There’s more than meets the eye with Hermes orange.
If you’re curious about the world of Hermes orange, you’ve landed on the right post. We’ll take you through some of the most iconic Hermes oranges you can shop for at FASHIONPHILE. From rich Hermes hues like Orange and Sanguine to salmon and earthy tones such as Crevette and Terre Battue. Similar to Hermes pinks and Hermes blues, you’ll notice colors differ in appearance depending on the textile. This guide shares the history of Hermes orange, the various orange hues that the brand has released, and some invaluable style tips on how to incorporate a splash of orange into your wardrobe!
The Meaning of Orange & Historical Significance for Hermes
The bright, citrus-shaded Hermes box sends fashion hearts ablaze. Indeed, Orange H or Classic Orange, as it’s known within the halls of the brand, is a staple of the Hermes brand. In color psychology, bright orange has rejuvenating characteristics and signifies shelter from grief and disappointment.
Did you know that this iconic orange shade didn’t always deck the sides of Hermes boxes and signature accessories? In the 1920s and 1930s, Hermes packaging was designed to resemble pigskin, first coming in a supple, cream shade with gold accents, then later changed to a rich marigold yellow with dark chocolate brown trim.
In the midst of WWII, when supplies were slim, Hermes was unable to get the previous dyes from its packaging supplier – the only color the supplier had left was, happenstance, bright orange. Thus, the myth of the Hermes orange was born. In 1949, the dark chocolate Bolduc ribbon was added to the Hermes orange boxes, adding the perfect finishing touch.
Iconic Hermes Orange Colors
Hermes Orange is known as the classic orange, which remains iconic today and the same color is also used for Hermes boxes.
Hermes Feu ws introduced in Spring Summer 2009, and “feu” means fire in French. Hermes Feu is more orange and less pink than Orange Poppy.
Hermes Sanguine is a pretty red-hot orange, like lava, and we love it. Hermes “Sanguine” translates to “blood” in French and came out in Spring Summer of 2011. Hermes bags and accessories in the Sanguine color can also have contrast stitching.
Hermes Capucine was launched in 2012, and this orange closely resembles vermilion.
Hermes Moutarde translates to “mustard” in French and has a more yellow undertone, and came out in 2012.
Hermes Crevette translates to shrimp, what else? Hermes Crevette came out for Spring Summer 2013 and is a soft creme coral color.
Hermes Orange Poppy
Hermes Orange Poppy was launched for Fall Winter 2015 and is a deep orange with light pink undertones. You may spot Hermes items in Orange Poppy with brown glazing and a red/orange stitch.
Hermes Terre Battue
Hermes Terre Battue was introduced in 2016, and its name translates to “clay” in French, referencing its more muted orange appearance with a hint of brown.
Hermes Cornaline is a rusty orange often seen on Hermes Grigri Rodeo bag charms.
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How to Style Orange According to Melrose Max
In terms of styling orange, the fashion forward Melrose Max suggests, “a color-classic orange Hermes scarf around the neck. It’s the perfect method to elevate any outfit, adding a touch of class and Parisian chic. Pairing it with a super mod Hermes bag in a unique material is a sure-fire way to turn heads on the streets of Paris to Los Angeles.”