[dropcap size=small]T[/dropcap]he Hermès brand was established by Thierry Hermès in 1837 on the Grands Boulevards in Paris. It was conceived as a superior harness workshop, devoted to the nobility of Europe and their equine needs. To this end, Hermès fashioned exceptional wrought harnesses and bridles that have rarely been equaled. 

When Thierry’s sons Charles-Émile-Maurice and Adolphe Hermès took over the maison in 1880, they moved to Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, where the Hermès global flagship store remains today. In the heart of the fashionable 8th arrondisement, the brothers began their new venture in saddlery and even greater success followed. The company soon came to accommodate the aristocracies of Europe, Russia, Asia, North Africa and America.

In 1900, the leather goods house designed the famous Haut à Courroies bag, which is still popular today. It was designed specifically for riders, allowing them to carry their saddles with them.

Now they have created the Oxer Bag, a new design inspired by the exalted Hermès traditions of saddle making. The bag is hand stitched with the most beautiful, refined edges. Exhibiting a wealth of traditional Hermès expertise, craftsmen have employed a form of double stitching generally used for saddle flaps.

The bag features four handles and a snap hook strap that can be worn either on the arm or over the shoulder. The Oxer is bound to be one of the blazing hot creations of the season and is bound to generate more demand than supply – so it’s likely to join the Birkin bag as one of the most desired and least obtainable products in the luxury universe.

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