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  • Hermès “Leather Forever” exhibition in Tokyo

  • Hermès “Leather Forever” exhibition in Tokyo

  • Hermès “Leather Forever” exhibition in Tokyo

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Hermès “Leather Forever” exhibition takes over Tokyo

After Shanghai, Rome, London, Madrid, Taipei and Hong Kong, Hermès chose Tokyo as the latest destination of its travelling exhibition “Leather Forever”. The exhibition remained on view from Dec 2-23 at the Tokyo National Museum, focusing on the house’s rich tradition, from the very first saddle accessories created by Thierry Hermès back in 1837 to the iconic Arceau watches and the legendary Kelly or Birkin bags. Showcasing the incredible know-how of the brand’s artisans, from the driers and cutters to the tanners and finishers, the exhibition casted a light on every step of the making process. Craftspeople from the Hermès workshops in Paris were present in the exhibition, creating some of its iconic bags in situ, for the delight of the visitors that were introduced to the magical world of the brand.

“Leather Forever” also explored how orange became the house’s signature color –an ode to the natural shade of leather–, paying homage to the founding values of the house and its contagious passion for leather. “Sometimes I picture my ancestor Thierry Hermès back in 1837, his eyes lighting up as he breathes in and feels the leathers of the saddle and harness workshop he has just set up in Paris…the same olfactory joy thrills me today,” said Pierre-Alexis Dumas, Hermès Artistic Director and sixth generation family member. The exhibition also included a large selection of Hermès bespoke objects, among them a trolley commissioned by the Duke of Windsor for Wallis Simpson, an ostrich leather rhino sculpture or an impressive motorbike with colored wings, and, last but not least, a poetic installation by Japanese floral artist and photographer Makoto Azuma.