Through a combination of destiny and talent, five generations of the same family turned Hermès into the empire that we know today. Originally a humble harness and saddle factory, founded in Paris by Thierry Hermès in 1837, the brand first kickstarted its development in 1880 by moving to 24 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré, not far from the offices of the French President, where it won the favour of a moneyed clientèle.
You have to visit this historic bastion to understand how far the label famed for its “hitched carriage” logo has come. Today, that logo can be found on a vast range of products, encompassing not only saddlery, but leather goods, prêt-à-porter (including the legendary handprinted silk scarves), fragrances, tableware, watchmaking and even stationery.
All of these products are made in France (chiefly in and around Paris) to the most tirelessly exacting standards. Thus, the Hermès know-how, which was already attracting global admiration back in the days of the Ancien Régime, is perpetuated to this day.
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From 01/01 to 31⁄12 between 10.30 am and 6.30 pm. Closed on Sunday.