While most of you are familiar with Hermès (frankly now, who isn’t?), many of you might not know about Petit h, a magical collection of objects that are re-created from reclaimed materials from Hermès’ many ateliers and workshops.
Headed by Madame Pascale Mussard, herself a 6th generation member of the Hermès family, she believes in the old adage of ‘waste-not-want-not’, gathering broken shards, scrap leathers and sometimes even castaway pieces that do not meet QC standards and gives them new life.
What will you find at Petit h then? All kinds of beautiful whimsy, each one unique and sometimes even one-of-a-kind, from cut-out animal bag charms dangling from a silk cord to tiny shovels that are made of blown glass and come with exotic leather stems. Or travel mirrors you can hang that are wrapped with all manner of leathers and exotics, that are both beautiful yet functional.
Once only available to those who attending its travelling exhibitions, you can now partake in all its magical goodness at the new Petit h store at 17 rue de Sèvres, or as Hermès calls it, Petit h‘s ‘hidey-hole’ within the boutique that used to be an indoor swimming pool. But if you’re not heading to Paris anytime soon, you’ll be pleased to know that Petit h will be coming to Singapore from 26 July to 11 August 2013 at Hermès Liat Towers, but more on that later in another post.
Check out Petit h‘s Pinterest board for beautiful objects, a short video and a look at its workshop.
Update: 26 July 2013
Officially open to the public tomorrow, visitors to Hermes Liat Towers will find the entire first floor converted to only display all things Petit h (click here to see snapshots taken this morning), from a massive leather panda bear to wooden stools topped with silks and exotic skins. You’ll also find homeware (repurposed glassware converted into tiny bell jars to hold butter), stationery (leather-backed postcards, anyone?) and bags (from delicate silk pouches to totes made of felt and leather).
But if there’s only one thing you can buy from the exhibition, it has got to be the corded silk necklace. Priced at SGD240 each, you could use it as a necklace, a double-looped bracelet and even a bag charm. I would know, I bought a pair for myself.