Hermès in the Making
October 15 – 24, 2021
How do you create sustainable designs that can be passed on for generations? Get a close-up look at the iconic French fashion house Hermès when it moves into DAC this fall. Experience ten magnificent artisans, including watchmakers, saddlers and bagmakers, as they demonstrate their skills, illustrating how they work with leather, silk and precious metals.
Perhaps you are familiar with Hermès’ silk scarves or its iconic Birkin bag. But did you know that Hermès also makes horse saddles? As well as watches, diamond bracelets and porcelain?
The artisans will bring their tools, materials and expertise, so the whole family can watch them live in action. Discover the richly detailed engravings and meticulously printed colors that give the silk scarves life. The beautiful saddle stitching on a Kelly bag or the shape of a pair of gloves. The inventiveness and expertise it takes to repair a bag. The patience necessary to create a watch or to adorn a bracelet with diamonds. The painstaking care it takes to paint the round edge of a white porcelain plate. And the dexterity required to put together a saddle.
Since 1837, values such as durability, quality, innovation, passing down of knowhow and functional esthetics have permeated production at Hermès. Values that resonate more than ever before in the most important challenges of our time in terms of sustainable production.
An event the whole family will enjoy
The exhibition’s playful set design is inspired by the artisan’s workbench. Visit different workshops and learn about each of the crafts and their long traditions. Explore how Hermès creates new designs using the finest materials—which last longer and develop a handsome patina over time, and which can be repaired and passed on to your children, grandchildren and, yes, even great grandchildren.
You will find interactive installations and sensory experiences for children and adults alike. Take part in a workshop focusing on dexterity, and try your hand at color and fragrance design. Watch the short film from the documentary series Footsteps across the World by Frédéric Laffont, which chronicles Hermès work with sustainable development.
Hermès in the Making opens its doors for the first time in September 2021 in Troy, Michigan. Next stop: DAC in Copenhagen as the first European destination.
Hermès in the Making is an event crafted by Hermès.