Thierry Hermès

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Thierry Hermès
Born 1801
Krefeld, Germany
Died 1878
Nationality French
Occupation Businessman
Spouse(s) Christine Pétronille Pierrart
Children Charles-Émile Hermès
Parent(s) Thierry Hermès
Agnese Kuhnen

Thierry Hermès (1801-1878) was a German-born French businessman. He was the founder of Hermès.


Early life[edit]

Thierry Hermès was born in 1801 in Krefeld, Germany. His father, Thierry Hermès, was French, and his mother, Agnese Kuhnen, was German. He was named after his father. He was born as a French citizen as Krefeld was part of Napoleon's empire.[1] After he lost his entire family to disease and war, he moved to France in 1821.[1][2]


In 1837, he founded the Hermès company as a manufacturer of horse harnesses on the Rue Basse du Rempart in Paris.[2][3][4][5][6]

Personal life[edit]

He married Christine Pétronille Pierrart (1805-1896), daughter of Joseph Pierrart and Madeleine Corte. They had two sons:


He died in 1878.


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  3. ^ New Perfume Handbook, Springer, 30 Jun 1997, p. 154
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  5. ^ Karelisa Hartigan, Muse on Madison Avenue: classical mythology in contemporary advertising, P. Lang, 2002, p. 134 [3]
  6. ^ a b c Le Cheval a Paris de 1850 a 1914, Librairie Droz, p. 152