F estive parties, New Year’s galas, fabulous family functions – the holidays offer plenty of occasions to look your best. Here, Sotheby’s Global Head of Handbags and Accessories, Morgane Halimi, offers her tips on gifting the most stylish and sophisticated essentials for yourself or your fashion-forward friends.
Cozying Up for Winter
“The coziest materials are long-lasting and authentic – which means winter is the season of Hermès. Many of their iconic scarves are made of Scottish cashmere. For the home, look into French porcelain from L’École Hermès des savoir-faire. These trendy pieces are individually signed by the artists, and gold is applied directly by hand in the atelier.”
Charming Stocking Stuffers
“An Hèrmes bag is so classic, but they’re great for customizing too. Many of the house’s accessories have received icon status in their own right, making them a perfect way to customize your Birkin, Kelly or other bag. Vintage Chanel jewelry is always fashionable as well, with many pieces coming in affordably under $5,000.”
Bold Statement Bags
“We always have a wonderful selection of colorful and exotic bags to show off your individual style. The Hermès White Matte Niloticus Crocodile Himalaya Birkin 30 Palladium Hardware is one of the most exclusive Birkins around, while the Caban Swift and Bleu Saphir Côte à Côte Tuffetage Birkin 25 Gold Hardware is truly a masterpiece thanks to its innovative and delicate tufting technique. Mini Kellys and bags in unique colors, like this Vert D’eau Matte Alligator Birkin and this Rose Sakura Swift Birkin, are always stylish. Just be sure to check that each bag will ship to your country.”
“Chanel and Hermès are again great for cocktail attire. The newly released Shadow Birkin clutch is a daring evolution of Jean Paul Gaultier’s ingenuity and vision with a streamlined silhouette, making it both a chic evening accessory and a statement piece. While this Ivory Canvas Iridescent Sequin Mini Flap Bag Gold Hardware by Chanel is studded in sequins – perfect for a night on the town.”