"The history of the house of Hermès goes back much further than that, though. In 1837, Thierry Hermès opened a harness shop in Paris (and a carriage is still part of their logo, today). Napoleon III was among the distinguished loyal clients, and in 1867, Hermès won a First Class Medal at the Exposition Universelle. Thirteen years later, the business wowed smart Paris by opening a store (with workrooms behind) at 24 Rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré, where you can still find the flagship store for a brand which has become a global by-word for luxury."