Hermes is a French luxury fashion company established in 1837, which quickly established itself as one of the most sought-after fashion brands in the world. Headquartered in Paris, it employs around 15000 globally. In 2018, it had a wide global presence with 315 points of sales. In 2017, Hermes entered the Indian market. Today, we will discuss some of the most impressive and interesting facts about Hermes, one of the most expensive fashion brands in the world.
20 Most Interesting Facts About Hermes:
1. What’s in a name?
Hermes is the name of the Greek God of messengers and commerce.
2. First-mover advantage
Back in 2001, Hermes became one of the first luxury fashion brands to foray into e-commerce.
3. Proof of ability
Pierre Alexis Dumas, the 6th generation descendant of the founder of Hermes and the incumbent Artistic Director, was not given his seat on a platter. He had to prove his worth to reach the top, just like everyone else.
4. The moon and the earth
Hermes neckerchiefs are unique; the thread required to make 1000 of them is equivalent to the distance between the moon and the earth.
5. The environmentally conscious
Hermes practices environmental preservation and takes it extremely seriously.
6. The Kelly and Birkin connection
The iconic Kelly and Birkin bags from Hermes were named in honour of American actress Grace Kelly and British actress Jane Birkin.
7. Pronounce it right
Contrary to popular belief, the brand is pronounced as “AIR-MEZ” and not “HERM-EES”.
8. The Logo
Despite dealing in luxury fashion brands, Hermes has managed to keep its link to its origin in the leather bridle and harness business, through the evergreen logo.
9. Fully-owned by the family
Hermes has continued to remain in the Hermes family and is entirely family-run, despite being in existence for more than 180 years.
10. The Monaco connection
Grace Kelly, the erstwhile Princess of Monaco was extremely attached to the Hermes brand. After an accident in 1959, the Princess used a Hermes scarf as a makeshift sling for her injured arm.
11. Hermes doesn’t believe in high volume
Hermes believes in providing the ultimate quality and does not let its products grow old on the shelf. It handcrafts its orders only after an order is placed, each exclusively built to order.
12. The Apple connection
Hermes entered into a collaboration with Apple watches, thereby signifying that despite its age, it still knows how and when to make a proper fashion statement. The collaboration was a great success.
13. The Power of Love
Despite its place as one of the fashion pioneers, Hermes never had a handbag range. Emile-Maurice Hermes designed the first one for his wife in 1922.
14. Backlash from PETA
In 2015, Hermes faced severe backlash from PETA due to accusations of mistreatment of crocodiles to fashion their famous Birkin bag.
15. The Orange box
It came to be created only because of a shortage in materials to make their iconic cream-coloured boxes, due to World War 2. The Orange Box turned into the icon instead.
16. Each Hermes artisan uses personalized tools
No Hermes artisan uses the same tools. Each has their personalised set, to render that unique personal touch to their products.
17. Spare no expenseThe most expense bag in the world, which sold for $379,261 in Hong Kong in 2017, is a Hermes product. Click To Tweet
The most expense bag in the world, which sold for $379,261 in Hong Kong in 2017, is a Hermes product.
18. 48 hours
A perfect Birkin bag takes 48 hours to make.
19. Limited number of Birkins
There are no more than 200,000 Birkins in circulation at any point in time.
20. Hefty price tag
The Birkin bags come at a minimum price tag of $8,500.
So, these were some of the most interesting facts about Hermes that you probably never heard before.
Hermes epitomizes fashion like nothing else. The brand value of Hermes has been built up over 180 years of unparalleled service and it’s showing no signs of slowing down just yet.
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