If there’s one way to bring a touch of character to a French luxury house, it’s with a series of stop-motion animated films filled with nothing but props and accessories.
Enter then Hermès, which has released a total of four short spots featuring classic items from the company (scarves, ties, homeware) alongside sports-themed equipment that comes to life to beautifully show off the eccentric, playful and quirky nature of the brand.
China plates play ping pong while handbags spectate for instance (as above), or pairs of shoes are seen emerging from a picnic basket and leapfrogging one another (as below). The croquet spot then features silk ties coiling into hoops through which the balls travel, and in “No Sport”, pétanque balls are seen delicately snoozing on cushions under a tree (both also below).
The films were directed by Simon Cahn and are part of the brand’s spring/summer 2013 “Long Live Sport” campaign.
An interactive segment of the Hermès website has also been released, which invites users to navigate an illustrated garden map to find the sporting activity, and accordingly the video, of their choice.