We love our Birkins. Each is crafted by one master craftsman from start to finish, which practically make them individual works of art. Like fingerprints, no two are identical and each Birkin is a beauty. But there are some Birkins that sway us more than others. The ones made from exotic skin especially, rank top in our books. For example, the ones made from Niloticus crocodile. The process to dye a crocodile hide is time consuming and exponentially difficult, when attempting to achieve lighter shades. However, the finished products are timeless works of art - great investment or heirloom pieces.
An Hermes Kelly is a desirable beauty. But a Kelly crafted from exotic skins, is even more exquisite. For example, one made with the leather from the Porosus crocodile - widely considered the king of exotic skins.
Recognised as one of the most storied bags in the world, the Kelly found its place in the hearts and arms of royalty, celebrities and the well-heeled from its inception. Much like their owners, each Kelly has its own unique story that sets it apart from the rest. This Kelly Sellier 28 is a unique piece that bears hand-sewn antique embellishments by vintage craft artist, Dylan Ryu.
The Constance is an architectural beauty of straight lines, sturdy structure and exquisite craftsmanship - elegant from every angle. It gained prominence when the former First Lady of the United States, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, gave it her stylish nod of approval and since then has become the chic shoulder bag favoured by many Hollywood celebrities. Since then, the Constance has become a favourite sweetheart amongst Hermes faithfuls, embodying timeless elegance and functional practicality.
Rarity and exclusivity are words associated with a Birkin bag. Here’s why: Supply and demand. There are many A-listers and celebrities who want the bag, but there are reportedly only 200,000 Birkins in circulation. Hermes has supposedly put a halt on special orders, so if you’re looking to purchase a new bag in a specific leather and colour, it could be a long while.
An iconic and classic bag by the house of Dior, the Lady Dior’s distinctive silhouette was once a princess’ favourite. The bag was gifted to Princess Diana by Bernadette Chirac (then the First Lady of France) when the former visited the Cezanne exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris. The bag was initially known as the “Chou Chou”, was renamed the Lady Dior as a homage to the princess. She was always seen carrying the bag, and even started collecting all the available variants.
The Kelly bag has undisputed presence. Its storied past, ladylike elegance and refined craftsmanship all lend to its allure, making it one of the most desired bags all around. Originally coined the Sac a Depeches, it only got its popular Kelly namesake years after, when Grace Kelly thrust it into the limelight when she used it to shield her pregnancy bump from the paparazzi. It made front page news, and also sealed the bag’s association with the Princess. Not only did the bag gain instant fame, it was officially renamed the Kelly in 1977.
Refined, graceful and polished, the Kelly Classic Wallet is a captivating beauty for a money carrier. With its elegant closure serving as the centrepiece, it instantly draws the attention and admiration of any onlookers. Additionally, it can double as a wallet on chain when a Hermes Farandole Long Necklace is passed through it, freeing up the hands to hold a glass or two at any formal evening events.
A bag that was designed by the legendary Jean-Louis Dumas, when he was then the CEO of Hermes, and actress Jane Birkin, this iconic bag has become larger than life. Coveted by many women around the world, this completely handcrafted bag - it is worked on by one master artisan from start to finish - has a long wait list, especially if you’re trying to secure one in your desired colour. Its exquisite make and exclusivity is what makes the Birkin ever so desirable, and is one of the few bags in the world to command such great resale value.
This Kelly Sellier is a desirable bag, but one that comes in size 25 is even more desirable amongst collectors due to the rarity of its size. This piece comes in Barenia leather too, a rare and superior quality calf leather, and more commonly used in the maison’s equestrian products.
Every girl deserves a Chanel. Especially the iconic pieces such as the 2.55, Classic Handbag or the Boy Chanel Handbag. A fast rising star, it was introduced several years back in 2012, at Chanel’s Spring/Summer Collection. Since then, Chanel has created many showstopping iterations of the Boy Chanel Handbag. One advantage of the Boy Chanel model is the larger flap design and graphic clasp, which allow more ‘space’ to show off interesting motifs and embellishments.
It is easy to see how the Constance found its way into the hearts and onto the shoulders of most women. Its boxy silhouette and refined lines exude a charm that appeals to fashionistas and minimalists alike. Christened after the daughter of its designer, Catherine Chaillet in 1959, the Constance handbag was thrust into the spotlight when the former First Lady of the United States, Jackie Kennedy Onassis took a shine to it. She was frequently pictured with the Constance by her side. Till this day, the Constance still retains its alluring charm, getting the nod from sophisticated ladies all over.
Ever so rarely a vintage Chanel Classic Flap Bag makes an appearance for sale. Whether new or preowned, it is bound to draw significant attention amongst Chanel aficionados. With Chanel’s new policy of halting the use of exotic skins for its famous handbags, it makes exotic skinned Chanel pieces even more worthy investment pieces and this Classic Flap Bag, ever the more desirable.
