September 1 2014

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Hardy’s Haute Hooves


“Hermès is a very luxury brand, but it’s about horses and animals, so I wanted to link this roughness to something much more feminine,” designer Pierre Hardy tells of his newest Hermès Haute Bijouterie collection. Yesterday, the designer, who has helmed the French brand’s jewelry and footwear for 20 years (and also does the Balenciaga shoes with Nicolas Ghesquière), arrived in New York to fête his latest whip and hoof-inspired offerings, available at Hermès’ Madison Avenue boutique until October 22. “It’s rare, it won’t be in New York so often,” he adds. So what about a saddle (the first Hermès item ever made) collection of bijoux? “Not yet; that might be difficult, but maybe that will be next.”

If anyone would be up to such a challenge, it’s Hardy. Aside from working with Hermès and Balenciaga, he recently collaborated with the car company Peugot on a futuristic “concept shoe” made of carbon fiber. What’s next on the docket for Hardy? “I don’t know. If I do any other collaborations, they have to be a very different subject that I can transform with fashion,” he says.

Photo: Sean Thomas

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