HERMÈS, NADÈGE VANHEE-CYBULSKI
For episode 7 of season 3, our guest is the Hermès Creative Director - Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski.
Hermès has a deep history, founded on horse saddles, but now famous for its neckties, handbags and increasingly for its discreetly elegant clothes.
It is not just a mighty and classy brand, it is also a family business of six generations.
Co-chairs of Hermès today are two cousins: CEO Axel Dumas and Pierre-Alexis Dumas, Vice -President, Artistic Director and son of Jean-Louis Dumas, who revolutionised Hermès and grew it as an international luxury company.
The current designer has become part of the family. Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski - whose name reflects the variety of her background - talks to Suzy about how she is developing the brand as “quiet luxury”. Call her a purist or a gentle spirit, the designer’s aim is to move the brand forward, with imagination and intelligence.
The artisanal roots have run deep in the house of Hermès since 1837, with over 20 artisan crafts workers now producing, as well as Ready To Wear, fine-jewellery, lipstick, furniture, perfume, watches and, of course, those famous handbags.
The company, known for their warm orange colour, which is not listed with Pantone, maintains a responsible ethos to the planet ensuring traceability, certification protecting and preservation. The Hermès artisans also work on ‘petit h’ - a concept which ingeniously transforms remnants of leather silk crystal, and porcelain, horsehair, buttons and metal, into brand new objects.
Hear Nadège talk about her timeless and witty design, and approach to colour and form, what Hermès stands for, and how its horsy history has always galloped ahead in fashion, making Nadège an exceptional designer for a famous brand.
Produced by Natasha Cowan @tashonfash
Edited by Tim Thornton @timwthornton
Music by @joergzuber
Graphics by Paul Wallis
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