Thursday’s Wall Street Journal had a piece about Petit h, the project of Hermès in which artisans working at their factory take left-over scraps and pieces and make new items. This is a little dog that my friend Coulda Shoulda Woulda sent me from London earlier in the winter. So cute. Instead of throwing these otherwise valuables away, Hermès is doing the ultimate recycling project.
The standards at Hermès are so stringent that if even one stitch is out of place, one thread is missing or one scratch is showing, the piece will not be sold. The project was started by Pascale Mussard, a member of the family which owns Hermès, who couldn’t stand seeing these scraps get tossed. She started “liberating” them and eventually found an artist who would work with the pieces.
She approached her family about the project after there was some inventory, and they agreed to move forward with the project. Thus, Petit h was born.
Just because the pieces are made with rejects and leftovers, doesn’t mean they’re inexpensive. Each piece is a work of art and one-of-a-kind. Each piece must meet the company’s exacting standards. Petit h items are only sold at the Hermès store in Paris's St. Germain, but for two weeks in June there will be a pop-up shop in Southern California, as there was in January in London.
On another note, it’s such fun to browse the Hermès website, especially the Les Ailes de Hermès section of the site. There are always gorgeous photographs,
If you google Petit h and the WSJ, you can read the article, otherwise it’s behind a paywall, and I don’t know if my link will work.