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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Footsteps across the world collection

Hermès endeavours to create objects that withstand the test of time and to forge lasting connections with the surrounding world. Film and documentary maker Frédéric Laffont, winner of the Albert Londres award, brings his humanistic perspective to bear as he walks in the house’s footsteps and gives free rein to his camera.
With curiosity awakened, we navigate between stories and portraits, carried along by gestures and places, and taking discovery to the ends of the earth…
Our relationship with sustainable development shines through this Footsteps across the World collection.
 

 

All the films

 
 
 
  • Footsteps accross the world: Kyoto, Japan Footsteps accross the world: Kyoto, Japan
  • Kyoto, Japan

    Droplets, waves and mountains… the etchings held prisoner in blocks of stone were the inspiration for the Japanese master bookbinders’ marbled paper. Inkjet printing has transposed these effects to fabric, without ever equalling the delicacy and radiance of the patterns found by Hermès in an old album in the archives of its Lyon textile sector. After years of research, this technique of silk marbling using a compressed, through-coloured starch paste was rediscovered in Kyoto. The Nose family’s company, Kyoto Marble, is its custodian.
     
  • Pantin, France

    Recognisable by their trademark white coats, which have earned them the nickname the Blouse Brothers, the Prudhomme brothers, Lionel and André, are supervisors at the Pantin leather workshop. But beyond their clothing, their skills honed by four decades with the house have given them the status of mentors, dispensing precious advice with a keen eye for the smallest detail. They pass on to their fellow leather craftsmen the secrets of flawless finishes and the requisites for a perfect bag.
  • Pantin, France Pantin, France
  • London, United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
  • London, United-Kingdom

    The Goldfinger Factory spreads out under the Trellick Tower’s 320 metres of concrete. In this underprivileged part of West London, young people become talented apprentices with the support of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès. Recycled wood and metal sheets are transformed into contemporary furniture. A social enterprise that focuses on style. 
  • Kongussi, Burkina Faso

    Place a cooking pot upside down on the ground and draw around it. Then take a termite mound, some straw, and donkey dung to obtain the refractory material for an ecological stove. In Kongoussi in Burkina Faso, the Tiipaalga association teaches women how to build these fuel-efficient wood-burning stoves, which are less polluting and improve living conditions. This is just one idea amongst many initiatives supported locally by Hermès through the Livelihoods fund. 
  • Kongussi, Burkina Faso Kongussi, Burkina Faso
  • Montbron, France Montbron, France
  • Montbron, France

    The River Tardoire meanders through the fields where Limousine cows graze lazily. Montbron, in its picture postcard landscape, was sliding into oblivion. The opening of the Hermès leather workshop created over 250 jobs that contributed to the regeneration of this town in the Charentes area of southwestern France. Families are moving back in, a nursery class has reopened, and community activities resumed. A renaissance.