History of Hermes Handbags

Hermes is one of the oldest French prêt-a-porter and luxury accessory designers and, as such, it has special place in the hearts of many fashionistas. The House dates to 1837 and in nearly 200 years of existence it has created numerous iconic designs. The Famous Duc carriage with horse logo of Hermes is instantly recognized worldwide.

Thierry Hermes began the company as a small harness workshop in Paris, 1837. He specialized in creating high-quality, expensive harnesses and bridles for the European elite. For nearly 50 years the company existed in this niche market. It wasn’t until Thierry’s son, Charles-Emile, took over the company that the expansion began – first into saddle-making – and Hermes began selling retail.

In the 20th century, Hermes became the first company to introduce the zipper for leather goods in France. This, of course, opened the door for the creation of some of Hermes most famous accessories, bags, and clothing.

Hermes Bags: A Tradition of Crafting Iconic Handbags

While Hermes is well known for crafted excellent clothing and accessories of all kinds, Hermes bags are the most famous of their creations. In the 1930s the first iconic Hermes bag was crafted. The Sac à dépêches was an instant hit amongst the wealthy European elite when it was released in 1935, however it wasn’t until the 1950s when Grace Kelly was photographed for Life magazine wearing the bag that it became a worldwide (and class-wide) sensation. The bag has since been renamed the Kelly bag.

Similarly, Hermes has had extreme success with their Birkin bags. These Hermes handbags are named after British/French model/actress/chanteuse Jane Birkin and have become favourites amongst celebrities and “regular folk” alike. The Kelly and the Birkin are just two of many lovely and famous Hermes handbags.

Hermes Accessories: Hermes Belt, Leather Bracelet & Scarf

Standing in the shadow of famous handbags like the Kelly and the Birkin are a number of extremely charming accessories. The Hermes belt, crafted form fine leather in the Hermes tradition, can transform your look with subtle flair. Similarly, the infamous Hermes leather bracelet is subtle and refined. The secret to Hermes’s success is that they always speak to their strengths Hermes can take a simple leather design and make something magical and that is the case with their belts and bracelets.

The Hermes scarf is one of the oldest Hermes accessories. They first began making silk scarves in the 1930s and they have been a staple amongst elegant European dames since that time.