Some of the most elegant and exquisite fragrances sold by LilyDirect come from the house of Hermes. As opposed to internationally renowned houses like Chanel, Guerlain or Dior, Hermes is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of luxury perfume. However, some of the house’s creations have stood the test of time and constitute high-end choices for men and women everywhere.
A bit of history:
The Hermes Fashion House was established in Paris as a harness making shop in 1837 by Thierry Hermes This family business was established as a harness shop in the Grands Boulevards quarter of Paris. The shop catered to the needs of many European noblemen, creating the finest wrought bridles and harnesses for carriages. His clients were the stylish Parisian beau monde and European royalty including Napoléon III and his empress, Eugénie.
A year after the death of Thierry, his son Charles Emile expanded the business and started manufacturing other leather products, opening a new location near the Palais de l’Elysee. After Charles-Émile Hermès’s retirement, sons Adolphe and Émile-Maurice took leadership and renamed the company Hermès Frères. Shortly after, the company began furnishing the czar of Russia with saddles.
In 1918, the first leather golf jacket with a zipper, made by Hermès, was introduced, shortly followed by Hermès’s first leather garment, a zippered golfing jacket for the Prince of Wales.
It was only in the 1960’s that the company started creating women’s apparel and perfume. Hermes introduced its first perfume Caleche in 1961. At the prompting of Jean-René Guerrand (son-in-law of Émile Hermès and founder of the fragrances branch), the perfumer Guy Robert composed Calèche, a masterpiece which instantly transformed Hermès into one of the major players of modern perfumery. The same designer is the author of Équipage, the house’s first perfume for men.
The most recent designer for the house is Jean-Claude Ellena, who signed some of the greatest creations, such as Un Jardin en Méditerranée in 2003, and has been exclusive house perfumer since 2004.
A few of the most successful perfumes from the house include
The Unisex jewel Voyage D’Hermes
The great perfume for men Terre D’Hermes
The delicate and exotic Un Jardin sur le Nil