Started in 1837 as a harness workshop dedicated to serving the noblemen of Europe, the Hermès family business created some of the finest wrought harnesses and bridles for the carriage trade . After expanding the business to include saddles and retail sales in 1880, the Hermès family business and reputation continued to grow. Their first foray into accessories was a bag specifically designed to carry a saddle. Throughout the 1920s, Hermès continued to expand on their accessory collection, with the first handbag introduced in 1922. This was brought about by the head of the firm creating a handbag collection to appease his wife. The first women’s couture apparel collection was previewed in Paris in 1929, and the 1930s saw some of Hermès’ most recognizable original goods.
In 1949, Hermès debuted their first perfume: Eau d’Hermès. Hermes perfumes became a subsidiary in 1961, the same year they introduced their fragrance Calèche, a masterpiece that instantly transformed Hermes fragrances into one of the main players on the stage of modern perfumery. Other great Hermes perfumes followed, such as Concentre d’Orange Verte for both men and women and Elixir des Merveilles, a popular Hermes perfume for women.
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