The French brand Hermès has been consistently ranked as the most valuable luxury brand. Their attention to detail, expert craftsmanship and high-quality is felt throughout all aspects of the brand – from their fashion to their fragrances.
Compare the scents, styles and prices of the different Hermès fragrances for men and find your signature fragrance.
History of Hermès
Since its inception as a harness workshop in Paris in 1837, the luxury brand Hermès now counts leather goods, accessories, fragrances, perfumes and ready-to-wear fashion amongst its products. Thierry Hermès, founder of the company, originally had the intention to provide riding gear to European noblemen but through the years, the brand expanded. Hermès moved into other areas extremely successfully through their careful craftsmanship and emphasis on high-quality and luxury.
In the early 1900s, Thierry’s son Charles-Émile Hermès moved the company’s shop to 24 Rue Du Faubourg Saint-Honore in Paris – the same spot where it remains today and is now the company’s global headquarters. It was around this time when the company started to expand its product range. First came the “Haut à Courroies” bag – a practical yet stylish bag for riders to carry their saddles in. Then in 1918, the brand introduced their first leather golf jacket for the then Prince of Wales.
Clothing and Accessories
In the 1920s, Hermès introduced accessories and clothing as well as leather handbags and travel bags. The brand honed their skills throughout the decade and by the time the ‘30s came around, Hermès launched products that are now considered iconic, including the Sac à dépêches (renamed the “Kelly bag” after Grace Kelly) and the Hermès carrés (scarves). This was also the decade where Hermès first entered into the USA. Towards the end of the 1940s, the Hermès silk tie and the first perfume ‘Eau d’ Hermès’ were introduced with great success.
The iconic products continued with the launch of duc-carriage-with-horse logo as well as the signature orange boxes in the 1950s. In the 1980s, the luxurious ‘Birkin Bag’ was introduced. The bag came about after a chance meeting between the then CEO Jean-Louis Dumas and actress and singer Jane Birkin on a flight from Paris to London. Birkin expressed that she needed a medium-sized bag and so the Birkin Bag idea was born.
Hermès as a brand has always followed the philosophy of carefully crafting luxurious products, shying away from mass production and instead focusing on quality. Former CEO Jean-Louis Dumas sums this up – “We don’t have a policy of image, we have a policy of product”. As the brand has passed down from generation to generation, the ethos has remained the same. This can be seen in the production as all Hermès products are made almost entirely in France in workshops and each product is entirely manufactured by hand by only one craftsman.
It is this emphasis on quality and the brand’s philosophies that have helped Hermès remain the exclusive name it is today.
The brand’s philosophy of being dedicated to luxurious craftsmanship and remaining in the realms of exclusivity also translates into their range of fragrances.
Created in 1970 by Guy Robert, Equipage was Hermès first fragrance for men and it certainly made a bold entrance. Now a timeless classic, this fragrance is perfect for a romantic evening – embracing your pulse points with a lively yet masculine scent.
Notes of orange and bergamot open the scent with a fresh vibrancy before floral aromas settle the fragrance in sophisticated style including lily of the valley, pine needle and jasmine. Spicy tones of nutmeg flower and cinnamon warm the fragrance and finally vetiver, tonka bean, patchouli, musk, oak moss and vanilla give a soft yet masculine finish.