Texan Kermit Oliver, the only American designer for French luxury brand Hermès, is featured in this NPR story and this Texas Monthly article. Oliver is an artist by day and a postal sorter by night. His artistic journey is intriguing, and his personal story has been marked by great sadness.
Meanwhile, my friend Réginald-Jérôme de Mans has a meditation on Hermès as the last great luxury house with any integrity. But don’t look for him to sport an “H” belt buckle any time soon.