What better way to while away the evening than perusing countless mementos, prized possessions and one-off products from arguably the most esteemed leather house in the world? Well, there's no better way when Hermès closes off the Leather Forever exhibition and the Little Room of Wanders — a prelude to the former — exclusively for the Buro 24/7 Singapore team, and Friends of Buro, for a night of storytelling and discovery.
The Kelly bag that you dream of having on the crook of your arm one day, for example, takes 15 hours — for a seasoned craftsman — to produce by hand. The brand's leather artisan (one of 3,000 Hermès employs) flown in for live demonstrations has, in fact, stitched together a Kelly 28 on location for the benefit of exhibition goers.
Impossibly cute trinkets (an apple holder, a Kelly rocking horse and a "doll house" packed with miniature classic Hermès shoes, to name but a few) were a peek into the creative universe. And, the night took a turn for the raucous when a horse racing competition ensued between Editor-in-Chief Norman Tan and contributor Edward Russell. Should you be interested in mounting the saddle, try your hand at the game located in front of room three to put your skills to the test. If anything, you'll walk away with a workout clocked in.
As we explored the 13 rooms of carefully curated leathers and artefacts, we departed with nothing less than newfound respect for the French maison, and an inexplicable hankering for a custom made apple holder in luxurious leather. #Goals.
Here's a snippet of the treasures the Little Room of Wanders and Leather Forever houses:
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Images shot on the iPhone 6S.