This past Sunday I attended the Hermes Festival des Métiers event. Festival des Métiers translates to "Festival of Crafts" and it was just that, very festive and very crafty! The traveling exhibit featured Hermes craftsmen who showcased their incredible talents to the public. We were able to get up close and personal with the man responsible for many a beautiful Birkin, observe how those gorgeous silk scarves are made, and gaze at the amazing workmanship of Hermes knitwear. The exhibit only toured New York, San Francisco and lucky for me, Houston!
The carpet in the tent featured a repetitive motif of the craftsman's tools.
That's a Birkin in the making!
A little factoid I picked up is that each craftsman is loyal only to one product. The man that makes your Birkin, does not make your wallet. That same mane who makes your Birkin stays with your handbag from start to finish. No assembly lines make for some seriously dedicated quality.
The silk screening tutorial was a favorite to all.
I really got a sense of the intricate detail and concentration it takes to complete an Hermes product. It's a luxury brand for a reason. You're truly paying for the artistic talents of a select group of tradesmen.
A few inspiring shots...
An itty bitty teeny weeny knitwear prototype! I really hope someone gets to put this on a baby. Could you imagine a teeny tiny nugget rocking this frock? I can't. My brain would explode with the excessive adorableness.
Of course, I couldn't leave Hermes without admiring my china pattern of choice. I'm in love with it even more after seeing the care put into it's production.
What is your most admired Hermes good?
If you want more information about the exhibit, visit here.