RIDING OUT IN STYLE & WITH HERMÈS
Hermès provides another way, besides its famous Kelly Bag and the even more famed Birkin Bag, to make yourself or a horse-loving friend very happy: A saddle made to measure by the French luxury brand. Available are models for showjumping, dressage, eventing, cross-country, military, and polo. It is true for all of the aforementioned disciplines: The better the fit of the saddle the more stability the rider has. True horse enthusiasts who have the necessary liquidity therefore like to have their saddles handmade and by Hermès in particular, as the luxury brand promises high quality and elegant design.
Master saddler Thiery Hermès, offspring of a French family based in the German town of Krefeld, founded the family enterprise in 1837 and produced high-quality horse harnesses for the high society of France.
The demand was high, since the contemporaries of Hermès were moving around in horse-drawn carriages. Today, the Parisian luxury label situated in the noble Rue du Faubourg de Saint-Honoré is primarily known for its handbags and luxurious silk scarves. Despite its classical approach to design, Hermès has always had a finger on the pulse of the time. When travelling became fashionable at the turn of the last century, and high-born folks were using trains and cars, Hermès began to produce excellent travel bags made of saddlery leather.
Thirty years after the company was founded, it began to sell saddles, too. Ordering this product certainly took more effort than today, since now the saddle can be individualised via an internet configurator and ordered online. When fashioning the saddles by hand, Hermès saddlers try to achieve the maximum proximity between horse and rider. Therefore, taking measurements on site is crucial for a perfect fit. As soon as the order has been placed with Hermès, an employee travels to the respective horse stable and measures horse and rider. Since 1909 Hermès archives this data in their family register – it couldn’t be more convenient and well organised.
NO HOUR OF YOUR LIFE SPENT IN THE SADDLE IS EVER A WASTED ONE
Customers are able to choose between different colours and ways of processing. The size can be customised as well as several saddle elements, like pillion, flaps, pad, and knee roll. If necessary, the finished saddle can be adapted to the rider by a Hermès expert. For the resulting masterpiece, you should be ready to invest 4,500 to 6,500 euro. Before the first use, it is crucial to treat the leather with oil. This will protect it and allow it to age as beautifully as it deserves. The oil permeates deep into the leather and renders it supple on the inside and water repelling on the outside. Also, later on, the leather will require constant care. Saddle leather is alive and reacts to the way it is used as well as to climatic circumstances.
A suggestion: If you don’t have any use for a saddle or other riding gear, why don’t you go for one of the famous hand-printed Hermès Carré silk scarves, whose subjects mainly focus on equestrianism and often use elements like stirrups, whips, horses, and carriages.