Hermès at Galería Canalejas, Madrid

French Maison Hermès reaffirms its close and long-standing relationship with Spain. On 1 October 2020, Hermès was delighted to announce the opening of a new store in Galería Canalejas in the heart of Madrid. Set in the affluent core of the capital, the heritage-listed neoclassical building is an architectural icon now revived as a contemporary cultural hub.

Located on the ground floor, and flanked by the wide,elegant boulevards of Calle de Alcalá and Calle de Sevilla, the new 230-square-metre Hermès boutique strikes a harmonious balance between the history of the address and a new vision for retail, imbued with the house’s emblematic aesthetic language.

Come into the beautiful world of Hermès.

Hermès Spring 2021 Menswear Epitomizes Louche Luxury

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On Sunday 5 July, French Maison Hermès unveiled its Men’s Spring-Summer 2021 collection, designed by Véronique Nichanian, through ‘Horse-Champ’, a performance created with the artistic collaboration of Cyril Teste.

This sequence-shot was filmed live in the heart of the house’s workshops, which have been located in Pantin, France, since 1992. A lively place that brings together creators, product developers, craftsmen, and support functions. Today, 2,000 people work for Hermès between Pantin and Bobigny.

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The French Maison has already proven its resilience in the ongoing pandemic and now the luxury label is demonstrating its inimitable approach to effortlessly muted luxury. Its Spring 2021 menswear offering keeps in line with artistic director Véronique Nichanian’s previous collections, yielding a sleek range quietly informed by peerless quality.

First shown via the digital presentation seen below, Hermès then shot the seasonal collection and transposed it atop a digital background, keeping in line with the social distancing precautions that many fashion labels are currently observing. As usual Hermès centralized its clothing line on its rich textiles and carefree details.

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Collarless harrington jackets, ribbed sweaters and striped layers in various hues meshed insouciantly, upholding the house’s zest for breezy, comfortably styling. This motif was driven home by drawstring slacks, rolled shirts, thoughtlessly popped collars and Hermès’ signature leather belt, tucked into itself to allow the tail to fly free.

Illustrative abstract patterns grace shirts cut with just enough slouch to billow out from the elasticated waistbands they were tucked into, subverting any sense of stiffness. A host of leather-accented items, including watches, necklaces and duffel bags, were even more minimal than the subtly stylish garments.

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Hermès launches beauty

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French Maison Hermès has several claims to fame from its iconic silk scarves to its legendary Birkin bag, but never has the Maison attempted to enter the beauty category. All that is about to change now that the 183-year-old brand has launched a line of lipsticks called Rouge Hermès.

The collection of 24 colors is inspired by Hermès’ archive of 75,000 silk scarves and 900 leather shades. The packaging – designed by Pierre Hardy, Hermès creative director of jewelry and shoes – is made from the same metals as the hardware on their handbags, and the lipsticks are (like in the ole’days) also refillable, making that packaging a long-term investment. Fitting for a lipstick with a 67 dollar price point.

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We wanted to do refillable so we could use more luxurious materials that had their own value. The idea is a form that’s both simple and playful enough to allow it to be done and redone ad infinitum. It’s rare for an artistic director to think about packaging over a long period of time and not just a one-off.

Pierre Hardy

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In addition to lipsticks, Hermès has plans to launch a new beauty category every six months, although they wouldn’t confirm what products or hard dates. Rouge Hermès lipsticks will be available at Hermès Boutiques and selected stores worldwide.

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Hermès Presents Heure H

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A strong and steadfast signature, French Maison Hermès’ Heure H was created in 1996 under the impetus of the designer Philippe Mouquet is more than a watch. It is indeed a symbol, which has maintained its edginess, its dynamism and its freshness over the years, thanks largely to the singular idea of capturing time inside a letter. An amusing way to frame the passing of time.

An object of Hermès’ leather goods expertise, the double tour strap – designed by Martin Margiela for his first fashion show for Hermès in 1998 – fits seamlessly into the case and accentuates its graphic shape. This watch band features a dual nature, with a classic finish between the case lugs and a geometric micro-perforated H pattern on the second loop around the wrist. To achieve a transparent effect, a wafer-thin sliver of Beton leather is inserted between the two strap sections.

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Crafted by Hermès Horloger artisans, the Heure H watch case is available in two versions. The first, made of steel, is adorned with an apricot or vermillion strap, while the second rose gold-plated variation comes with a black or etoupe strap.

