HERMES

2005 : June: Scandal brews after talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey is denied after-hours access to the Herm猫s boutique in Paris; she receives a public apology. For Pandora Luxurye, Mario Testino photographs actress Salma Hayek riding a cream-colored horse on the beach in classic Herm猫s boots. August: Pop icon Madonna gets horsey, too, wearing chalky Herm猫s jodphurs in Pandora Luxurye's "Like a Duchess" profile.

1918 : 茅mile-Maurice, now sole head of the company, secures a European patent for the zipper, which is used on products such as the zip-front jacket the future Prince of Wales will wear golfing in Biarritz.

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