Crafting, the Hermès Way



A miniature jewelry chest, made of crocodile and calfskin, designed by Christian Astuguevielle for Petit h.

Rouchon Paris ©Hermes

Pascale Mussard, the artistic director and sixth generation scion of the Hermès family, insists she “can find use for anything.” Her knack for repurposing is put to the test at Petit h, a salon des refusés of sorts, where she and her team of artisans and designers give new life to reams of raw silk, strips of crocodile skin and other extras from the Hermès ateliers. Objects range from the practical (reusable leather cupholders) to the purely playful (animal masks woven from silk scarves), but all exhibit the love of material and attention to detail for which Hermès is known. In December, Petit h will host pop-up shops at the brand’s Manhattan boutiques, complete with craft tables for guests to discover what Mussard calls “the joy of inventing.”

Correction: December 3, 2016

A picture caption with an entry in the “This and That” feature on page 66 this weekend about the pop-up events Petit h is hosting at Hermès’s Manhattan boutiques misspells the surname of a designer who works with the line. He is Christian Astuguevieille, not Astuguevielle.

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