A Birkin is a timeless investment that pays for itself and is a covetable arm candy. But this brand new Birkin is even more desirous. The two-leather combination which was only introduced by Hermes in 2018 sports alligator on the front flap and strap, while the rest of the bag is crafted from Togo leather. It is also accentuated with gold-plated hardware. Standard on the Birkin is the Chevre leather interior.
Season after season, year after year, Hermes reigns at the top of the premium luxury chains without dispute. And it is not so without reason. Bags like the Kelly Handbag are not just famed for its storied past, but also excellent craftsmanship, and are faithful companions of royalty, celebrities and the well-heeled.
Though created in 1984 for English actress Jane Birkin, the Hermes Birkin has universal appeal and has become a desired symbol of wealth and status. Quite the investment piece, it has even surpassed the investment potential of stocks and even gold.
Probably the most recognisable motif in the fashion world, the LV Monogram was created in 1896 by Georges Vuitton as an ode to his father, Louis Vuitton. With the iconic Monogram becoming a mainstay in Louis Vuitton’s subsequent distinct designs, it was high time that a unique collection give the Monogram a bold and exciting interpretation. Enter the Icon and Iconoclasts Collection: Celebrating Monogram. Launched in 2014, this collection showcases the collaboration of the maison with six creative iconoclasts like Christian Louboutin, Frank Gehry and Karl Lagerfeld – the best in their individual fields – who blur the lines between fashion, art, architecture and product design. They were given the free reign to dictate and make whatever they see fit in the patterned canvas, and cement the Monogram’s inimitable charm.
An ideal companion for the evenings, the Hermes Kelly Cut is the middle size of the Kelly family, with it being smaller than the iconic Kelly Handbag and larger than the Kelly Pochette. The stock of the Kelly Cut bags are very limited and are often only offered to maison’s preferred clientele, resulting in its extremely elusive status. And if the Hermes Kelly Handbag is a desirable beauty, what more a Kelly Cut clutch crafted from exotic skin?
In 2014, Louis Vuitton invited six of the world’s renowned designers to collaborate on its Celebrating Monogram project to mark the maison’s 160th anniversary. This capsule collection saw the reinterpretation of the brand’s iconic monogram on a series of new bags. Our featured piece is the camera messenger bag which combines the maison’s famous brown and tan monogram canvas, with abstract badges in colourful hues decorating the bag’s exterior. It also has brass hardware and tan vachetta leather trims. The bag has an adjustable flat shoulder strap, a single rolled top handle, a slip pocket on the underside of its flap, and dual slip pockets on its interior wall. The front flap is secured by tie closures.
A timeless and versatile shoulder bag, it can be effortlessly matched to any outfit, and take you from work to play, AM to PM – perfect for girls on the go.
This Constance comes in Swift leather in black and lined with calf leather. It features the iconic H clasp in gold-plated hardware.
The Capucines gets its name from Louis Vuitton’s first store which opened in 1854, the Rue des Capucines in Paris. The bag can be carried in two ways, with the top handle strap or the longer adjustable and detachable strap over the shoulder or crossbody-style.
Recreated by Karl Lagerfeld in the 1980s, the Classic Handbag bears similar design characteristics as its source of inspiration, the 2.55. One of the noticeable differences is the stylised interlocking CC lock on the front, a hallmark that showcases the logomania obsession of the era. The other difference being the chain strap that is interlaced with leather, creating a contrast between texture and materials. A bag that is beloved by many women, it can be dressed up or down to match any occasion.
The Picotin bag which is inspired by the nosebag that horses feed from is a bucket shaped bag that makes an excellent companion. If you love the shape but want a dressier version, look no further than the Picotin Touch, with exotic leather handles (hence its Touch namesake). This model is a recent addition to the Touch series of bags and was introduced only in 2018.
A clutch that is spacious thanks to its adjustable Collier de Chien clasp, this compact beauty is a stunning keeper. And if you sling a scarf or a Farandole long necklace through it, you can convert it into a chic little shoulder bag.
