Singapore is no stranger to cool events in the music, fashion and art landscapes, but Hermes’ upcoming Carre Club promises to blow all that out of the water. An uber interactive day-to-night pop-up dedicated to the craft and history of the house’s carre (scarf), the travelling club has landed in cities New York and Toronto on its whistle-stop tour of the world — opening doors in Singapore from October 19, and due to head on to Los Angeles and Milan next month. And here’s the thing: everyone’s invited. Simply sign up at the link that’s at bottom of the article.
Now, having previewed the place, we give you a more detailed breakdown of what you can expect to do, see and leave the Carre Club with (read: fun souvenirs):
1. Check in and get your member’s card
Called the Carre Check, this counter is one of the first things you’ll see after stepping into the foyer. Make sure to check in and not skip it as you’ll be given a map plus information card of the entire space, as well as a member’s card that allows you to sign up for various activities.
2. Watch designers and artists at work, plus get your portrait drawn
The Carre Studio is host to a group of creatives that illustrate on-site and interact with pop-up goers. Artist Gianpaolo Pagni, designer Alice Shirley, illustrator Keng Saw and local artist Izziyana Suhaimi to name a few, will be present to create with the carre live, draw portraits, and chat with the curious.
We particularly love Octave Marsal and Theo de Gueltzl’s (the Drawing Duet) cadavre exquis — a sight to behold. Look closely and you’ll see tiny, intricate buildings nestled seamlessly with gorgeous blooms.
If Pagni’s vibrant stamp work on Hermes’ scarves don’t put you in a good mood, we don’t know what will.
For those who love keepsakes, get in line to have a cheeky portrait of yourself done up. Fair warning: Saw’s station attracts quite the crowd, so be prepared to wait patiently for a turn.
Ever fancied naming a colour? At the Carre Club, you can.
3. Karaoke and dance the night away
The Carre Club is well, a club after all. A karaoke booth outfitted in Hermes scarves (fits four people at once) invites attendees to exercise their singing chops. There will be a queue, so we suggest that you put yourself on the list upon arrival, and you’ll be notified via text message five minutes before your turn. No points for guessing: it’s called the Carre-Ok. More after-hours fun comes by way of the the Carre Disco — a lounge by day and dance floor by night.
4. Have fun playing dress up with wigs and get a manicure
With manicure sessions and wigs to dress up in, the Carre Cut (the club’s salon) is definitely a hit with the ladies. And some men. While you can’t pick the style of wig — they all come in severe bobs a la Sia — you’ll have multiple hair colours to choose from ranging platinum to red and jet-black. Trust us when we say this room’s a riot; you can even customise your faux mane by having patterns stencilled onto it.
5. Attend literary readings and fuel up at the cafe
Featuring a Southeast Asian-inspired food and drink menu, the Carre Cafe is more than just a pit-stop — it is to also host readings, and is fitted with arcade games like pinball machines to keep you entertained.
6. Discover the history of Hermes’ carres
Pop into the phone booth at the Carre Club and listen in to Carre Stories, where the scarf’s colourful past and present will be told through recordings.
7. Stop by the Carre Park
While a car derby will not be taking place here, a skate-off (of sorts), will. The Carre Park, a skate ramp swathed in Hermes carre prints, will see pros elegantly take the stage and perform to music.
8. Leave with a special memento
You have to enter the Carre Club’s gift shop — if not to buy anything, to bask in the carre universe. With scarves on display all round (and even the floor covered in carre prints), a limited edition Ex-Libris bandana 55 in silk twill to celebrate the pop-up is available here, and only here.
When: October 19 – 21
Opening hours: 11.00am – 8.00pm
Where: 3 Lady Hill Road, Singapore 258672
How: Sign up for free, here.
Attendees can access Carre Club via Hermes’ complimentary shuttle service from the taxi stands located at Liat Towers and Plaza Singapura. The vans run in 15-minute intervals. If you’re heading to Carre Club by your own means of transport, do note that parking of cars are not available at the location.