Luxury goods giant Hermes International SA on Monday confirmed it has chosen French fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier to create its women's ready-to-wear collections from 2004.

The firm, best known for its silk scarves and leather goods, said Gaultier will replace current head designer Martin Margiela after the spring-summer 2004 collection which be presented in October this year.

Hermes last week posted a fall in first quarter revenue of 291.1 million euros versus 301.8 million euros in the year-ago period due to citing the strength of the euro against the yen and the dollar.