Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Hospitality of Cousins

Ah, it's good to be back! I'm so excited to finally be blogging again... new mac intact, with a beautiful (ginormous!) monitor and ready to get you the latest and best news and info on all things designery from southern Africa!

I was recently very excited to read on one of my daily blog reads, Habitually Chic, that Koto Bolofo's new book on Hermes is out soon... of course, I have blogged about Koto before, the very talented photographer from Lesotho and now being welcomed all over the world to take his beautiful photos.

Although I'm not sure I can afford the book, I will certainly be perusing it at the nearest opportunity... this little story from the product description at has my interest piqued:
...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."

I'd love to see the inner workings of such a great, beautiful, creative and success brand.

See more of Koto Bolofo's work at Jed Root, Inc, with more info at the publisher's website.

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