The brand ‘Hermès ’ has been around for more than 200 years now. Thierry Hermes started operations way back in the 18th century by making saddles, leather harnesses etc. In 1880 Charles-Emile, son of Hermès, took over the reins of the management and moved the store to 24 Rue de Faubourg Saint-Honore (it still remains there). His sons Adolphe and Emile-Maurice began to sell the products in retail. At that point
In 1914 Emile Hermes earned the sole exclusive rights to the zipper and he began to use it for clothing and leather goods. He was the first designer to introduce the zipper feature in clothes. Among the first set of products was the leather gold jacket with a zipper that was made for Edward, the Prince of Wales. After the success of zipper, Emile Maurice headed the company single-handedly throughout the 1920s.
Eventually he added accessories and clothing to his collection and first leather handbags were introduced to the market in 1922. He then established an overseas presence by opening stores in the US in 1924. In the mid-1930s Universal Geneve, a famous Swiss watchmaker was employed as the official timepiece designer for Hermès. This partnership lasted until the 1950s.
Emile-Maurice died in 1951 and Robert Dumas-Hermes succeeded him as the head of the company. He was the one to introduce original handbags, accessories