Last week I attended the unveiling of the new windows at Hermès in Melbourne, followed by an evening celebration of the craftsmanship behind the brand & their creations. The Hermès windows have come to life thanks to EyeJack (download the app) and Thai street artist Mue Bon's Love bird 'Pukruk' who picks up his tools to lend a hand to the artisans of Hermès (see #hermeswindows to view interactions).
Hosted at Melbourne Town Hall, I received a glimpse into the intimate Hermès ateliers as nine artisans shared their expertise into the making of Hermès product: glovemaker, saddler, gemsetter, watchmaker, bag maker, silk screen printer, artwork designer & tie maker. Their touring workshops are set up around the hall, ready to enchant you with their craft.
Having seen the care & skill that goes into the hand-made process, you will never look at Hermès product the same way and applauds the history of the luxury of Hermes. I paused by the workshop of the tie maker to watch as she received the silk already printed & cut on a roll with its complimenting lining, then expertly fold the silk (which she mentioned can be distracting due to its beautiful slippery tactility) and meticulously tuck the seams inside before eyeballing & pinning in place. The ties are checked against a template, but with her wealth of knowledge & experience this is only a precautionary measure. Then she carefully begins to stitch being sure to leave a loop of thread at the start and end which can be used by the wearer to repair the tie over its lifetime. Hermès pieces are made for a lifetime, and this is kept in mind during their creation.
To see the ultimate craftsmanship at work, one can only have the highest esteem for the makers many of whom had their own hand made tools for their specialty craft specifically tailored for their hands to allow them to make the best they can. With such an immersion into the Hermès world, you can't help being enchanted by it.
This is a free event that can be visited until this Saturday 17th March open daily from 11am-7pm.
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