It’s Saturday night and I’m hanging out by myself reading and listening to music, something I haven’t done in a really long while. I used to do this a lot before I graduated from high school, which I completely enjoyed, and somehow I forgot how relaxing it felt. Not that this matters for what this post is going to be about.
This week I received as a little gift, the November issue of British Vogue, and truth be told, the articles are so interesting, the magazine is beautifully formatted and the website is not the best one. Surprise? Absolutely! If it’s part of the Vogue or Condé Nast‘ family, you’re only expecting the best, isn’t that right?
Well, as I mentioned like a thousand times before on the previous posts, I’m currently working as part of the Vogue Mexico’s online team, and I’ve had the chance to observe and learn how to build a beautiful, clean and successful website by writing different types of notes, uploading galleries and taking care of almost every single detail that involves designing and keeping up with the main web page and the competition.
This is why it surprises me so much, that Vogue.co.uk is kind of not messy, but not good-looking compared to AmericanVogue.com, or to Vogue.mx. The browsing is not easy, and I know they’re the first ones to upload the latest news about fashion, but the format or something is not quite right. It’s not comfortable to navigate through their website. Besides, they don’t upload the main stories of the magazines’ issues, which takes a couple of points off, comparing them to the main and strongest competition.
Now, coming back to the November issue (I can rarely stay talking about only one subject, sorry)… From the many articles that were published in the printed magazine, there was one that caught my eye, and I kept like thinking about it, because I didn’t have a clue about the subject of this article that I’m going to talk about. It is about the fact that now, or recently, high-fashion/luxury brands RECYCLE. The weird thing is that until this month, for what I know, there are no big publications about this subject.
The brand they’re focusing on? Hermès. The recycling project? They make toys with the scraps and pieces that are no longer useful for the production of the fashion items. And they’re not any type of toys. Professional craftsmen and artisans produce them, at the point were it became an associated label/brand to la maison.
The project/brand is called Petit H, and the whole project was born from the fact that one of the family members, a sixth-generation heiress of the brand, Pascale Mussard, grew up by taking home the pieces that were no longer useful for her to play and construct things. The idea developed throughout the years until it became Petit H. The workshops take almost every single scrap to transform them into leather lionesses; crocodile frame mirrors, and wood, leather and silk yachts.
Because they’re part of the Hermès family you can’t expect them to be cheap or even affordable. But, if you have money and kids, this is definitely the way to go. The products are absolutely beautiful, and the designs reflect a sort of creativity and artistic explosion.
P.S. If you live in the US, UK, Mexico or anywhere else where they sell the British Vogue, go buy it. The articles are entertaining, funny and again, it’s a great way to spend your time, or take a little break from the daily routine.