Hermes is a fashion house steeped in history and tradition. Family-owned for five generations, the label is a symbol of class worldwide. From beginnings in saddlery and fine equestrian leather goods, Hermes today are best known for their handbags as well as a range of other superior items. They have certainly come a long way in the last two centuries and today, we dig a little deeper into the story of this iconic brand.
ermès, the French luxury brand, is a group of international standing that remains committed to the ongoing renewal and application of savoir-faire, while pursuing its quest for fresh avenues of creativity. Established in 1837 by Thierry Hermès, today, the company employs more than 8,050 people worldwide. Starting as a fine harness-making business, Hermès has grown into a world-renowned brand for the handcrafted, exquisite leather goods, and has also become a major player in ready-to-wear fashion.
Over the years, the cut of the clothing and the palettes may have changed, but the classic quality of Hermés designs has remained constant. Beyond mere status symbols, the firm's goods are the embodiment of simplicity and elegance in extremely well made and durable products. The Hermés name has gained immense prominence, but its goods land not in the hands of the masses but in the chosen few.
Today, the Hermès name appears on 16 product families: bags and luggage, diaries and small leather goods, saddles, silk, women's ready-to-wear, men's ready-to-wear, jewellery, watches, belts, gloves, footwear, hats, enamel and fantasy jewellery, art of living, tableware, and perfume - and the recently developed Hermès Interior & Design activity: Hermès Intérieur & Design.