This will be the first time for my blog to host the Hermès SS16 Fashion Show Live here on my blog.
The Hermès men’s show for the spring-summer 2016 collection will be held on June 27th at 8pm (Paris Time). You also can visit the website Hermes.com/defile for the show.
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The blog post “HERMÈS SS16 FASHION SHOW LIVE HERE !” published uniquely on ChristianGertsen.com – Fashion & Menswear Style Blog.
Hermès International S.A., Hermes of Paris, or simply Hermès (French pronunciation: [ɛʁmɛs]; i/ɛərˈmɛz/) is a French manufacturer established in 1837, today specializing in leather, lifestyle accessories, perfumery, luxury goods, and ready-to-wear. Its logo, since the 1950s, is of a Duc carriage with horse. Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski is the creative director..
As of 2008, Hermès has 14 product divisions encompassing leather, scarves, ties, men’s wear, women’s fashion, perfume, watches, stationery, footwear, gloves, enamel, decorative arts, tableware, and jewelry.
Hermès sales are composed of about 30% leather goods, 15% clothes, 12% scarves, and 43% other wares. The company licenses no products and keeps tight control over the design and manufacture of its vast inventory.
The family company is very attached to its old-fashioned business model and rejects mass production, assembly lines, and mechanization. Hermès goods are almost entirely made in France by hand in middle-sized workshops (“Ateliers Hermès”) with an emphasis on quality manufacturing. Indeed, Hermes claims most items are fabricated from beginning to end by one person only, which is supposed to be a guarantee of the quality and uniqueness of Hermès products.
In 2012, Hermes retail outlets changed its policy regarding returns and exchanges of products. Consumers may only exchange items within ten days of purchase, and only for another color variant of the original purchase. No other post-purchase exchanges are permitted and refunds are never offered, regardless of the consumer having a receipt.
The scarf or carré was introduced in 1937. One of the first, which was a print of white-wigged females playing a popular period game, was a custom-made accessory named Jeu des Omnibus et Dames Blanches. Hermès oversaw the production of its scarves throughout the entire process, purchasing raw Chinese silk, spinning it into yarn, and weaving it into fabric twice as strong and heavy as most scarves available at the time.
The company’s scarf designers spend years creating new print patterns, individually screen-printed. Designers chose from over 70,000 different colors. When scarf production first began, a dedicated scarf factory was established in Lyon, France; the same year, Hermès celebrated its 100th anniversary.
Contemporary Hermès scarves measure 90 cm × 90 cm, weigh 65 grams and are woven from the silk of 250 mulberry moth cocoons. All of the hems are hand-stitched. Scarf motifs are wide-ranging, Two silk-scarf collections per year are released, along with some reprints of older designs and limited editions. And two collections per year are introduced in a Cashmere/silk blend. Since 1937, Hermès has produced over 2,000 unique designs; the horse motif is particularly famous and popular. The seen-everywhere “Brides De Gala” version, introduced in 1957, has been produced more than 70,000 times. An Hermès scarf is sold somewhere in the world every 25 seconds; by the late 1970s more than 1.1 million scarves had been sold worldwide.
The scarves have been worn by several celebrities such as:
- worn by Queen Elizabeth II in a portrait for a 1956 British postage stamp.
- worn by Princess Grace Kelly in a photograph on the cover of a 1956 issue of Life magazine.
- used as a sling by Princess Grace for her broken arm.
- employed by actress Sharon Stone in a bondage scene in the film Basic Instinct.
- made into pillows or otherwise as framed wall-hangings.
Introduced in 1949, men’s neckties, in a huge array of motifs over the years from bunnies to confetti, have been made from the same silk material as the scarves and are, likewise, very expensive.
Partnership with the Tuareg
Hermès is known for its handmade luggage and handbags. One bag might require 18 to 24 hours to produce. The construction of each Kelly bag, for example, requires 18 hours to fully realize.Hermès’s leathers come from all over the world. Customers may currently wait from six months to one year for delivery of one of the house signature bags. Incidentally, should Hermès’s leather goods require repair, owners can bring an item to any Hermès store, where it will be shipped to the Atelier Hermès in Pantin, near Paris, for repair or reconditioning.
Another famous Hermès handbag, the “Birkin“, was named after English actress Jane Birkin who lives in France. After a chance encounter with Jean-Louis Dumas, she complained that her “Kelly” bag was not practical for everyday use. Consequently, he invited her to France where they co-designed the bag. Birkin has since stopped carrying her namesake bag, saying it contributed to her tendonitis.
Since 1951, the company has created several scents for both men and women. This is a partial list of over 30.
Feminine fragrances include:
- Calèche, 1961
- Amazone, 1974
- Parfum d’Hermès, 1984
- 24, Faubourg, 1995
- Hiris, 1999
- Rouge Hermès, 2000
- Eau des Merveilles, 2004
- Kelly Calèche, 2007
Masculine fragrances include:
- Bel Ami, 1986
- Équipage, 1970
- Rocabar, 1998
- Terre D’Hermès, 2006
Unisex frangrances include:
- Eau d’Hermès, 1951
- Eau d’Orange Verte, 1999
- Un Jardin en Méditerranée, 2003
- Un Jardin sur le Nil, 2005
- Un Jardin après la Mousson, 2008
- Eau de Pamplemousse Rose, 2009
- Eau de Gentiane Blanche, 2009
Eau De Mandarine Ambree
- Voyage d’Hermès, 2010
- Un Jardin sur le Toit, 2011
Le Jardin De Monsieur Li
Unisex Hermessence scents exclusive to Hermès stores, since 2004:
- Rose Ikebana
- Osmanthe Yunnan
- Iris Ukiyoé
- Vanille Galante
- Brin de Réglisse
- Vétiver Tonka
- Santal Massoïa
- Poivre Samarcande
- Paprika brasil
- Ambre Narguilé
- Epice Marine
- Cuir Ange
Crystal Lighting and Glass
Belonging to the group is the crystal glass manufacturer Saint-Louis, the oldest crystal company in the world. Since its origin in 1586, Saint-Louis has drawn its inspiration from the great decorative periods of the 19th and 20th century, from Restoration to Modern Style, going through Napoléon III, Art Nouveau and Art Deco – the true essence of its identity. Saint-Louis became one of the Hermès Group Métiers in 1989.
In the early 2015, in February, Hermès has announced an increase of its turnover of 9.7 percent, which represents more than 4 billion in sales.