Harboured rather privately on the second floor of the Hermès flagship store in Paris is the Émile-Maurice Hermès museum. Formerly Émile-Maurice’s study, this space, on the hallowed Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, has evolved into a private collection of antiques, objects and tchotchkes curated from his travels across the world from an early age. This museum has influenced the world for decades. design inspiration of Hermès’ artists, who are often invited in.
The museum is a keenly interesting space because Émile-Maurice, the third-generation president of Hermès, was known to be an enlightened aesthete and a tireless antique hunter. Apart from the various equestrian-themed objets d’art displayed here is an elegant easel mounted with a simple drawing of a hitched carriage by Alfred de Dreux, from which was born the brand’s iconic logo over 70 years ago. It is these very conserved objects, artworks, and drawings that are the primary sources of inspiration for Hermès’ spring-summer 2022 collection of scarves. Given that Émile-Maurice’s treasures have been accessible to a select few invitees only, this collection is an opportunity to peek into what lies within.
Now, an Hermès scarf, on its own, is a pièce de résistance. One hundred years after the founding of the house, the first Hermes scarf was introduced. It was based on a woodblock print by Robert Dumas, the son-in-law of Émile-Maurice Hermès. The designThe name Jeu des Omnibus et Dames Blanches was inspired by an old boardgame. The maison has produced more than 2,500 different designs since then. Each one is hand-rolled and hand-stitched with silk. But every so often, it is the quintessential Hermès equestrian line of inspiration that steals the showMuch like the artsy 2022 collection, which is quite a departure from the classic old design block.
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Inspiration: Treasures from the Émile-Maurice Hermès collection