The Battle for Hermès

Happy Monday everyone! I’d like to share an interesting article from WSJ today. It’s an inside view of why LVMH’s Bernard Arnault wants Hermès to be one of his “star brands” so badly, beautifully written by Dana Thomas.

If you are interested, please click on the picture to read the full story. Enjoy~~

Picture Credit: Brigitte Lacombe for WSJ


  1. purseaddict
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Very interesting. Thanks for sharing. I hope that Hermes stays independent from LVMH (seems like they are trying their best to do so).

  2. streetwithnoname
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    I always thought the translation of “Hermes” to Chinese is right on the money: gentlemen who love horses. :D

    Posted August 29, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing this interesting article. Personally, I’d hate for LVMH to take over Hermes. Bernard Arnault is a businessman through and through with his eyes on the dollar. While that’s not all bad but he has absolutely no interest in preserving the company’s principles unless they serve his purpose.

  4. Posted August 31, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    purseaddict & CCC, Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I wish Hermès stays a family run company too. Well, we’ll see…

    streetwithnoname, LOL~~~ The Chinese translation is just brilliant.

  5. chic_e
    Posted September 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    I was very touched by this article – oddly. The fashion industry is very, very wealthy and I feel I should have little sympathy for those so well off. But Hermès has impacted me in the same way one would root for the underdog at a sporting event. I had no idea that much effort and old world technique goes into their products. Hermès is a gem in the industry as its products and reputation remain true. I feel I would be a bit heartbroken if they were ever bought out. I do not own a single piece of Hermès merchandise but I’d like to know that should I choose to purchase something in the (far) future, that their products are still quality made. Hope they are able to remain a family run operation instead of becoming an assimilated namesake. Thanks for sharing this article.

  6. Posted September 5, 2011 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    chic_e, many thanks for your wonderful comment. I totally agree that Hermès is very special in the industry. There’s a reason that they’ve achieved the level of success that they have today.

    Preserving a family business through generations is not an easy job, what they’ve done is truly respectful and remarkable. So me too, really hope that their family will stay together in the future.

  7. Amory
    Posted April 2, 2017 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    So, this is it? Another blog I come to for reading and writing advice is going to turn into a political dogfight forum? How is this helpful to readers and writers? What does this accomplish that thousands of opoaly-nvewed political blogs aren’t already doing?

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