Perhaps the most exclusive luxury brand of all, Hermes is an epitome of pure craftsmenship that extends from fashion to lifestyle, sports and even motorcrafts. With its roots in handcrafted saddlery, the house still crafts most of their goods by hand to this day: hand-stitched bags, hand-drawn fabric designs, hand-welded hardware to name a few. The overall impression of Hermes' items is simple in its design, yet when looked at closely, every minute detail is done perfectly. It is a brand truly respected by everyone, both women and men, from celebrities to fashion-lovers. While many luxury fashion houses focus mainly on womenswear, Hermes provides equally beautiful and high quality goods for men. Veronique Nichanian, Artistic Director of Hermes' Mens Universe, has put out colorful ties, scarves and belts that have contributed to the brand's continued popularity.
HERMES 2019-20 A/W COLLECTION
HERMES' 2019 Spring/Summer Collection was a breath of fresh air at Longchamp's racecourse, with the muted colors, light-weight materials and minimalistic designs. The mustard yellow leather shorts and sailing coat in Hermes orange were a delicate balance between elegance and athleisure, resulting in utilitarian clothes and accessories crafted with luxury that are perfect for warm seasons. Strutting in strappy sandals and lace-up gladiators, models wore canvas tunics, woven leather skirts, cashmere knits and oversized parkas. The color palette was heavily neutral, such as beige, browns, khakis, yellow and charcoals, with an occasional pop of color added with oranges, reds and turquoises. Accessories were also talk of the show, including canvas variations of signature Herbag and Verrou shoulder bags, saddle-shaped bag and leather bucket bags that resemble nose bags for horses.
Opened with a tailored white jumpsuit that pops against the natural backdrop that is dried wildflowers, HERMES' 2019 Cruise Show was a collection of minimalistic looks, with leather flip flops and earthy tones. Generous use of leather is a reoccuring theme for this brand whose origins are in saddlery and equestrian leather goods, and this season was no exception. Long, A-line khaki jackets, flowy chocolate brown dress and mid-length straight skirts were all results of HERMES' fine craftmenship. Vanhee-Cybulski also experimented with mixing leather with silk, creating a floor-length black silk dress with leather panels and a classic cotton silk shirt and leather skirt combination. One stand-out piece was a playful madras sundress in a mix of pink, brown and white. Many new bags were introduced on this runway, including a mustard yellow and black Birkin and basket-weave Kelly that is perfect for a picnic.
Opened at dusk in a serene, moody atmosphere combined with vampy red lighting and runway was the perfect backdrop for the sleek, tough girl collection for Hermes' autumn/winter season. Dark leather was the key material, as it was incorporated as pencil skirts, slim pants, belts or full-length belted trench coats. Color palette was kept to a minimum with blacks, navy, muted yellows and pinks; instead, eye to detail was what stood out this season. The brand's classic Clou Médor pyramid stud was the star element in almost every piece, from Médor graphic print shirt dress, quilting on parka jackets, buttons on beige coats and chain shoulder bags.
Birkin, Kelly, Garden Party...Hermes is known for its classic lines/collections of its leather goods and accessories that are both timeless and luxurious.
Originally named "Sac a depeche", Hermes renenamed it to "Kelly" after Grace Kelley, Princess of Monaco, who often wore the bag. After the rename, the "Kelly bag" became famous worldwide thanks to the Princess and became popular among many people including celebrities.
The Bearn is loved by many as a class out of Hermes' wallet collections. The shape is very simple and features a buckle with the Hermes "H". This model is popular among both men and women.
To celebrate the birth of the bag and his own daughter, the designer of the model named it after her, Constance. The bag is famous as the bag that Jacqueline Keneddy, wife of J.F. Kennedy, loved. A timeless silouhette with elegance that is suitable for The First Lady, Constance is perfect for special occasiosn and parties.
The exterior of the Silk-In is very simple with no patterns to further emphasize the bold and fun patterns of the interior silk. Not only is the design very 'Hermes' with the clean design on the outside, the Silk-In also offers a suprise element on the inside.
Originally intented to store gardening equipment, Garden Party provides excellent storage. The round femine shape is also popular especially among women. From a twist in design of the interior pockets to presence of exterior pockets, Garden Party is definitely a seemigly "Hermes" bag.
Introduced in 1923 as the world's first handbag with a zipper. Inspired by a zipper cover for bicycles, the CEO of Hermes at the time created a handbag with a feminine body. Available in 7 sizes that can be enjoyed at differnet moments in life by combining various colors.
The classic silhouette of Hermes is minimalistic, artistic and elongated; every clothing item is crafted from high quality material that are lifetime wardrobe pieces. Dresses and skirts give elegant shapes to the body without showing off too much or little and are available from plain to colorful prints. While simple, their jackets are designed with precision to add the right amount of layer to an outfit.
Hermes' shoes mirror their clothing line: simple yet elegant pieces that have superb craftsmanship and trend-proof adaptability. Leather is used in creating a range of classic flats, pumps, boots and more. Oran sandals are highly sought after for their subtle incorporation of the Hermes H, while sneakers have increased in popularity among athleisure fashion lovers.
Hermes bags are representative of its supremacy in handcrafted leather goods. From the material to hardware details, these bags are the best quality items in the world of luxury fashion. No handbag duo is as iconic as the Birkin and Kelly, models that are notorious for their exclusivity in the market. They are truly investment pieces that only increases in value over time. Casual designs of the Garden Party totes and Evelyne shoulder bags are perfect companions for everyday wear.
The most approachable yet extensive category by Hermes is their accessories. Their legendary scarves are available in a wide range of colors and intricate designs, which are perfect to wear over tops or tie on bag handles for protection. Another way to dress up handbags is color coordinating with their cute leather keychains. Fashion accessories are also rich in variety, from logo belts to elegant watches.
Hermes' offer a variety of jewelry from necklaces and earrings to rings and bracelets in gold, silver and rose gold. Intricately crafted, popular models like Collier de Chien, inspired by dog collars, and Chaine d'Ancre are released in new styles every year. Another classic, the Kelly model, resembles the iconic Kelly bags by the distinctive lock closure hardware. In addition to the traditional designs, Hermes also has a collection of Pop H jewelry that are fun and colorful.
The brand's eye for detail on its leather goods extend over to their vast collection of long and folding wallets. Bearn, Kelly and Dogon are timeless styles that have long been fan favorites, while the surprise element of the Silk-In show the brand's playful side. Loved just as much by Hermes collectors are their coin purses and card holders, which are subtle ways to own a piece of this luxurious brand.
With origins in saddlery, in 1950 Hermès’ famous Duc carriage and horse logo was derived and has been a classic symbol of the brand’s high quality leather goods since. The legendary French brand was founded in 1837 by Thierry Hermès. It began as a revered saddlery workshop and even at the time, was already catering to high-end clients, such as Napoleon III and the Russian Emperor. The Hermès empire has since expanded production into a wide range of luxury goods and RTW fashion, with world famous bags—such as the Kelly and the Birkin (named after the infamous Jane Birkin)—watches, and exquisite printed silk scarves. Hermès is held in high regards by both women and men, as well as celebrities around the world.