Ready to join the exclusive Hermes Horseshoe Club? The horseshoe stamp indicates a special order - a customised handbag - a privilege accorded to a select clientele. In short, it is only offered to individuals that have a proven history of brand loyalty to Hermes and a familiar relationship with an Hermes sales associate who has a strong and consistent purchase record.
In 2012, the French maison launched its first wheeled-luggage series known as Caleche-Express. The luggage set is a trio of large, medium and small rolling luggage, and a practical handheld bag accompanied with a strap. Functional and with distinguished good looks, the luggage set with its water-resistant cotton canva material (known as H-tech) has Barenia leather trims and is further accentuated with brushed silver and palladium-plated hardware. Immediately identifiable from the sea of black cases, it makes a chic travelling companion for both the ladies and the gents.
A much loved and timeless beauty, the Constance is a favourite sweetheart amongst Hermes faithfuls. Although it gets fewer media accolades than the Birkin or Kelly bag, it is one of the triumvirate of Hermes bags, that can be seen on the shoulders of many celebrities. A notable favourite of the former First Lady of the United States, Jackie Kennedy, she popularised the Constance and brought it to prominence amongst the Hollywood elite. Like the Birkin, each Hermes Constance bag is created by a single craftsman, and it takes approximately 14 hours to finish. A more mod and youngish bag compared to her ladylike and restrained Birkin and Kelly sisters, it makes a great AM to PM arm companion.
When you carry a Birkin, people automatically sit up and notice. The bag is instantly and globally recognised as a symbol of status, wealth and distinction. It’s no wonder many A-listers, First Ladies, celebrities and fashionistas favour it as an arm companion. A completely handmade bag, only one artisan works on it, from start to finish. But not every artisan hired by the company gets to work on the Birkins or Kellys - the ones who do are required to undergo three to four years of training before they can work on them.
The Kelly handbag is one of the most elegant and distinctive of bags in the world. Often seen in the arms of royalty, celebrities and the well-heeled, it is a mark of sophistication. Like the Birkin, it is rare and exclusive. Originally coined the Sac a Depeches, it only got its popular Kelly namesake years after the Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly, threw it into limelight. Using the bag to shield her baby bump from the paparazzi, it landed the bag on the front pages of magazines and newspapers, thus gaining it instant fame.
The ultimate arm candy and status symbol for distinguished ladies, the Birkin has received more TV-attention than any other bag in history. It counts in its stable of fans, First Ladies, A-listers, celebrities and fashionistas.
Relaxed elegance is what how we would describe the Kelly Retourne. It’s a bag made famous by the late American actress turned Monegasque royalty, when she used the Sac à dépêches (what the Kelly was known as before) to hide her royal bump. But its history dates even further back to the turn of the 20th century since the Sac à dépêches is based on a larger bag called the Haut a courroies, a bag intended for transporting riding saddles.
Good things comes to those who wait, and that is particularly true when talking about an Hermes Kelly bag. Many years of training is required of a craftsman before he is able to work on one. When he does, he creates the bag from start to finish, making each an individual work of art. Don’t count on buying a Kelly off the shelves at the Hermes boutique, such is its rarity and exclusivity. Our featured Kelly Retourne is crafted from Clemence leather, a classic Hermes leather that has been regularly used since the 1980s. The characteristic of the leather is its durability, and pliancy, which is ideal for the slouchier look of the Kelly Retourne. Even when a Clemence leather bag’s edges get scuffed, it can be easily restored. The distinctive flat-grain of the leather also results in its matte finish.
A rare and limited-edition tri-coloured piece, this Birkin 30 sports the beautiful combination of colours, Etoupe, Rose Jaipur and Argile (a beige) with matte silver hardware. Straying away from the usual single, and solid coloured Birkins, this piece is definitely a special piece that deserves a place in your collection.
Made for the younger Hermes fans, the Lindy bag is casual yet still has an elegant bearing. A versatile bag, it can be worn as a tote or a shoulder bag, on the arm or shoulder, and its silhouette adapts to how much you pack into it. It looks slouchy when it is less filled, and more boxy when you fill it up.