Festival des Métiers

Hermés’ Festival des Metiers made it’s way to San Francisco earlier this week, bringing together generations of skilled artisans to demonstrate how some of their most iconic goods are made. The celebration of luxury craftsmanship walked us through the diligent and meticulous fabrication of the Collier de Chien cuff and Jypsiere handbag, as well as ties and shirt collars. The pièce de résistance, however, was witnessing the process of silkscreening an Hermés scarf in it’s entirety. Some scarves have upwards of 49 colors – which means 49 individual screens are manually layered over a sheet of silk twill, seamlessly depositing individual, custom created colors. Three things I came away with from this experience? Price. Tag. Justified.

(all images by HonestlyWTF)

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  1. Malak wrote:

    Hermes scarves are just amazing!

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    Cheers,
    M.

    9.23.12
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  2. Coolsario wrote:

    Amazing images! Love to see the behind the scenes of the magnificent prints and details!

    9.23.12
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  3. irene wibowo wrote:

    cool. 🙂
    Irene Wibowo

    9.23.12
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  4. Amazing pictures! Love hermes!

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    9.23.12
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  5. Amazing pictures! Love hermes!
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    9.23.12
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  6. Namrata wrote:

    Love Hermes and love San Francisco!

    N
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    9.23.12
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  7. patricia wrote:

    love hermes!!!
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    kisses 😉

    9.23.12
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  8. Hanna wrote:

    this is such a cool post. I love hermes!

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    9.23.12
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  9. Jolien wrote:

    Great pictures! I cannot imagine the amount of work for one scarf, actually. The colors always seem to be the purest. Every scarf is so vibrant. Quality and originality has its price. And as you say, justified.

    Love,
    Jolien

    9.23.12
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  10. Tibs wrote:

    So striking colourful scarves!
    Great that you showed how to process the prints!

    9.23.12
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  11. Nana wrote:

    I love to traditional skills employed when making luxury items. As you were right to say, price.tag.justified. Especially a process that long. I did silk screen printing at uni and three colours were enough to test my accuracy, so 49 colours plus = well deserved round of applause!!!
    Great post! x

    9.23.12
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  12. inspiring!

    Bises,
    monkeyshines
    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

    9.23.12
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  13. Dana wrote:

    The things I would do for one of those scarves….

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  14. EUGENIA wrote:

    AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING! IT MAKES MY SOUL CALM DOWN WHEN I SEE THAT LUXURY ISNT ALWAYS MADE IN CHINA AND ACTUALLY TAKES A LOT! OF EFFORT. AND YES PRICE TAG JUSTIFIED ABSOLUTELY!!

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    9.23.12
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  15. Wow, what luck to get such a close look at an iconic brand.

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    9.23.12
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  16. Xeana wrote:

    Inspiring photos! I like it all!

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    9.23.12
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  17. Carol wrote:

    I looved it !!
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    Take a look!

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    9.23.12
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  18. style-xyz wrote:

    amazing!

    9.23.12
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  19. the site I like very much, your photos are very beautiful.

    9.23.12
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  20. Incredible craftsmanship! Thank you for sharing these behind-the-scenes photos!

    9.23.12
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  21. Mira wrote:

    I wish I had a Hermes scarf 😀
    xo

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    glamDevils

    9.23.12
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  22. roxie poe wrote:

    I love seeing things made! Are those truly the artisan’s hands? Are French hands just better looking even if you are making jewlery? Love, love love this post.

    9.23.12
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  23. Lexa wrote:

    Fantastic!
    A delight for both eyes and skin when wearing those beauties.

    9.23.12
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  24. I love how on each of these pictures it becomes clear with how much soul these people still put into their art. Very inspiring! 😀

    9.23.12
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  25. meligrosa wrote:

    so beautiful. SO beautiful <33

    9.23.12
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  26. Annie wrote:

    It’s such an experience to see things being made!

    9.23.12
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  27. Bitty wrote:

    Wow, so beautiful and inspirational. I can’t imagine lining up 49 different screens, that’s just breathtakingly amazing. Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful words and pictures 🙂

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    9.23.12
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  28. Ría wrote:

    I love when you can see all the work behind a brand.

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    9.23.12
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  29. ZIVPIN wrote:

    I cannot imagine the amount of work for one scarf, actually. The colors always seem to be the purest.

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  30. Seems like a lot of work, but those scarves really look amazing.

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  31. papiroga wrote:

    Sure! it’s difficult to understand some prices when you’re a customer, but when it refers to this kind of unique and delicate work, generally, the price is much less than what it should be!!

    Take a look on our website if you have the chance: http://www.papiroga.com
    we have this kind of personalized work in our necklaces and scarves, hope you like them!!

    And congratulations for your blog!! we’ve been following it for a long time and we love it!

    9.24.12
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  32. Tabetha wrote:

    I never knew how much work went in to making them– just gorgeous & fascinating!

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    9.24.12
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  33. SiriSpa wrote:

    WOW – love LOVE love

    9.24.12
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  34. Floortje wrote:

    Love it!

    9.24.12
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  36. Rhonda wrote:

    These pictures are just amazing, it’s really neat seeing the process of silkscreening- I’m in awe! Thanks for sharing!

    -Rhonda
    rhondajaber.blogspot.com

    9.24.12
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  37. wow this is beyond cool. I love getting to see behind the scenes.

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  38. LC wrote:

    wow. just gorgeous! so rare do you get to use how these are made. lovely!

    9.25.12
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  39. Ula wrote:

    Wow, amazing! I love the making process!

    9.26.12
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  40. Erika wrote:

    C’est vraiment magnifique ! ♥♥♥

    10.2.12
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  41. HeadTilt wrote:

    This is just amazing. So great you got to see behind the scenes 🙂 This shows true craftsmanship, and the hardwork that goes into the making. Worth the price!

    11.29.12
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  42. honeybeemee wrote:

    Oh, just let me be an apprentice for EVER…I would love to learn ALL these crafts….

    3.27.13
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  43. Tashay wrote:

    Wow how is this cool:p

    8.14.13
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  44. Ikkelele wrote:

    This kind of unique and delicate work is amazing! Of course it worth the price!

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    4.6.16
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