Hermes Festival of Crafts highlights French brand's artisans

  • The Hermes Festival fo Crafts offers a behind the scenes look at the artisans who create the French designer's silks, leather goods and more.
The Hermes Festival fo Crafts offers a behind the scenes look… (Hermes, Baltimore Sun )
March 17, 2011

Hermes Festival of Crafts

What: Want to see how the iconic Birkin or Kelly bag gets made? A weeklong exhibit and celebration of craftsmanship from the renowned French design house Hermes is the place to get a peek behind the scenes.

The festival features demonstrations by the craftsmen and artisans who are the skill behind Hermes, which opened in Paris in 1837 as a maker of harnesses and saddles and today creates luxurious handbags, scarves, jewelry and other objects.

Visitors will be able to watch as craftsmen display skills in leathermaking, silk engraving, jewelry making and much more.

The traveling exhibit has already appeared in Seattle and Chicago, and Washington is the only stop on the East Coast.

Where: Hermes of Paris, Fairfax Square at Tysons Corner, Va.

When: Friday through March 30, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

How much: Free

What's nearby: Make it a girlfriends' getaway by combining your visit with a trip to the nearby Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa.

Information: Call 703-506-4546

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