HermÃ¨s Festival des MÃ©tiers at The Design Exchange – October 2 – 6, 2013
HermÃ¨s proudly celebrates both the passion and perfection of the work of its artisans with the Festival des MÃ©tiers in Toronto from October 2 â€“ October 6, 2013 at the Design Exchange. This engaging cultural exhibition provides a fascinating insight into the longstanding traditions and values of HermÃ¨s in the crafting of fine objects defined by an uncompromising commitment to the highest standards of quality. The exhibition features intimate behind-the-scenes demonstrations by masterful craftspeople from the renowned HermÃ¨s workshops in France, illustrating the methods in which products are painstakingly made-by-hand using techniques passed from generation to generation.
Admission to Festival des MÃ©tiers is free.
October 2 â€“ 6, 2013, 11am â€“ 7pm Daily.
Location: Design Exchange â€” 234 Bay Street
A few years ago I was researching the HermÃ¨s Scarves I bought at the sample sale. I wanted to know the artist and year produced. It was during that search that I found my a few of my go to HermÃ¨s Scarf reference sites. Over time I’ve added some more sites to that list and I’ve decided to share.
HSCI HermÃ¨s Scarf Photo Catalogue – Want to know more about your Hermes scarf, this is your first stop. The HermÃ¨s Scarf Photo Catalogue has an extensive archive of scarves dating all the way back to 1937. Scarves are cross referenced by name, artist, year of issue, material, etc. A community of HermÃ¨s fans contribute photos to the catalogue and it’s updated regularly.
Luxury-scarves.com – This is an online shop that sells new, used and vintage HermÃ¨s scarves. It also has a database that has a number of scarves from the HermÃ¨s archives. If you can’t find it at the HSCI this is your next stop.
HermÃ¨s Sub Forum at PurseForum.com – This is where the hardcore HermÃ¨s fans hangout. They have sections dedicated to authentication, shopping and reference library. I lurk this site for research and to find out about upcoming scarf collections as PurseForum members have the inside scoop. Pretty much anything you want to know about HermÃ¨s will be found here.
Hermes Scarf Guides Facebook Page – This Facebook page has a large number of photos for browsing.
The Official HermÃ¨s Pinterest page has a board called HermÃ¨s Silk which has images of the Spring Summer 2013 silk collection now but I hope they continue to add to it in the future.
MaiTai’s Picture Book – This is a look into the life of an HermÃ¨s super fan. It’s a personal style blog but she also has a number of scarf tying tutorials. The is searchable by knot. This woman is hardcore.
Les 3 Marches de Catherine B Pinterest – This is a Parisan vintage shop and there are so many boards dedicated to HermÃ¨s silks.
HermÃ¨s does an incredible job with their product videos. They are extremely well done and hit that sweet spot of cute and whimsical that wins me over every time. The Sporting Life is the theme of the 2013 for HermÃ¨s and this set of four videos does a terrific job of conveying the theme. Each video takes items from the spring summer 2013 and incorporates them into sporty vignettes.
Ping Pong features the Toolbox bag and the Rallye 24 Porcelain Collection.
Rallye 24 Porcelain Collection: The new HermÃ¨s porcelain collection designed by BenoÃ®t-Pierre Emery and Damian O’Sullivan will be available in Canadian boutiques in May 2013. Rallye 24 has the emblematic anchor chain caught up in and propelled along by a new story on porcelain. It is playfully reworked as a car race track with its straight lines and oval corners, all short-circuiting with their foot to the floor.(source: HermÃ¨s PR)
Toolbox bag: A slight family resemblanceâ€¦ A cousin of the Kelly, with a vanity-case touch, this bag unites the HermÃ¨s spirit and the practicality of a surprisingly roomy “treasure chestâ€. Its swivel clasp, metal plate, snap hooks, lock and cloÂchette give it an urban and casual look. Made of soft and supple Swift calfskin, it can be carried by hand or on the shoulder thanks to its removable strap.(source: HermÃ¨s PR)
Leap Frog features the Grass Shoe.
Grass Shoe: With its two-tone contrasts and pairing of precious materials, smooth alligator and nubuck, this high sandal adds a touch of sports chic to the spirit of golf.(source: HermÃ¨s PR)
Croquet features their world famous ties and scarves.