The white lacquered dial, punctuated by four Arabic numerals and metallic hands, strikes a pleasing contrast with the strap colours. The overall result is a perfect match between rigorous stylistic and technical disciplines, highlighted by the precision of a deft and expert touch.

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Objects shaped by the hands of artisans to make them true companions for those who wear them. Practical, functional and stemming from uncompromising expertise, they radiate the lightness of the unexpected. They make everyday life their playground, and each instant a uniquely special moment.

For Hermès, time is also an object. Its inherent tension is translated by the house into a singular characteristic. Rather than measuring, ordering, and seeking to control it, Hermès dares to explore another time, designed to arouse emotions, open up interludes and create spaces for spontaneity and recreation.

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Hermès Wooden Medor Cuff Bracelet

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Remember the Cavale version of French Maison Hermès’ signature Collier de Chien, and Rivale bracelets? Well, aside from the use of patterned canvas straps as alternatives to its current leather and exotic options, the Parisian luxury brand has unveiled all-new cuffs which now come in wood.

Yes, you’re reading it well. Real wood which comes in two options, Olive Wood (a natural beige finish) paired with palladium-plated hardware, as well as Dyed Pearwood (black) that contrasts perfectly with gold.

Both colours will also come in 2 design variations, the Medor Fine Cuff Bracelet which features two Medor pyramid studs and a ring in the middle, and the Medor Cuff Bracelet that’s much thicker (and also higher and wider), with four Medor pyramid studs likened to the Collier de Chien.

Priced at € 550 and € 650 (USD 650 – USD 770) respectively, you can always stack both designs and wear them for a cool chunky look, considering they cost much less than a leather/exotic version.

And yes, both designs are now available worldwide. The Hermès Wooden Medor Cuff Bracelets are available at Hermès boutiques worldwideand a their website. Come into the wonderful world of Hermès.

 

 

 

 

French Maison Hermès launches luxe pastel Apple Watch bands

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After announcing its second generation AirPods available to order today, Apple has also unveiled a new range of vibrant leather bands for the Apple Watch Hermès Series 4.

Apple Watch and French Maison Hermès introduces pastel colours adorn the face and leather bands of Apple Watch Hermès Series 4. A three-coloured face and leather bands from the Apple Watch Hermès Series 4 adopt two new combinations of colours for Spring 2019: the rose sakura joins the colours craie and argile, and the bleu lin joins the colours craie and bleu du Nord. The watch face is revisited to match with the colours of the band, and showcases the colour of time in a unique new gradient style: as the minute hand moves forward, the colour of the screen shifts along a gradient, allowing the wearer to tell the time at a glance. The new watch faces will be available with the new watchOS 5.2 coming next week as a free software update.

Available as ‘Rose Sakura/Craie/Argile’, ‘Bleu Lin/Craie/Bleu du Nord’, and in ‘Indigo/Craie/Orange’ (not shown) .

The new Apple Watch Hermès bands are available in single ($339) or double ($489) Tour bracelets for the 40mm and 44mm models, and you can purchase your favorite colorways on Apple’s website now. The bands are also available at select Hermès boutiques and Apple stores worldwide.

Come into the beautiful world of Hermès and Apple.

 

 

 

 

Hermès Un Jardin Sur La Lagune

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French Maison Hermès is one of the most luxurious fashion houses in the world that crafts elegant clothing lines and chic perfumes. Founded in 1837 by Thierry Hermèsthe brand boasts with its stylish looks and unusual cuts. All Hermès Perfumes are elegant, sensual, timeless and delicate. Each Hermès Perfume is full of intense and invigorating freshness. The first Hermès perfume showed up in 1951 with Eau d’Hermès being one of the best creative spirits in the world of fragrances.

This time, his place of paradise is none other than Un Jardin Sur La Lagune.

French Maison Hermès launches a new unisex perfume Un Jardin Sur La Lagune part of its famous Jardin Collection. This new eponymous perfume offers a new aroma of intoxicating garden notes with enchanted parenthesis. Notes that make this perfume so unique, so different and intoxicating.

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Hermès Un Jardin Sur La Lagune leads us to Venice and reveals the magic of a hidden place behind a stone wall.  Perfumer Christine Nagel uses floral notes of magnolia and Madonna lily among with sea and wood nuances to conjure up a secret garden on the water. A maritime and sunny fragrance that puts a smile on your face.

