hermès are opening up their secretive world to melbourne
'Hermès at Work' is a rare chance to hear from the label's most experienced artisans irl.
Since 2011 Hermès has curated the annual traveling exhibition and festival-of-craftsmanship, Hermès at Work. This year Hermès has graciously chosen Melbourne as its 2018 site, with the Town Hall being turned into an immaculate French wonderland housing nine specially trained Hermès métiers, or craftspeople in more familiar terms. From 8th to 17th March these master artisans will take up residence and share their expertise and wisdom with visitors. They'll spill the secrets behind how they transform materials into Hermès bags, jewellery and accessories, answer your questions and "discuss the outstanding technical know-how that is integral to every Hermès métier." For the most curious, a series of round-table discussions should help clear up just what lies behind the term craftsperson and the various techniques associated with it.
As part of the exhibition, Hermès are also bringing Thai street artist, Mue Bon down under where he'll work live on the Hermès Collins Street window. Mue’s signature character The Bird can be seen around the streets of Melbourne and his window installation Let’s Play! will have its final reveal on March 7.
The Hermès at Work festival of craftsmanship will run from March 8th to 17th and it’s free! For more details and tickets look here.