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Apple Watch Hermes

The Apple Watch Hermès is now available

Apple Watch Hermes

After teasing the collaboration last month, Apple has released the Hermès edition of its watches in select stores across North America.

The tie-in adds a touch of French luxury to the latest technological gadgetry. The amped-up version of the Apple Watch features a leather band and sports the Hermès logo on the watch face.

Bands are available as single or double tour, and as a cuff.

The watches are being sold at stores in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco and Toronto. Prices start at $1,100.

Apple Watch Hermes Double Tour

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Apple launches Hermès Watch

Jeff Williams

Apple Inc. and Hermès International announced Wednesday that they have created a new version of Apple’s smartwatch.

The watch, which will go on sale Oct. 5, will marry bands made in Hermès’ signature leather with a specially designed user interface.

The Hermès watch will have a choice of three bands with the stainless steel face: a single leather loop, a double loop and a cuff. The double loop only comes with the 38mm face, while the thicker cuff only has the 42mm version. The bands are available in several colors of leather. The price will range from $1,100 to $1,500.

Apple Watch Hermes

To display the time, Apple adapted three fonts Hermès has long used in its watches. When the watch face displays the Hermès user interface, neither the Apple name nor logo is visible.

For Apple, the Hermès watch is its latest move to embrace luxury.

It has been courting the fashion industry, hiring famed designer Marc Newson and executives from Burberry and Yves Saint Laurent, all of whom participated in the conception of the watch.


Hermès Jane Birkin bag

Jane Birkin orders Hermes to rename ‘Birkin bag’

Hermès Jane Birkin bag

Hermes said Wednesday it was probing claims of cruelty at crocodile and alligator farms that supply the French fashion house with skins for its luxury handbags and accessories.

Jane Birkin has asked Hermes to remove her name from the iconic crocodile skin  after rights group PETA published an expose on “cruel” treatment of the animals at farms in Texas and Zimbabwe.

“Hermes respects and shares her emotion and was also shocked by the recently published images,” the company said in a statement.


PETA filmed disturbing images of crocodiles in Zimbabwe and alligators in Texas — whose skin is used to make watch-straps — in which they live crammed into barren concrete pits before being “cruelly hacked” to death.

“At just one year old, alligators are shot with a captive-bolt gun or crudely cut into while they’re still conscious and able to feel pain,” PETA said.

“The investigator saw alligators continuing to move their legs and tails in the bleed rack and in bloody ice bins several minutes after their attempted slaughter,” it added. Hermes said it was investigating the farm in Texas.

“Any proven negligence will be corrected and punished,” Hermes said, highlighting that it does not own the farm and that the alligator skins are not used to make the Birkin bag.

fuchsia colored Hermes bag

The manufacturer added that it imposed the “highest standards in the ethical treatment of crocodiles” on its partners.

Hermes also said Birkin’s request did not affect “the friendship and trust” between her and the house.

The bag was designed for Birkin in 1984, after a chance meeting of the singer and the then president of Hermes, Jean-Louis Dumas. A young mother at the time, she complained she could not find a bag that was both elegant and practical.

The crocodile version, which costs at least 33,000 euros ($36,000), is one of Hermes’s best-known products, along with its silk scarves and purses named after Grace Kelly.

The handbag, which also comes in cow, calf or ostrich leather, is made entirely by hand in France. Each bag takes 18 to 25 hours to complete.

fuchsia colored Hermes bag

This Birkin bag just sold for a record $222,912

fuchsia colored Hermes bag

A fuchsia-coloured crocodile-skin Hermes bag has broken the record for the most expensive handbag sold at auction, selling for US$222,912 at a Christie’s auction in Hong Kong.

The final price realised at the Monday auction was around 15 percent more than the auction house’s estimate.


“With its 18k white gold and diamond hardware, Hermès Shiny Fuchsia Porosus Crocodile Diamond Birkin 35 dazzled the crowds, achieving a HK$1.72 million record,” Christie’s said in the statement.

The bag, part of the “Birkin” series named after British-born French actress and singer Jane Birkin, features a gold and diamond-encrusted clasp and padlock and is 35 centimetres in width and 25 centimetres in height.

The previous record was set at the sale of another Hermes Birkin by an American auction house valued at around $203,000 in 2011.

