In addition to gorgeous print ads, Hermès produced a lush lookbook to showcase the new ski collection. The inspiration for the line evidently is 19th century mountaineering.
Garments utilize traditional materials updated with technical performance characteristics: anti-UV calfskin leather, waterproof broadcloth, windproof stretch canvas and goose down, cashmere and mink which require no updating to provide warmth and luxurious softness. Accessories include goggles, leather-wrapped helmet and silk balaclava in an exquisite print for which Hermès is legendary. The color palette is quiet and subdued with curry yellow punctuating chalk white, camel and black. Consult the Hermès web site to view the collection.
All this fanciness does not come cheap – a quick estimate puts the price tag for a Hermès ski jacket and pant ensemble at seven thousand dollars, never mind the requisite layers and accessories. My next post will swing to the other end of the spectrum and get real with incredibly pleasing ultra light down at the entry price of fifty dollars from fast fashion giant Uniqlo. . .