175-year-old Hermès is a preeminent luxury brand whose products are coveted the world over, but for Jony and Marc it is the company's consummate craftsmanship that lifts it to design's top ranks. Because Hermès started out making equestrian products - founder Thierry Hermès' shop produced some of Paris' finest harnesses and bridles for the carriage trade - they chose a saddle to include in the sale. Designed in consultation with champion show jumper Simon Delestre, the Hermès Cavale was launched in April 2013 at the Saut Hermès competition at the Grand Palais, where it was instantly recognised for its comfort and its uncanny ability to create closer contact between horse and rider. Equestrians will appreciate the suppleness of the saddle's leather (only two skins out of a hundred presented to its design team meet their strict quality standards) and its remarkable durability, but Jony and Marc were taken by the sheer beauty of Cavale's ultra-rational form and its exquisite detailing and craftsmanship. This saddle was created for the (RED) Auction and is the only one to be produced in Rouge H colour and with custom red stitching.
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