On the fifth floor of 24 Faubourg in Paris, Laurent Goblet’s workshop, a saddle-maker at Hermès for forty years, has been turned into a design office for the creation of the Arpège saddle, in collaboration with German dressage champion Jessica von Bredow-Werndl.

A simple stroke, a curve, a line give birth to this fine, light dream saddle that keeps a low profile, contrary to certain museum pieces. Tree, seat, flaps, girths–it is all a matter of balance in this métier that Hermès has been mastering for more than 150 years.