I’m often asked why I’m such a fan of Hermès. It’s because of the work of women like this: and because of the management of the company.
“We develop according to internal creativity and intuition, not external trends or marketing gimmicks.” – Pierre-Alexis Dumas, Artistic Director of Hermès
“The Hermès family is not just people with the surname Dumas, Puech or Guerrand… Some employees have worked here for generations; I knew their parents and they knew mine. Everyone has a different relationship to the brand, but they’re all equally valid. I have to respect that.” – Axel Dumas, Hermès Chief Operating Officer
“With this in mind, the Dumas cousins have recently set up a committee of key employees across the metiers to cross fertilize thinking and help guide development. – Monocle Magazine May 2012
I would be thrilled to work for Hermès.
I spend my money in a way that supports jobs that I would be willing to have. If I don’t want to work in a sweatshop, I should never buy things made in a sweatshop.
If I have to save for months, or own one of something exquisite instead of five cheaper items, so much the better. Better for my discipline, for the planet, and for the well-being of people I will never meet, who make beautiful things for me to cherish.