All the things and nothing. If my reminiscence serves me, Yves Saint Laurent had a collection of French bulldogs throughout his lifetime. Every was named Moujik. When one died, he’d substitute it with a brand new pet and identify him the identical, Moujik. I feel the Duke and Duchess of Windsor did the identical not less than with a few of their canines. This definitely is not any crime but it surely begs the query, What’s extra necessary; the identify or the canine that is branded with it? I am certain the primary Moujik was a superbly good little man however who is aware of the character of the characters who adopted. Some I do know weren’t so good, even willful little creatures who thought nothing of biting and relieving themselves wherever they favored. Nonetheless the identify remained regardless of an ever altering solid.

I, personally, have by no means named a pet the identical as a earlier one. Actually, how do you identify a horse Fluff? One was a tiny poof of gray fur that I might carry in my pocket and the opposite was something however tiny and did all of the carrying. Bailiwick and Gomer (Fandango) would no extra reply to Fluff than I might, nicely, till I did however that is one other story…

In fact, firms and merchandise have names that do not change regardless of who sits on the entrance desk. What does change is the integrity of the product or providers provided. Typically for the more serious, hopefully for the higher. It is the notion that issues most. If for example an organization like Hermes rests comfortably on a historical past of supplying the world with luxurious merchandise like silk scarves, stunning timepieces and jewellery, exceptionally crafted leather-based items from baggage to belts to saddles, if Hermes’ repute is constructed on that and so they then put that identify on extra transitory merchandise like vogue for women and men one expects the identical degree of high quality, craftsmanship and creativity. One doesn’t anticipate a collection of designers with such disparate views that none relate to the opposite. That is not to say that they need to or could possibly be of 1 thoughts. However the firm needs to be of a thoughts to create a continuity it doesn’t matter what.

Margiela ran issues early in 2002 or so for a number of years. Truthfully, Hermes at the moment was off my radar. The equipment had been what I craved and none had been in my attain till they had been. My eyes had been caught on the watches and belts and fantastically made notebooks. My eyes are nonetheless caught on the identical issues. Not the massive apparent, gauche “H” buckled belts however the ones that had been so excellent and logo-less. The garments simply did not resonate. Perhaps they had been too “mature” although I am in my fifties. They had been sq. in that Faubourg St.Honore’ approach that Japanese and Russian vacationers and dim witted People love. The apparent.

Then Gaultier appeared and the ladies’s ready-to-wear took off. He gave individuals a motive to transcend the mere scarf or de rigeur Birkin, making a hyper-luxe sporty assortment that made me drool season after season. Then abruptly, FINIS. Gaultier made a robust argument for Hermes as vogue and never simply as a bastion of the final word in equipment.

Christophe Lemaire

Alongside comes Christophe Lemaire from Lacoste and confirmed the saddest garments to come back out of these workrooms. Nonetheless the Dumas household gave it their stamp of approval. Why, when it took the notion of this storied home right into a world of the mundane? Sure, in time it bought higher particularly within the final 2 seasons, however by no means to the extent that’s synonymous with the grandeur of the Hermes legacy.

Now we’ve a brand new Chief Government Axel Dumas with concepts to “seize” the market and creativeness of a luxurious clientele. In Lemaire’s place they’ve put in Nadege Vanhee-Cybulski who most lately was the design director of the American model The Row after stints with Maison Martin Margiela and alongside aspect Phoebe Philo. Actually, Ms. Vanhee-Cybulski will up her sport. Having come from Celine and the Row, one imagines monastic minimalist luxe materials and shapes. On the danger of passing judgement earlier than the actual fact, I can not assist questioning how that is an enchancment. Seems to be extra like “identical identify totally different canine”.

Maybe some homes are higher off doing what they do finest and what they’re recognized for. Until, it is an ego pushed choice on the a part of the Dumas household to compete with the likes of LVMH and their steady of luxurious vogue manufacturers, I see little level and many wasted Euros to carve a distinct segment that’s already glutted. I am content material to purchase one other pocket book in one other irresistible coloration, say taupe to go together with my black and brown ones. They by no means disappoint and solely get higher with age. Musical chairs is far more enjoyable whenever you race towards others who’re racing as nicely. Stepping over lifeless our bodies to seize a chair with 3 legs would not have the identical pleasure.