Today, we review the Hermes Bag Buy Online and the hermes bag price. When you hear the brand Hermes, the chances are you will automatically think of the most famous styles; Birkin, Constance or Kelly. Whilst these are the epitome of luxury and exude stature and class, there are so many more bag styles to the Hermes brand all of which are stunning in their own right.
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The Complete Guide To Hermes Bag Styles
The crème de la crème of the Hermes range, Birkin bags are chic, timeless and highly sought after making them the most popular of the designs. Over the years the Birkin has come in various sizes, colours and skins, changing and adapting seamlessly to the vogue of the time.
As it stands now, the smaller 25cm Birkin has become increasingly popular due to its cute size making it perfect for an evening event or popping out for a quick lunch with the girls. If you’re looking for something slightly bigger, the 30cm is more geared towards every day wear.
The Constance bag, popularised by Jackie Kennedy, is a superbly versatile shoulder bag and is far more difficult to source than other bags – particularly now that Hermes keep threatening discontinue this hands free style.
Truly perfect for all occasions, the Constance is a must have staple in any woman’s wardrobe. Team with skinny jeans, Chanel jacket and Alexander McQueen scarf for Parisian day chic, or with your favourite couture dress for an extravagant soirée.
Whilst the Birkin is the signature of Hermes, in recent years the Kelly has become hugely popular due to its slender shape and strap design making it easier to carry. Opt for a 28cm one to house all of your day to day products or select a smaller size to glamorously compliment any dinner or event outfit.
It’s not just the standard Kelly design that has overtaken Birkin’s popularity recently, the Kelly Cut has also shared the limelight – presumably due to its dainty size making it fantastically adaptable and easy to carry.
Whilst the small size is more suited to a dinner or event such as a wedding, it is also ideal for luncheons to house the essentials you need to stay looking chic and sophisticated.
MINI KELLY POCHETTE
The Mini Kelly Pochette has become extremely hard to source of late as they are so popular. Everyone seems to love the small bags at the moment and it’s no surprise with high end designers such as Chloe, Fendi and Louis Vuitton showcasing this style in their Spring 2016 collections.
We are continuously on the search for this style so do get in touch to see what we have available.
If you want a clutch with a bit more of an edge then the Medor is for you. With its signature pyramid studs this give a more rock n roll feel to any outfit.
This is a chic and very versatile clutch which has also become increasingly popular over the last 2 years. Its simple design means it will perfectly compliment any outfit, whilst the signature Hermes ‘H’ adds to its luxuriousness and exclusivity.
HAC (HAUT À COURROIES)
Whilst the Birkin is the international symbol of Hermes, the Haut à Courroies (HAC) is the original. This bags was designed in the late 1800’s and was initially intended to carry riding boots and other equestrian equipment. However, in today’s world it is mainly used as a stylish luxury travel bag and is quite popular with men, too.
The main difference between the Birkin and HAC is the size; the HAC is much taller and normally comes in sizes of 40cm and above giving you plenty of space for all of your long haul flight carry on essentials. As well as this, the handles of the Haut à Courroies are shorter than the Birkin due to its intent to be carried in the hand rather than over the arm.
If you are looking for something which is casual and functional which is still stylish, the mini Evelyn is ideal. Also on trend at the moment is the mini Evelyn – the tiny size. This style has a long strap to allow you to wear it across your body whilst you pop to a stylish boutique giving you both hands to raid your favourite designer’s rail!
Currently we have a mini Evelyn in stock in this glorious yet calming Blue Paradise. Crafted from the finest soft clemence leather, this bag exudes an effortlessly relaxed appearance. The large H on this style of bag adds to the luxury and showcases the Hermes brand.
Last but not least, is the Jypsiere. This is another refined and easy to wear day bag, perfect for weekends away to your favourite city. And, with its shoulder strap you are free to do whatever you want; shopping in exclusive stores, strolling along the French Rivera or sipping a delectable glass of your preferred champagne. What’s more, this is one of Hermes’ more exclusive styles meaning few people own a Jypsiere bag, adding to its exceptional and luxurious aura.
