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Tie Break App by Hermes

Hermès launches new ‘Tie Break’ app

Tie Break App by Hermes

Parisian luxury brand Hermès is embracing the digital age with the launch of a newmobile app, “Tie Break.”

Available on both iOS and Android devices, the free Tie Break app is designed as a slick sartorial distraction from the dull realities of work, travel and idle moments featuring a mix of arcade gams, cartoons, videos, and fun ‘gif-hanger’ images, all accessed by digitally ‘tugging’ on the on-screen ties.

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The app also has some practical features: you can learn how to tie different knots, and also digitally try on different tie patterns against your own shirt.

If you’re happy with the look then you can snap up the ties on the integrated online store, including a tie ($195) created especially for the launch with a barcode on the back that can be scanned to take you straight to the app.

The app follows the Silk Knots app, released last year, which combined similar features themed around the brand’s famed carré scarves.

SEE ALSO: HERMÈS IS RELEASING A $11,000 BICYCLE

Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski

Hermès announces new womenswear designer

Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski

Hermès International has tapped Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski as artistic director for women’s ready-to-wear at Hermès.

The 36-year-old French designer first graduated from the prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp.

She then went on to hold design roles with Maison Martin Margiela and Céline in Paris, and then New York City-based label The Row.

Lemaire, who had held the position of artistic director of women’s ready-to-wear at Hermès since June 2010, announced on Monday thathe would be parting ways with the brand to focus on his own label.

SEE ALSO: CHRISTOPHE LEMAIRE TO LEAVE HERMÈS

Christophe Lemaire

Christophe Lemaire to leave Hermès

Christophe Lemaire

The Spring-Summer 2015 ready-to-wear collection will be Christophe Lemaire’s last as creative director at .

The designer announced on Monday, July 21 that he is parting ways with the French luxury brand to focus on his own label.

Lemaire, who replaced Jean Paul Gaultier at the label in 2010, cites the growth of his eponymous label as a reason behind the decision.

SEE ALSO: JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER IS LEAVING HERMES

Hermes Spring Summer 2014 Ad Campaign

“I am very grateful to Christophe for the passion with which he has addressed and enriched the expression of our house in women’s ready-to-wear,” added Hermès CEO Axel Dumas.

Hermès Spring Summer 2014

“Under his artistic direction the métier has renewed its aesthetic and produced very satisfactory financial results. I wish him the greatest success with his own label which is so close to his heart.”

Flaneur Hermes bike

Hermès Is Releasing a $11K Bicycle

The Hermès Horizons team (which usually develops luxurious interiors for cars and private jets) has created two new luxury bikes for the French fashion and accessories brand: ‘Le Flâneur d’Hermès’ (a relaxed ride for the city) and ‘Le Flâneur sportif d’Hermès’ (a sportier racing bike model).

hermes bicycle

Both bikes come in a choice of charcoal, red and white colors with bull leather saddles and grips, hydraulic brakes and superlight carbon fiber frames created by French bike company Time.

“We really want to work with people who have a very deep expertise, and wherever possible, we try to find them in France,” François Doré, head of the project, told WWD. “We set out to make a real bike, not a decorative object. It had to be simple, efficient, easy to use, pleasant and elegant,” he added.

Flaneur Hermes bike

The Hermès bikes will hit the brand’s stores in November, with the Flâneur model retailing at €8,100.

Hermès launches Silk Bar pop-up space in NYC

Hermes Silk Bar Pop-Up

French luxury house Hermès is opening a pop-up ‘Silk Bar’ in New York City to celebrate the release of its new Silk Knots app, which launched in September on iOS devices.

The concept store, which the brand has previously deployed in Taipei, London and Hong Kong, sees Hermès sell a series of scarves, ties and other accessories.

The Silk Bar is located within the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle, Manhattan. The NYC location comes with a retro ‘Diner’ theme and big neon Hermès signs, including a ‘daily silk specials’ board.

Also available is the new Maxi Twilly line which launched last week (scarves available for $290), but the main aim of the pop-up is to drive customers to the label’s main stores.

Visitors to the pop-up are also encouraged to use the Silk Knots app, which teaches users about the history of the famous carré, provides fun tutorials explaining different knotting techniques, and lets you upload photos of yourself in your new Hermès looks.

Hermes Silk Pop-Up

Shang Xia Paris store inside

Shang Xia, the ‘Chinese Hermès,’ to open Paris store

Shang Xia Paris store inside

Shang Xia, the Chinese subsidiary of Hermès International, will open its first French store in Paris’s ultra-chic Saint-Germain-des-Près neighborhood on September 12.

