May 18, 2012

Hermès Leather Forever exhibition

Hermès celebrates its 175th anniversary with an exhibition in London at the Royal Academy Galleries. 
The show is in 12 rooms representing various leather collections, including equestrian, handbags, travel and accessories. On show are bespoke objects from the history of the company such as items commissioned by the Duke of Windsor for Wallis Simpson.

The exhibition allows fans to see some of the most stylish bags in the world,  including the two most iconic Hermès bags: the Kelly, named after Princess Grace, and the famous Birkin bag, created for Jane Birkin. At the end of the exhibition the show visits the brand’s origins as a  saddle workshop which was intended to elegantly outfit the horses in 19th-century Paris. 

Look out for the four handbags which have been specially created in celebration of the exhibition and will be auctioned for charity. 

Leather Forever is open to the public from May 8th to the 27th at The Royal Academy Galleries, 6 Burlington gardens, London W1. The exhibition is free entry to all visitors.