Festival des Métiers at Hermès Houston With Birkin Bags (Gasp!)

If all you know about fashion label Hermès is that it's hard to pronounce (air-MEZZ) you will have the opportunity to learn a lot more next week at the Festival des Métiers, an in-store event at Hermès Houston.

The event, billed as "a rendez-vous with Hermès craftsmen" promises to let us inside the secret language of Hermès ateliers. The website for the event is maddeningly short on details, but the scrolling list of hints--cadrer, remater, couper, perler, coudre, bichonner, griffer, fileter, astiquer, roulotter--had me scrambling for my old French-English dictionary.

Cadrer is to frame, couper is to cut, and astiquer is to polish. Don't ask me to conjugate anything though, okay?

If you are, in fact, acquainted with Hermès you are probably most familiar with the famous Birkin bag--an iconic fashion symbol of wealth, luxury, and status that has been featured and referenced in many television shows, books, and movies. Will & Grace had an episode in which Grace covets Will's ex-girlfriend's Birkin; Sex & the City's Samantha uses a famous client (Lucy Liu) to get her hands on one; dreamy Logan Huntzberger gave one to Rory Gilmore on Gilmore Girls. The Birkin starts at around $10,000.

This four-day event will allow Hermès fans to see the craftsmen and women who create the fashion house's custom, one-of-a-kind pieces of luxury art; to view their craft, their process, up close and personal. It promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many of us, a chance to own a piece of Hermès for ourselves--if only in our memories. The Hermès Festival des Métiers will be held October 10-14 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hermès is located at 1800 Post Oak Boulevard, next door to Philippe Restaurant + Lounge. To learn more about Hermès visit them on YouTube.

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Christina Uticone