Handbags & Accessories

The Enduring Style of Hermès

By Mason Howell
Shop exotic Hermes bags in ostrich, lizard, alligator and crocodile. All available for immediate purchase.

In our era of fast consumption and brand overload, Hermès stands the test of time. The savoir-faire of the maison founded in Paris by Thierry Hermès as a saddlery maker for French noblemen in 1837 is unparalleled.

T he Birkin and Kelly bag remain icons – these are handbags designed with beauty and utility in mind fashioned in the finest leathers, hand-stitched, lined and finished with metal hardware. There’s an infinite variety as the house continues to offer bespoke services and rare one off variations. Since the 1950s, the Duc carriage with a horse has remained the iconic logo.

The crocodile Birkin is a special piece to add any collection. The Hermes Birkin 35 in Shiny Amethyst Porosus Crocodile with Palladium Hardware is a rare and special bag. The surface gleams like a gem and subtly toned palladium hardware is an incredible example of craftsmanship.

For lovers of ostrich leather, a Rouge VIF Birkin 30 with gold hardware will prove a real draw year round.

This season, fashion with a new found taste for sartorial serenity has turned to embrace all shades of beige. At Hermès, those calming tones have always been a forte. Find a perfect Kelly in the house’s famous ‘etoupe’ shade – a warm hue that can lean towards the grey or brown – and compliments everything you might be wearing.

If you can't decide on one color, seek out a Hermes Special Order Kelly bag. The rare tri colour Kelly 32 in gold, brown and ebony is great for every day and will compliment many styles. For the gentleman, a "sac a depeches" briefcase from 1990 will add a formal touch to our daily commute.

A Kelly or a Birkin is a rite of passage in a woman’s life - each piece is handmade in the atelier by exceptionally skilled craftsmen using the finest, sustainably sourced leathers. The pleasure passes from owner to owner.

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