Via the every fashionable blog of Frontier Psychiatry, I was directed to the Hermes website last night. I fell into the rabbit hole.
First off, I love Hermes. I have made the pilgrimage to the flagship at 24 rue faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris.
Where I purchased my first Hermes purchase. An Hermes Orange leather ring with a silver H on it. When they asked me if I wanted it gift wrapped I answered emphatically "Yes." And when they asked if I would like just a small register receipt or a larger multiple carbon receipt I answered, "Both." Then when I asked if I could just slide the antique leather desk set with card holder off the register area and into my bag, they told me, "Sadly, I can not allow that. It used to sit on the desk of M. Hermes when the company first began." All in her perfectly lovely French accent and so sweet to me. I thought I would wet myself. Luckily we were just behind the Hôtel de Crillion and as that was our next stop, I could sit down and unwrap my gift to myself.
Please note the ring, the Hermes Bag, the gift box just under my hand which is holding a glass of Tattinger champagne and the clever placement of the Hôtel de Crillon ashtray in the background.
I was hooked. I obsessed over all things Hermes and when we moved I took the bag the ring came in and got paint tinted to match and that is the color of our dining room.
I was already in major obsession mode over acquiring an Hermes Belt when I noticed this in Legally Blonde The Musical:
And so I sprang into full obsession mode and a few months later I bought:
It lives in its box in a very special drawer where no dogs can find it or touch it. It does not travel in checked baggage. If it does travel it rides in a felt bag in my carry on. It is reversible black or orange. It gets worn whenever I can find a reason. Mostly in black. I am often trying to build an outfit around the orange side.
All of this is still just the lead up to discovering the Hermes Corporate website tonight.
Each photo is an interactive site all unto itself.
#1 download your own Kelly Bag pattern. Print it out and build one at home.
#2 master glove maker. Unbelievably talented.
#3 cologne ad. HOT.
And on, and on, and on...
There is even a site that leads you to window shop the world of Hermes store by store in foreign locales, which is how I found this window display in Bahrain. And now I must have an Hermes Orange Eiffel Tower for my own home. I will clear a space for it tonight.
So this is where I will be for a few hours tomorrow. Exploring each and every zone of the website. Square by square. My heart racing with each glimpse of the signature orange. My mouth watering over the luxury of the craft. My eyes misting up over the possibility of selecting my next desired object...
Oh, by the way, it's this:
It will match the blue ring I bought in Hawaii a couple of years ago. And since I've already got the buckle, I just need the leather belt. I am on a mission!