PÃ©tanque/No Sport shows off some HermÃ¨s cushions.
images: courtesy of HermÃ¨s
A few months ago HermÃ¨s and Rei Kawakubo announced that they would collaborate. Comme des GarÃ§ons x HermÃ¨s scarves naturally got people pretty excited. I’m one of them. The collaboration resulted in two collections named “Black and White” and “Colour”. Rei incorporated house designs and manipulated them to create something new.
The ‘Black and White’ collection is available only in Comme des GarÃ§ons shops (Aoyama-Tokyo, New York, Paris). The ‘Colour’ collection: collection can only be purchased at Dover Street Market stores (London, Tokyo). For people who can’t get to Tokyo, Paris or New York, you can buy the scarves online at www.doverstreetmarket.com from February 6, 2013 for the ‘Colour’ collection and from April 1, 2013 for the ‘Black and White’ collection. Prices start range from Â£300 – Â£1,500.
They are rolling out the sale of the scarves in the retail shops. Here are the details
- From 6th February 2013 in the Comme des GarÃ§ons shop, Paris
- From 7th February 2013 in the Comme des GarÃ§ons shop, New York
- From 8th February 2013 in the Comme des GarÃ§ons shop in Aoyama-Tokyo, and the Dover Street Market Ginza shop.
- From 12th February in the Dover Street Market shop, London
“Rei Kawakubo has stamped her vision on the HermÃ¨s scarf. With rigour, precision, energy and salienceâ€, remarks Bali Barret, Artistic Director.
“I have always deeply respected the tradition and craftsmanship of HermÃ¨s. In our project together, rather than wanting to wear the scarves, I was looking forward to the change that would happen when I added something to the beautiful â€˜paintings’ of HermÃ¨s scarf designs. I think through the addition of abstract images, we have transformed the scarf and created something newâ€, comments Rei Kawakubo.(source: press release)
I love the collection but who didn’t expect that. My favourite prints are Patch g+-Â¼ant and Touch Me.
images: courtesy of HermÃ¨s
So, this year I lost my mind and I decided to create a holiday gift guide. I’m usually anti-gift guides because I’m not much of a Christmas person and gift guides are a shit ton of work. I don’t know what made me change my mind this year but here we are. People have told me this is a good idea, so I hope you find it helpful or amusing.
This is the part one of four in the I want – I got Gift Guide series. I have so many favourite things I wanted to include. This gift guide is very much I want – I got. You’ll see things I want, things I got and other obsessions.Â Some things are affordable and some aren’t but I’ve tried to mix it up.Â The list covers fashion, beauty, electronics, art, toys and booze. Basically, all the items on the gift guide are I want – I got approved.
So, join me on this exploration of things I would love to see under my tree at Christmas.
- complex geometries Coma Sweatshirt ($240) – online at complexgeometries.net and Fawn (967 Queen Street West, Toronto) carries complex geometries in Toronto
complex geometries Long Turtleneck Dress ($262) – online at complexgeometries.netand Fawn (967 Queen Street West, Toronto) carries complex geometries in Toronto. Looks like the gold turtleneck is sold out folks. There are grey and navy options.