The brand’s first store in Europe will occupy a 70 square meter space located at 8 Rue de Sèvres (6th arrondissement). Japanese architect Kengo Kuma designed the shop, which will feature objets d’art, clothes and jewelry made from traditional Chinese materials.

Parisian fashionistas will be introduced to collections made from bamboo, Mongolian cashmere and even Chinese eggshell porcelain.

Before the opening of this store, Shang Xia has operated solely in China, where it has two stores, one in Beijing and one in Shanghai. The new Paris store will be the brand’s first abroad.

Hermes luxury Basketball

Hermes Unveils $12,900 Luxury Basketball

Hermes Basketball

After an 18-month renovation, Hermès is reopening its Beverly Hills store on Sept. 4. To commemorate the opening, the brand is rolling out its first-ever basketball for a whopping $12,900.

Only two of the balls have been produced at the special-orders atelier in Paris under Pierre-Alexis Dumas‘ creative direction.

The ball is made of blue calfskin and uses the same hand-stitched technique as Hermes’ Birkin bags.

“It represents the sky, the ocean and all the beautiful pools that are a way of life in L.A. and Southern California,” says Robert Chavez, Hermes U.S. CEO, who says that the exceptional quality of the leather as well as the artisanal craftsmanship account for the ball’s price. Via Hollywoodreporter & Hypebeast.

Louis Vuitton Paris store

Louis Vuitton tops 2013 global luxury brand list

Louis Vuitton Paris store

Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Gucci were the top three global luxury brands of 2013, with Fendi and Coach entering the top 10 for the first time, a study said Wednesday.

The 2013 BrandZ Top 100, a ranking of the most valuable global brands compiled by research firm MillwardBrown, found luxury firms struggling with the need to balance exclusivity with attracting new customers through use of social media.

“On Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and other social media platforms, brands across the luxury spectrum mediated the tension between the exclusivity that protects brand desirability and the inclusivity needed to attract new customers,” it said.

The survey said luxury brands had become more “accessible, collaborative and experimental”.

After a modest purchase, for example, a firm might send a thank you note on twitter while a couture fashion customer might receive an invitation to an exclusive show.

Handbag firm Coach owed its position at number 10 on the list to its presence in China where it added 30 stores by the end of 2012, taking its total there to 69.

The survey said it was among the firms making extensive use of social media and the Internet, “emailing over 1.2 billion messages to selected customers”.

And it found that the Chinese customer continued to be key to the fortunes of luxury firms in Europe.

Although, the sector felt the impact of government limits on official gift giving and slowing economic growth in China, purchases by Chinese and other Asian tourists to Europe “buoyed luxury sales in the economically troubled markets of western Europe”, it said.

Overall in the past year, the value of the luxury sector had risen six percent, compared with a 15 percent increase a year ago, it added.

The top ten brands were: Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Gucci, Prada, Rolex, Chanel, Cartier, Burberry, Fendi and Coach.

Hermes travel sprays

Hermès releases new travel spray bottles

Hermes travel sprays

Hermès has added four new colorful options (‘bleu galice’ blue, ‘rose crevette’, ‘vert canopée’ green and ‘jaune soufre’ yellow) to its line of pocketable travel perfume bottles for summer 2013.

The handstiched leather travel cases come in two sizes: a clutch friendly 10ml bottle plus refill (€203) and a larger 75ml bottle plus refill (€223).

The glass perfume refills are also sold separately, with the scent options for the sprays including the classic Voyage d’Hermès, Un jardin sur le Nil and 24, Faubourg.

The pocket sprays are available exclusively at Hermès boutiques.

orange birkin bag

Hermes Birkin Cat Fight at Auction Houses

tri colored crocodile Hermes Birkin bag

Two rival auction houses have clashed over which one may have set the record for the sale of a crocodile-skin Birkin handbag by the luxury goods firm Hermes.

Paris auction house Artcurial said last month it had sold a red, orange and pink coloured bag, named after the British-born French actress and singer Jane Birkin, for a record $82,600 on May 21.

But US auctioneers Heritage Auctions disputed the record, saying they sold a red Birkin bag in the US in December 2011 for $203,150, although the claim was quickly disputed by Artcurial which pointed out that the clasp was encrusted with a diamond, meaning it was not a like with like comparison.

Heritage countered that it had also sold a grey Birkin bag in April with a “palladium” clasp for $86,500 and others with unspecified variations for $113,525, $104,500 and $95,600.

