My weak spot? Hermès. Bags. Kind of inevitable considering the fact that I’ve been around these beauties for more than seven years. From all the items posted on Designer-Vintage, the Birkins and Kellys made my luxury heart jump. Time and time again. Therefore I am very happy that Hermès Benelux announced the arrival of Festival des Métiers in Amsterdam this week.
Hermès Festival des Métiers
This very exclusive arts and crafts festival started in 2012 in New York to celebrate the 175th birthday of the renowned house of luxury, Hermès. And has been trotting the globe ever since.
From April, 1 – 10 this exhibition will showcase several Hermès crafts at Amsterdams equestrian center, De Hollandsche Manege. Working just as they would in the Hermès workshops in France, the craftspeople will be at the exhibition over 10 days making a wide selection of Hermès objects by hand on site.
It is no coincidence Hermès has chosen the Hollandsche Manege as the venue for the Festival des Métiers. Hermès was founded in 1837 in Paris as an atelier for bridles and harnesses. The magnificent building of the Hollandsche Manege is home to the oldest riding school in the Netherlands, today a modern and versatile equestrian business.
How the Carré, Birkin and Kelly are made
I’m looking forward to a rendezvous with these skilled craftsmen and women, having the opportunity to meet and see the mastery of their métiers with my own eyes. To see the famous Hermès Carrés printed (you know it takes two years from sketch to print these iconic silk scarves?) and learn more about history of the maison.
Anticipating the sounds of the artisans’ tools and see signature handbags as Birkin and Kelly be brought to life. And witness how they perform the famous two-handed ‘saddle stitch’ up close. One bag takes more than 20 hours to produce. Made in France.
Originally the name of the ‘Kelly Bag’ was Sac à Dépêches but changed forever since Princess Grace of Monaco (born Kelly) used it to hide her baby bump from paparazzi in the fifties. And we all know the story of Jane Birkin accidentally sitting next to former Hermès CEO Jean-Louis Dumas in 1984 and their conversation about the ideal bag. The rest is bag history.
These two luxury designs are my timeless classic bag favourites and made me lose all interest in pursuing new bags whatsoever. I wear them as much as possible, which might also mean transpo in a bicycle bag. Dutch, I know.
Now it is time to show my bag her heritage. See you at the stables.
Festival des Métiers Hermès Amsterdam - Admission free April 1 - 10 (closed on Monday 4 April) from 11.00 am to 18.00 pm