Hermès History

Hermès History

Posted on May 17, 2019

Hermès, known for its iconic handbags and ubiquitous silk scarves, is now open in a temporary store at Westfield UTC, with a permanent boutique to open in 2022. The French luxury brand, founded in 1837, began in Paris as a harness workshop and bridle maker for wealthy noblemen known as “the carriage trade” and later began making leather bags to feed horses and to carry saddles and other riding accessories. Hermès was also the first to introduce the zipper in France — called the “fermeture (fastener) Hermès.” In the 1920s, Hermès added clothing, accessories, and handbags, and in the 1930s introduced the now classic bag later renamed the “Kelly” in the 1950s after Grace Kelly used it to hide her pregnancy from the paparazzi on the cover of Life Magazine. The Birkin is named after British actress Jane Birkin, who found the Kelly wasn’t practical to use every day. The brand’s signature square silk scarves, first introduced in 1937, have become iconic symbols of luxury, screen printed and hand-stitched in thousands of designs. 619.547.9570, hermes.com   Andrea Naversen

Hermès History