A collectible piece from the unforgettable Resort 2013 collection shown that year at the palace of Versailles. This limited-edition gilded masterpiece is a rarity. The Classic flap in gold tweed is given pretty embellishment with mirrors embroidered on and gold hardware to complete its Midas opulence.
A woman who wears a Birkin on her arm is certainly confident that she is in good company. The bag holds clout amongst A-listers, First Ladies and celebrities.
Price Guide: USD$28,000 - USD$42,000
Another Hermes legendary favourite, the Bolide is a bag created in the 1920s with the purpose of automotive travel and transatlantic crossings in mind.
Price Guide: USD$6,200 - USD$7,200
Created in 1984 for English actress Jane Birkin to carry her daughter’s milk bottles and nappies, the Birkin has crossed over from being a utilitarian holdall to becoming one of the world’s most desired bags.
One of the most easily identifiable bags in the world, the Chanel Flap Bag is an evergreen beauty. Although the Flap Bag bears a similar iconic silhouette as its predecessor, the 2.55, the design maverick, Karl Lagerfeld, provided his creative impetus and introduced the Chanel Classic Handbag. Emblazoned with a new interlocking CC lock and fixed with leather woven straps, the new design proved a hit amongst fashionistas and led to many different colour and material variations in the ensuing years. Chanel handbags with the classic designs have since been recognised as great investment pieces.
Created back in 1964, the Garden Party tote gets its namesake from being a gardening bag. This dual-handled, functional tote has a simple classic silhouette that hasn’t changed much over time.
Estimate: USD$2,600 - USD$3,600
When it comes to the Birkin, there are no shortage of A-listers and celebrities who covet it. Pop star turned designer Victoria Posh Beckham is said to have nearly 100 of this desirable arm candy worth more than two million dollars altogether, in her closet. From Lady Gaga to J Lo to royal in-law Pipa Middleton, the Birkin has become the iconic arm companion for the stylish and the well-heeled.
A bag that made its debut in Fall/Winter 2014 during Nicolas Ghesquiere’s first collection for Louis Vuitton as the brand’s creative director, it was also his first bag for the French maison.
Price Guide: USD$2,500 - USD$5,000
Effortless, relaxed glamour – the Lindy is a soft bag but no slouch in the looks department. The casual chic roomy bag can be carried two ways.
The Boy Chanel Handbag is another Karl Lagerfeld legacy that has boyish charm, utilitarian appeal and is considered a modernised version of Chanel’s Classic Handbag. It made a splash when it was introduced during Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2012 Collection and since then, has assumed its iconic ranking alongside the Classic handbag and 2.55. The bag drew inspiration from cartridge bags, which were used for hunting, and sports a wider, antique-looking hardware unlike the shiny clasp of the Classic handbag. Wear it as a crossbody or slung from the shoulder, the Boy Chanel Handbag has a youthful vibe and is a versatile wardrobe player - ideal for dress-down chic, yet smart enough to show for formal dos.
Understated elegance best describes the Jige, the distinctive envelope clutch with its iconc H logo that doubles up as its clasp. Minimalists will love this grab-and-go accessory that is fuss-free (there is no hardware on this model) and opens easily. It makes the perfect stylish carrier for AM to PM casual dos and weekends. This new piece is made from buttery smooth swift leather and comes in a vibrant and popular blue shade, called Bleu Electrique. It was purchased in France in 2017 and has never been worn. It comes with its box, dust bag and original receipt.
At first glance, the Kelly Retourne and the Kelly Sellier look like identical twins. But there are differences that make each bag unique. It has largely to do with how they are made.
Estimate: USD$9,500 - USD$12,500
This bag would be known as the Evelyne, and today it is one of the popular bag models by Hermes, coveted by women as a shoulder bag and even men because it is great travel companion.
Estimate: USD$2,700 - USD$3,700
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.
One of the most identifiable bags in the world, the Constance is a classic in every sense of the word. With its history stretching back to the 1960s, the Constance’s design is still a hot favourite amongst modern day fashionistas today.
This Hermes Lindy is in rouge casaque (the most popular red in the Hermes color chart) and comes with gold hardware. Gold hardware was introduced in Lindy bags in 2017 and became popular instantly. This bag is in clemence leather and was pruchased in 2018.
The brand’s signature V-cross motif features as a distinctive metallic piece, fitted with a transversal snap hook and functions as a closing system. Its two long handles are made of Toron leather, which allows the bag to be carried as a handbag or worn as a shoulder bag. With a roomy and spacious interior, the Kimono is surprisingly light - perfect to be used as an everyday bag.
There are many reasons why the Birkin is such a worthy investment. It is an exquisite handcrafted bag. Each bag is crafted by an Hermes master artisan, and it takes 48 hours to work on one bag. While all Birkins are covetable, the value and desirability of a Birkin is also influenced by what material, size or the colour of the bag. Some seasonal, discontinued or “rested” shades make Birkins like this beautiful purple arm candy in Iris togo leather, with palladium-plated hardware, more popular and highly sought-after.