The story is about a mysterious garden that an English lord build on the water inside the lagoon in Venice at the end of the 19th century . This private garden, the biggest in Venice, that has stood still in time, is simple in all its splendor and an inexaustible source of new discoveries, when the wind and salty water left crystal deposits on the flowers.

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The illustration for the packaging of Un Jardin Sur La Lagune is signed by the famous Bosnian artist Safet Zec, an established Venetian

Hermès Un Jardin Sur La Lagune will be available in a heavy glass flacon as a 50 and 100ml Eau de Toilette at selected stores worldwide and at Hermès Boutiques. Come into the wonderful world of Hermès.

 

 

 

 

Hermès reinvented its classic Terre d’Hermès scent

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Former perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena of French Maison Hermès was reponsible for the creation of classic scents from the house, like Voyage d’Hermès and of course Terre d’Hermès. On the latter, which he created in 2006, he said the scent was meant to evoke the idea of, ‘Feeling the earth, lying on the ground, gazing at the sky’.

Fast forward to 12 years later, and the house’s new nose, Christine Nagel, has taken on the daunting task of reimagining Terre. Her creation: Terre d’Hermès Eau Intense Vétiver. Tasked with revisiting a living olfactory heritage she brings a new intensity and vegetal slant to the scent.

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How exactly did Nagel approach the task of creating a new version that still reflected the woody and mineral elements of the original? According to Hermès, her role was like that of a ‘watchmaker fascinated by a mysterious movement’. She examined the scent from every angle in order to understand its compexities and intimate mechanics, and then deconstructed it – choosing to reassemble the scent and illuminate certain points of the fragrance.

The key ingredient is vetiver, as the name suggests, but this version is given more roundness and warmth. Nagel also transformed the original note of black pepper to Sichuan pepper – this variety is greener and more citrus, lending an energy to the scent and helping the notes to melt into each other effortlessly. Finally the bergamot orange, picked before it has reached maturity, is part of the new juice, adding a fresh, daring quality to the scent. This transforms the original juice from a woody and mineral fragrance to one that is more woody and vegetal.

 

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Hermès Terre d’Hermès Eau Intense Vétiver is presented in the iconic Hermès glass bottle, and is topped with a warm brown stopper that has the appearance of leather tanned by the sun.

Hermès Terre d’Hermès Eau Intense Vétiver is still utterly refined, unapologetically masculine and unerringly elegant. And from Hermès we would expect nothing less.

 

 

 

 

Hermès Sur-Mesure, If You Can Dream It, They Can Create It

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French Maison Hermès is noted for many things. Bags that are worth investing in more than property, and silk scarves that shape-shift from accessories to halter tops are among those items. What not many would know about, though, is the brand’s low-profile special projects arm, hiding in plain sight at the bottom of the French luxury auteur’s website in the form of a little tab, spelling Le Sur-Mesure. Meaning, Made-To-Measure.

With Le Sur-Mesure, the sky’s not your limit, it’s the depth of your imagination and bank account. But that’s, of course, if your even land a reply from the atelier.

Bespoke is not a novel idea, more so for the higher echelons of fashion where the world’s most well-heeled crop of consumers splurge their wealth. So for the almost-two centuries old French luxury goods house, assuming roles as tailors not merely to the sartorial needs of its affluent consumers, but also to the ‘fruit of [their] imagination’, is readily hoped for.

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The interior of an Aston Martin DB4 upholstered in gold calfskin and English green New Zealand wool (Photo: Alexis Goure).

Discreetly, Hermès has offered bespoke products to selected special clients. Founded in 1837 to serve the horse-harness needs of affluent Parisians, Hermès branched out over the subsequent 181 years into saddlery, belts, leather trunks and handbags, scarves, fragrances, wearables, lamps, wallpaper, tableware, furniture, and ready-to-wear collections – all could be customised to fit the client’s specific wishes. Le Sur-Mesure, though, aims to take that concept one step further. Throughout the brand’s expansion, Sur-Mesure has remained a constant, if low-key, offering amid the relative profusion of gleaming ‘H’ belt buckles and Birkin bags.

I like to give an artistic and sometimes twisted answer to an object’s functionality. We are not just a manufacturer; we are a house of ideas. And we like to surpass people and give some funny answers. We have a very open-minded way to approach each project, by being innovative and working with new materials. We want to give fantasy.

