Leather Forever

It takes the luxury house of Hermès to remind us that the current trend in all-things-craft is in fact an ethos the French brand adhere to every moment of the day and one that has been going since the eighteenth-century. Next week sees the opening of a new exhibition in London, Leather Forever that will celebrate both the brand's desired luxury talent from bags to saddles and silk and its 175th anniversary from its beginnings as an equestrian outfitters. A selection of exhibits from each department will be on display at Burlington Gardens as well as artisans from the house's workshops - cutting templates and stitching leather parts to create one of the many iconic products into a work of art. 
The exhibition will chart Hermès' heritage and the importance of craft that the house prides itself on, granting it the status symbol that its products now command globally. Specially commissioned works will be on display as well as a series of four unique Passe Guide handbags, that debuted in the A/W 2012 collection,  to represent England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, all crafted in sumptuous leathers and hides that will be auctioned online at the end of the exhibition by Christie's
I'll be reporting on the exhibition after it's opening so be sure to visit jonathanvelardi.blogspot.com next week - until then for further details on the exhibition visit the World of Hermès. 
Leather Forever
8th - 27th May 2012
6 Burlington Gardens
Images courtesy of Hermès