Only Hermes Can Make You Feel This Spoiled When Buying a Book

If you’ve been reading BNOTP for a while, you know I love collecting books about decorating and gardening. In the last few years, I’ve also purchased a few books on designer fashion, another topic I sometimes enjoy. I don’t buy a lot of fashion books but recently I saw one online that I’d heard about. It sounded really cute so I decided to order it.

 

This book is a bit unusual because it’s a pop-up book and from one of my favorite brands/designers, Hermes. It sounded adorable in the description and when I saw it was just $35, I decided to add it to my small fashion book collection.

The book is supposed to celebrate the theme, “Let’s Play.” Every year Hermes chooses a different theme for the year and Let’s Play was their theme in 2018, the year this book was first released.

My book arrived yesterday and I was both surprised and delighted by how it was packaged. Look at all that padding!  Hermes doesn’t do anything halfway, you would have thought I had purchased an expensive handbag, as nice as my book was packaged! I wish the books I order online always came this well-protected. The box had also been shipped in a waterproof bag.

 

The last few items I’ve ordered from Hermes have come in boxes with this cute image/message in the lid of the box. Bienvenue chez Hemes translates to: Welcome to Hermes. The image depicted is that of the Hermes flagship store in Paris. You can see the famous rooftop garden in the image. If I ever make it to Paris and visit the flagship store, I would love to see the garden in person.

 

Underneath all the padding I found this beautifully wrapped orange box. I don’t know what it is about these orange boxes but they have a way of making the heart pound just a little bit faster, even when you know it’s just a book inside. lol

 

The white envelope on the outside contained info about how an item can be returned, if needed. Shipping is always free both ways. The back was designed like an envelope and held the receipt.

 

I gently pulled that famous Hermes Bolduc ribbon and inside I found this. Have you ever ordered anything from Hermes? They are renowned for the crisp, white tissue paper you find inside all their packages. I’ve heard it described as looking as if it has been ironed because it’s always so crisp, clean and wrinkle-free. It makes you feel like you’re the first person who has ever touched the item inside. I thought about this as I lifted the lid and saw the first layer of paper.

 

Hermes packages always include two layers of tissue paper. That extra layer has a way of building the anticipation, especially when there’s a handbag hiding underneath. No handbags today, though. Drat! 😉

 

I’m not sure what I was expecting but the book was a bit bigger than I had anticipated. It was shrinkwrapped (yet, more protection) and padded all around.

 

I turned it over and this was on the back on the shrinkwrap covering. Wow, I couldn’t wait to see all the pop-ups!

 

Here’s how the book looked once the shrink-wrap was removed. The image on the front of the book depicts (in orange) one of Hermes’s most popular and iconic scarf designs: Brides de Gala. Brides de Gala is French for Gala Bridles. Hermes originally began in Paris in 1837 as a harness and bridle maker and the book features quite a few of Hermes’s most famous scarf designs in 3-D form. Or is it considered 4-D when it’s a pop-up?

 

This was the very first pop-up in the book. Love this design, it’s from their Zebra Pegasus scarf.

 

I actually have this scarf in the nano version, which is just a very small scarf for tying on bags and such.

Hermes Zebra Pegasus Nano Scarf

 

There are so many fun pages inside the book. This one has a pull tab. When pushed in, it depicts the scarf, Le Grand Prix du Faubourg which is a sort of fantasy scene on the street in front of the flagship Paris store. I love this scarf and almost purchased it a few years back. It came in many colorways, as do all their scarves.

 

When the tab is pulled out, another scarf appears! This is the Le Potager Extraordinaire scarf which translates in English to, The Extraordinay Vegetable Garden.

 

Some of the pages have pop-ups that spin and some slide. This is one of my favorites from the book but it’s not translating well in this flat photo. The scarf is titled The Pony Express and it’s a wonderful image with the horse and rider jutting right out into space. I could share many more pages but I don’t want to ruin all the surprises in case you are interested in adding this book to your collection at some point.

