A piece of leather that could’ve been a Birkin bag becomes a one-of-a-kind bracelet. Leftover silk from a scarf is transformed into a vibrant pair of shoelaces.
At Hermès, unused materials are not wasted. Instead, they become new accessories and trinkets under the house’s petit h label.
Petit h was launched in 2010 by Hermès’ former co-creative director Pascale Mussard, the great-great-great-granddaughter of founder Thierry Hermès. Instead of discarding materials that were rejected in the production of Hermès goods because of defects or being discontinued, Mussard wanted to create a new life for them.
“A shard of ceramic might become an earring, a leather panel, a paperweight in the form of a mushroom,” says Mark Recker, director of public relations for Hermès.