- Synergy Jem & The Holograms doll collection ($125) – Holt Renfrew (50 Bloor Street West, Toronto)
- Dean Davidson Plaza Ring ($185) – Holt Renfrew (50 Bloor Street West, Toronto) and online at DeanDavidson.ca
- HermÃ¨s Clic Clac H Bracelet ($645) – HermÃ¨s (130 Bloor Street West, Toronto) and online at Hermes.com
- HermÃ¨s Brazil Enamel Bracelet ($565) – HermÃ¨s (130 Bloor Street West, Toronto) and online at Hermes.com
- Givenchy Dahlia Noir Eau du Toilette ($77-$90) – The Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, Sephora in store and online
- Balenciaga Florabotanica Eau de Parfum ($63-$115) – The Bay, Holt Renfrew, Murale in store and online, Shoppers Drug Mart and Sephora
- Maison Martin Marigela (untitled) ($110) – The Bay in store and online
- Fan di Fendi Pour Homme ($68-$88) – The Bay in store and online, Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart
- Demeter Fragrance Mahogany ($16) – Loblaws and demeterfragrance.com
- Moncler S Mayuko Jacket ($2095USD) Moncler.com, Holt Renfrew (50 Bloor Street West, Toronto) has a small selection of Moncler S
- Mykita x Moncler Lino Sunglasses ($600USD)- Moncler.com, Mykita.com
- Gap Twill Parka ($134) – Gap in store and online
- m0851 Medium Weekender ($475) – m0851 (38 Avenue Road, Toronto) and online
- Philip Sparks Slip Dress (
$595on sale $446.25) – Philip Sparks(162 Ossington Avenue, Toronto) and online
- Smythe Great Coat ($895) – eluxe.ca
- Dell XPS13 Ultrabook ($999-$1399) – dell.com
- Worn Fashion Journal Subscription ($36 for 2 yr Subscription) – wornjournal.com
- Print from YellowKorner (Starting at $63) – YellowKorner (Shops at Don Mills, 34 Clock Tower Road, Toronto) and online
- Church’s Classic Burwood glossy leather brogues ($440) – Net-a-Porter
- Jeremy Laing Mouton Knit Sweater ($645) La Garconne
- Jeremy Laing Ridged Fan Sweater ($545) – Jonathan + Olivia in shop and online
- Maison Martin Margiela Glitter-finished raffia brogues ($940) – Net-a-Porter
- AGO Membership ($45-$1,999) – Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West, Toronto) and online
- ROM Membership ($97-$1800+) – Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen’s Park, Toronto) and online
- TIFF Membership ($99-$600) – TIFF Bell Lightbox (Reitman Square, 350 King Street West, Toronto) and online
- Opera Atelier, The Magic Flute Tickets ($40-$160 single tickets or $90-$280 Subscriptions) – The Elgin Theatre (189 Yonge Street) and online
Check back tomorrow for Part 2 of the I want – I got Holiday Gift Guide.
It was an absolute pleasure to participate in the Fall Winter 2012 Perfecto Mag Street Style video. I’ve been dying for it to come out and here it is. It’s amazing how it all came together. There was hair and makeup, styling, still shots and video clips.
Most of the clothing from the video is my own. I’ve taken some screengrabs to break it down.
80% of the time I’m wearing some kind of Prada sunglasses. Here I’m sporting the Minimal Baroque.
Ahh the pants, a random Versace x H&M find. They look great on camera.
One of my favourite clutches bought from my favourite (now closed) stores, Chasse Gardee. I can’t remember where I bought the ring, probably Obsessions. The HermÃ¨s bracelet is paired with one from Lia Sophia (courtesy of Lia Sophia). Nails are gold by Essie.
The shoes are my replacement Camilla Skovgaard’s. They look really great in the video. I was standing on a small brick wall in the Front and Church intersection at the time. It was funny shooting there with everyone gawking.
The jacket isn’t mine. It’s beautiful and it’s Greta Constantine. I love it. The white button up is from Joe Fresh.
Thank you so much Diego, May and Kristjan for asking me to be part of this Perfecto Mag joint!
Beauty Director: Kristjan Hayden for Aveda Canada / Plutino Group
Beauty: Aveda Canada
Production: Diego Armand, May Truong, Kristjan Hayden
Styling: Colleen Henman
Assistants: Abdi Omer and Jill Lerner
Music: “Let me Out” feat. Alixe Turner by Grandtheft (U-Tern Remix) // Plant Music
Clothing: Line knitwear, Jacflash, Topshop at The Bay, H&M, Equipment, Cheap Monday, American Apparel, Libertine Libertine, True Religion, Rich and Skinny, BB Dakota & Joie.
Models: Kate Corbett, Adrien Reynolds, Michelle Mylett, Tala Kamea, Anita Clarke, Nati Vanstone, Karen Roze, Nitasha Goel, Robert Weir, Michael Madjus, Sarah Colford, Stephanie Ayoub, Cheryl Kozoriz, Kristina Bozzo, Melanie Bozzo, Noriko Kasai, Ashley Rowe, Rui Mateus Amaral, Andrea Beechey, Mona Koochek, Amanda Lew Kee, Dwayne Kennedy, Beatrix Pausey, Leilanni Todd, Siena Pao & Colleen Henman.
