|Ali Baba's cave?! No, it's just one of the glittering window displays at Hermés.|
Imagine, if you will, me sitting on bus 72 squinting at the screen of my iPhone to read the Twitter feed rather than looking out the window to admire the Eiffel Tower, the Place de la Concorde and the Louvre. Right about the time that the bus pulled away from Pont Neuf, I rubbed my eyes in disbelief, re-read the following tweet and felt a pang of jealousy.
Kate Mai @maihem 12 Jan
Off to tour Hermes atelier. Not bad for a Thursday morning. Hoping for party favors!
What! How did Kate, an even "newbier" newbie to Paris than me, manage to get inside the hallowed doors of the Hermés workshop? For a few seconds, I felt like the kid who read a tweet from her friend Charlie saying that he had just found the last golden ticket to Willie Wonka's chocolate factory inside his Wonka Bar. Fortunately, it didn't take me long to snap out of it and realize that I would also get to have a glimpse inside the Hermés workshop because Kate's a fellow American expat blogger. Talk about good luck! Since I thought that some of you would enjoy reading about the unique special orders, like an Hermés apple carrier, that the artisans produce and seeing Kate's behind-the-scenes photos, I asked if I could link to her post. Being a warm-hearted native of Texas, she kindly agreed. So, click on over to Mais Oui Paris if you would like to join Kate on her tour of Hermés.
Other news: The Hermés Private Sale is January 18-21. Rather than write a post about my visit to the sale yesterday, here's the link for one that I wrote last June. The only difference between the two is that I spent about 40 minutes waiting in line to get into the sale and then another 30 minutes waiting for my turn to look at the scarves, which are now 175€ marked down from 292€.