If you are yearning for this perfect day bag, you’re in luck; we currently have a Jypsiere in blue colvert and turqoise perfectly matched with palladium hardware and created from wonderfully soft Clemence leather. Enquire today if you are interested in purchasing this bag.
Whilst this list isn’t exhaustive of all of Hermes’ superbly sophisticated styles, these are some of the most popular bags and they offer huge versatility no matter what occasion you are using them for.
Why are Hermès bags so special?
Hermès has been creating beautiful leather pieces, renowned for their exquisite craftsmanship, since 1837. First established by Thierry Hermès as a harness workshop in the Grands Boulevards quarter of Paris, the atelier quickly became dedicated to serving European noblemen – even Napoleon Bonaparte was a client – and in 1922, the first Hermès handbag was created.
Émile-Maurice was head of the firm and when his wife complained there were no bags on the market to her liking, he designed a line of bags himself. The Sac à Dépêches was introduced in 1935 – later to be renamed the Kelly bag after Grace Kelly, the Princess of Monaco, in 1977. The iconic saddle-bag style Hermès Constance was designed in 1969, and perhaps the most famous Hermès bag, the Birkin, was introduced in 1986 after a chance encounter on a flight with Jane Birkin, who after announcing she could not find a bag to suit her needs, compelled Hermès Chief Executive Jean-Louis Dumas to design her a soft, supple everyday bag. The rest is handbag history.
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“It’s really a combination of the craftsmanship and the quality of Hermès bags that make them so coveted,” explains Sophie Hersan, co-founder of Vestiaire Collective. “Each bag is made by one person and the leathers are selected very carefully to ensure that only the best pieces are used. The attention to detail is exceptional and only adds to the desirability of the bags.”
“In restaurants in Monaco, and fine restaurants worldwide, [Hermès bags] get their own seat!” says Sharon Wolter-Ferguson, CEO and Founder of HEWI London. “A number of more practical factors contribute to the enduring desirability of an Hermès bag. The craftsmanship, each stamped code represents which artisan created that particular bag, superior materials used and exclusivity – to buy one directly from an Hermès store is not always possible, with elusive sales staff and limited stock available, one usually leaves empty handed. This makes for an interesting resale market – they are the ultimate fashion investment.”
What is the most expensive Hermès bag ever sold?
The world record price for an Hermès bag was a very rare Crocodile Himalaya Birkin 30 with 18k white gold and diamond hardware, sold at auction for an eye-watering £208,175 at Christie’s, Hong Kong in 2017. According the Rachel Koffsky, Handbags & Accessories specialist at Christie’s, it is unsurprising the bag reached such a high price. “The reason that the piece was so special, and so valuable, is because of the delicate gradation of the exterior – it is called the Himalaya as it is said to resemble the snow-topped mountain range. This subtle hue is only achieved by the most expert craftsmen, in a process that takes years to master.”
Is an Hermès bag an investment?
The continued world-record breaking prices of the bags selling at auction prove that the secondary market is speeding up rather than slowing down. A study released by BagHunter in 2017 showed that the value of the Hermès Birkin has increased 500% in the last 35 years – an increase of 14% each year. Investing in a Birkin or Kelly bag is now historically safer investment than the stock market – while share regularly fluctuate depending on the economic climate, the Hermès bag has never lost its value, instead continuing to rise steadily year on year.
A carefully used Hermès bag can reach 80% to 120% of its original price at resale and compared to a new car or the majority of designer clothing and accessories – whose value decreases as soon as they leave the showroom – an Hermès bag increases in value overtime.
According to Sharon Wolter-Ferguson, CEO and Founder of HEWI London it is imperative an Hermès bag is kept in good condition if it’s being bought as an investment. “A few golden rules apply. Always store it in its original dust bag, stuffed with light paper to keep its shape, protect it from the elements and keep all original documentation from CITES to the store receipt,” she says. “If the bag is less than perfect after years of loving use, it can go the Hermès spa where it will spend a few weeks being brought back to its best, having its hardware and leather restored and polished.”
