The legendary French fashion house is a year shy of celebrating its big 180th anniversary, and needless to say, has accomplished establishing a heritage that draws fashion lovers through the ages.
We decided to list a whole bunch of iconic products from the fashion house – those bags and scarves that have earned their reputation through history – just so you know what to really covet!
The Kelly Bag
It’s lesser known that this legendary bag, launched in the 1930s, was originally named the Haut a Courroie, but was popularly re-christened when Grace Kelly used it to cover her baby bump from a pap in 1956 – and earned all of its fame.
The Hermès Birkin is the most iconic and sought-after handbag in the world. Launched in 1984, the tote was named after actress Jane Birkin, who co-designed the bag with then-Hermès chairman and CEO Jean-Louis Dumas after she complained on a flight they were together on that her Kelly wasn't practical for everyday use. The bag has been made in a variety of colours since – in fact, in the 31 years since its debut, the bag has been produced in at least 25 distinct blues, including popular classics like Blue Jean, Mykonos and Bleu Roi.
The Hermès Scarf
The scarf made its debut in 1937, exactly 100 years after Hermes was founded. Today, an Hermès scarf is sold somewhere in the world every 25 seconds. Each one is hand printed using multiple silk screens (up to 30, one for each color). It was quickly adopted by royalty and celebrities, and is still worn as a headscarf by Queen Elizabeth. Audrey Hepburn loved it and Grace Kelly famously used it as a sling for her broken arm.
The Kelly Flat
Re-envisioned by Gaultier for the Spring 2007 runway, the original Kelly was transformed into a soft, collapsible bag that could be folded and cinched as a clutch or carried like a regular Kelly.
The Mini Kelly
This tiny reinterpetation of the Kelly was created in 1968 and then relaunched by Gaultier in 2004. It was made for the woman who liked to carry light and soon became a classic.
The Hermès Bangles
The enamel bangles in the signature mustard colour and the Cape Cod Double Tour watch with the double wrist straps (former creative director Martin Margiela's idea) are two of the brand's best-selling accessories.
Conceived in 2006, this bag can be carried or worn over the shoulder with a separate strap. Its name comes from the dance the Lindy Hop, which originated in the 1920s.
The Hermès Box
While this technically isn’t a product, it definitely is iconic, and thus deserving of a mention!
Whichever Hermès bag you get, the signature orange box it comes in is just a bonus. The duster bag, ribbon, monogramming, and annual minor repairs are also included in the price you pay.
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