Hermès Exhibit Royal Academy of Arts, London

My day in The Royal Academy of Arts was a beautiful one, so excited to see the Hermès creations being made on site, the girls were so diligent and didn't even look up while they stitched the magnificent calfskin leather with colour matching magnificent threads, diligently and enthusiastically with no concept of the crowds of women in awe around them, that was the first sigh out of my mouth and onwards to the next partition with a satisfactory smile on my face so ready to see more and move on...............each precious baby in a special glass protected cabinet where no hands could reach, only hungry eyes to feast on until you reach the next unbelievable bag.................many many vintage - very very old Hermès on show, the first Kelly, the first leather bound notebook, the first piece of luggage dating back to who knows when..................some swinging from the ceiling and displayed so artistically, I was in awe.................Every Hermès design was on show, in every colour, The Bolide bag, The Constance bag, the Verrou clutch, the Birkin, the Kelly, The Paris-Bombay bag, The Plume bag, the Lindy, the Jypsière, the Évelyne, the Trim and of course the Star Bags for the Exhibition, in celebration of the opening of its "Leather Forever" show in London and so representing England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales, a tribute to those countries.  The separate leather room on entering the exhibition showed every single skin hide they use, wall to wall on rolls to view......

(more pics to see of this Great Exhibition are in my 'Great Photos' blog under Arm Candy)

Leather is the first material tamed by Hermès and remains its noblest conquest.  Over one hundred and seventy years of fashioning it, of innovation without compromise, have made leather the saddler's priviledged, personal medium of expression, as fluent as a mother tongue.  At Hermès, skin is what goes deepest. Hermès will never claim to have fully mastered leather, but it will always take the greatest pride in having studied its lessons so thoroughly.

It is by handling the finest leathers - chosen, cut, sewn and polished with expert skill - that six generations have learned and passed on the values that inspire Hermès' dynamism: attachment to quality, perfectionism and respect for time, all conjoined with creative verve. 

There is a desire for things of lasting worth ❤ 

Left photo above: The beautiful yet practical shoulder Hermès Évelyne bag, in so many colours to choose from.

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