Hermes candles

Hermès launches first home fragrances collection

Céline Ellena and Guillaume Bardet

French luxury house  has released its debut collection of scents designed for the home by Céline Ellena and presented in a stunning selection of objets d’art by Guillaume Bardet.

The new Hermès home fragrance collection comprises five perfumes, with each fragrance bearing its own story and five colors: Des Pas sur la Neige (taupe), Temps de Pluie (celadon), Fenêtre Ouverte (lagoon), Champ Libre (sulphur) and A Cheval ! (pumpkin).

There are three families of perfumed objects designed by Bardet that carry the scents: a paper origami horse, a ceramic pebble and a candle bowl.


Le Parfum de la Maison Reverie Collection

The collection was mixed by Céline Ellena, daughter of Jean-Claude Ellena, the head of fragrance at Hermès.

Born in Rouen, Bardet trained at the École nationale supérieure des Arts décoratifs and has worked with some of the biggest names in design.

Hermes candles

His latest project, entitled ‘L’Usage des jours,’ comprises 365 ceramic objects created in the course of one year.

The collection will be available in Hermès boutiques as well as in selected sales outlets from December 2014. Prices range from €62 for a set of four horses to €350 for a 1,100g candle.

La Maison des Carrés

La Maison des Carrés by Hermès

Several years after the launch of the  website in 2001, the French luxury brand has opened La Maison des Carrés, a new digital showcase dedicated to its famous scarves.

The new site takes the form of a house inhabited by the Hermès family of silk accessories. The top floor is dedicated to its western-style silk bandanas, while a room just underneath houses a collection of Twilly ribbon-shaped scarves. A few floors down is a room devoted to scarves with the equestrian theme the label holds dear.


The interactive website also offers tutorials on different ways to tie its scarves, whether around the neck or around the head.

La Maison des Carrés

Of course, all of the items in La Maison des Carrés are for sale. After selecting a scarf and a color, shoppers simply select their country and delivery method: either by express mail or in-store pickup. Shoppers within Paris can even opt to have their scarf delivered by courier.


This is not the first time Hermès has shown a knack for clever digital marketing. Recently, the brand launched its Tie Break app, proving that modern technology and humor go hand in hand with luxury style.

Hermès – Of Mastery And Time

As summer draws to a close and F1 season approaches yet again, the next major event to look forward to will be Watches & Wonders taking place from 30 September to 2 October. Hold your horses though! Hermès has an upcoming exhibition that will begin before and end after the exhibition, from 24 September to 5 October.  The exhibition, Of Mastery And Time, will showcase some of the brand’s choice creations at Scotts Square’s atrium, in the context of Hermès’s traditional integration of decorative arts in its watches.Hermes Of Mastery And Time 5At the exhibition, visitors can look forward to examining the Arceau Millefiori, which showcases glassmaking artistry in the context of a timepiece. The ‘millefiori’ motif on the watch has been crafted by the Saint-Louis Royal Crystal-Works, Europe’s oldest glassmaker (and 100% Hermès-owned affiliate), and gives the impression of a flower bed on a two-dimensional dial. This is done by arranging thin glass canes of various colours, each just 10mm long, inside a cast iron bowl to form the desired pattern,  before applying a drop of molten crystal to seal the ‘flower bed’. You can imagine the challenges involved, from the dexterity needed to produce such intricate displays on such a small scale, to the crystal working that must be done without introducing bubbles or deforming the canes.Hermes Of Mastery And Time 4Besides glass art, Hermès will also demonstrate its experience with wheel engraving through the Arceau Pocket Chevaux sauvages. The crystal cover of this watch is decorated with the horse motif the brand is noted for, using wheel engraving by a crystal engraver. This involves applying Indian ink onto a crystal plaque in the motif to be created, and “polishing” the image out using increasingly finer lathes. A crystal engraver will be on hand to demonstrate the technique in person from 24 to 28 September. Other techniques that Hermès will demonstrate include French lacquering, enamelling, stone marquetry, and diamond setting.

Last but not least, the exhibition actually takes place within a setting that plays with visitors’ perception of time, with two distinct sections of Day and Night. This is of course unsurprising, given Hermès’s penchant to do so with watches such as the Dressage L’Heure Masquée.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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