Hermes is one of the most famous fashion brands in the world. Everyone from Kylie Jenner to Victoria Beckham can’t seem to get enough of this high-end designer’s clothing and accessories, especially their highly coveted Birkin bags. Here are seven things even die-hard fashion fans never knew about Hermes.
Number Seven: The House Of Hermes Has Been Around Forever
No, seriously, it actually has. Ok, so maybe not forever but 177 years comes pretty close if you ask me.
Number Six: Hermes Has Always Been Tech-Savvy
Ok, so maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but the fashion house was the first of it’s kind to create an e-commerce site back in 2001. It’s crazy to think that there was a time when you couldn’t order clothing and accessories online, or at least browse them, but apparently that time was before 2001. What a terrifying and sad time to have lived.
Number Five: The Orange Box Wasn’t Always Orange
Hermes is known for their elegant and unique orange box that their products come in. However, the box hasn’t always been orange. Apparently it started out as more of a mustard/cream mixture but then was updated to orange after WWII due to a shortage of the original materials.
Number Four: The Brand Likes To Keep It In The Family
The current Artistic Director, Pierre-Alexis Dumas, is sixth generation member of the founding family of the brand. Before you get annoyed that the kids in that family were just born lucky to inherit an executive role at the brand, you should know that Dumas has said how his father was reluctant to bestow the job upon him until he had proven himself capable.
Number Three: Hermes Is Dedicated To Philanthropy
Sure, you might not be able to afford anything from the brand right now, besides maybe a cool keychain, but the expensive brand does do some good with all that revenue. The Fondation D’Enterprise Hermès was founded by Dumas and is dedicated to the promotion of traditional craft skills, support for the creative arts, and a commitment to environmental concerns. Those pricey Birkin bags are helping expand the foundation’s reach.
Number Two: The Name Comes From Two Things
Origin stories of brand name designer labels are always interesting and typically a bit surprising. For Hermes, the name was actually the last name of the founder of the brand, but the name also comes from Greek mythology as it was the name of the Greek god of messengers and commerce.
Number One: It Takes An Insane Amount Of Thread For Their Scarves
Hermes carres are the brand’s infamous silky scarves that are draped around the chicest It girls necks each year. I bet you’ll be surprised to learn that 1,000 carres requires so much thread that the length of it is equivalent to the distance between the earth and the moon. No wonder they are so expensive.
Although you might not have an orange Hermes box arriving on your doorstep anytime soon, keep dreaming fashionista’s and maybe one day it will come true. Until then, check out some more interesting facts you never knew about your favorite fashion brands.