Have you ever wondered about the secret techniques and strategies behind the creation of your favourite Hermès products? Now you have the opportunity to watch the highly skilled French artisans at work, and even ask them questions about how they create their iconic masterpieces. During the exclusive Festival des Mètiers (Festival of Crafts) event, nine Hermès artisans will work at their craft in a public workshop at the Melbourne Town Hall from March 8 to 17. An interpreter from Translationz will stand alongside each artisan, so members of the public can ask questions directly about the artistry, technique and craftsmanship of Hermès products.
The iconic Hermès label was first established in the 19th century, originally supplying high quality carriage harnesses and bridles. Illustrious customers included the Czar of Russia who purchased Hermès saddles, and Edward, Prince of Wales (later the Duke of Windsor) who wore the world’s first leather golf jacket featuring an exclusive and innovative Hermès fastener, now commonly known as a zipper. Today, Hermès is renowned for its distinctive range of luxury items, including leather, scarves, ties, shoes, gloves, menswear and women’s wear, perfume, watches, stationery and jewellery. As part of the artistic tradition behind the brand, Hermès rejects mass-production, and all goods are created in French workshops with most items are said to be made from start to finish by one artisan. This production method ensures that all Hermès items retain their high quality and uniqueness.
At the Festival des Mètiers, Hermès recreates its distinctive working environment, providing an insight into the company’s philosophy and craftsmanship. The Festival des Mètiers was first held in Seattle in 2011, and since then the exhibition has visited more than 25 cities, including New York, London, Singapore, Beijing and Paris. When Hermès hosted this event in Sydney three years ago, Translationz provided the on-site interpreters for a leather craftsperson, saddle maker, silk painter, silk engraver, tie maker, painter, gem setter and watchmaker.
“We are very excited at the opportunity to contribute to the success of this event again,” said Karen Hodgson, CEO of Translationz.
“Our wonderful interpreters found it so inspiring to liaise between the artisans and the audience at the last event, and we are confident that this event in Melbourne will be equally spectacular!
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