Hermes, the saddle company turned luxury bag creator is one of the only privately owned family companies in the world. While many are selling pieces of their company to large fashion houses, Hermes has remained in the family for generations and includes perfume, silk goods, textiles, clocks, shoes and clothing in their portfolio. The orange box is to Hermes as the blue box is to Tiffany's and its Birkin bag, seen on the arms of many a celeb, is one of the most sought after bags in the world. Read on for some lesser known facts about the French fashion house.
Five Little Known Hermes Facts:
- The length of thread necessary to make 1,000 Hermes carres (scarves) is equal to the distance between the earth and the moon. One silk moth yields one scarf.
- The Kelly Bag is made with 36 pieces of leather and 680 hand stitches.
- A silk colorist works with a chart of 75.000 hues to create a new color scheme each season.
- The leather ateliers receive more than 600,000 skins per year. Each skin has a bar code to keep track of it's origin and specific treatment.
- Hermes start in fine jewelry came from working with silver to trim saddlery -- the house's first clients were horses!