Can leftover materials be transformed into beautiful and useful objects? The answer from Hermes is a resounding “yes”.
Established by Thierry Hermes’ sixth-generation descendant Pascale Mussard in 2010, petit h’s main objective is to give new life to unwanted or forgotten objects. Mussard, who was the co-artistic director of the French maison when she founded this workshop, has always wanted to lead Hermes into a more sustainable future.
Today, the objective of petit h remains the same as it was nine years ago, even after the reins were handed over to Godefroy de Virieu last year. Excess materials, such as leather and zippers, from its main atelier are passed on to petit h. There, the materials are transformed into beautiful, useful objects – think mushroom paperweights, fish-shaped bags and salt shakers.
“I will continue to follow the course that Pascale has set with such dedication, talent and high standards: seeking out the expertise required to write new narratives, and to nurture and sustain them in this era,” says de Virieu.
Currently, petit h has a long-term partnership with around 80 external designers to design the objects, and a team of nine in-house craftsmen to realise them into physical forms.
This year-end, petit h will hit our shores and be housed on the third and fourth floors of Hermes’ flagship store at Liat Towers. Before Singapore, the exhibition was at the brand’s Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu store in Chengdu, China.
For a touch of local flair, de Virieu has teamed up with Singapore industrial designer Olivia Lee (who is also our Her World 2018 Young Woman Achiever) to design the interior space of this exhibition. Lee previously designed a window display for Hermes in 2017.
Below, some objects that will be on show in the exhibition space.
All petit h objects can be purchased, interested parties can enquire at the exhibition. (Each object is unique due to the different materials used.)
The Hermes petit h exhibition is at #01-02A Hermes Liat Towers from Nov 22 to Dec 15. Open to the public from 10.30am to 8pm daily. Admission is free. Click here to find out more.