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.