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Tribute to Leïla Menchari, the enchanting designer of Hermès’ Window

Tribute to Leïla Menchari, the enchanting designer of Hermès’ Window

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Designer, decorator, window dresser but also feminist, Leïla Menchari had a thousand and one talents. Artistic director at Hermès for more than fifty years, the Tunisian artist passed away this Saturday 4 April at the age of 93. Portrait.

 

Born in Tunis in 1927 and trained at the city’s Institut supérieur des Beaux-Arts, Leïla Menchari’s art has always smelled of her native Tunisia. As a child, she was already introduced to Mediterranean perfumes and scents in her family home in Hammamet, and discovered the joys of the flowered countryside and the blue sea. “The Garden taught me everything. Beauty, grace, but also work“, she will affirm later.

 

Leila Menchari © Carole Bellaiche

 

Nourished by sunshine and incense, she moved to Paris at the age of 21 and entered the capital’s École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, before getting in touch with Hermès decorator Annie Beaumel.

 

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