Hermes is one of the grandest houses in the lexicon of luxury goods. Established in 1837 by Thierry Hermes as a fine harness-making business and today world-renowned for its handcrafted, exceptionally desirable (and expensive) leather goods, most notably its Kelly and Birkin handbags, in recent years Hermes has also become a major player in ready-to-wear fashion.
Since 2004, Jean Paul Gaultier has designed the brand’s womenswear collections (he succeeded Martin Margiela, who was appointed in 1998) while Hermes’ mens wear designer Veronique Nichanian has designed sophisticated ‘clothing objects’ for the company since 1988.
The company first created clothing in the ’20s: sportswear that was intended to complement the accessories. However it wasn’t until the ’50s that Hermes won a wider male audience for its clothes, when it first launched its printed silk ties.