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IMG_0490It’s true, I tend to treat myself to a few wonderful sartorial things a year. Perhaps something custom-made or handcrafted to add to my wardrobe, but I keep it to pieces I need and rarely do I indulge in a luxury brand item.

Then one day an e-mail popped up from Hermès. I’ve always admired the craft of the Hermès scarf, if not the motifs, which are a little busy. Still, the layers of color and the screen-printing all done by hand … I love the whole idea. I was happy just to look until that e-mail arrived showing off their latest silk twill pocket square with the oh-so 1920s and 30s looking women, sporty, and in autumn colors. A pocket square is quite a bit smaller than a scarf but large enough to wear and within my price range. I had to have it, although, I kept to my long tradition of sleeping on any expensive purchase.

At first I thought I wanted to make a special occasion of it and journey over to San Francisco to the Hermès boutique and get the whole luxury shopping experience. However, having to work to afford the lovely accessory, I soon let go of that and ordered online. Within days the package arrived with a card that said: To Me from Me, just because.

I was all happy smiles slowly untying the brown ribbon from the signature orange box. Peeling back the delicate tissue paper I delighted in seeing my new pocket square nicely folded in quarters. As expected, it is rich in color and finely detailed with rolled edges that were hand sewn and done so in France, merci beaucoup!

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I haven’t worn it yet but I look forward to doing so this autumn.

Hey, readers, have you treated yourself lately? Leave a comment and tell us all about it.

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Hermès artisans start off as apprentices. Photo: Richard Aiello.

Last night I was lucky enough to attend the opening reception of the Hermès Ateliers Exhibition located in San Francisco’s Union Square Park. My fellow attendees and I got to see up-close how the goods of Hermès are handcrafted by trained artisans, many of whom have been working with the luxury brand for decades.

Circulating the pavilion, we sipped cocktails while watching demonstrations of screen-printing, stone setting, final hand stitching on a tie, detailing on leather handbags, creation of buttonholes, and much more.

Local translators were hired to help explain the various processes and answer questions on behalf of the artisans who traveled to San Francisco from France.  

Photo: Richard Aiello.

Some of the highlights for me:

  • watching the image on a scarf slowly develop as each layer of color was added
  • the quick but precise tap of a chisel creating a shirt’s buttonhole
  • trying to keep up with a description of the oh-so-many steps to designing a scarf illustration

What a treat to meet the people behind the goods as well as see and better appreciate their craft. The exhibition is open to all now through September 24, 2012, 11am to 6pm. I highly recommend this rare opportunity.

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