The iconic Hermès Kelly needs no introduction. Aside from the Birkin, this timeless beauty is inspired by an equestrian predecessor at the house, the Haut à Courroies, which was first conceived in 1892 and designed for carrying riding equipment. But what is it about this bag that’s got many buzzing about throughout the years?
Well, you might just get your questions answered over at the upcoming Hermès In The Making exhibition here in Singapore.
Happening from October 1 to 9 at the Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza, the travelling showcase will introduce the workings of Hermès’, from its artistic silk scarves to iconic leather handbags, through demonstrations of craftsmanship, films, workshops and events.
Artisans from different métiers of the house from the French luxury house will showcase how they bring these revered pieces to life using artisanal techniques. This includes the skilful saddle-stitching of a Kelly bag, the crafting of a pair of gloves or the ingenuity and experience required to repair a bag.
The open-plan exhibition space is inspired by a craftsman’s workbench which features four themes that form the basis for the history and life of the house. This includes preservation and transmission of know-how, respect for and quality of materials, commitment to the long-term and regional anchoring.
At the 9-day event, guests can also look forward to a variety of activities that appeal to all five senses. For instance, there will be workshops that will focus on your dexterity, musical composition using round knives and colouring. The free admission event will also allow guests to watch the films from the “Footsteps across the World” which showcases the collection produced by documentary filmmaker Frederick Laffont – expressing Hermès’ unique connection with sustainable development.
For those who are curious to learn more about the makings of the bag, you’ll be glad to know that there will also be conferences that you can attend to garner greater insight into the topics of craftsmanship and the preservation of know-how, as well as innovation and transmission.
Following its success in Copenhagen last year, the travelling showcase has made its stops in countries such as Turin, Italy and the US. After its stop in Singapore, the event will then continue its world tour in Austin, Texas and lastly, Kyoto, which will be happening at the end of the year in November.
Hermès In The Making will be open to the public for free from 1 October to 9 October 2022. Book your visit here.