Did you know that Hermes, the famous French luxury house, was originally a horse and leather business, since it was used in the field of saddlery and saddlery? I invite you to discover the history of this prestigious name which unites through its products to the noblest conquest of Man.
The company was founded in 1837 in Paris. Thierry Hermès, its founder, is a German of French origin who settled in 1821 in Normandy to go to a city known for leather work, Pont-Audemer. The same year, he became an apprentice saddler-harnesser at a craftsman and created his company in this field 16 years later. The house produces harnesses, saddles, nets and various leather equipment for horses. At this time, the horse is the main means of transport and the plant is a great success. Thierry Hermès dies in 1878, it is then his son Charles-Emile who takes again the reins of the manufacture. The site is located on the rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré in Paris. New products are designed and manufactured: riding equipment, luggage for the transport of saddles riders, horse blankets ... These goods are highly appreciated by customers. With the rise of the car, two grandsons of Thierry Hermès rely on luggage in general, which is a success.
In the 1920s, the brand further diversified its production by launching into men's and women's ready-to-wear, jewelery and watchmaking. The famous squares, silk scarves, were born in 1929 thanks to the stylist Lola Prusac. Later, perfumery is also developed and the first perfume is "Eau d'Hermès". The brand's first bestsellers appear, such as the Kelly and Birkin bags. Leather goods and squares are also positioned as flagship products of Hermes. Whatever the industry, quality and excellence are always at the rendezvous. It is this particularity that makes the reputation of the brand.
Today, Hermès International Group employs around 10,000 people worldwide.
Hermès and products for horses
Talaris saddles, bridles / bridles, saddle pads, grooming equipment, riding clothes ... Hermès offers a wide range of products for horse and rider.
The aesthetics of equestrian products is, in my opinion, breathtaking: perfect finish, total adaptation to the horse as the rider ... Watching these pieces is a real treat for the eyes! The materials used are noble and pure, of first quality, whether leather or fabric, and the products are elegant enough to make more than one pale. The techniques used to make these products bring together great know-how and, in some cases, state-of-the-art technology. This is for example the case of the saddle Talaris, whose tree (skeleton of the saddle) is designed in carbon, a soft and light material. Each saddle proposed by Hermes can be entirely made to measure and re-adapted to go at best to the horse as to the rider. The house is sensitive to saddle-fitting. In addition, the brand offers saddles of obstacles, dressage, cross, outdoor or polo: each rider, according to his favorite discipline, can find happiness. On the carpet side, Hermès offers mixed models and dressage. Little crush for these appellations: the damper in sheep was named "Doudou" and the fly-caps "Chut".
The grooming equipment is also not left to chance: for the maintenance of horsehair and your horse's dress, you will find brushes with a boar hair (much more noble and resistant material, while being comfortable for the horse) or even horn combs, here again excellence is at the rendezvous.
Hermès products around the horse
Hermès shows his love for the horse and pays homage to him regularly in his other products. This is for example the case in some of his famous squares, such as "Turkish Horse", "Auteuil in May" or "Brides Gala". The horse is also present in the television commercials of the "Terre d'Hermès" and "Voyage d'Hermès" perfumes.
In addition, saddlery techniques (the manufacture of leather products) were used and used in their luggage, including the "saddle stitch", the stitching point the most solid for sewing and assemble the leather. This method is difficult to mechanize: nothing beats its application by hand.
Finally, the loops used in some handbags are reminiscent of bridles, bits and even stirrups and are another equestrian signature at Hermès. Luggage, luxury and horse are once again harmonized and sublimated, to the delight of the eyes and users.
Since 2009, Hermès organizes every year the Saut Hermès, which takes place at the Grand Palais of Paris at the end of the winter. The building is completely transformed for the occasion, and this mythical place leaves dreamers the spectators having the chance to attend this contest. The best riders and jumping horses compete against each other to the delight of everyone: the competition is ranked CSI 5 * for the Grand Prix event.