Leather Forever

Hermès celebrates its 175-year anniversary this year and, to mark the occasion, is a new exhibition in the Royal Academy of Art’s sister space, 6 Burlington Gardens, London.

Take a journey into the leather-bound world of this iconic brand, best known for their world-famous Kelly and Birkin bags. There’s a whole intriguing history on display here, which began with founder Thierry Hermes making horse bridles and harnesses and has seen the business passed from one generation to another. There’s also a chance to see some very special Hermes items – including bags and scarves commissioned by the Duke of Windsor for Wallis Simpson – and newer creations such as a series of four unique bags designed to represent England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, which will be auctioned later this year. Also, not to be missed, are the bag-making demonstrations from Hermes’ Parisian craftspeople.

Runs 8 to 27 May, royalacademy.org.uk

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