Hello-Hello, and Happy Friday! We’re all adither today, lots going on this weekend, a bit of travel, time with siblings and TQM, hopefully you are looking at a fun weekend as well.
We are brief today, and eager for a touch of Friday Fun, so we begin with something that has long been of interest to many readers, the classic Hermès bag. The Daily Mail ran a fascinating story last week, “How a Hermès handbag is made: Photographs reveal French fashion house’s design secrets“.
And now as the French fashion house celebrates its 175th birthday, its design secrets have been unveiled for the first time.
A series of photographs taken inside the famous Paris workshops showcase the craftsmanship required to create one of its bags, some of which cost in excess of £10,000.
The piece is loaded with great photos from Park & Cube.
The amount of handwork that sets Hermès apart from many others is also evident.
Work on ‘Constance’ bags was underway during the tour when these photos were taken.
And where does the finished product go after work in the atelier is done?
Right into the protective cover of one of those distinctive bags.
It really is a big year for Hermès, as this story in yesterday’s Telegraph reports:
“2012 is a special year for Hermès, Britain and London,” Hermes’ UK and Ireland managing director Thierry Outin told the gathered press at the launch of Leather Forever – an exhibition celebrating the heritage of the French luxury leather label…
The story is about the ‘Leather Forever‘ exhibit celebrating 175 years of Hermès, the London show opened to the public this week.
One of the more interesting things in the Telegraph story addresses the scarcity of the Birkin bag.
“People ask us, is it a strategy?”, Outin tells me in answer to the age-old question about why their iconic Birkin and Kelly handbags are in such short supply. “But no, it simply takes so long to train our artisans. Plus, we like to keep our workshops ‘human-sized’. We like to know the names of every artisan, that to us is very important.”
One of the most amazing items in the show:
The pièce de résistance of the show lurks behind a thick curtain of curling leather spaghetti strands – a room displaying fantastical treasures from Hermès’ bespoke service, including a black patent calfskin wheelbarrow commissioned by the Duke of Windsor for Wallis Simpson in 1947, and a multi-coloured winged saddle (above).
Wow. Just, wow.
In honor of the 175th anniversary and accompanying exhibit the company will also do an online auction with Christies, four one-of-a-kind versions of its Passe-Guide bag, the bag that most honors its equestrian heritage.
The four bags are a tribute to the United Kingdom and Ireland, representing England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The auction for these begins Monday, the 14th; proceeds will go to the Royal Academy of Arts, where the exhibit is being shown.
For a great story on the company, it’s heritage and its future, the Telegraph has an outstanding piece.
Talk about some eye candy!