Koto Bolofo: La Maison

Koto Bolofo: La Maison


Edited by Koto Bolofo, Edited by Gerhard Steidl, Text by Chantelle Du Menehould, Designed by Koto Bolofo, Designed by Gerhard Steidl

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  • Publisher: Steidl Verlag
  • Format: Hardback | 1100 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 232mm x 168mm | 5,461g
  • Publication date: 31 May 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Gottingen
  • ISBN 10: 3865219128
  • ISBN 13: 9783865219121
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 123,066

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For the past four years, innovative fashion photographer Koto Bolofo has had behind-the-scenes access to the Hermes fashion empire. Bolofo, well known for his portraits and fashion shoots, and published in such prestigious periodicals as "Vogue," "Esquire" and "i-D," came to "Monde d'Hermes" in 2004, when he met Hermes head, Jean-Louis Dumas, one of 17 cousins who constitute the fifth generation heading the company. Bolofo recalls that "Mr. Dumas asked where I came from. I said South Africa. He asked what part. I said Lesotho. He was shocked and very excited. He explained that his great, great, great grandfather was a missionary in Lesotho and that the Zulus used to attack his mission, but the Sothos--my tribe--protected him... He called me his cousin and said that his cousin was welcome any time and I had carte blanche to photograph what I liked in Hermes." "La Maison" contains exclusive images made as Bolofo worked his way through Hermes' workshops, discovering how their wares are made, from handbags, perfumes, scarves, pret-a-porter and shoes to the first accessory ever produced by the house: saddles. Nothing escaped his lens, not even the museum, a treasure trove of Hermes history, tucked away on Rue du Faubourg St. Honore.

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