This seems to be the year of starring in ad campaigns for me which is pretty freaking awesome. Earlier in the spring, I was in the MasterCard Stylicity campaign and now for fall its Moon Apparel. They have gathered some of their favourite Canadian bloggers to show how we incorporate Moon Apparel into our wardrobes. Like the Stylicity campaign, this is a paid gig. Gotta love feeling like a working model 🙂
In celebration of individual street style, MOON Apparel has partnered with 10 Canadian fashion bloggers in five cities across the country. The bloggers were specially selected by Mimran Group Inc. to become members of an ambassador program set to launch October 8th 2012. The bloggers were challenged to bring their best fashion flair forward by integrating their individual style with clothing pieces from the fall 2012 MOON collection and accessories from their existing wardrobe to create seasonal fashion looks. Captured on the streets of their cities, the bloggers turned the lenses on themselves to shoot their looks. Each ambassador will post their favourite look and style tip of the season on their respective blogs and invite their readers and followers to enjoy an exclusive offer from MOON. Check back with the Yellow Dot Blog each week for the full scoop on Canada’s newest style influencers.(source)
You can see all the blogger’s looks on fashionmagazine.com but my style selection for the campaign is the Ottoman Dress. It reminds me of AlaÃ¯a but this I can afford. From October 15 – 18, 2012 you can receive 20% off The Ottoman Dress on moonapparel.com by using the promo code IWANTIGOT..
Moon asked me to talk about my look (which is a pretty typical fall look to be honest) and give some styling tips for the dress.
This is a classic fall look for me. I contrast the ladylike Ottoman Dress with a rock and roll edge. To achieve this I use the standard: opaque black tights, black flat boots and a leather jacket.
This knit Ottoman Dress is my favourite piece from fall 2012. My look can be adapted slightly with motorcycle boots or even some black converse. The dress is also perfect for colour blocking. Pair it with bright tights or a cardigan. It’s time to break out your colour wheel. To create a more classic look use a white or black button up shirt, black tights and black pumps. Finally, on those really cold days add a turtleneck for extra warmth.
I really enjoyed this campaign because I had free reign to do whatever I wanted. Each blogger receive a package that includes pieces from the fall collection. Our job was to style it and capture it. I received the Ottoman Knit Dress, Riding Pant, Snakeskin Blouse and Pencil Skirt. One Sunday, I put together looks for everything but the skirt and bundled them into a garment bag. There was a quick stop at the Eaton Centre MAC cosmetics for makeup applied expertly by Lainee Diona. Then onset stylist April Wozny and photographer friend Dave Yan, who brought two friends along as his assistants headed over to U of T. We did it guerrilla styles in one of the building at the University of Toronto. No, we didn’t get permission and strategically placed ourselves outside of camera range. Moon only required one look but I’m posting the others for fun. It was a fair bit of work and we should show it off.
I paired the Riding Pant with a black Complex Geometries tank top, plaid Smythe blazer, Rebecca Minkoff MAC Bag and Ash Boots. I paired the Snakeskin Blouse with a Nine West clutch, Club Monaco over-sized blazer and cobalt blue pants from the Gap. The earring and ring are from Jenny Bird and the bangle is HermÃ¨s.
Today (September 25, 2012) HermÃ¨s.com begins shipping to Canada. Canadian customers will receive free shipping until November 2, 2012.
image: courtesy of HermÃ¨s Canada
At the beginning of every season I trek down to the Bloor Street HermÃ¨s and pick up my copy of their lovely in house magazine, Le Monde d’HermÃ¨s. The Autumn Winter 2012 issue looks fun with a specially commissioned editorial by photographer, Olivia Bee.
Olivia Bee, 18, is a photographer. Her blog is the showcase for her photographs and videos and shares the dreams and experiences of a young girl. Between naivety and naughtiness, she creates her own arcadia and reinterprets fairy tales with all the freshness and impertinence of a teenager.
For Le Monde d’HermÃ¨s autumn/winter 2012 she has shot a bucolic tale of silk. In an enchanted landscape Olivia has cast her own spell on the HermÃ¨s scarf, now transformed into giant bows on the heads of pink-haired punk fairies, then a uni-horn for her horse or a silk kerchief for a thoroughly modern day Prince Charming. HermÃ¨s loved the story so much it became the cover and a short film was commissioned.
