If we think Hermès, we immediately see its symbolic orange box and brown ribbon. They are the colors that make up the brand’s logo and identify the brand worldwide. The history and evolution of the haute couture Maison confirms its innovative spirit working hand-in-hand with its commitment to the continued and exceptional quality of its products.
A bit of history
The Hermès family, initially of Prussian Protestant origin, moved to Paris in 1828. In 1837, Thierry Hermès (1801-1878) founded the Hermès Maison as an atelier for the production of harnesses. Located in the Grands Boulevards it began serving the European nobility’s needs for bridles and harnesses. Later on, it would begin to design its own original models.
The years passes when his son, Charles-Emile (1835-1919) inherited the management of Hermès in 1880, the House moved to 24 Faubourg St. Honoré, close to the Elysée Palace. There, he introduced the production of saddles and began retail selling to a worldwide elite. In 1892, after a trip to Argentina, Hermès produced its first leather bag, Haut á Courroies (HAC), inspired in the bags used by the Argentine gauchos. It was initially designed so that the riders could carry their saddles, stirrups and boots in a more comfortable way. Mr Hermès could hardly imagine that almost a century later, his «Haut a Courroies» would serve as the inspiration for the Birkin, one of the luxury bags most sought-after in the world of fashion. Today, the House continues to produce this symbolic bag, better known as the HAC.
Since then, the production options increased to include bags and luggage that offered the distribution and complements that every rider required, always with the same optimal crafting that was Hermès’s brand characteristic.
And so we arrive at the Twentieth Century. With the appearance of motor cars and the substitution of horses as the means of transportation, everything began to change. While Hermès maintained its family tradition and inspiration with the equestrian world, it was necessary to move with the times, the needs and demands of a rapidly growing market. It began incorporating a diversity of accessories to its collections such as watches, belts and its famous Carrés. These and the bags quickly became the brand’s pillars..
From saddles and harnesses to the waiting list for a Birkin bag.
One of the brand’s famous symbols is the classic Kelly bag, worn by Grace Kelly, North American actors and Princess of Monaco. Another is the Birkin bag, inspired by Jane Birkin, English/French actress and singer and well known for her albums and love relationship with Serge Gainsbourg.
Luxury, craftsmanship and sophistication
The empire of seduction
Even when the Maison has many more and very beautiful models, wearing a Kelly or a Birkin without a doubt identifies its owner as a member of the very exclusive Hermès club.