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Craft work

— Paris


Hermès is one of the most recognised fashion houses in the world. But as a family-run business with a focus on craft, the current men in charge prefer to manage by looking inwards rather than chasing markets.

Axel Dumas, Craft, Pierre-Alexis Dumas, Thierry Hermès

“This is not a company, it’s a house. And one that has protected me since I was a very young man,” says Pierre-Alexis Dumas, artistic director of Hermès and the sixth generation of family owners. His office does indeed feel more like a fashionable studio apartment than the nerve centre of one of the most recognisable brands in fashion, the walls dotted with contemporary paintings and tear sheets. He’s sitting swaddled in a cashmere-felt blanket at a low table in the middle of the room as the in-house executive chef delivers us a breakfast of…


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