History of Hermes
The french famous fashion house was founded in 1837 by Thierryand is today specialized in leather, lifestyle accessories, luxury goods, ready-to-wear and perfume. Hermès began as a small harness workshop in Paris, which was dedicated to serving European noblemen. In 1900 the firm introduced the Haut à Courroies handbag, which was specially designed for riders to carry their saddles with them. In the 1920s Émile-Maurice launched the firm’s first accessories collection and in 1922 the brand’s debut leather handbag was produced. A decade later, the luxury label launched its Sac à dépêches bag, later renamed the Kelly. Jean-Louis Dumas, great-great-grandson of Thierry Hermès, took over as the new head of the company in 1951.
Dumas had nerve and put faith in new designers, hiring the unconventional Martin Margiela as creative director in 1997, and Jean-Paul Gaultier to replace him in 2003. In 1956 a picture of Grace Kelly showed the icon using her Hermès Sac à dépêches bag to shield herself from paparazzi and so the style was renamed the Kelly. Each Kelly bag, like most Hermès designs, takes from 12 up to 18 hours to make. But by far the most famous, and most collected design, is the, named after British icon Jane. After an encounter on a plane with Dumas in the early ‘80s, the actress told him how her Kelly bag wasn’t big enough for everyday use, so they dreamt up a new design together and the Birkin was born. Today, an iconic bag in a woman’s closet has become a signature, a status symbol.