Friday, March 4, 2011

Hermès Festival des Métiers

One can only speculate whether Hermès founder, Thierry Hermès, ever dreamed his modest bridle and harness shop would one day meteorite into one of the world's finest fashion houses famed as much for its ready-to-wear, fine leather goods, and luxe accessories as for its star-studded and couture-loving clientele.

Hail to the King, Baby: Thierry Hermès

Nearly 175 years after its humble debut, Hermès kicks off its first-ever traveling Festival des Métiers ("Festival of Crafts") which will visit Chicago from Friday, March 11 to Wednesday, March 16. Admission is free and attendees have the unique opportunity to meet and mingle with master craftsmen and women who will be on hand to demonstrate how to make everything from silk scarves and patterned ties to saddles and handbags.

Etching screens for scarves

Initial stages of a scarf

Finished scarf

Saddle maker at work

Designing glorious neckwear

Sewing handbags

Fun factoid: In 1956, Life magazine ran a photo of Princess Grace Kelly carrying the sac a courroie pour dames ("bag with straps for ladies") which she used to shield her baby bump from paparazzi. Originally designed in the 1930s by Robert Dumas, Hermès renamed it the "Kelly" bag and it remains, to this day, one of the most iconic handbags in history.

Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, and Princess Grace Kelly with her eponymously-named handbag

Hermès is located at 25 E. Oak Street. 312-787-8175

Photos courtesy of Hermès

Posted by Kerry Shorr

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