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Along with its silks, its Birkins, and its French ateliers that can custom-make nearly anything, the house of Hermès is famous for its enamel accessories. So it’s only logical that the next chapter in its beauty playbook, following the cult lipstick and blush launches of last year, would be a rich nail enamel.
The house brings the same attention to detail to its polishes as it does to everything else it creates: Each of the 24 shades contains ultrafine, biosourced pigments and needs only one coat. The collection also includes a base and top coat, plus hand care and tools like nail brushes that nod to the brand’s equestrian heritage.
“For Hermès, the hands are like the face, because everything [in our métiers] is handmade,” says Agnès de Villers, the chief executive officer of Hermès Beauty and Fragrances. The color range was built by a collective including in-house colorists of leather and silk; Pierre Hardy, who assisted in package design; and longtime Hermès artistic director Pierre-Alexis Dumas.
The hand care collection is endorsed by Hermès’s artisans, says de Villers, who tested the formulas. But it’s perhaps the collection’s simple nail file, branded and made of Orange Boîte–colored poplar wood, that is guaranteed to become the next status symbol. “At the beginning, we wondered, ‘Should we do a nail file at Hermès? Is it okay?’ ” de Villers says. “But yes—it’s necessary. Let’s go for it.”
The 24-shade nail care line will be available on October 15 at hermes.com. That’s just enough time to plan your Hermès fall manicure.
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