Leather Forever 隽永的皮革

Hermès announces the arrival of the Leather Forever exhibition in Singapore, the exhibition celebrates Hermès’ relationship with leather, the first material tamed by the house. Leather Forever takes the visitor on a poetic journey exploring Hermès’ love of this fine material, presenting items from Hermès’ past as well as some of its latest creations. Craftsmen from the Hermès workshops in Paris will be present to demonstrate the art of leather working by creating some of its iconic bags on site.


5. Savoir-Faire_Craftsman

4. Savoir-Faire

At Hermès, material reigns supreme.The tanner selects the skins, the cutter “reads” the leather, the saddle-maker/ leather-worker fashions the object from start to finish, infuses it with life, emotional presence. Each piece is signed. It is unique.

10. Variations on Kelly and Birkin

Two bags. Two legends.

Both were born under a muse’s inspiration. Artists have played a thousand variations on these two themes. The poets and composers of leather and colour have come up with endless incarnations. Miniaturised. Coloured. Outsize. Historiated. Married. Crossover. Amused. Punk. Jazz. Folk. Rock. Baroque.

8. The Spirit of the Nomad
THE SPIRIT OF THE NOMAD Leaving, going on the road, travelling in every latitude with the necessary and – why not? – the superfluous. Trunks and bags are an invitation to travel.

As a prelude to the exhibition, guests are invited to embark on their journey with Little Room of Wanders at the historic Asian Civilisations Museum. This extract of objects from the Emile Hermès museum in Paris’ Faubourg Saint-Honoré brings a little piece of the heart of Hermès to Singapore in honour of the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence. Paintings, equestrian objects, ingenious mechanisms, rare books and unusual knick-knacks – blithely immune to fashion – have become a permanent source of inspiration for the house’s designers.

To celebrate the exhibition, Hermès has created five Kellydoll bags in honour of each decade of Singapore’s independence.

作为前奏展览,参股者可开始先通过历史悠久亚洲文明博物馆的 Little Room of Wanders 小展室。那是爱马仕传人Emile Hermes收集的古董小玩意,这些是从爱马仕巴黎总店二楼的博物馆珍藏品中挑选部分空运至新加坡,以庆祝新加坡国家独立 50 周年。各式绘画品、马术物件,稀有书籍,巧妙造型不寻常的小玩意,也是爱马仕设计师们的灵感泉源。为了体现诚意,爱马仕特别为纪念新加坡独立每10年里程碑设计了共5个限量Kellydoll手袋包包。

7. The Horse, the First Client_horse racing

It all started with the horse and for the horse. One hundred and seventy-eight years later, as the inspiration for so many Hermès objects, it is lavished with attention: saddles, all manner of riding equipment – only the best is enough.


signed by Martin Guillaume Biennais
Mahogany, brass, crystal, silver, tortoise shell, leather & ivory
Paris, circa 1798-1809
Emile Hermès collection

CHINESE SADDLE3_Selle-Hermes2-Hi-Res
Carved lacquered wood, ivory

Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)
Emile Hermès collection


Patented P.L. SagnterCopyright-Didier-Massard1

19th century parasol-walking stick cane with integrated parasol in pheasant feathers lined with silk and Meissen porcelain handle.

Silk, pheasant feathers, wooden shaft painted in hawthorn pattern, Porcelain handle.

Paris, 19th century
Emile Hermès collection


You believe that Pegasus, the mythical horse, had a saddle and you’d like to see it?

To invent what doesn’t exist, you need to dream. At Hermès, the wildest desires are the worthiest challenges. The solution may take some finding.

9. Discretion and Simplicity
DISCRETION & SIMPLICITY And what if the greatest virtue was the ability to go unnoticed? Getting rid of the superfluous and keeping only the essential? Simplicity is self-evident.

ZOUZOU1. Zouzou

Rhinoceros in white ostrich skin
created by Leïla

Menchari for the windows of the 24, faubourg Saint- Honoré store, in Paris (1978)

2. An orange box for every object
AN “ORANGE BOX” FOR EVERY OBJECT It appeared at the dawn of the 1920s. First white with a golden edging, then mustard with a brown edging, the box came with the creations that supplemented the house’s traditional work as a harness and saddlemaker. Robert Dumas, at the head of the company from 1951 to 1978, had the idea of a colour and a slight grain inspired by natural leather. In the early 1960s, the house definitively adopted this colour and the “orange box” became a signature.
12. Star Bags
To celebrate the exhibition, Hermès has created five Kellydoll bags in honour of each decade of Singapore’s independence.

Images courtesy of ArtScience Museum