With its ladylike elegance and distinguished austerity, it is easy to see why the Kelly has been given the nod by the posh set, and indeed it is a bag befitting of many formal dos. The most formal of the Kelly bags is the Sellier model with its sharp and rigid structure. Just as ladylike yet with a relaxed elegance is the Kelly Retourne. With its softer, curvier silhouette, it is the better choice if you’re looking to make it an everyday bag, or a travel companion, since its more generous structure allows you to pack more.
The Lindy bag certainly does not need an introduction. Is is one of the most popular models as far as bags from Hermès are concerned. Unlike the Hermes Birkin and Kellly bags, the lindy is casual. It appears squarish in size at first glance. It's short handles, and shoulder carry strap makes it an easy to dress up or down bag. The lindy has ample space with easy opening which lets you gain easy access. The 2 exterior slot pockets are useful for the mobile phone and cards.
One of the most identifiable bags in the world, the Kelly Retourne is a symbol of minimalist elegance. Deriving its name from the ‘To Catch a Thief’ star, Grace Kelly, the bag has a much storied history that stretches back to the 1930s.
Are you a Birkin or Kelly girl? Which do you pick? Well it all boils down to what kind of bag you’re looking for. A tote or a ladies’ purse.The former is a little casual glam, the other is more posh and ladylike. Then there is the easy access to contents that the handheld Birkin offers. But the Kelly does have a shoulder strap option to ease a heavy load nd if you’re the sort who worries about the contents of her bag spilling out or being pickpocketed, then the Kelly might make the better option.
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.
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.
The ultimate status symbol for the modern woman, the Birkin only cemented its position as the ‘It’ bag during the 90s and launched into iconic history after an appearance on the TV series ‘Sex and the City’.
Price Guide: USD$8,500 - USD$15,000
The Hermes Birkin is the ultimate in luxury bags. It is a bag whose sum of parts is greater than its whole - there is the understated elegance and the utilitarian functionality of the bag, the superior quality of materials used in its make, and the intricate artisanal workmanship that goes into the bag. Then there is the instant recognition of what the bag stands for: Prestige, sophistication and status.
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.
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.
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.
Think of flap bags and the French luxury fashion house’s Classic handbag springs to mind. A modern interpretation by Karl Lagerfeld of the original 2.55 shoulder bag by Gabriella Chanel, it is one of the best style investments a woman should make.
This prized limited-edition piece from 2005 sports the kaiser’s signature on the inside. In tweed and calfskin, it spots the famous double C twist-lock closure in silver, and the distinct woven silver chain is interlaced with white leather.
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.
Understated elegance best describes the Jige, the distinctive envelope clutch with its iconc H logo that doubles up as its clasp. Minimalists will love this grab-and-go accessory that is fuss-free (there is no hardware on this model) and opens easily. It makes the perfect stylish carrier for AM to PM casual dos and weekends.
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.
A much loved and timeless beauty, the Constance is a favourite sweetheart amongst Hermes faithfuls. Although it has garnered less media exposure than the Birkin or Kelly bag, it is still a popular bag 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.
It is a bag with an interesting history. A bag that is close to a century old, the Bolide made its appearance in 1923, and was the first carryall with a zippered compartment, unlike the bags of its time which had metallic clasps. This zip change stemmed from a discovery of Emile-Maurice Hermes (the grandson of founder Thierry Hermes)n while on his travels - a curious fastening on the cloth top of a car - and inspired him to incorporate it in his leather goods and suitcases. The Bolide would be the first of many bags that would feature the Eclair zip.
One of the most identifiable bags in the world, the Kelly Sellier is a symbol of minimalist elegance. Deriving its name from the ‘To Catch a Thief’ star, Grace Kelly, the bag has a much storied history that stretches back to the 1930s, when Robert Dumas, a member of the esteemed Hermes family created the Sac à dépêches, what the Kelly was known as originally.
The French luxury house has a strong equestrian tradition. No wonder then that Evelyne Bertrand, head of Hermes’ Riding Department, should create a carrier for horse grooming tools in 1978. True to the brand’s functional ethos, it was perforated on one side, so that sponges and brushes could air dry while on the move. This bag would be known as the Evelyne, and today it is one of the popular bag models by Hermes, coveted by women as a shoulder bag and even men because it is great travel companion.
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.
There is a mini craze over the 25cm Hermes Kelly bag. it is one of the smallest model in the kelly range. There are still two more sizes below the kelly 25 which is the Kelly 20 and the mini.This Kelly Sellier 25 in epsom leather is a dream bag in a popular neutral shade of blue - the bleu brighton. It comes complete with its strap, clochette, lock, keys, dustbag, rain protector, care care and original receipt.
It’s a bag that will take you far which is why you should not pass up on a Hermes Halzan when it becomes available. Launched back in 2014, this bag has quickly become a favourite of many fashionistas because it can be worn in so many ways. This makes it a great investment piece because you get much mileage from this stylish carrier, even more so when you travel and need to pack light.