Clémande Burgevin Blachman, a designer who has dabbled in everything from handbags and furniture to home decor, has joined Hermès as creative director of fashion accessories, WWD has learned.
Burgevin Blachman is perhaps best known for her recent stint as vice president of design at Calvin Klein Home. More recently, she was a creative consultant at Alaïa in Paris.
A Hermès spokeswoman confirmed Burgevin Blachman’s arrival and title, but declined further comment.
Hermès does not identify the creative managers of its 16 businesses, other than women’s ready-to-wear designer Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski and men’s rtw designer Véronique Nichanian.
Pierre-Alexis Dumas is general artistic director of Hermès.
Admittedly, Burgevin Blachman is joining a luxury house that is enjoying impressive momentum. Ready-to-wear and accessories sales jumped 58.8% in 2021 to 2.22 billion euros, up 44.3% compared to 2019. This line of business includes lending -à-porter for men and women, belts, costume jewellery, gloves, hats and shoes.
The daughter of antique dealers, Burgevin Blachman had a career in unconventional fashion, starting at Chanel as art director and copywriter, later joining an advertising agency whose clients include Galeries Lafayette and Petit Bateau, and operating a boutique of vintage jewelry in Paris, according to a source familiar with her career.
Canadian developer Oakridge recently tapped Burgevin Blachman to design the interiors of a 17-story residential tower in Vancouver.