Rachel Koffsky, Handbags & Accessories specialist at Christie’s, agrees. “A vintage Birkin or Kelly in great condition will maintain its value if you use it gently and take good care of it,” she says. “It does pay to invest in your handbag collection as you would fine jewellery, art or antiques.”
How much is an Hermès bag?
Brand new Hermès bags, purchased directly from an Hermès store, vary considerably depending on the rarity of their leather and hardware, but general consensus states the price for a new Kelly bag starts at £6,000 and for a new Birkin starts at £7,000. However as many customers know, it can be very hard to get hold of an Hermès bag directly from the brand, so many look to second-hand dealers, where prices can start at as little as £2,000 for a Birkin to over £100,000 depending on its rarity and condition.
Buying a bag at a reputable auction house can bring about a bargain. According to Forbes.com the same 2006 style of tan Hermès Birkin bag worn by Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine had a starting bid of £2,700 at auction, but to buy a 2013 version of the bag in an Hermès store would have cost £8,500.
Jerôme Lalande from Collector Square explains you can still purchase an Hermes bag despite a smaller capital. “With a budget of £2,000-£3,000 for a Kelly, I would recommend a buyer to go for a 1970s vintage canvas and leather Kelly, that can be in very good condition,” he says. “For the basic box leather vintage Kelly bags, the price differences are mainly because of the condition – and therefore the year of production – and the missing original pieces, like padlock and keys.”
Which Hermès bag should you buy?
Experts suggest that when buying an Hermès Birkin or Kelly bag to be use regularly – but also as an investment – that neutral colours and popular sizes are key.
“When it comes to acquiring an Hermès Kelly or Birkin,” says HEWI’s Walter-Ferguson, “it really is a matter of personal taste. Classic colours are a safe trans-seasonal option and don’t date and can pass down from generation to generation, and are always in high demand.”
“I would definitely recommend a 32cm Kelly bag in black box leather and golden hardware,” says Lalande, Hermes expert at second-hand luxury goods specialists Collector Square, who himself has personally collaborated with Hermès for over twenty years in search of ancient pieces for the house. “Black and 32cm because it is the most timeless colour and size; box leather because it is among the most resistant leathers and no longer produced so rare.
“Regarding a Birkin bag, I would recommend a 35cm Birkin bag – the most classic and convenient size – in Etoupe Togo leather with palladium hardware,” he adds. “Etoupe is a very specific and iconic Hermès colour – between grey and taupe – and always goes with the palladium hardware. Togo leather gives a more flexible shape and feel to the Birkin bag.”
Sophie Hersan, Co-Founder of Vestiaire Collective, recommends forward-thinking styles as a good juxtaposition between traditional styling and modern wearability. “I would suggest a classic Kelly 25cm or 28cm,” she says. “Both designs are crossbody and very on-trend.”
An under-the-radar design that often gets overlooked is the Hermès Herbag design. Instantly recognisable as an Hermès style, and regularly referred to as ‘The Kelly Bag’s little sister’, the Herbag – made from durable, modern canvas and trimmed in cowhide leather – is a great starting point for a classic Hermès bag and can be picked up for as little as £600 on the second-hand market.
Senior Vice President of Moda Operandi, Jodi Kaplan, gets to the root of what purchasing a bag is really all about, following your heart: “My personal advice is to buy what you love and what speaks to you best.”
Where do you buy an Hermès bag?
While Hermès have a huge variety of bags available to buy online, due to the rarity and difficulty many customers face in purchasing an Hermès Birkin or Kelly bag from store direct, many consumers look to second-hand luxury dealers and consignment stores that offer authenticated bags in excellent condition. ‘Waiting lists’ no longer exist at Hermès stores, and it’s the limited availability of the bags that is just one of the aspects of why demand has risen so much in recent years.