Today I was reminiscing about a trip to Paris four years ago with a couple of good friends, for some reason.
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Visiting this museum is usually only possible if you know someone at Hermes in Paris and make arrangements in advance — which is what I did, securing entry to this very private display for myself and some friends who had joined my trip from Manila.
It was our second trip together to Paris in four months, and we were doing Paris the Travelife way, after all.
Instead, we were asked to go to the side entrance which is also used by Hermes executives and staff.
We were first shown the Hermes workshop for saddles on top of the store.
Yes, Hermes is now a global ultra-luxury brand but on top of its main shop, it still makes saddles in an airy workshop manned by a leather craftsman with over 30 years of experience and a handful of apprentices.
We asked the price in euros and it was in the high five-digits. Someone whispered that it was going to a member of a Middle Eastern royal family.
This was the Hermes museum which many designers and dignitaries visit when in Paris, including Princess Diana, not long before her death.
OF THIS VERY PRIVATE MUSEUM
She continued: “And some items come from the workshops themselves, or they were purchased by the Hermes family and used as inspiration for designs and products of Hermes.”
|Assorted military uniforms and medals|
|The desk used by the founder of Hermes, complete with all his personal effects
such as inkstands, stationery boxes and seals.
An eagle-eyed staff member of Hermes happened to spot it and it was purchased then and there for the private collection of Hermes.
Thankfully, this wheelbarrow has been preserved and its story is now known to more people.
But anyway, here are photos of some of the other interesting things in the Hermes Museum, on just another wonderful day in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.