Hermes Shows How Luxury is Made in Bellevue
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Hermès celebrates the new year in crafts. The French luxury fashion house takes its renowned Hermès workshops on the road for the first ever world tour. First stop is Bellevue (first name basis only) from February 23-28, Chicago March 11-16 and Washington DC March 25-30.
Hermès Festival des Métiers (Festival of Crafts), as the tour is called, offers attendees a rare and unique opportunity to see first-hand an array of skillful and some never-seen-before demonstrations by the masterful Hermès craftsmen and artisans. On our visit on opening day we counted some 10 craftsmen and women demonstrating how to make everything from leather gloves to Kelly bag, handmade shirts to ties, diamond crusted jewelry to watches, leather horse saddle to silk engraving and of course those legendary Hermes silk scarves!
Hermès artisans here in Bellevue include:
- Severine Blanchon - Confectionneuse de cravate/Tie maker
- Laurent Faure - Gantier/Glove maker
- Vincent Leopold - Sellier/saddler
- Nadia Chabane - Artisan chemise/Custom shirt specialist
- Luc Hiegl - Horloger/Watchmaker
- Kamel Hamadou and Henri Lely - Imprimeur sur soie/Silk printers
- Nadine Rabilloud - Dessinateur/Silk engraver
- Romain Vieille - Maroquinier/Leathermaker
- Maude Laville - Sertisseur/Gem setter
The event is a definite must-see! It's a real treat to meet and talk to the actual master craftsmen and women. Oh, and it's a great opportunity to practice your French. Don't worry if you do not speak French as there are translators to translate for you.
The 6-day festival (February 23-28, 11am - 6pm daily) is held at The Shops at The Bravern in Suite 115, located atop the escalator from DavidBartonGym and across from Jimmy Choo.
Here are some pictures from the opening day of Hermès Festival des Métiers in Bellevue.
Published: February 24, 2011
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