Hermès : Timeless classics
Hermès was established in 1837 by Thierry Hermès who began the company by producing horse harnesses for European noblemen. Hermès won prizes for quality and workmanship in the Expositions Universelles in Paris in 1867. His son Charles took over the management and in 1880, moved the workshop to 24 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris center, where the shop still stands today.
In 1900 the firm offered a carry bag for riders to carry their saddles called Haut à Courroies . This H.A.C bag was the forerunner to the modern Kelly and Birkin Bags.
Later in 1914 Charles two sons took over Hermès and secured exclusive rights in France to the “zipper”. They used the device for fastening many of their leather products . Called the “Hermès fastener”, it was first used to fasten a leather golf jacket for the Prince of Wales.
In 1922 the company then began production of women’s handbags. In 1935 the leather Sac à dépêches was introduced (later renamed the “Kelly bag” after Grace Kelly), and in 1937 Hermès began production of their now legendary silk carrés (scarves) .