Louis Vuitton, the French maker of laminated canvas handbags, was named the world’s most valuable luxury brand for a seventh consecutive year.
The brand, owned by LVMH, is worth $25.9 billion, a 7 percent increase from 2011, according to Millward Brown Optimor’s 2012 BrandZ study.
Hermes, in which LVMH owns a stake, rose to second place with a value of $19.1 billion, up 61 percent on last year. Rolex, the closely-held Swiss watch brand, was ranked third at $7.17 billion, a 36 percent gain.
Hermès celebrates its 175th anniversary with an exhibition in London illustrating the company’s relationship with leather over the years.
The show is divided into 12 rooms representing various leather collections – including equestrian, travel, handbags and accessories.
On show are bespoke objects from the history of the company – which was founded in 1837 – such as items commissioned by the Duke of Windsor for Wallis Simpson.
Hermès has unveiled a video showcasing its Hermès Petit H Creative Lab project, which sees the luxury house turn its iconic designs into one-off objects thanks to an upcycling initiative.
Following previous team-ups with the likes of French conceptual artist Daniel Buren, Hermès has announced its latest limited edition scarf collaboration will be with Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto.
The partnership is in honor of the third edition of the luxury label’s Hermès Editeur project, which intertwines the world of fine arts and crafts with the realm of textiles.
Sugimoto’s limited edition silk scarves have been inspired by his “Colors of Shadow” project, and will be presented at the Art Basel contemporary art fair this June.
Hermes, which already produces the world’s most expensive functional handbags, the Kelly and the Birkin, has unveiled four new designs, each priced at $1.9 Million.
The miniature totes, which are crafted from gold and studded with thousands of precious stones, double up as high jewellery.
Significantly smaller than the popular leather versions, they are designed to be worn as a bracelet, with the handbag strap resting on the wrist.
French luxury group Hermes has posted record sales of 2.8 billion euros ($3.8 billion) in 2011, highlighting the resilience of luxury brands in the face of the weakening global economy.
The group’s sales were up 18.3 percent last year, beating the target of 15-16 percent growth, it said in a statement, and its operating margin was up more than 30 percent.
The famed maker of luxury bags and silk scarves said revenue growth had been led in non-Japan Asia, where sales were up 29 percent, and in the United States, where they were up 26 percent.
Hermès honours the ancient art of straw marquetry, a form of expertise that has become extremely rare, with these two beautifully dialed watches.
Marquetry (also spelled as marqueterie) is the art and craft of applying pieces of veneer to a structure to form decorative patterns, designs or pictures.
Presented for the first time on a watch dial, the Hermès Arceau Marqueterie de Paille watches reflect a highly complex miniaturisation of the marquetry technique.
French fashion house Hermés have created a luxurious chess set as part of their Spring-Summer 2012 collection.
The hand-sculpted set is carved from Brazilian rosewood and mahogany, laid out on a 95cm board made from Clemence taurillon leather.
The Autumn/Winter 2011 campaign of Hermes is shot by legendary photographer Nick Knight, featuring Alana Zimmer and Isaac Carew.
The campaign reinterprets the artisan tradition and hand-craft synonymous with Hermès for the twenty-first century.
Hermès has launched a new collection dubbed “Petit h”, a series of “unidentified poetic objects” formed from defective inventory and factory-floor leftovers.
Various artists have created a series of one-of-a-kind handcrafted accessories and toys ranging from leather stuffed animals to porcelain beaded bracelets.
The items are part of the Petit h collection, which is being presented at the Madison Avenue store in New York from November 2 to 23.
Jean-Claude Ellena is a perfumer who never wears perfume, whose tools are pen, paper and memory, and who sees his work as “nose” for the French luxury house Hermes as that of a “scent writer”.
“In a perfect world, I wish perfumes were never worn at all,” smiled the 64-year-old master perfumer as he welcomed AFP to the Hermes workshop, in the pine-clad hills above the bay of Antibes on the Mediterranean coast.
Ellena sees his perfumes as “artworks” — fine art that has sent annual sales at Hermes’ perfume division soaring from 65 million euros when he joined in 2004, to 138 million euros last year.
French luxury goods maker Hermes has launched a limited edition Indian sari range to “connect” with Indian culture as it target buyers in new markets.
Indian women may wear Western dress to the office during the day but for weddings and other formal occasions they often prefer to wear six-yard (five and a half metre) elegantly draped saris, reflecting the strong pull of tradition.
“This is part of our effort to connect to India’s culture and to the tradition of elegance of Indian women,” Bertrand Michaud, president of Hermes India, told AFP.
Hermès, the luxury Parisian fashion house, says it cannot produce enough silk scarfs and luxury handbags to meet soaring demand.
The 174-year-old company, regarded as the must luxurious of the super-luxe labels, announced a 50% jump in first-half profits to €291m due to huge demand for its Kelly and Birkin handbags in the US and Japan, despite the economic downturn.
But Patrick Thomas warned investors that the company would not be able to maintain its stellar performance for the rest of the year because it was running out of stock.
Hermès has a new star for Fall 2011 Campaign. Isaac Carew was photographed by Nick Knight for the luxury brand.
This Hermes leather work station for iPad allows you to prop up your device up for working or viewing media.
The work station also doubles as a protective cover. Crafted using of ebony evergrain calfskin, the 10.2″ x 8.5″ cover is priced at $1,400.
The “When Tools Meet Inspiration” Ad Campaign by Hermes features Jacquelyn Jablonski photographed by Nick Knight.
The Spring / Summer 2011 ad campaign introduces the tools that Hermes uses for their products.
Louis Vuitton is the world’s most valuable luxury brand for the sixth consecutive year according to Millward Brown Optimor’s 2011 BrandZ study.
The brand, owned by Paris-based LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, has a value of $24.3 billion, an increase of 23 percent from 2010.
That’s almost as much as the combined values of Hermes, Gucci and Chanel, which ranked second, third and fourth in this year’s luxury-brand standings.
The French luxe brand Hermès will launch its first furniture range during the Salone del Mobile, running April 12-17.
Artistic director Pierre-Alexis Dumas has teamed up with designers including Enzo Mari, Denis Montel, and Antonio Citterio to create furnishings, furniture and accessories that will be available in select Hermès stores this fall.
In addition, as part of a new partnership with Italian textile manufacturer Dedar, the house will present a range of home fabrics, wallpaper and carpets.
French luxury brand Hermes is cashing in on the popularity of the iPad 2 with cases that cost more than the tablet itself.
The Hermes Swift (left) is a slipcase made from calfskin leather that costs a whopping $820. It comes in 10 different colors.
The Hermes Station (right) is a book-style cover, made from fine calf-skin leather , that doubles as a stand. Available in four colors, the Station will cost about $1,400.
Hermès has come out with the ultimate well-dressed gentleman’s accessory – a valet stand in solid mahogany, fine leather and brass with ebony detailing.
The luxe piece is a limited edition re-issue of a classic item created for Hermès in 1930 by famed French decorator and designer Paul Dupré-Lafon.
It features a calfskin hangar for a suit, a calfskin tray for one’s watch and cufflinks, a mahogany shoe rack, and brass hooks and rods for ties, belts and braces.