I`m a sucker for HermÃ¨s scarves so I`m interested to see what Olivia`s editorial will look like. These preview images have me thinking that it will be pretty damn good. Thanks for the heads up HermÃ¨s Canada.
images: courtesy of HermÃ¨s Canada
If had a few tens of thousands lying around, I’d be buying HermÃ¨s Editeur scarves by artist Hiroshi Sugimoto. HermÃ¨s Editeur is a limited edition collaboration with visual artists who take their craft and interpret it into a HermÃ¨s scarf. They are all very beautiful and expensive.
You are basically buying a piece of art on silk with the HermÃ¨s Editeur items. Hiroshi Sugimoto’s line is a limited edition run of 140 scarves at $7000 each. The colours are simple but so vibrant and stunning.
Hiroshi Sugimoto is a celebrated artist from Japan.
Born in Tokyo in 1948, Hiroshi Sugimoto moved to the United States in 1970 to study photography at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, earning a B.F.A. in 1974. There he absorbed the tenets of Conceptualism and Minimalism that continue to inform the technical and intellectual rigor of his work. In 1974 he moved to New York City. In his photographic series, as well as his experiments with sculptural objects, architecture and exhibition design, Sugimoto attempts to highlight and expand our perception of such abstract qualities as time, light, space, movement, spirit – and the nature of reality itself. His work has been exhibited internationally in solo and group shows. He was the recipient of the Mainichi Art Prize in 1988, the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography in 2001, and in 2009 he was named the Praemium Imperiale Laureate in the category of Painting.
There is a long statement by Hiroshi about the work on the Hermes Editeur site if you are interested in reading more about the work. It’s way to long to recreate or sum up here.
I love some of these behind the scenes shots that give you a look at the design and creation process. Look at this huge printing machine. Amazing!
I’ve only posted the scarves that attract my eye, but you can check them all out on HermÃ¨s Editeur On-line gallery for Hiroshi Sugimoto.
This editorial for the HermÃ¨s Spring Summer 2011 collection is wonderful. I scanned the images from the Le monde d`HermÃ¨s magazine.
Normally, the only HermÃ¨s shoe I obsess over is the riding boot.Â Â However, the last few seasons have been pretty fun for shoes and these are very colourful ones.
images: scanned by me
HermÃ¨s enamel bracelets are an obsession of mine. The sample sale allowed me to purchase one of my own. These editorial images I scanned from the Le monde d`HermÃ¨s magazine are total bracelet porn for me. I want them all.
I dream of adding more bracelets to my jewellery box and doing the collector thing. Perhaps even acquire a bracelet per season.
images: scanned by me
I found these great Hermes Festival of Crafts videos that give you a better look at how this luxury company produces their scarves, saddles gloves and ties.
I dream about my arms covered in stacks colourful HermÃ¨s Bracelets.
There are a couple videos out there showcasing the HermÃ¨s Holiday Windows for 2010. The French version is displayed below. The English version is hosted on youtube but it won’t play as an embedded video. You can see the English version here. (EDIT – The link is working now)
The Fall Winter 2010 – 2011 ad campaign for HermÃ¨s is a lot darker than Spring Summer 2010 which was fairytale like.Â The Avengers theme from the runway show goes hand in hand with these photos.Â It’s like the lovely spy who is decked head to toe in HermÃ¨s makes her getaway with her SO Black Kelly.Â She just can’t leave her wardrobe so she getsÂ her kindly old mentor to have them moved to her safe house by carriage.Â Of course, this generous act will result in his death.Â Yada, yada, yada.Â I should write screenplays.Â Ha
This is the SO Black Kelly that baghounds have been salivating over. I’m salivating too and I totally realize that the black packaging is definitely selling this bag.
Model: Constance Jablonski
Photographer: Paolo Roversi
If you ever have visited a HermÃ¨s store you’ve seen the ornate tableware for sale.Â I’ve never even thought of asking the prices because that would just be silly.Â When viewing the Foot Ball film installation at HermÃ¨s, I had total access to go crazy with the Olympus E-PL1.
HermÃ¨s had a small party to feature a special film installation called Foot Ball created by artist Marcus Tomlinson. The fall 2010 HermÃ¨s shoe collection was the inspiration for the film. There was a preview of the upcoming Fall 2010 accessories collection also.
