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A Guide to Hermes Oranges

A Guide to Hermes Oranges

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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 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 orange, the various Hermes orange hues out there, and some invaluable style tips on how to incorporate a splash of orange into your wardrobe the tasteful way! 

If you’re a true Hermes connoisseur, you know the level of prestige behind the color orange. Not only is it closely associated with the house of Hermes as its signature color, but the story of how orange became its chosen color is quite fascinating. As a result, orange has become a sought-after and go-to shade in nearly every growing Hermes insiders’ collection over the years. As the more bold neutral, compared to Hermes beiges, Hermes orange takes it up a notch.

The Meaning of Orange & Historical Significance For Hermes

A glance, 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 in a supple, cream shade with gold accents and then later 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

Orange

This is known as the classic Hermes orange, which remains iconic today and also used for Hermes boxes.

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Orange Epsom
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Orange Togo
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Orange Ostrich
Potiron

Translates to pumpkin! This is a darker orange that came out 2003 with brown undertones. We love this color on Hermes’ cashmere wool Avalon blankets!

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Potiron Taurillon Clemence
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Potiron Cashmere Wool
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Potiron Toile
Feu

Introduced in Spring Summer 2009, “feu” means fire. It is more orange and less pink than Orange Poppy.

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Feu Togo
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Feu Epsom
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Feu Taurillon Clemence
Sanguine

This orange is a pretty red hot orange, like lava and we love it. It translates to “blood” in French and came out for Spring Summer 2011. Bags and accessories with this color can also have contrast stitching.

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Sanguine Shiny Alligator
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Sanguine Vache
Capucine

Launched in 2012, this orange closely resembles vermilion.

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Capucine Evercolor
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Capucine Swift
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Capucine Togo
Moutarde

Translates to “mustard” in French. Hermes Moutarde has more yellow undertones and came out in 2012.

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Moutarde Negonda
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Moutarde Togo
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Moutarde Taurillon Clemence
Crevette

Literally translates to shrimp what else? Hermes Crevette came out for Spring Summer 2013 and is a soft creme coral color.

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Crevette Chevre Mysore
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Crevette Togo
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Crevette Taurillon Clemence
Orange Poppy

Launched for 2015, this is a deep orange with light pink undertones. It came out for Fall Winter 2015. You may also spot items in this color with brown glazing and a red/orange stitch. 

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Orange Poppy Evercolor
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Orange Poppy Chevre Mysore
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Orange Poppy Taurillon Clemence
Terre Battue

Introduced for 2016, this name translates to clay, a more muted orange with a hint of brown.

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Terre Battue Togo
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Terre Battue Epsom
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Terre Battue Taurillon Clemence
Cornaline

A rusty orange often on Grigri Rodeo bag charms.

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Grigri Rodeo Bag Charm in Cornaline

Watch our YouTube Short on Hermes orange: 

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.”

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Pictured above, Melrose Max wearing the Hermes Silk Bolduc Pocket Square Scarf, and the Hermes Canvas Small Bride-A-Brac Pouch Orange Burgundy
And there you have it. Orange is a true color staple for the Hermes brand. Because orange carries a unique meaning and story for Hermes, why not explore all Hermes orange items at FASHIONPHILE? Give your collection a fun, luxe and bold upgrade!