirt in white cotton poplin
Oho GM chain in satin-finish white gold
Darius chain in sterling silver

She wants so many things
photography karena perronet-miller styling anne-laure nicolas

Le Monde d’Hermès № 44, 2004 Vol. I, Spring-Summer 2004

April 8th     10:08 am


Knotted waistcoat and supple pants in vermillion goatskin suede

She wants so many thingsphotography karena perronet-miller styling anne-laure nicolas
Le Monde d’Hermès № 44, 2004 Vol. I, Spring-Summer 2004

Knotted waistcoat and supple pants in vermillion goatskin suede

She wants so many things
photography karena perronet-miller styling anne-laure nicolas

Le Monde d’Hermès № 44, 2004 Vol. I, Spring-Summer 2004

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