Perhaps the record wasset by another bag sold in 2007, according to media reports, for $96,723. But that too had a distinguishing feature: it was owned by Jane Birkin.

tri-colored crocodile Hermes Birkin bag

Birkin handbag sells for record $83,000

tri-colored crocodile Hermes Birkin bag

A crocodile-skin Birkin handbag made by luxury goods firm Hermes has sold for a record 63,800 euros ($82,600) at an auction in Paris.

The bag, manufactured in 2006 and marked by its unusual combination of orange, red and pink colours, was sold at above its estimate of 40,000-50,000 euros at the auction on May 21, , auction house Artcurial said on Monday.

The previous record sale price for a Birkin bag was 61,000 euros, during a 2011 auction in Paris.

Named after French actress and singer Jane Birkin, the Birkin handbags are one of Hermes’s signature designs and have become iconic in the fashion world.

Leather Craftsperson

Hermès brings ‘Festival des Métiers’ to London

Leather Craftsperson

French luxury brand Hermès is bringing a team of its artisans to London for a workshop to show off their skills and display the label’s handcrafted specialities.

Ever wondered about the handiwork that goes into creating one of the Hermès brand’s Birkin bags? The bags, which were named after British singer Jane Birkin, can vary in cost between $9,000 and $150,000 depending on the materials used.

Hermes Festival des Metiers London

Running from May 21 to 27, this year’s ‘Festival des Métiers’ will show off the skills used to create the luxury label’s silk scarves, watches, fine jewelry and the aforementioned bags.

Visitors to the free exhibition will be able to chat with the craftspeople and interact with the processes in order to better understand the unique blend of savoir faire and creative nous that goes into the goods. The Saatchi Gallery is located on King’s Road in Chelsea, London.

Hermes FestivalDesMetiers

Hermès isn’t the only major label opening up a sneak peek at their secrets this summer. The LVMH luxury group, home to Louis Vuitton, Givenchy and Fendi (among others), is once again running its Journées Particulières events.

Hermes Festival des Métiers

Hermès Pavilion at BaselWorld 2013

hermes pavilion baselworld 2013

La Montre Hermès joined forces with architect Toyo Ito to create its BaselWorld 2013 pavilion located in the heart of the venue.

Its design is a testament to Hermès’ values: craftsmanship, a commitment to work carried out by hand and to the noble elegance of natural materials, and an appreciation of precision and innovation.

Toyo Ito has imagined a two-storey box measuring 34 metres long and 19 metres wide, with a total area of 1,040 sq.m. Its steel framework is clad with 624 wooden strips, some straight, some curved.

hermes pavilion baselworld 2013

These interlocking slats form an outer mesh, and this façade covers a second inner structure made of wood, glass and metal. Between these two “skins”, 167 plants form a corridor of greenery.

The design is organic, brought to life with movement akin to the swell of the sea. It appears to tremble in the wind. Its skin of wooden slats, hanging like a skirt, moves with broad and dynamic undulations.

With its entrance positioned in the corner, the pavilion appears to cut through the waves like the bow of a ship. As they enter, visitors will sense the serenity of the atrium. A staircase in wood and metal takes visitors up to the mezzanine. Naturally dyed fabrics, so evocative of the world of Hermès, line the spaces like the bark of a tree, giving them a sense of warmth and intimacy.

hermes baselworld 2013

Finally, glass cases dotted around the edge of the room and within display Hermès latest watch-making creations. Blossoming like metallic flowers, they take their place in the perpetual creative cycle.

Hermès booth at Baselworld 2013 is located at Hall 1.1, Booth B55 – Source: Cosmone.com.

hermes baselworld pavilion lounge

Les Colognes Hermes

Hermès launches two new masculine scents

Les Colognes Hermes

At the start of this month, Parisian luxury brand Hermès added two new scents to its Les Colognes Hermès line, the Eau de Mandarine Ambrée and the Eau de Narcisse Bleu.

Created by the brand’s exclusive in-house nose, Jean-Claude Ellena, the two new scents are available in eau de toilette in two different sized sprays 100ml (€89) and 200ml (€117).

Ellena has been working solely for Hermès since 2004, producing some of the brand’s best-loved fragrances including Terre d’Hermès and Voyage d’Hermès. Prior to that, he concocted scents for luxury brands including Van Cleef & Arpels, Balenciaga and Bulgari.

Described by Hermès as “cheeky yet gentle,” the Eau de Mandarine Ambrée captures the fresh acidity of mandarins, with some ambery complexity and a twist of passion fruit. The Narcisse Bleu scent combines orange blossom and galbanum with narcissus and finishes with a delicate woody drydown.

