THE woman behind the Hermes name prefers to wear Yves St Laurent and Armani. Despite being married to the owner of the company for the past 31 years, Ms Regina (Rena) Dumas-Hermes has maintained her own identity through her work. Yet, for the past 12 years, Ms Dumas, as she prefers to be known, has been leaving her mark on Hermes boutiques in Europe, the United States, Australia, Canada and Asia, including 12 in Japan alone. When the Hermes boutique opened in The Galleria last year, Ms Dumas accompanied her husband, Jean-Louis Dumas-Hermes to oversee all the details of the event. In fact, Ms Dumas had already had a significant input into the design of the boutique through her own company, Rena Dumas Architecture Interieure, which she founded in Paris more than 20 years ago. Ms Dumas herself has an understated style which is positively mellow compared with the vibrant colours and silk haute couture which is Hermes. She chooses natural, earth colours and simple lines in linen fabrics. Yet it is just this quiet statement of style which highlights the flamboyancy of Hermes fashions. The warmth of wild cherrywood and simple lines which are the decor in Hermes boutiques, provide the perfect foil to the busy prints and strong colours of the Hermes fashions.