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Petit h Turns Hermès Cast-Offs into Treasures

Christina Garofalo

French luxury-goods house Hermès is having fun with some of its discarded and excess materials from the workshop by giving them to various artists to create a series of one-of-a-kind handcrafted accessories and toys ranging from leather stuffed animals to porcelain beaded bracelets. The items are part of the Petit h collection, which is being presented at the Madison Avenue store in New York from November 2 to 23.  Spearheaded by Pascale Mussard, granddaughter of Émile Hermès, who established the brand with his brother, the collection features 2,200 creations, including doorstops made from leather and pebbles ($730 to $760); and a bamboo and crocodile swing (price upon request). A series of items created specifically for the New York sale also will be available, such as a life-size panda bear made from calfskin ($100,000), as well as a collection of leather and crocodile coffee cup holders ($175 to $255) that come in a range of colors and can be personalized with the buyer’s initials.

After New York, the Petit h sale will move to Paris, Berlin, and Hong Kong in the upcoming months. About 400 pieces from the sales also will be available on the web  site. (www.hermes.com)

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