 

If you love art and fashion and could use a little whimsical pick-me-up during this time we all home a lot more than we would like to be, check out this cute book. There are around 11 “pop-ups” if you count both scarves on the sliding tab page. You’ll find this book available at the Hermes website here: Hermes Pop-Up Book.

 

Only Hermes can make you feel this spoiled when buying a book online. If you have a blacklight flashlight at home, don’t forget to check out their secret hidden logo on the box when it arrives.

(This is the flashlight I recently ordered for recharging the stars on the ceiling of my bedroom: Black Light Flashlight. I like that it comes with protective glasses.)

 

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Comments

  1. Judy Fisher says

    I wish you had shown more pictures as the site says they are all sold out

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  3. Oh is this the cutest!? I love it! And all that protection DOES make you feel special. 😉 Thanks for sharing this darling pop up, and thanks for the restocked link. Happy Wednesday!

    • I tell ya, other companies could learn a thing or two from Hermes. 🙂
      I think I screwed up when I orginally got the link for it because to find it, I had just clicked on my own order at the website, which I thought took me to it, but it may have just showed my own order instead. I found it the next time by searching for it on the website. So it may not have actually been out of stock. Or, maybe it was and their system needed a minute to catch up.
      Hope you having a great week, Barbara!

  4. Judy Fisher says

    Thank you. Just ordered it

  5. Robin Lambert says

    I collect pop-up books. Might just need this. Off the subject, but looking at your bookshelves, what do you think of the current design thing of putting the books on the shelves backwards? You can’t see the titles. I think it’s a bit weird and wouldn’t do it. I love my books and want to see them.

    • What a neat thing to collect! That would be a dangerous hobby for me take up, I would go crazy buying them. 🙂 I love the dinosaur ones I purchased for my grandsons back around the time we made-over their room with dinosaur bedding. They are amazing!
      I’ve seen that done in magazines and I’ve also seen where covers were made (usually white ones) that completely covered the spine so they all matched in color. I hate both. Like you, I love my books and I love seeing the spines and the plethora of covers. Maybe in those homes, no one ever actually takes a book off the shelf to read it so they have no need to see the spines/titles. Perhaps they would be better off with faux books instead of real books. I’ve heard a lot of decorators buy books in places like Goodwill because they can get them very cheaply for decorating. There are also places online that sell books in bulk for design purposes.

  6. Just love that book! Can hardly wait for it to be delivered!

    • It’s delightful, Gina! I think you’ll love it! I’ve looked through mine several times now and I keep noticing new things each time. 🙂

  7. I’m not sure which gets your heart beating faster, the orange Hermes boxes or the aqua Tiffany boxes. 😀 I love the care Hermes takes in packaging their products. It demonstrates their esteem for their creations, as well as for their customers.

  8. That is such a fun book. Just shows adults love pop up books as much as the kids. Just yesterday I made pop up cards with my great grandkids. That is always a good indoor activity. So nice to see how carefully Hermes shipped your book. Wish everyone took such precautions when shipping.

    • So true! That is so cool, Mary! I bet they loved that!
      I know, would be so nice! Over the years I’ve had to return a few from Amazon from bent spines and warped pages where they left the box too close to the edge of the porch and it got rained on.

  9. Nancy Greene says

    I too though it was out of stock, but when I went to the Hermes website I found it! I ordered one for my daughter-in-law for Christmas. I had to work hard to refrain from ordering one for myself.I collect pop-up books, and it is a dangerous hobby :).

  10. Deonna Bundrick says

    Now I want something from Hermes!!

  11. Michelle Humphreys says

    My book is in French. Is there a translation pamphlet?

  12. Michelle Humphreys says

    I really want to keep the book,but would like the English description

    • I don’t blame you, I would too. I think I would return it and keep an eye out for when they are back in stock. Maybe with everything that’s been going on, they are behind in restocking things.

  13. Michelle Humphreys says

    I would think Hermes would go the extra mile,like the elite company they purport to be. It was my mistake for not reading the description

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