Hermès Festival des Métiers Toronto

Festival des Métiers, is a travelling installation of Hermès’ artisans around the globe, showcasing their time-honored craftsmanship while interacting with public who want to witness some of the process in crafting Hermès coveted and sought after jewelry, clothing, watches, scarves, saddles and leather bags.

tofashionistas.com attended the exhibit while they were in Toronto at Design Exchange last week and we are here to bring you some of the highlight from the event.  Here are some of the stations are the artisans behind them.

Sertisseur – Gem Setter

at the Gem Setter station,  artisan utilizing small hand tools and the help for microscope, mounting points are created and gems are set without glue on a bracelet.
at the Gem Setter station, artisan utilizing small hand tools and the help for microscope, mounting points are created and gems are set without glue on a bracelet.

Remailleur – Twin-Set Linker

at the Twin Set Linker, we can see a glimpse of how some of the dresses are made.
at the Twin Set Linker, we can see a glimpse of how some of the dresses are made.
they could pass for  enfant clothing, but these are actually one quarter scale samples!
they could pass for enfant clothing, but they are actually one quarter scale samples!

Horloger – Watchmaker

at Watch station, beautifully crafted designs with Swiss's mechanical
at Watch station, look at those beautifully crafted timepieces
at the Horloger station
at the Horloger station, here is the mechanical movement of a watch
at the Horloger station
at the Horloger station

Peintre Sur Porcel – Porelain Painter

at the Porcelain station, we were shown the process  of layering different colours of a design onto a porcelain plate, and one of the reasons behind the necessity of the layering.
at the Porcelain painting station, we were shown the process of layering different colours of a design onto  porcelain plates, and some of the reasons behind the necessity of the layering.

Dessinateur – Engraver

at the Dessinateur station, where their craft is to deconstruct an artists' design into production ready layers.  Each layer represent a different colour in the screen printing station.
at the Dessinateur station, where their craft is to deconstruct an artists’ design into production ready layers. Each layer represent a different colour at the silk printing station.  This design on display, has 46 layers in total!

Imprimeur Sur Soie – Silk Printer

The finishing scarf from previous station's design
The finishing scarf from previous station’s design
at Silk Printing station,  we were given a live demonstration of the printing process.  They are working with a simpler, 11 layers design
at Silk Printing station, we were given a live demonstration of the printing process. They are working with a simpler, 11 layers design
The finish scarfs.  After the printing process, the scarf will go thru additional steps to set and protect the ink, along additional finishing touches
The finish scarfs. After the printing process, the scarfs will go thru additional steps to set and protect the ink, along with additional finishing touches

Sellier – Saddler

at the Sellier station
FYI, saddle is Hermès’ first craft
at the Sellier station
at the Sellier station, artisan let us know each saddle is custom fit and built, and they have a system of records of each saddle’s measurements and production history

Maroquinier – Leather Worker

at the leather work station, where we see how a bag handle was painstakingly put together
at the leather work station, where we see how a bag handle was painstakingly put together
at the leather work station, where we see how a bag handle was painstakingly put together
at the leather work station, where we see how a bag handle was painstakingly put together

In all, the exhibit gives us a glimpse into the exquisite and meticulous details of Hermès’ hand-craft process and a new found respect to craftsmanship.

A panoramic view of the exhibit floor
A panoramic view of the exhibit floor
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About Hermès

Hermès was founded by Thierry Hermès in Paris in 1837, as a house of master harness-making and later saddle-making. Since that time six generations of enterprising artisans have explored new markets and new skills. Hermès has continued to grow while remaining a family company, with a uniquely creative spirit that blends precision manufacturing with traditional craftsmanship.

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