Webzine – Number 1
EQUESTRIAN ARTS

“A FRENCH JEWEL“

At a time when innovation and modernity are conquering all before them and the pace of life seems to have got irrevocably faster, a circle of enthusiasts continue to keep alive the heritage of French equestrian arts. This represents a timeless luxury in which every move and every detail are precious and have the capacity to send us travelling through time to savour the prestigious heritage of great French institutions. It offers the luxury of calmness and harmony, a world where people take their time to really feel and to reconnect with what is genuinely important and pleasurable. Horses – sporting and endlessly majestic creatures who are able to make tremendous leaps – are an eternal source of inspiration for humans, and for centuries they have contributed to France’s international renown to the extent they have become one of the symbols of the country’s fine art of living.

This is an arena where heritage, classicism, luxury and perfection all meet, along, above all, with an unconditional love of horses, these totems of elegance that move men and women alike, with both united in their sacred attachment to passing on exceptional know-how regarding real, everlasting beauty. In this edition we will delve deep into the equestrian heritage of the Maison Hermès, the figurehead of French excellence, and then we will set off to discover the National Stud Farms of the world-famous Le Cadre Noir riding school.

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The Maison Hermès has transcended time and fashions to stand apart for more than 150 years as a source of inspiration and deftness, the embodiment of an exceptional art of living that captures beauty in even the most subtle details while blissfully marrying the gorgeous with the practical. Hermès is known all around the world for iconic leather bags such as the “Birkin” or the “Kelly”, but its roots lie in a much older craft.

The company’s origins go back to a harness and saddle workshop located in the Grands Boulevards quarter of Paris since 1837. Its founder, Thierry Hermès, rapidly earned acclaim as the standard-bearer for equesterian equipment for elite clients of the day. Indeed, his unique savoir-faire led to him winning an award at the 1867 world’s fair. In 1880, the saddle-maker set up at 24 Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré, where equipment for riders (jodhpurs, riding caps, crops, etc.) and horses (saddles, stirrups, straps, etc.) is still sold. Craftwork is the cornerstone of this place’s identity and success, so is suitably revered. Serving as a heavenly source of hand-stitched delights and special orders, Hermès designed, for its most prestigious clients, extraordinarily original pieces inspired by horses. That is what lies at the heart of the company’s work: exceptional items that travel through time with people.

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As the guardian of the golden age of French craft, Hermès protects its incredible heritage and helps preserve these ancient trades. The fact that a variety of vintage pieces made in the workshops still attract avid interest at auctions from collectors from all over world bears eloquent testament to the company’s uniqueness, quality and reputation.

In 1945 the company officially registered its horse and carriage logo: this was a drawing from the collection of Émile Hermès, with the horse-drawn duc carriage being the work of artist Alfred De Dreux. Via all its creations the Maison Hermès continually pays tribute to horses, with whom it has a lasting historical bond. Even today it celebrates its talismanic animal by highlighting it in schemes as poetic as they are inspiring. In addition, it holds prestigious events such as the Saut Hermès in the Grand Palais in Paris.

At a time when innovation and modernity are conquering all before them and the pace of life seems to have got irrevocably faster, a circle of enthusiasts continue to keep alive the heritage of French equestrian arts. This represents a timeless luxury in which every move and every detail are precious and have the capacity to send us travelling through time to savour the prestigious heritage of great French institutions. It offers the luxury of calmness and harmony, a world where people take their time to really feel and to reconnect with what is genuinely important and pleasurable. Horses – sporting and endlessly majestic creatures who are able to make tremendous leaps – are an eternal source of inspiration for humans, and for centuries they have contributed to France’s international renown to the extent they have become one of the symbols of the country’s fine art of living.

This is an arena where heritage, classicism, luxury and perfection all meet, along, above all, with an unconditional love of horses, these totems of elegance that move men and women alike, with both united in their sacred attachment to passing on exceptional know-how regarding real, everlasting beauty. In this edition we will delve deep into the equestrian heritage of the Maison Hermès, the figurehead of French excellence, and then we will set off to discover the National Stud Farms of the world-famous Le Cadre Noir riding school.

arts-equestres-luxe-francais         arts-equestres-art-francais

The Maison Hermès has transcended time and fashions to stand apart for more than 150 years as a source of inspiration and deftness, the embodiment of an exceptional art of living that captures beauty in even the most subtle details while blissfully marrying the gorgeous with the practical. Hermès is known all around the world for iconic leather bags such as the “Birkin” or the “Kelly”, but its roots lie in a much older craft.

The company’s origins go back to a harness and saddle workshop located in the Grands Boulevards quarter of Paris since 1837. Its founder, Thierry Hermès, rapidly earned acclaim as the standard-bearer for equesterian equipment for elite clients of the day. Indeed, his unique savoir-faire led to him winning an award at the 1867 world’s fair. In 1880, the saddle-maker set up at 24 Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré, where equipment for riders (jodhpurs, riding caps, crops, etc.) and horses (saddles, stirrups, straps, etc.) is still sold. Craftwork is the cornerstone of this place’s identity and success, so is suitably revered. Serving as a heavenly source of hand-stitched delights and special orders, Hermès designed, for its most prestigious clients, extraordinarily original pieces inspired by horses. That is what lies at the heart of the company’s work: exceptional items that travel through time with people.

ateliers-hermes-sellerie

As the guardian of the golden age of French craft, Hermès protects its incredible heritage and helps preserve these ancient trades. The fact that a variety of vintage pieces made in the workshops still attract avid interest at auctions from collectors from all over world bears eloquent testament to the company’s uniqueness, quality and reputation.

In 1945 the company officially registered its horse and carriage logo: this was a drawing from the collection of Émile Hermès, with the horse-drawn duc carriage being the work of artist Alfred De Dreux. Via all its creations the Maison Hermès continually pays tribute to horses, with whom it has a lasting historical bond. Even today it celebrates its talismanic animal by highlighting it in schemes as poetic as they are inspiring. In addition, it holds prestigious events such as the Saut Hermès in the Grand Palais in Paris.

Aristide Douroux
Editor At Large
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