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View some of the curios that third-generation Hermes proprietor, Emile-Maurice Hermes, collected on his travels

The exhibition, titled Hermes Heritage, will be held 11 to 19 May at Hermes Liat Towers.

If you look at the Curiosities section of an Hermes store, you might see a handsome magazine rack made of maple wood, and covered with sheets of leather so that it resembles a saddle.

A witty tribute to Hermes’ equestrian roots, indeed, but the house’s designers do have a treasure trove of inspiration: the Emile Hermes museum right above the brand’s flagship store on Faubourg Saint-Honore in Paris, a by-invitation-only space that Hermes designers are encouraged to visit for inspiration.

Home to countless curios that third-generation Hermes proprietor Emile-Maurice Hermes collected on his travels, the museum’s collection reflects its founder’s philosophy of beauty through usefulness.

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From May 11 to 19 this month, you can catch a glimpse of some of those historical objects at a nine-day exhibition titled “Hermes Heritage – In Motion” at Hermes Liat Towers.  Focusing on the luxury maison’s enduringly lighthearted approach to the theme of travelling and roaming, the showcase includes exhibits that will surprise or delight.

For instance, a walking stick that opens to reveal a secret compartment holding various types of cutlery, giving cheeky new meaning to the concept of a cane picnic basket. Or an early silk scarf, featuring a circular design of horse-drawn carriages, inspired by a board game from the 1800s. Get ready to embark on a journey through time.

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