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A FAREWELL: They stood silently in the back, on the balconies, in the hallways and stairwells of the compact Reformed Church of Saint-Esprit on Friday to pay their respects to Jean-Louis Dumas, former chief executive officer of Hermès International, who died May 1. Services for the charismatic executive behind the luxury brand for three decades — beloved for his sense of humor and whimsy — were solemn but far from somber, the coffin borne into the church cloaked in small, trembling white flowers and trailed by a jazz band.
Jean Paul Gaultier, Pierre Hardy, Frédéric Mitterrand, Maryvonne Pinault and Jean Charles de Castelbajac were among the fashion folk who heard speeches by his children, Sandrine and Pierre-Alexis, who spoke of his father’s deep respect for artisans and thanked him for his wisdom.