PIERRE HARDY HAS THE MIDAS TOUCH AT HERMÈS

15Jun10

In the world of accessories, Pierre Hardy inspires intense reactions. Retailers love him, shoe collectors obsess over him, and other designers simply envy him. And with good reason: He’s achieved success in both the high-fashion stratosphere and on the mass market—he’s been behind Balenciaga’s headline-grabbing shoes since 2001, and has designed capsule footwear collections for the Gap since 2007. His creative prowess also finds its way into other passions; it’s a lesser-known fact that he’s a jewellery designer for Hermès.

Riding on the success of his role as creative director for Hermès footwear since 1990, he was asked in 2001 to assume responsibility for the house’s core silver jewellery collection as well. “The similarity is in the designing, the drawing,” says Hardy in his heavily accented English when asked about how the processes for designing jewellery and shoes compare. He’s dressed in classic shades of grey and his signature horn-rimmed glasses when we meet in the atelier of the Hermès flagship in Paris. The unexpected darkness of the space is in striking contrast to the still-sunny evening outside, but Hardy will not be cowed by the dusk. Taking a flashlight in hand, he illuminates each jewel.

“The first process is not so different, but all the process after is another planet—different materials, different » atelier and different timing,” he says. “With shoes, if you’ve missed [the moment] you do another collection next season, but with the jewellery, you make it [to last] for years. The philosophy of the product is very different.”

via FASHION Magazine | Pierre Hardy has the Midas touch at Hermès.

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