Hermès was founded in 1837, where at first it was soley first established an equestrian harness workshop in the Grands Boulevards quarter of Paris, dedicated to serving European noblemen. Hermès did not launch their first scarf until 1937 ("Jeu des Omnibus et Dames Blanches"). The original issue, was not signed by the artist, was not copyrighted and did not have an origin and care tag. It is believed the first care/brand tag was added the very next year, in 1938.
All Hermès scarves are hand-printed using multiple silk screens. It takes a studio of 20 freelance designers approximately 9 to 10 months for a final pattern to be created and approved, and then colour testing requires another three months. The entire process from design to concept, engraving and printing, to the hand-finishing process takes approximately two years. All Hermès scarves are hand stitched and hemmed back to front (i.e. rolled and stiched forward). It takes approximately 45 minutes for a hem to be hand rolled and sewn, these woman are called roulotteuses.