Thursday, March 29, 2007

Mama’s Got Edge Darn it!: The Hermes Collier de Chien Cuff

It will soon come to light that I am an ardent admirer of Hermes of Paris. Bags, scarves, bracelets, houseware, blankets, ready-to-wear, you name it, I love it. I recently picked up their Collier de Chien cuff in Rouge Garance Chamonix. I love the hardware on the cuff; I’m pretty wimpy by nature in my attire and in my demeanor so wearing it is just my passive-aggressive way of saying, “Don’t mess with me!” Blame it on Wonder Woman I say.

As with many of the famed goods from the house of Hermes, debatable necessity is the mother of invention. Hermes lore states that the signature Collier de Chien design made its way towards accessories for humans when a customer requested that one of their dog collar leashes be extended into a belt. Soon, the signature hardware became attached to necklaces, bracelets, gloves, and now, even their bags—with the current arrival of the Medor Clutch as shown in the photo above. It’s just too bad the meaning hasn’t changed; Collier de Chien translates to "dog collar" in French. "Dog collar" cuff just doesn't have as nice a ring to it eh?

Collier de Chien cuff available at Hermes stores or at www.hermes.com
Photo: Harper’s Bazzar

1 comment:

cuffedsk said...

Oh, I don't know...I kind of like the term dog collar. Great entry btw!