grey birkin bag

In the market for a Grey Birkin Bag? Some Hermes bags are made with clou, or feet on the bottom so you can rest the bag down without damaging the leather. Hermes also offers several material choices, with some like Clemence and Epsom leather exhibiting far more durable and water-resistant qualities than other leather choices, making these bags perfect for everyday carry. Your needs should directly influence the style and construction of your first Hermes bag. Below we break down some of our favorite Hermes bags, discussing how and why they fit into different situations and lifestyles, usability and pricing. So what is the birkin bag price 2020?

Grey Birkin Bag

 
 

Rarer and More Unique Hermès Colors

As with the huge and unique range of leathers, Hermès also offers an extensive and unique range of colors for their bags. Some of the color names are unique to Hermès, so to help you understand which color to expect, here is a brief guide to the most popular and some of the rarer and more unique Hermès colors.

***It is important to note that due to the unpredictable and unstable nature in which different leathers take to the dye, there can be subtle differences and minor variations in how the colors apply to each batch. This guide is meant to be used as a general guideline for color depictions***

 

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Reds

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    Rouge Hermès – deep wine red with blue and pink undertones

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    Rouge Vif – bright cherry or lipstick red with raspberry pink undertones

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    Vermillion – bright red, similar to a tomato color with orange undertones

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    Brique – brick red

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    Braise – rouge red

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    Rouge Garance – bright red with raspberry pink undertones

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    Rouge Moyen – deep candy apple red with blue undertones, darker than Rouge Vif or Rouge Garance, but slightly lighter than Rouge Hermès

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    Rouge Jaipur – very bright red

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    Rouge Tomate – tomato red color

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    Rouge Casaque – slightly darker than Rouge Tomate

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    Rouge Piment – deep red with subtle pink undertones

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    Bougainvillea – very bright red with strong pink undertones

 

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Blues

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    Blue Jean – sky blue, can be bright or pale depending on leather

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    Indigo – dark navy blue

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    Ink – blue-black indigo

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    Thalassa – Mediterranean Sea Blue, deeper than Blue Jean

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    Blue Roi – bright royal blue. Appears as a denim blue look in exotic leathers

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    Turquoise – bright blue-green

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    Brighton Blue – light blue with white undertones

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    Navy – a very dark French Navy color

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    Blue Saphir – a bright ‘electric’ blue

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    Aqua – a sea blue used in Chevre leather

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    Petrol – a royal blue shade with white undertones

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    Midnight Blue – a deep and rich blue shade

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    Cobalt Blue – a calm royal blue

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    Blue France – same shade of blue that is found on the French flag

 

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Greens

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    Vert Anis – bright green, similar to an apple color

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    Vert Cru – the brightest green in the Hermès collection

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    Vert Amande – a medium shade of green, similar to grass color

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    Vert Jasmin – very watery pale green with yellow undertones

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    Vert Olive – dark and rich in color, same shade as olives

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    Vert Fonce – forest green

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    Vert Pale – a light green, bordering on grey

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    Kiwi – a light, kiwi shade of green

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    Vert Pelouse – a dark, ‘moss’ green color

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    Cactus – a light green, similar in shade to the spikes on a cactus

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    Bambou – deep green like a bamboo plant

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    Pistache – a pistachio shade of green

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    Vert Bronze – ‘worn’ green with bronze undertones

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    Vert Chartruese – green with yellow undertones

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    Apple Green – light and playful green

 

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Oranges

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    Classic Orange – bright tangerine, a classic Hermès color

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    Potiron – slightly bright orange with brown undertones. Appears darker on Chevre leather and brighter on Togo leather

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    Tangerine – a lovely light shade of orange, slightly lighter than Classic Orange

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    Orange Poppy – a deep orange with pink undertones

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    Juane d’or – a very light shade of orange

 

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Purples and Pinks

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    Raisin – bright dark purple, lighter than violet

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    Violet – bright purple, darker than raisin

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    Violine – similar to Violet, slighter lighter

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    Myosotis – similar to lilac in color

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    Cassis – very deep purple

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    Lilac – light shade of purple, white undertones

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    Iris – very deep purple with dark blue undertones

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    Prune – dark and warm purple, similar to the color of prunes

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    Cyclamen – mixture of pink and lavender

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    Fuchsia – bright, rich pink

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    Rose Shocking – bright pink

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    Rose Lipstick – light pink with white undertones

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    Framboise – a medium shade of pink with red undertones

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    Rose Tea – very light pink, just off-white

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    Rose Tyrien – very bright pink, brighter than Rose Shocking

 

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Yellows/Beige

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    Jaune – bright and sunny yellow

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    Saffron – dark yellow with brown undertones

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    Beige/Rose – beige with a hint of pink

 

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Browns

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    Marron Fonce – bordering on a wine red color

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    Chocolate – rich and warm in tone, similar color to chocolate

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    Kraft – warm and rich shade of brown

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    Etrusque – terracotta brick color

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    Meil – very dark brown

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    Etoupe – medium to light chocolate shade of brown

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    Moka – very dark brown with slight hint of purple undertones

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    Ebene – deep and dark brown with white undertones

