Hermès was founded by Thierry Hermès in 1837. Though Hermès is now known as the world’s most valuable fashion brand, it got its start as a harness workshop. Later specializing in saddles, bridles, and other riding gear, the horse was the original Hermès client. Before the now-iconic Kelly, Constance, and Birkin, it released the Picotin and Haut àCourroies (bags created to hold horse feed and saddles, respectively). It was not until 1922, that Hermès began to produce bags for women.