Hermès- The history of Hermès. In 1837, Thierry Hermès (1801–1878) first established Hermès as a harness workshop on the Grands Boulevards quarter of Paris dedicated to serving European noblemen. He created some of the finest wrought harnesses and bridles for the carriage trade. The horse really was the first Hermes client. The beautiful French made tack is all done by hand in Hermès.