Anyone who follows the fashion industry closely will know that it’s not uncommon for a designer to work across two brands simultaneously—though how they do so while retaining their sanity is another question. Perhaps the answer lies in the example of Belgian designer Martin Margiela, who ran his own label while serving as creative director of Hermès’s women’s line from 1997 to 2003, producing 12 consecutive collections. Margiela has never given an interview, remains backstage after his shows, and there is only one photograph of him online. That’s what makes Margiela: The Hermès Years so significant: published to coincide with an exhibition of his work in Antwerp, the book has been produced with his full cooperation and features previously unseen photographs and drawings. For anyone curious about the execution of true timeless luxury, this is essential reading.