The Emile Hermès Museum in Paris is a secret magical wonderland


The Emile Hermès Museum in Paris is a secret magical wonderland

Hidden away in the maison's flagship store

By ELLE team  November 12th, 2018

This is a museum of memories, where time lingers in every corner. The wood-panelled, temperature-controlled rooms on the top floor of the Hermès flagship store on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore, were once the workrooms of Charles-Émile Hermès, who took over the family’s horse harness business from his father, Thierry, in 1880.

 
 
 
 

This enchanting spot houses extraordinary objets d’art collected during the lifetime of Émile-Maurice Hermès, Charles-Émile’s son, who in turn succeeded him. The space is a revelation of sorts: it is a reflection of the company’s history and legacy. From equestrian antiques to hand-stitched saddles and company-produced leather accessories like carriage harnesses and bridles, the museum serves as a constant source of inspiration. It is like an old curiosity shop, where royal carriages made from paper collide with leather trunks made in the 18th century. However, the collection is on view by private appointment only making it Paris’s best-kept secret.

Photographs: Thibault Breton, Guy Lucas de Peslouan