April in Paris

American Made Since 2000

Beatrice Amblard

San Francisco, California
I am a Hermes trained artisan. My line of fine leather accessories mainly focuses on custom pieces. I love bringing a design to life.

Tell us about your business.

At 16 I enrolled in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris. Immediately after graduation, I was hired by Hermes in Paris as an apprentice leather artisan. In 1987, Hermès appointed me an “Ambassador” to their newly opened San Francisco boutique. In 2000, I opened my own boutique and workshop on Clement Street. Leaving Hermes was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, but it was the best thing I could have ever done. I felt that there was a niche for custom work, which was what Hermes used to do quite often, which they don’t do as much anymore. I could see the demand for custom work when I was working there. So, I started out and rented a little space and have slowly been growing. Last year, I started a school to teach the age old craft of leather hand working. I would like to do my part to keep this wonderful art alive.

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  • Nominations
    June 3–Aug. 29, 2014

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  • Judging
    June 23–Sept. 8, 2014

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    Sept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014

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  • Winners Announced
    Oct. 17, 2014

    2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.

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    Nov. 7–8, 2014

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