A Rendez-vous with Hermès

DSCN5943The London Saatchi Gallery is currently playing host to Festival des Métiers, a rendez-vous with the Hermès craftspeople in an event that invites the public to learn more about the intricate skills behind the brand’s luxurious leather handbags, watches, silk scarves, garments and ceramics.

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Hermes ManufacturingLots of curious and often very feisty spectators pushed and crowded to see the craftspeople at their stations/booths working away. Next to the artisan stood an interpreter to whom you could pose questions about what you were witnessing and sometimes they even narrated step-by-step the process.

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Saatchi Gallery Rendez-vous with the Hermes CraftspeopleThe rendez-vous proved very popular and therefore also wildly busy. If you’re planning on attending, you should try to go during off peak hours if you want to fully enjoy the experience and take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions.

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Hermès – Un Jardin Sur Le Nil

Now that the temperatures are rising, perfume holds an even more important role in our daily routines. Heavier, thicker scents should be replaced with something light and refreshing such as my latest scent obsession eau de toilette Un Jardin Sur Le Nil by Hermès. One, two or ten clicks and I don’t seem to tire, the smell somehow intoxicates me with divine, exotic dreams of foreign travels to the likes of Egypt or Morocco as if out of an Agatha Christie Poirot episode from the 1989 tv-series with David Suchet.

In those dreams I find myself dressed in elegant beige linen garments, wearing a panama hat and fanning myself with a rare ostrich feather fan, or white peacock which will also do. The air is dry and warm, I’m lounging on a divan alternatively, out on an adventure with my beautiful pet camel snapping photographs of hidden ancient monuments or rummaging through a local market in search of treasures. Ah, the alluring power of scent!

Hermès – エルメス

Visited the stylish Hermès boutique in Ginza where the white knight waving Hermés scarves greets you from the top of their very own building. He kind of looks like the French Napoleon riding his horse promoting the luxury brand. At 24 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, he is known as l´artificier.

This home away from home was created by architect Renzo Piano, who was inspired by Japanese lanterns. You might be surprised that an architect would go for a steel and glass construction in an unpredictable environment like Japan, where earthquakes and trembles are frequent features, but the building was constructed like a traditional anti-seismic structure, just like the old temples.

Inside, is a small lounge that’s hidden away in a secluded little corner of the otherwise vast boutique, which covers 6000m2. Dark and sophisticated, the lounge features a bar with chairs and comfortable club chairs in trademark Hermès leather.

With a selective menu featuring mainly drinks, I opted for a freshly squeezed healthy orange juice and chocolates. Unlike Gucci café, Hermès didn’t have the option of picking up one of their orange boxes filled with super chic chocolates to take on the go.

Tempted by the real thing? If your wallet has dried up, these miniature chocolates of the iconic Hermès Kelly handbag might have to do the trick. A very stylish and delicious treat, don´t you think?

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Today was the first day of the new Hermès exhibition Leather Forever and let me tell you that it was fantastic! Such a must see, it’s well worth the trip! With free entry I wasn’t expecting much, possibly a few pieces in a simple display window but I should have known better as it’s Hermès after all. Instead, it was an exclusive and spectacular show which even featured a few of their artisans working away on the latest Hermès designs. Literally bringing the factory to you so that the public could share the meticulous process, something which the brand is extremely proud of and with good reason too.

“It is by handling the finest leathers- chosen, cut, sewn and polished with expert skill that six generation have learned and passed on the values that inspire Hermès’ dynamism: attachment to quality, perfectionism (even in hidden details), and respect for time, all conjoined with creative verve”. No wonder why I fell in love with every trinket and handbag that I laid my eyes on. It’s by far one of my favorite brands so it was extra fun to learn more about their history, process, and iconic designs in such a lovely setting. This has certainly made my list of most magical exhibitions I’ve seen!