Hermès, a luxury design company, today announced it will be launching its first public exhibition, “Hermes in the Making.”
The interactive exhibit, open to the public June 10 to 15 — located behind its newly opened boutique at the Somerset Collection in Troy on the first level of the south collection between Tiffany and Co. and Tommy Bahama — will feature several demonstrations of artisanal know-how from Hermès craftspeople based in France and the U.S.
There are four themes for the exhibition: preservation and transmission of know-hows, respect of exceptional materials, local rooms, and territorial responsibility, including a chance to meet the artisans.
These focal points will be shown through various workshops including a silk craftsman printing demonstration, a screen-printing animation workshop, a leather reparation demonstration, and a leather and saddle making demonstration.
Hermès says this exploration of its contemporary manufacturing will show how objects designed to last are created using artisanal techniques. Crafted from the finest materials, they develop a patina, become more beautiful over time, and allow themselves to be passed on and repaired.
While being guided through the exhibition by a play of colors and activities, visitors will also be able to watch the films from the “Footsteps across the World” collection produced by documentary filmmaker Frederic Laffont, which expresses Hermes unique connection with sustainable development.
Throughout the event, two conferences will give attendees a greater insight into the topics of craftsmanship and the preservation of know-how, as well as innovation and transmission.
Following the event’s Copenhagen opening in October 2021, and most recently Turin, Italy this May; Troy marks the third chapter of “Hermès in the Making.” The traveling event will be held in Singapore this September, Austin in October, and Kyoto, Japan in November.