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    Cafe – dark brown, bordering on black

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    Caramel – wonderful light caramel color

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    Natural Sable – slightly darker than Natural

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    Cognac – light and subtle brown

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    Moka – deep brown, almost grey in color

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    Natural – coffee brown color

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    Cocoan – a chocolate brown, almost maroon in tone

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    Tabac – light brown color, similar to cigar leaves

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    Cigare – medium brown with slightly white undertones

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    Toundra – off-grey shade of brown, very light

 

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Blacks/Greys

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    Noir – classic black color

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    Noir Nacre – similar to Noir with white undertones

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    Graphite – dark grey with blue tones

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    Vert Gris – grey with green undertones

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    Paris Grey – almost silver shade of grey

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    Etoupe Grey – grey with brown undertones

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    Gris Pale – very light shade of grey

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    Etain – almost light brown shade of grey

A Guide to Buying your First Handbag

After years of guiding clients and their husbands and boyfriends through these amazing purchases, which are also serious investments, we thought it high time we put pen to paper to tell you how to go about buying the right iconic Hermès handbag.

There are a multitude of considerations to be taken into account, such as size, colour, leather and purpose. Read on to make sure you get it right every time. And the good news is that once you start bearing these in mind, each purchase will be easier and easier.

The first thing to be considered is what exactly you want from your bag. Is it to be worn every day? Is it for lunches with girlfriends, or for parading to business meetings? Or are you glamorous enough to need a bag for evenings and special occasions? Equally, does it need to match lots of wardrobe staples or just one or two very cool outfits?

The Key Differences between the Birkin and the Kelly

The Kelly

To the vast population these look similar; they are after all both iconic pieces upon which many handbag designs are based. And if you are reading this you are probably quite capable of differentiating between a 32 Kelly and 35 Birkin, but just to be sure: the Kelly has one handle instead of the Birkin’s two, has an important shoulder strap where the Birkin has none, is slightly smaller in depth, and overall is a more elegant bag.

The Classic Sellier Kelly in Black Box Leather

 

Kelly Sellier in Black Box Leather

 

A 28cm Kelly Retourne in Togo Leather with Palladium Hardware

There are two models of Kelly bag: the structured Sellier, with the stitching on the outside, and the newer, more contemporary version called the Retourne which is stitched internally. Essentially theRetourne is created and handstitched inside out, an amazing feat! The craftsman in the last stages of creation turns the bag inside out so the stitching needs to be slightly looser. You can see the corners on the Sellier are more sharpely defined than those on the Retourne.

 

 

The Birkin Bag

The Classic 35cm Black Birkin with Gold Hardware

 

35cm Black Birkin with Gold Hardware

The Birkin is a great everyday bag: popular with working women, it has enough size to carry serious paperwork and personal paraphernalia. Part of the reason the Birkin is so resilient is because you are actually carrying two bags in one: it is completely lined inside. This makes it relatively heavy, and you should be aware of how you should carry it: the bag won’t fit over your shoulder, it must be worn on your forearm. And yes it does look very chic.

 

 

Sizes

Sizes vary, from 25cm (popular in Asia but not often seen in Europe) up to 40cm and then the large 50cm travel bags. The most popular are the mid-sized bags, between 30cm and 35cm. In terms of practicality the 32cm Kelly and the 35cm Birkin and Kelly are great day bags which can carry the usual everyday essentials such as your wallet, phone, makeup, keys, sunglasses, notepad etc. without looking overfull and bulky.

The 35cm Birkin can comfortably carry an iPad or small tablet, while for the Kelly 35 it is a snug fit. A 28cm or 30cm bag can hold slightly fewer items: wallet, phone, makeup and keys but the great thing about this size is that it is small enough to wear to an evening function as well. If you are a regular traveller a 40cm Birkin is brilliant at combining serious style with an awful lot of space.

Body size plays a key role here. A tiny bag will be lost if you are tall and likewise a larger bag will dwarf a small frame. If you have curves, a larger bag will flatter them, and if you are small, a smaller bag will look good in proportion. Try lots of bags so that you can find the shape and style that suits you best. Exceptions to this rule are evening bags: we have yet to see a large bag that looks good after dark…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leather

Hermès bags come in several different calf leathers and exotic skins. Calfskin leather bags, which make up the majority of Birkins and Kellies – are made from bull calves and less frequently from goatskin. The interior lining of the bags is usually in goatskin. The most popular of the calf leathers is the Togo: natural bull calf leather with a beautiful pebble finish and a scratch resistant grain, it holds its shape well and reflects light; the next is Taurillon Clemence: a softer and slightly thicker natural bull calf leather with a more matte appearance, the grain is larger and irregular; Epsom leather: with a small pressed grain, a lightweight and sturdy leather which holds its shape well. Also available are Swift, which is smooth and soft and absorbs colour well; and Box which is the oldest Hermès leather, it is fine grained and holds its shape well but prone to scratches. More recent leathers are Barenia Faubourg: an updated version of Barenia which is lightly grained and similar in appearance to Togo & Clemence, it develops a patina with age but is more scratch and water resistant than the original Barenia; and Novillo, it has a finer texture and grain than Togo & Clemence and is lighter in weight, it holds its shape well and has good colour absorption.

