Hermès is a sixth generation, family-run French company, celebrating its 175th year in business. The company was founded in Paris by Thierry Hermès, a maker of horse saddles. Hermès products are distinguished by their uncompromising quality – a concept summarized in a family motto: “Que l’utile soit beau” (“That the useful be beautiful”). The brand is known by its signature orange boxes and the Duc carriage with horse logo.
Hermès is renowned for its handmade luggage and handbags. The company does not use assembly lines. Only one craftsperson, makes a single handbag at a time. Most of the craftspersons have worked for Hermès for many years. Hermès products are found in stores all over the world.
Many consumers are aware of the Hermès brand. Most of these consumers believe Hermès products are not affordable. However, all of the top luxury brands offer affordable products. Many Hermès items are less than $100, including fragrances, bath products, and towels. Jewelry products are available starting at several hundred dollars.