A definition of refinement and sophistication, the Birkin can be considered the Queen B of all handbags. With its timeless, elegant appeal and exquisite craftsmanship, the Birkin will definitely make a valuable heirloom piece for many generations to come - such is the quality of the famous leatherworks from the French maison. It takes 48 hours for one master artisan to craft the Birkin by hand, resulting in each Birkin being unique from the other. Its structure is similar to the Haut à Courroies (HAC) bag that was first used as a saddle carrier. The Birkin was adapted from the base design of the HAC, and made smaller with a longer handbag drop, so it could comfortably hang off the hook of the arm.
The Kelly is one of the holy trinity of when it comes to the best investment pieces from Hermes. Of course there is the larger-than-life association with the Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly, adding to the enduring legacy of the Kelly bag.
Perhaps less iconic than the famous Birkin or Kelly, the Picotin is still an Hermes and is no less desirous. Inspired by horse feedbags, it was created in 2002 by Frederick Vidal, who is also the genius responsible for the creation of the Lindy bag. The picotin is a no frills, fuss free bag that is lighter than its famous cousins, the Birkin and Kelly.
A modernist’s ideal carrier, the Halzan embodies a forward thinking yet incredibly chic design. Debuting to great fanfare on the Fall/Winter 2014 runway, the Halzan mesmerised fashionistas around the world with its ability to be worn four ways – as a shoulder bag, a crossbody, a north-south tote or a clutch. Switch your look during the day with the different ways to carry the Halzan. It can be your companion to casual events, formal dos and also double as a lightweight travel bag.
The newest iconic bag from Bottega Veneta, the Piazza Bag made its debut at the Italian maison’s Cruise Collection 2018 show. Its designer Tomas Maier was inspired by the piazza or meeting places in Italian towns, when designing this instant classic. Elegant in design and highly functional, the Piazza can be carried by its top handle or worn as a shoulder bag or a cross-body with its detachable Intrecciato Checker leather strap.
Call it destiny or a sheer luck, but if English actress and singer Jane Birkin had not bump into Hermes CEO Jean-Louis Dumas on a flight back in 1981, there might not have been the iconic Birkin bag. Birkin’s belongings had spilled from her straw bag. She vented to Dumas about not being able to find a stylish leather weekend bag big enough for all her things, and the quick-thinking Dumas sketched the first prototype of the Birkin on the back of an airsick bag. In 1984, the Birkin finally made its debut - a leather holdall that was made for travel, it was functional and stylish.
Timeless and iconic, the Kelly Sellier is practically a work of art. Initially titled the Sac à dépêches, it was already considered an absolute innovation in its time, although the bag really became the centre of attention when actress and princess consort of Monaco, Grace Kelly, gave it her nod and made it one of her favoured companions. It would also be renamed after her, and thus became known as the Kelly bag.
Created with straight lines, sturdy structure and impeccable workmanship, the Constance is no stranger, and is in fact one of the most identifiable bags in the world. Despite lesser publicity than her sister, the Birkin and Kelly, the Constance has still managed to charm her way to the hearts of Hermes faithfuls with its understated grace. Even gaining the nod of approval by the former First Lady of the United States, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, and since then favoured by many Hollywood celebrities.
Made in 2017, with an ‘A’ stamp to denote its year of production, this brand new Kelly in size 25, is crafted from a rare type of calfskin known as Veau Butler. This particular kind of leather is very similar to box calf but the former has a matte finish. One of the rarer, and more elusive leathers to find, the Veau Butler develops a beautiful patina over time.
A creation by Nicolas Ghesquiere, creative director of Louis Vuitton, the Petite Malle was first seen on the Fall/Winter 2014 catwalk and quickly became the most coveted ‘It’ bag of the season. Inspired by the house’s rich and extensive heritage as a luxury luggage maker, Ghesquiere narrowed his muse to a number of custom models that were created between 1911 and 1929 for the wealthy banker and photographer, Albert Kahn. Scaled down to every minute detail, this bag is a gorgeous piece that can be worn on the shoulder, crossbody or in the hand as a clutch.
An ultimate status symbol for the modern woman, the Birkin actually had a simple birth. Created in 1984 for English actress Jane Birkin to carry her daily essentials, the Birkin has crossed over from being an utilitarian holdall to becoming one of the world’s most desired bags.
One distinctive feature of the Verrou is its asymmetrical front. Coupled with the bolt-like metal clasp (which gives the bag its namesake), it gives this iconic carrier an edgier slant which lends to its modern sophistication. The Verrou chaine model also sports a heavy-duty palladium-plated chain strap, lending it industrial chic. In true Hermes style, each bag is handcrafted and even the chain straps are hand-polished,
Attaining the iconic Hermes handbags like the Birkin and the Kelly is already not an easy feat, but finding one in a mini size can be nearly impossible due to its very limited availability. With celebrities and fashionistas desiring smaller bags, the demand for mini bags just skyrocket. A mini bag like this Kelly 20 has versatility. Smart enough for formal dos, its petite size also makes it a chic carrier for everyday use.
But it wasn’t until recent years, 2010 to be exact, for the Constance bag to receive a little remodelling: The Constance Elan has a longish and narrower silhouette than the original Constance.This featured suedebag, in two contrast colours - Crevette and gray, plays up the bag’s understated elegance. A gently used piece, it is still in mint condition, which renders it almost brand new. Bearing the ‘T’ stamp that is indicative of its 2015 production year, it only has its original dust bag.