1801 birth of Thierry Hermes in Krefeld, Germany.
The parents are immigrants from France and run a small Inn.
Krefeld was the German silk and velvet city.
1827 Thierry Hermes moves to Pont Audemer near Deauville
and 160 km north of Paris.
He leans the scills of leather manufacturing
and started the producing of harness equipment.
1837 Hermes founded by the French German harness (horse equipment)
manufacturer Thierry Hermes (1801-1878).
The company starts as a workshop on rue Basse de Rempart
(the street was demolised by Baron Hausmann to erect the Boulevard de la Madeleine)
near the eglise de la Madeleine in Paris 9e.
1859 Charles-Emile Hermes takes the management of the workshop.
1867 Hermes wins a first class medal at the exposition Universelle.
1880 Charles-Emile Hermes (1835-1919) moved the shop
to 24 rue du Fbg Saint Honore where it is still located today.
The move was pushed by construction plans of Emperor Napoleon III
who demolished the street where was located the initial Hermes store.
The Building on 24 rue Saint Honoré is first rented and only used for the Ateliers.
1889 opens the Hermes Boutique next to the Ateliers.
1902 Adolphe and Emile-Maurice Hermes (3rd generation)
take the management of the company which is renamed "Hermes Frères".
1912 photo of the 4 Hermes girls,
mothers & grandmothers & great grandmothers of today's Hermes family.
1919 Adolphe Hermes leaves the company, as the demand for horse equipment declines due to the raise of the automobile. Emile Maurice buys his shares.
Contrary to his brother Emile Maurice Hermes sees a future in the company,
developping new products compatible with the times of the Automobile.
Be chic while driving your car.
Emile Maurice is able to purchase the real estate of the company seat
on 24 rue du Faubourg Saint Honore.
1929 Hermes introduces a woman's line.
The stylist Lola Prousac creates bathing clothes and soon
invents the Carre d'Hermes.
1936 Opening of the Hermes store in Deauville.
1937 centenary of the company and introduction of the Hermes scarves.
1945 The company adopts a calèche logo designed by Alfred de Dreux.
1949 sale of the first Hermes cravats.
1951 Emile-Maurice Hermes dies and is replaced by
by Robert Dumas Hermes (1898-1978) husband of Jacqueline Hermes (4th generation)
and the perfumer Jean René Guerrand husband of Aline Hermes (4th generation).
Robert Dumas develops leather and silk products
Jean Rene Guarrand the Perfume division
1951 launch of the first perfume Eau d'Hermes
1955 the American actress Grace Kelly discovers the Hermes store
and buys a handbag, called "Sac à Depèches".
1956 a picture will make the Hermes Bag become
a worldwide fashion symbol.
It is the one showing Grace Kelly with her Fiancée, Prince Rainier of Monaco.
She uses the bag to cover the fact that she was pregnant.
The picture published by Life magazine
is reproduced on hundreds of magazine covers worldwide.
Women are pooring onto the Hermes Boutiques asking for a "Kelly Bag".
1961 launch of the perfume Calèche
1968 opening of the Hermes store in Luxembourg, rue Philippe II.
1970 perfume Equipage
1972, October 25 opening of the Hermes store in Brussels, Boulevard de Waterloo.
1975 perfume Amazone (woman)
1976 Hermes acquires the shoemaker John Lobb.
1978 Jean Louis Dumas (5th generation) is named chairman.
Jean Louis Dumas is the key person in the companies
post war development.
1978 extension of the flagship store on Faubourg Saint Honore
after acquisition of the neighboring building on number 26.
1979 Eau de Cologne Hermes (men)
1979 perfume Hermes Orange Vert (men)
1984 launch of the "Birkin Bag" named after the actress Jane Birkin.
The British fashion Designer Victoria Beckham is known to own over 100 Birkin Bags
making a million euro handbag collection.
1991 November opening of the Hermes store in Florence, Piazza degli Antinori.
1992 December opening of the Hermes store in Cologne, facing the Cathedral.
1993 Hermes enters the Paris stockmarket.
425,000 shares introduced at 300 Francs (45 euros)
1995 perfume 24 Faubourg
1996 opening of the Hermes store in Beijing.
1996 September opening of the Hermes store in Duesseldorf, Koenigsallee.
1997 opening of the new Hermes store in Antwerp, Schuttershofstraat.
1999 Hermes acquires 30% of Jean Paul Gaultier.
1999 perfume Eau d'Orange Vert
2003 perfume Jardin en Mediterannée
2005 June 14 around 6.30 pm (shop closing time)
the world's most admired TV show entertainer is denied acces to the Paris Flagship Boutique.
It seams that she arrived some minutes after/before the official opening hours.
The incident creates a worldwide media scandal.
There are different versions about the reason why Ophra couldn't enter the Fbs St Honore store,
but Ophra is furious and suggests to boycott Hermes products
... sales drop dramatically.
Hermes apologizes in public and Oprah lifts the boycott.
2006 Jean Louis Dumas retires
Patrick Thomas becomes the new CEO, the first time not a family member.
Barbara Albasio becomes the new marketing director of Hermes Parfums.
Her Italian glamour and style can soon be found in the new Perfume commercials.
2006 May, opening of the new Hermes store in Amsterdam, Hooftstraat.
2007 perfume Kelly Calèche
2007 new extension of the Paris flagship store after buying 28 rue du Faubourg St Honoré.
February, opening of the Hermes store in New York.
2010 may death of Jean Louis Dumas.
2010 August, opening of the new Hermes store in Zuerich, Bahnhofstrasse.
2010 october LVMH announces the acquisition of almost 20% of the Hermes shares.
Hermes publicly announces it's hostility to a takeover threat.
2010 November 18, opening of the new Hermes concept store in Paris Saint Germain.
2011 Hermes sells it's participation in Jean Paul Gaultier to Puig.