It's no wonder that the owners of Louis Vuitton covet Hermès International — and that the French family-owned maker of leather goods, scarves and other fine accessories resists a takeover so vehemently. Since 1837, when it was founded, Hermès has done things its own way. Even in 2012, attention to detail remains as exacting as it was a century earlier.
There is no assembly line at the Hermès leather workshop outside Paris. Each of the company's handbags is made to order by a single craftsperson, using fabrics and skins of the highest quality, assembling and stitching the handbag together by hand. Sure, the bags are pricey (they start at $6,000) but the attention to detail is priceless.
Come along for an exclusive tour of the Hermès leather workshop In Pantin, on the outskirts of Paris, where the luxurious bags are made.