Hermes is a French high fashion house that specializes in leather, and on the spot ready wear, and various other accessories, mainly being perfume and luxury goods. Hermes family originally came to France in 1828, they were both Germans. Hermes was established by Thierry Hermes, in 1837, as a saddle shop located in a small area in Paris. The company has began to grow internationally, however continues its uniqueness and its French orientation. The company was awarded a first prize in 1855 at a Paris Exposition, Hermes won the first class medal of the 1867 Exposition Universally, with the aids of his sons the company became an elite empire.
Hermes is recognized for its handmade items, like handbags, luggage. Only one craftsman is allowed to work on a handbag at a time, instead of a production line where everything is made by machines. Because of the labour work that Hermes maintains in his items, one bag can take 16 to 24 hours to make, because they use such a rare bunch of materials, sometimes which can be exotic items such as expensive metals. Some items they purchase for the bags are, Alligator from Florida, Buffalo from Pakistan, Crocodile from Australia, Shark from Thailand, Lizard from Malaysia, and oxen, deer, calf, and goat from all over the world.
If a Hermes bag is damaged, and needs to be repaired the owner needs to go to a Hermes shop where it can be shipped to a factory in Paris for repair. Hermes bags were made popular through high-profile clientele which include a bag called “the Kelly bag”, named after Grace Kelly; she has made some of her appearances with it, and the Constance shoulder bag. Kelly and Constance bags remained in high demand and it has been known there was a one year waiting list for these bags. After the economic meltdown (the recession) demand fell far and wait lists were destroyed in the Hermes line. 2008, the prices shot downwards, and profits were lost.
Another famous hand bag in the Hermes line is the Birkin; the Birkin was named after the popular actress Jane Birkin, who helped design the bag with the company president Jean Louis, after complaining that the Kelly design bag was not useful for normal people on a day to day basis. Miss Birkin, has stopped carrying her namesake bag saying it’s contributed to her injuries.
The Birkin bag still remains a popular item in the Hermes Line, it was also known to be the strongest item in the waiting list of any other luxurious Hermes item. The price of the smallest Birkin can reach up to ten thousand dollars, all the way up to one hundred thousand dollars. For different sizes, and other leathers it can become over a million dollars. The Birkin bag has even been shown in various TV shows such as, Will and grace, Sex and the city, Gilmore Girls, and Girlfriends. And many well known celebrities have also been seen with the Birkin bag.