Hermès celebrates its 175th anniversary with an exhibition in London illustrating the company’s relationship with leather over the years.
The show is divided into 12 rooms representing various leather collections – including equestrian, travel, handbags and accessories.
It highlights a number of historic pieces, including the two most iconic Hermès bags: the Kelly, named after Princess Grace, and the Birkin, created for Jane Birkin.
Towards the end, the show visits the brand’s origins as a modest saddle workshop intended to elegantly outfit the horses in 19th-century Paris.
Don’t miss the four handbags which have been specially created in celebration of the exhibition and will be auctioned for charity!
Leather Forever is open to the public May 8 – 27 at The Royal Academy Galleries, 6 Burlington gardens, London W1. The exhibition is free entry to all visitors.