Hermes Opens Up Historical Exhibit 'Harnessing the Roots' in Beverly Hills

by Elizabeth Hsieh


Hermes invites Los Angeles to dive into its rich history and tight-knit familial heritage with its Beverly Hills exhibit, Harnessing the Roots. Inside the brand's Rodeo Drive boutique, the exhibit (which shows through April 7) showcases the artistry of Emile Hermes' collection, the treasures of the house's Conservatory of Creations, and the latest in its contemporary designs.

Throughout, visitors are immersed in the curation of Bruno Gaudichon and Laurence Fontaine--curators who intentionally arranged the objects to tell a thematic, rather than chronological, story lead by its equestrian heritage.


One theme sets in lens on The Haut à courroies bag, which was originally intended for riders. The early 20th century bag could hold a saddle, boots, bridles and all other riding essentials, but  soon was re-categorized as a travel bag. Another is exhibition opener, the Brides de gala from the 19th-century Rothschild bridle. It recalls the emblematic Brides de gala silk scarf, designed by Hugo Grygkar and created by Hermès in 1957.

Visitors witness the transformation and development of the Hermes house through the delicate yet powerful mixture of equestrian materials, du jour collections, and timeless curiosities. 


The exhibit is complimented by documentary archives and a film from 1962--one in which Robert Dumas, heir and director of Hermes, speaks about the fine art of saddle-making.

Clearly, Hermes has perfected the art of timelessness.


Written by Libby Hsieh
Photos c/o Hermes