Bali Barret Hermès


‘We literally cook up the colors in a big pot.’

Bali Barret takes us inside the Herms colour kitchen.

By Thomas Lenthal
Photographs by Antoine Seiter

Hermès launched its first carré – that being ‘square’ or silk scarf in English – in 1937, after a century of making leather harnesses and bridles for the European elite. Their first, featuring a print showing women playing board games, marked the beginning of a practice as emblematic of Hermès as its iconic boxes. However, the house’s approach to colour is not quite as straightforward as those signature orange boxes suggest.

Bali Barret, the wonderfully titled Artistic Director of the Women’s Universe at Hermès, talks us through the creation of its 75,000-plus colours, and the idiosyncratic appeal of Hermès silk. Read the feature in full in our archive.