Sept. 9, 2008
-- Hermès International, S.A., or simply Hermès (IPA: French [ɛʁmɛs] , American English [ɛɻˈmɛz]
, typical British English [ɛːˈmɛz])
, is a French high fashion house specializing in leather, ready-to-wear, lifestyle accessories, and perfumery luxury goods. The company is highly renowned in the fashion world, along with other exclusive fashion houses, and it's recognized by its duc carriage with horse logo.
First established in 1837, the saddle shop of Thiery Hermès in Paris, France quickly became an international success. Hermès continues to implement its traditional techniques into its creations. Recognized clientele of Hermès include: Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Elle McPherson,Elizabeth Hurley, and Madonna.
Hermès' competitors include Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Christian Dior.
In June 14, 2005, Oprah Winfrey was denied access to the company's flagship store in Paris (15 minutes after closing hours). The New York Daily News cited that she was first turned away by a clerk and then a store manager. Winfrey wanted to purchase a watch for singer Tina Turner, with whom she would be having dinner later that evening. However, the store told her it was only open for a public relations event. On its Monday page, the New York Post reported that she was turned away because the store was "having a problem with North Africans lately." However, Winfrey later denied this particular statement, saying "there was never any discussion of North Africans...The story is not true." A Hermès spokeswoman stated that the security guard informed her of the stores closing, providing her with a card, and told her she would have to come back the next day. Furthermore, the spokeswoman added that the surveillance videotape of the incident supports the store's account and the CEO of Hermès contacted Winfrey, welcoming her to shop at the flagship again.
A spokesperson for Harpo Productions said that Winfrey would be talking about her "Crash moment" when her show would return in September 2005. CNN cited that the phrase 'crash moment' refers to situations where a party feels discriminated against on the basis of skin color."
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