 

Saffron Birkin in Ostrich

If you are splashing out there are several Exotic skins including Nilocitus and Porosus Crocodile, Alligator, Lizard and Ostrich – they are extraordinary, beautiful, expensive and usually more of a collector’s item.

Electric Blue Birkin in Shiny Crocodile.

 

Bleu Electrique in Shiny Crocodile

People often ask the difference between these three skins. Hermès until recently produced more porosus crocodile handbags, but this has changed as the price of the skins has increased, and we are now seeing an increase in the use of nilocitus and alligator. The differences:

 

Vintage Black Kelly in Lizard

Porosus crocodiles are the largest living reptile and the world’s largest terrestrial predator. The males can reach up to 6.7 metres – amazing!! Most grow to 5.2m and those farmed – the skins of which are used by Hermès – come mostly from the East and West coasts of Australia. It takes a long time for them to reach adulthood – they live in the natural world until 70 or even 100 years old, hence the extremely high cost of farming the animals. On crocodile handbags Hermès tradesmen mark the skin with a circumflex ^.

Niloticus

The Nile Crocodile is the second largest crocodile in the world, and lives in sub Saharan Africa. The males usually grow to 4 – 5m but can grow to 6m. It’s relatively common and not an endangered species, despite serious hunting in the 1950 and 1960s. Now up to half a million crocodiles are believed to exist in the wild. Hermès crocodile bags are stamped with two asterix **.

Alligator

The male American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) grows to a maximum length of 4.5m in length and is found in the southeaster United States. It is the state reptile for Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida. It is stamped on Hermès bags as an empty square □.

Colour

 

Bleu Zanzibar

Hermès are renowned for their fabulous colours and have the most sophisticated tanners of all the luxury brands. Each season new shades with some enticing and sometime rather bewildering names are introduced – recently  we have seen Magnolia, Rose Pourpre, Bleu Encre, Rose Extreme, Vert Vertigo, and GrisTourterelle – alongside the more established colours like Black, Etoupe, Gold, and the signature Hermès Orange.

 

Magnolia

If you are looking for a bag to match a special occasion outfit then you’ll easily find the colour you need, however if you want one that will not date and can be worn regularly, then your best bet is one of
the classic colours – Black and Gold are particularly good, and Etoupe which is a soft brown/grey shade is another versatile colour.

 

Three classic “wear with anything” colours:

Gold is considered to be one of the most versatile of Hermes’ colours – it can be worn all year round and with any outfit so it’s a great bag to have in your wardrobe.  If you are looking to buy your first Birkin then this colour is a great choice.

Etoupe is a really easy to wear colour, a soft grey with brown undertones. A super clever shade, it can be worn in spring, summer, autumn and winter.

The classic Black Birkin (or Kelly) is a brilliant go anywhere, wear with anything bag – it’s elegant and timeless.

If you want to change the appearance of your bag, try the clever Asian trend of tying a silk twilly around the handles. They will protect it and add a completely new look. One little point to bear in mind when choosing a colour: as a general rule a lighter colour will make the bag look larger.

Armed with all this information, you are now ready to find the perfect bag – if you are looking for an Hermès Birkin, Kelly or any other Hermès bag such as a Constance, Evelyne or Lindy, we’d like to help you find the perfect match

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Other Colors

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    Gold – classic gold color

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    Silver – shiny shade of silver

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    Bronze – similar bronze shade to Olympic medals

Of course this is only a brief guide to Hermès colors and there are many more to choose from when ordering a Birkin or Kelly bag.

HERMÈS VINTAGE

 
Hermès Vintage

 

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The Details

 

HERMÈS VINTAGE

Birkin 35 bag

Designed with the actress Jane Birkin in mind, the Birkin bag is a contemporary development from the Kelly bag. Created based on Jane’s suggestions, it was architected to be larger, in order to fit the fast paced life of the modern women, with several minor yet outstanding adaptations, such as the elongated top handles. This Birkin bag was fashioned from grained grey leather, providing a smooth touch against the skin. The French accessory features comfortable round top handles, a foldover top displaying a turnlock that’s fastened by a hanging padlock. The keys to the fastening are cleverly concealed in a leather tag, which hangs from the front handle. With enough space to your essentials, the main compartment has a zipped pocket, making it easier to storage smaller belongings. It is finished with brushed silver-tone hardware and a lovely detail of thin sangles embracing the silhouette. Please note that vintage items are not new and therefore might have minor imperfections.

Designer Style ID: XPY860

Made in France

Composition:
leather 100%

Wearing

Model is 1.79 m wearing size OS

The model is also styled with: Ryan Roche oversized crew neck sweater, Maryam Nassir Zadeh high-waisted pleated skirt.

Designer Backstory

Emile-Maurice Hermès, grandson of founder Thierry Hermès, summed up the philosophy of his family’s celebrated firm in the 1920s as “Leather, sport, and a tradition of refined elegance.” Passed down over generations, the House of Hermès has been committed to quality in design and production for more than 160 years. At the dawn of the 21st century, the name Hermès continues to represent the ultimate in French luxury.

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