Hermès is a fashion brand deeply rooted in history; after all, it was founded in 1837. The fashion house is most prominently known for their handbags, including the infamous Birkin; which Kanye West gifted Kim Kardashian, complete with hand-painted nudes and all. However, Hermès didn’t start off as one of the most sought-after handbag brands. Their history begins in Paris in 1837 when Thierry Hermès opened a harness shop where they serviced the equestrians of the day. It is Hermès’ son, Charles-Émile, who took over the business in 1859, moving its location to 24 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré by 1880. Today, the house’s flagship store can still be found at this location. The equestrian designs continued on to sell as Hermès serviced many of Europe’s elite.
It was in 1900 when the brand created a Haute à Courroies bag, which will turn out to be an elongated version of their famous Birkin, shortly after Charles-Émile’s son, Émile-Maurice took over of the company. He secured a European patent for the zipper, allowing him to exclusively use it in leather goods and clothing. The brand began creating items such as zippered leather jackets, designing one that was worn by the then Prince of Wales. It was at that moment when Hermès truly started to take off. They introduced a womenswear line in 1929 and began producing accessories. They remained highly fashionable but kept true to their traditions and quality. In 1940, the New York Times reported that Hermès “is perhaps the only establishment in the world in which one cannot buy a single article that is not in perfect taste.” We will now take you through the top five most iconic designs coming from the fashion house, whose signature orange branding and royal horse-carriage logo is unmistakable.
5 The Hermès Scarf
4 The Kelly
3 The Birkin
2 Hermès Jewelery
1 Equestrian Spin
Hermès is true to their roots in more than one way: not only are many of their designes inspired from their saddle-shop’s long standing history, but they still continue to create equestrian items. With such success in other areas of their business, such as handbags, this demonstrates the brands keen ability to stick with what first brought them success. Their equestrian gear includes saddles, helmets, blankets, reins, spurs, tote and riding bags and much more, all made with the utmost precision in true Hermès fashion. Not only has the brand excelled in dressing men and women everyday thanks to their equestrian roots, they continue to ensure riders are their best-dressed, with Hermès-everything, from the stables to the race track.
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