Every shoe has a thousand and one tales to tell, and Marcus Tomlinson believes each one, following them step by step. In his enthusiasm for Pierre Hardy’s designs at HermÃ¨s, the artist, photographer and maker of animation films has become their messenger: “His shoes strike a perfect balance between design and craftsmanship, between tried and trusted skills and what seems to me is a very limpid form of inspiration.”
Patiently and passionately, the artist has composted FOOT BALL, the film of an imaginary day in the life of a part of shoes. And so there are, filching fragments from our own lives – step by step, with measured tread, from a standing start, or dragging their feet.
The installation will be available for public viewing in the HermÃ¨s Bloor Street store until July 31, 2010. I took some video of the installation.
Then I found a link to the complete video online so that if you can’t visit the store you can still see what the Marcus Tomlinson installation is about. View the film here
This was my first invitation to an event at the HermÃ¨s store. I was very excited as I’m such a huge HermÃ¨s fan. It also gave me an excuse to go wild with the Olympus E-PL1 in the store without question. I have tons of photos from that I will be sharing in other posts. I could stare at the scarves forever in that store, they are so vibrant and beautiful. The prints are so intricate that I’m just amazed at the craftsmanship and time required to make one. They are works of art. There was a little photobooth set up so you could play a little dress up in HermÃ¨s with photographer Dwayne Evans. Dwayne took the shots of me in Polysh Magazine and it was good to reconnect with him.Â I have some other shots I have to track down from him to post.Â They are fun too.
The riding boots were my favourite shoes of the fall collection. They are perfect. New to fall are the lacquered wood bracelets. They are fun, stackable bracelets in a variety of colours and sizes. They are a lower price point than most other bracelets in the HermÃ¨s family. Some of the new scarf prints that caught my eye are Cent Plis des Miao and Ex Libris en Camouflage. I also have my eye on a proper scarf ring and I’m loving the Bolduc ring in Palladium.
This beauty was a birthday gift. You really should have seen my jaw hit the ground when I saw the orange bag.
The packaging is divine.
I love the horse and carriage detail.
Thank you for such an exquisite gift. I’m trying to figure out how to wear it.
I heard about magicians at HermÃ¨s on twitter earlier last week. I freaking love magicians so I made a mental note. I didn’t make concrete plans to see them immediately so I forgot about it. Fast forward to this past weekend and I’m walking around Yorkville with The Oracle. We started noticing people wandering around with silver horse balloons and orange ties. The Oracle said they were from Hermes. How could they not be with the iconic orange and horse motives.Â That is when I remembered the magicians. I needed a balloon and I needed to see the magician. I dragged The Oracle into HermÃ¨s.
Sure enough there were balloons and a magician. I discovered the event was a promo for the Sprockets Film Festival Family Weekend.Â HermÃ¨s is a sponsor.Â There were colouring books for the kids, cookies and even a cake. We chatted with the store manager for a while and the magician came over to perform tricks for us. I was acting like a total kid, jumping up and down and laughing hysterically at the sleight of hand. The magician was from France and pretty cute. I got an orange rose as a result of one of the tricks.
One of the sweet saleswomen in HermÃ¨s got me a balloon. I was very happy. It’s still inflated and floating 5 days later.Â I got a lot of looks from people as we continued shopping and on the subway home.Â They were just jealous they didn’t have a balloon.
I also managed to get one of the colouring books and crayons. It’s amazing what a simple HermÃ¨s ribbon can do to 3 crayons.
These two images from the HermÃ¨s Spring 2010 Ad Campaign are beautiful. Karlie Kloss amazes me. I remember when she first started and now she is the darling. She takes amazing pictures and she’s improved her runway walk a lot. She’s like Kate Moss in her domination of ad campaigns this season.
images: fashiongonerogue.com, thefashionspot.com
I just discovered this intriguing video from defunct CBC show, Fashion File. It chronicles the process used in creating my dream bag, The HermÃ¨s Birkin.
I would love to own this book, people have been telling me about it.
A source of discovery and enchantment for lovers of Hermes, this work describes the life and history of the square of silk which has become legend. Published by Les Editions du Regards. 320 pages
MaiTai’s Picture Book has a ton of great photos of the book.