First started in 1837 when horses and carriages were the cars of the day. Thierry Hermés, godson of a master suede worker, moved to France in 1828 from Germany. He began his esteemed Parisian presence as a luxury harness and saddlery shop catering to wealthy Parisians and royalty such as Napoleon III. His sons, son-in-law, and grandchildren have carried the business over the last century into the present. Still producers of luxury saddlery, the company now has over 14 product divisions from leather goods, scarves to jewelry and readyto-
Early use of the zipper, celebrity namesake bags, and a continued use of natural materials has established Hermés a significant place in the history of fashion. Vintage and modern creations earn high appraisals and coveted ownership.