Drawing a line between horse bridle artistry and supreme cosmetics is a curious task at best. And yet, this is the Hermès story. It is near 190 years since Thierry Hermès, a harness craftsman, worked to service the carriage trade in Paris’ Grands Boulevards quarter. His family business evolved from saddlery to utility bags before the decades took over and it became the Mecca of superior leatherwear it is today. So, when earlier this year, the elite atelier launched its first beauty range, Birkin toters and admirers alike were lining up for a luxury hit. A range of lip shades as decadent in pigment as they are in collectibility, the Rouge Hermès Satin Lipstick has now become signature for a modern-day fashion nobility. Rich in shade and slick in finish, the shades are housed in Pierre Hardy-designed brushed metal cases and presented in that little orange box. It’s a luxurious new addition to what was once literally the Hermès stable.

This is Hermès’ new work of art.