Hermès: Festival des Métiers / by Mike Tyle

Stunning! Yesterday, I was lucky enough to have had the chance to see the master craftsmen at work at the traveling Hermès exhibit.  The world tour has finally made it's way to Düsseldorf after last weeks stop in London.

I find it fascinating to see not only where such beloved items as the Kelly bag and iconic scarves are created but also to learn more of the history of Hermès. It really brings the product to life and shows the thought and care put into designing more than just clothing but art.

Now onto the pictures, which more or less speak for themselves...

Follow the orange tools!

Me- sadly sans Hermès instead Cos t-shirt and vintage Czech army backpack

Saddle making, where it all started.

First one must choose the correct color.

Patterns are lazed out and pieces are sewn together.

Hard at work.

Now to put it all together!

Finished product: the Kelly Bag.

Print design!

Preparing the screens for the layers of ink used on the scarves.

Hand flocking the finished scarves!

Between sketch and landing in store it is a 2 year process!

Such vibrant colors!

I'm not usually a big watch fan, but in this case I have different feelings!

Astounding to see how many little pieces it take to make it tick.