Thierry Hermès founded a saddlery company in 1837. In time he had added boots, jewelry, home decor items, and silk scarves.
The first Hermes in Paris opened in the 1930s, the famous silk Hermes scarf soon became a great success. In fact the first silk scarf the company made was in 1937 and was called “Jeu des Omnibus et des Dames Blanches”. Since then, Hermès has introduced about 1,500 scarf designs.
Hermès products for both men and women have been inspired from the outset by horses or horse motifs.
It is the Hermes scarf that is most popular with men and women.
In May 1997, the highly renowned designer of Belgian origin Martin Margiela took over the women’s wear design job with responsibility for all designs.
A former assistant of Jean-Paul Gaultier Margiela is known for creations that reconsider established design concept, like placing seams on the outside of clothes.
The chairman of the company is Jean-Louis Dumas, a fifth generation member of the Hermes family. Hermes is a member of Chambre Syndicale du Pret-a-Porter.