There is so much buzzing around Melbourne right now, we have Bruno Mars touring for a couple of nights, Ed Sheeran doing the same and even did a short surprise performance this morning in Hosier Lane. KAWS is currently holidaying in Melbourne as it appears on his latest Instagram posts of him visiting the NGV and murals in Brunswick – seriously I thought an artist like him would never come here and now he’s actually here…I wish I bumped into him!! Good stuff Melbourne. On top of all that, the Melbourne Fashion Festival is in town and this year you’ll notice global luxury icons Hermes and Louis Vuitton have quietly made headlines this week. They’re here to let Melbourne in on their craftsmanship secrets and behind the scenes work from their headquarters in France. I was happy to see both and just like the awesome NGV Triennial, these are completely free for the public to see (only for a limited time). I’ll talk a bit about it shortly.
Starting off the Fashion Festival week, I attended a “Fashion and e-commerce in China” breakfast with my business partner as we’re currently in the latter stages of prototyping and testing our sleepwear range. The testing and sampling is the longest process so far due to the fact that Australia imposed strict regulations when it comes to nightwear and selected daywear designs for kids and babies. While this process is still going, we thought it’d be good to at least make use of Fashion Week and go to events like these and share a bit of our Lu & Mon journey. The breakfast was super early – I’m surprised we managed to show up on time to watch the sunrise (literally).
Shoutout to Gesualdo Terlato shoes who we met on the day.
Progressing into the week I visited the Hermes at work exhibition and it’s no surprise why Hermes bags are the most expensive. Every Hermes bag on earth is purely handmade and it takes one year of practice to master the Kelly, a base model bag of Hermes. Any imperfections spotted won’t make it to the shelves, instead, it gets sold at a discounted price to its staffers. Most of the people at Hermes have been there longer than I’ve been alive, and it’s a great opportunity for anyone looking into the leather business. Even a non fashion enthusiast surely anyone can find the beauty in the art of crafting. This exhibition is intimate and compact enough for you to get up close with the craftspeople who work in Hermes Paris. There are a few workstations and each one has it’s own specialty: watchmaker, bagmaker, the glover, the printer etc. Each workbench is accompanied by a translator to assist you with your endless queries while the crafters work.
I wrapped up the week with a visit to the Louis Vuitton Time Capsule Exhibition. It was more of an unplanned visit since my boyfriend and I just wanted to shop around Chadstone. But I remember seeing the ads on Facebook and forgot to add this to the reminders list. We were strolling with our coffee when we saw the LV exhibition in the corner of our eyes.
This exhibition takes you back in time to LV’s first few items right until the 21st century with bolder colours and modern collaborations. As soon as you walk in there’s a bagmaker handsewing her way through the iconic LV monogram leather. Like the Hermes workshop, you can ask her questions and get the translator to translate for you.