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Craft Show: Hermès Fêtes Its Festival Des Métiers


If you’ve ever wondered how a Birkin bag is made, now is your chance to find out. For a short time, Hermès is bringing its Festival des Métiers to New York, opening today at 583 Park Avenue through September 9 before moving on to San Francisco and Houston. The title translates to “Festival of Crafts” and is just that—a celebration of the Hermès tradition of luxury craftsmanship, where fans of the brand can meet with the very artisans who create its coveted leather goods, jewelry, scarves, watches, and clothing. The festival kicked off last year in Seattle and circulated through key Hermès markets all over the world.
“We started this operation as a way to show our markets some of the crafts used by Hermès,” Guillaume de Seynes, executive vice president of Hermès International, told at yesterday’s editor preview. “The U.S. is a natural destination for us because Hermès is extremely notorious in this market. Especially in New York, we have a lot of loyal customers who have been shopping for a long time and will be very thrilled to discover all of this know-how.”

The festival features multiple stations and product demonstrations. The silk station, for example, showcases how a Hermès scarf is made. The entire process takes about two years, from the design to the creation of the piece, using silk from the French town of Lyon and over 75,000 colors created by the artisans. “In our kitchen in Lyon, we have our own recipes and make the colors there,” said Hermès silk maker Kamel Hamadou. “The technique we use is traditional; it’s called ‘à la Lyonnaise,’ typical of Lyon. Since 1937, Hermès silk is made in Lyon and printed in Lyon.” Over in high jewelry, gem setter Maud Laville was using a dental tool to add 999 pavé diamonds to a magnificent Collier de Chien bracelet (pictured, above). The piece should be completed by the time the tour reaches Houston and will sell for over $400,000.

Click here to view our coverage of last night’s Hermès dinner celebrating the Festival des Métiers.

Photo: Neil Rasmus / / Courtesy of Hermes

True Prep:’s Fashion Week Essentials


Today on, fashion insiders including Joseph Altuzarra, Eddie Borgo, Gucci Westman, and Elin Kling all revealed their fail-safe tricks for making it through the New York fashion week marathon. Whether it’s a BluePrint Cleanse (like The Standard Hotel’s Joey Jalleo), a fierce new Tom Ford lipstick (like photographer Candice Lake), or extra sex before the shows kick off (like makeup artist Dick Page), everyone has their fashion week vices. Below,’s editors share their secrets to a successful week.

Dirk Standen, editor in chief
“An ample supply of Nespresso coffee pods.”

Nicole Phelps, executive editor
“I left my favorite light-blue jean skirt from the dearly departed label Lyell on MetroNorth this weekend. I’m crossing my fingers that it turns up in lost-and-found. If it doesn’t, I expect I’ll be wearing my new Genetic Denim black Adriane flares more than I originally planned.”

Tim Blanks, editor at large
“Blue Point oysters, Berocca, and room service at the Ace Hotel.”

Marina Larroude, senior market editor
“Days before, I always stop at Rita Hazan’s salon for a cut with Andre Rodman and highlights with color guru Adrian Wallace. And, to treat myself before the craziness, a microdermabrasion facial at the La Prairie Spa feels like a dream. I also can never get enough of J. Crew and Uniqlo crewneck sweaters, so this season I’m adding bright hues to my classic gray collection.”

Matthew Schneier, senior news editor
“Short of an X Men-like ability to alter weather patterns, there’s no doubt that my number one fashion week essential this year is going to be a sturdy umbrella. Don’t do what I did and look at—it’s too dispiriting. Just buy a good, bag-sized one and carry it everywhere. Century 21 is a great place to stock up on them.”

Celia Ellenberg, senior beauty editor
“My black Havaianas. I step it up a notch with the footwear for NYFW, which means ‘commuter shoes’ become key for covering the kind of ground I need to cover. The best part about the Spring shows is that it’s still warm enough to get away with flip-flops—which also happen to fit nicely in most backstage-appropriate bags.”

Meenal Mistry, contributing editor
“I swear by Sisley’s Ecological Compound for making it look like you actually got a full night’s rest, when indeed nothing could be further from the truth. And I could never leave the house without a pair of Repetto’s stretch satin BB ballet flats. When there are no taxis to be found, they’re God’s gift to the showgoer.”

Maya Singer, special projects editor
“A blow-out. Colin McCarthy at Bumble and Bumble is my fashion week savior. If I can’t get in to see him before the shows start, it’s pretty much top-knot city for me all week long.”

Brittany Adams, associate fashion editor
“I finally gave in and bought an iPad. Even though I could’ve used the money on clothes, it will be invaluable for writing reviews on the go, and of course, the awesome app!”

Kristin Studeman, associate news editor
“In addition to an extra-large cup (or several) of Stumptown coffee in the morning, chic raingear might be the most important thing to have this week. I am in love with the Marc Jacobs panther umbrella at the moment, and I’m thinking I might need to get a pair of Loeffler Randall rain boots.”

Jessica Minkoff, editorial coordinator
“My Hermès Collier de Chien. My grandmother bought me this bracelet for graduation and I hate taking it off. I feel like it has become a street-style icon and during fashion week, you can never have too many of those.”

From top left to right: J.Crew cashmere long-sleeve tee, $158, available at; The Breslin at the Ace Hotel; Nespresso; Marc Jacobs panther umbrella, $60, available at; Havaiana sandals, $18, available at; Bumble and Bumble salon.

Photos: Courtesy Photos