Hermes Equus

Hyundai Equus by Hermes

Equus by Hermes

Hyundai has teamed with French fashion house Hermes to create the Equus by Hermes, unveiled last week at the Seoul Auto Show. It follows a similar Hermes edition carried out on the Bugatti Veyron.

Based on the 2012 model year version, the “Equus by Hermes” is a more luxurious edition of the long-wheelbase model, with the exterior tweaks and the cabin styled and customized by Hermes designers.

Hyundai Equus Hermes

Hyundai says the project is the results of two years of work from designers and researchers in the company’s pursuit of a “modern premium” car. The interior focuses on the harmony of colors and features more than 20 items that were produced by Hermes artisans specifically for this car.

The entire interior is lined with different types of leather chosen by Hermes, with the door panels being lined with crocodile leather, of the same type used by Hermes for some of its famous handbags.

Hyundai Equus by Hermes Interior

Designers drew inspiration from aircraft interiors to design the rear center console of the car, which includes a folding table and four-cup holders, plus a water bottle compartment and a large storage space where a travel blanket can be kept.

Hyundai Equus Hermes Interior

Only three Equus by Hermes models have been built, none of which is for sale. Hyundai doesn’t plan to launch it on the market, and only aims to improve the brand’s image as a luxury auto maker.

crocodile leather tshirt

Hermès Is Selling A $91,500 Crocodile T-shirt

Hermes tshirt label

A T-shirt is usually the most casual and cheap of garments, but the latest Hermes collection includes one that costs a cool $91,500. The item is a black crew-neck men’s shirt made out of crocodile skin.

The luxury shirt made its debut last fall on the Spring 2013 runway as part of the label’s chiffon crocodile shirt line, but only hit the company’s Madison Avenue flagship store recently.

The Awl, who managed to snap a photo of the t-shirt’s price tag (photos are not allowed inside of Hermès’ stores), noted that just the sales tax on the shirt could amount to $8,000.

“Literally, the entire shirt is just luxurious, beautifully sewn swaths of crocodile. This makes it possibly rather uncomfortable, and perhaps a little heavy, for a t-shirt,” The Awl’s Choire Sicha writes.

Hermes crocodile Tshirt

Atmos Hermes Clock

Jaeger-LeCoultre and Hermès Unveil Atmos Clock

Atmos Hermes Clock

Hermès and Jaeger-LeCoultre have created an Atmos clock with a hand-blown and carved enamel and crystal casing produced by Cristalleries the Saint-Louis, a subsidiary of Hermès.

First introduced in 1928 as a perpetuum mobile, the Atmos differentiates itself from every other mechanical timepiece in that it literally never needs to be wound.

It functions thanks to a mechanism that contracts and expands with the ambient temperature, so that a variation of 1 degree Centigrade is enough to keep it going for 48 hours.

Produced in a limited edition of 176, corresponding to the number of years since Hermès was founded, the Atmos Hermès clock will retail for 30,000 euros ($39,100).

Source: WWD

Atmos Hermes Clock photo

Hermes Rallye24 tableware

Hermès Rallye 24 tableware

Hermes Rallye 24 tableware

French fashion brand Hermès introduced its Rallye 24 collection of tableware last month in a Paris garage stocked with vintage sports cars.

Inspired by the world of motor racing, the new tableware re-imagines the classic chain d’ancre design as a race car track. The 49-piece collection of jewel-colored porcelain has a pattern of ellipses reminiscent of speedways.

The rich colors evoke old international racing liveries, like Italian red, French blue, German silver and British green. Rallye 24 reflects the sporting life, Hermès’s theme for 2013.

The dishes will be available in the United States by the end of March. Prices range from $130 for a tumbler to $640 for an oval platter. The set of six round plates shown here is $1,140.

Hermes Rallye24 tableware

Hermes Arceau Petite Lune 38mm

Hermes Arceau Petite Lune

Hermes Arceau Petite Lune 38mm

Hermes marks the 35th anniversary of its Arceau collection this year. Marking the occasion, the maison introduces is offering a smaller, more feminine version with a 38mm diameter and adding a new complication displaying moon phases.

The Arceau Petite Lune features asymmetrical lugs evoking the shape and curve of a stirrup, and sports a mother-of-pearl dial either in white or black.

The watch’s alligator strap, crafted in the Hermes workshops using the saddle-stitching technique, is available in three colors — indigo blue, elephant gray or black.