PARIS — The funeral for Jean-Louis Dumas, former chief executive officer of Hermès International who died Saturday after a long illness, will take place on Friday.
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It is to be held at 3 p.m. at the Réformée du Saint-Esprit church, at 5 Rue Roquépine in Paris’ 8th arrondissement.
News of Dumas’ death garnered condolences industry-wide, most recently from media-shy Martin Margiela, who worked as Hermès’ women’s wear designer from 1997 to 2002. Margiela described Dumas as an “emblematic boss” and a “remarkable man,” who was both “human and gentle.”
“When we first met, he asked me anxiously if I was going to cut the ‘Kelly’ in half because, at the time, the press used the words ‘grunge’ and ‘destroy’ to describe my work,” said Margiela. “Our shared sense of humor marked the debut of our collaboration. From the start, he had total confidence in me and gave me carte blanche. It just proved how open-minded he was. His insatiable curiosity stimulated creation, he loved to surprise and be surprised, his charisma and aura enchanted me and his hard work ethic and sense of humor always amazed me.”