Axel de Beaufort, design and engineering director of special projects for Hermès Sur-Mesure

The atelier is based, along with other Hermès workshops, in the Paris suburb of Pantin. One-off projects created under its direction include a skateboard with a custom brown-leather carrying sling; a winged horse saddle in red, yellow, and orange worthy of Wonder Woman; a fastidiously stitched picnic box; and an acid-green protective case for an apple. Roller skates are in development, as are boxing gloves.

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For some, this has taken the form of custom arm chairs coated in Hermès’ iconic supple brown leather, or maybe one-off boxing gloves designed to perfectly form around their clenched knuckles. For another, it may be the seats of their exotic car to their private jet or the cabin of a 12-metre dayboat like the Rocabar.

We are not just a manufacturer; we are a house of ideas. And we like to surpass people and give some funny answers.

Axel de Beaufort, design and engineering director of special projects for Hermès Sur-Mesure

The boat, Rocabar, is a Hermès creation – not that the uninformed eye would ever discern that. Lacking the telltale ‘H’ or any other defining marker, Rocabar is the ultimate personal bauble.

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Interior view of the ‘Rocabar’, decorated with Hermès’s Savana Danse motif. (Photo: Laurent Benoit)

It could be anything: Bag, suitcase, garment, saddle, phone case or piece of furniture for your vacation home. Even the casket to your hot air balloon, or plush interior of your rare Aston Martin DB4. Whatever it is, the team of Le Sur-Mesure artisans will have it made to life and skilfully crafted just for you, using the house’s finest materials. The only catch will be that no one other than you would ever know it’s an Hermès.

It will never be written big: ‘Here is my Le Sur-Mesure Hermès bag, only the client needs to know it was made for them.

Christophe Beltrando, Hermès atelier managing director

What Beltrando would not disclose was how much any of these products could set one back. After all, giving away such information is “not really in keeping with the spirit of Le Sur-Mesure”. Something else he would not reveal: What percentage of Le Sur-Mesure’s business comes from existing Hermès clients versus new ones.

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Want to Birkin-ize your vintage car or boat? No problem. And if you’d like a cabinet that holds your luxury items to be a luxury item itself, Hermès has you covered.

As expected, the dream factory has an ultra-strict door policy. Hermès will reject requests that don’t reflect its brand values. “One guy who owned this super 1980s-style yacht talked to us”, mused Alex de Beaufort, artistic director of Le Sur-Mesure, then shook his head. “Our best ambassador is the product and we must be aware of that always”.

On top of this page, created by very talented artist Philippine Poplu, illustration of the 17 icons of the iPad app for the Hermès custom-made products (present in all stores).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hermès Sterling Silver Mini Kelly Sold For $63,750

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It’s usually Hermès’ Birkin bags that are in the news for breaking auction sales records, but this time the French maison’s other iconic bag the Kelly which has made it to the headlines. It was a Sterling Silver Mini Kelly Bag which sold for a staggering sum.

Hand-made of sterling silver, this Kelly was defenitly not bought off the shelf. Measuring 15cm features a removable Chaine D’Ancre shoulder strap is considered a masterpiece and being one of the top five most special handbags in the world.

The Hermès Sterling Silver Mini Kelly bag fetched a world record of HK$500,000 (57,500 euro -US$63,750 – £49,700) at a Spink auction in Hong Kong. Made of sterling silver, this Kelly was defenitly not bought off the shelf. It is likely extremely rare and features a single rolled top handle and a detachable Chaine D’Ancre shoulder strap and protective silver metal feet, secured with a branded sterling silver turn-lock closure on the front flap.

The bag became the spotlight in Spink’s first auction of luxury handbags and accessories. This is definitely not an everyday bag and was probably created for someone who truly loved a show stopping evening bag.

 

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Even though this sterling silver creation won the spotlight at auction, it shared the auction block with more than 100 covetable bags including a Hermès Kelly Millennium Moonlight and a Birkin So Black, which was the second-highest lot, produced in 2010, it sold for a premium-inclusive HK$300,000 (34,500 euro – $38,465 – £27,200).

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The April 18 sale comprised handbags from French Maison’s such as Hermès, Chanel and Louis Vuitton and estimates ranged from HK$5000-500,000. The premium-inclusive auction total was HK$8.15m (937,000 euro – $1,045,000 – £742,676). – Buyer’s premium is 25%.

The deal marked a new chapter for the company in the lifestyle collectors market – it was the first live sale of handbags and accessories in Hong Kong. Founded in 1666 and headquartered in London, auction house Spink holds more than 70 auctions a year.