Hermès

Bags and Accessories

Hermès

Bags and Accessories

Hermès is one of the most iconic luxury brands. For well over a century the house of Hermès has produced the most coveted handcrafted accessories and served as a shining example of possibilities for all other aspiring luxury brands. While Hermès offers a plethora of products in recent years the brand has become synonymous with two handbags: the Kelly and Birkin are two of the world’s most beloved and desired handbags.

A Hermès collector's mission to find the perfect Birkin is a world-wide phenomenon that is here to stay. Reportedly named after the actress Jane Birkin, the highly coveted luxury handbag is must-have among celebrities, stylists, and bloggers. Handcrafted from the finest materials available, from leathers to exotics, the Birkin is distinguished by its ease of use, extremely limited supply, and ability to hold its value for generations.

Our Must-Know Tips

There are a few details to consider when buying a Birkin. Whether you are buying as a collector or a first-time purchaser, here are our helpful tips for finding the perfect Birkin for you.

Color

First and foremost is color. Hermes’ specific colors make their bags the perfect collectibles, as similar yet slightly different hues can command very different values on the second hand market. This is based largely on the differing quantities in which they were made. For a serious collector, rarer colors such 5P Pink, Ultraviolet, or Kiwi can be seen as ‘Holy Grails’ and are very difficult to find, whereas similar counterparts such as Rose Confetti, Iris, and Vert Cru can be found for much more reasonable price points.

Size

Another thing to consider is the size. Standard Birkins come in 25cm, 30cm, 35cm and 40cm sizes, though there are also variations such as Mini Birkins, 50cm Travel Birkins, 42cm JPG Shoulder Birkins, and 45cm Long-Handle Birkins. The 35cm size is the most common and is widely considered the most classic and iconic.

Material

Birkins come in a number of different materials ranging from various leathers to exotic skins such as Lizard, Ostrich, and Crocodile. Choosing just the right material is crucial to buying a Birkin. Stiffer leathers such as Epsom or Chevre have a very different effect, and wear in a very different way than softer leathers such as Clemence, Togo, or Swift. If an exotic bag is in the cards, there is an obvious hierarchy between the skins, with Porosus Crocodile at the top.

Condition

One of the most important aspects to consider when buying on the second-hand market is condition. It is crucial to inspect a bag before buying, so that you are aware of any potential damage or signs of use. While many pre-owned Birkins are kept in pristine condition, bags that show some use can be a great value for someone looking to purchase a piece and actually use it.

Limited Supply

Buyers spend years trying to buy Birkins retail from a Hermès boutique, meanwhile there is no guarantee of ever landing one. While no one truly knows what goes on behind closed doors, the reality is that the Birkin remains elusive to the majority of shoppers. If you're really interested in buying a Birkin and you don't mind some gentle use while still being in great condition, an auction might be the best option for you.

The Benefits of Buying at Auction

Other than the reassurance of an expert authentication, price can become a major selling point for purchasing your Birkin through an auction house. Buying at auction allows you to pay a true market value price for your luxury accessories.

Heritage offers thousands of top tier items every year that range in value. They include Weekly Online Auctions, Signature Live Auctions, a set price Luxury Boutique, and partnerships with Barneys New York and Moda Operandi. Heritage Luxury is a white glove service whose mission is to find you the exact bag you have been dreaming of. With the help of Heritage Auctions, you may soon be on your way to owing your very own Birkin.

 

Hermès Bags and Accessories Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
Hermes 32cm Brick Calf Box Leather Retourne Kelly Bag with Gold Hardware Y Circle, 1995 Very Good Condition 12
Hermes 32cm Brick Calf Box Leather Retourne Kelly Bag with Gold HardwareY Circle, 1995Very Good Condition12....
Lot 58186
Auction 5257
Thursday, December 8, 2016
$5,000.00
Hermes 35cm Havane Evergrain Leather Birkin Bag with Gold Hardware B Square, 1998 Very Good Condition 14" Width x 1...
Hermes 35cm Havane Evergrain Leather Birkin Bag with Gold HardwareB Square, 1998Very Good Condition14" Width x 10" H...
Lot 58321
Auction 5257
Thursday, December 8, 2016
$5,000.00
Hermes 35cm Pelouse Swift Leather Birkin Bag with Palladium Hardware M Square, 2009 Very Good Condition 14" Wid
Hermes 35cm Pelouse Swift Leather Birkin Bag with Palladium HardwareM Square, 2009Very Good Condition14" Wid...
Lot 58144
Auction 5306
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
$5,000.00
Hermes 35cm Orange H Gulliver Leather Retourne Kelly Bag with Gold Hardware Very Good Condition 14" Width x 10"...
Hermes 35cm Orange H Gulliver Leather Retourne Kelly Bag with Gold Hardware Very Good Condition 14" Width x 10" He...
Lot 58394
Auction 5233
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
$4,875.00
Hermes 32cm Black Calf Box Leather Retourne Kelly Bag with Gold Hardware
Hermes 32cm Black Calf Box Leather Retourne Kelly Bag with Gold Hardware ...
Lot 56106
Auction 5179
Monday, April 28, 2014
$4,843.75

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PLEASE NOTE: All prices realized reflect the final hammer price PLUS the buyer's premium in auctions that charge a buyer's premium. Each item has a notation at the top of the listing indicating whether that lot included a buyer's premium. All information listed is intended to be as accurate as possible, but errors are possible. Please use this guide carefully and inform us of any inaccuracies.



Buy Hermès Bags and Accessories at Auction

ItemCurrent Bid
Hermes 35cm Shiny Orange H Porosus Crocodile Birkin Bag with Palladium Hardware K Square, 2007
Hermes 35cm Shiny Orange H Porosus Crocodile Birkin Bag with Palladium Hardware K Square, 2007
Inventory 902652001
$31,250.00
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Hermes 32cm Cognac Ostrich HAC Birkin Bag with Gold Hardware F Square, 2002  Very Good Condit
Hermes 32cm Cognac Ostrich HAC Birkin Bag with Gold Hardware F Square, 2002 Very Good Condit
Inventory 902651001
$16,250.00
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Hermes Rouge H Calf Box Leather Egee Clutch Bag with Palladium Hardware P Square, 2012  Good
Hermes Rouge H Calf Box Leather Egee Clutch Bag with Palladium Hardware P Square, 2012 Good
Inventory 902649001
$3,125.00
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Hermes 35cm Gris Tourterelle Ostrich Birkin Bag with Palladium Hardware H Square, 2004  Very
Hermes 35cm Gris Tourterelle Ostrich Birkin Bag with Palladium Hardware H Square, 2004 Very
Inventory 902623001
$20,000.00
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Hermes 29cm Black Tadelakt Leather Medor Clutch Bag with Palladium Hardware L Square, 2008  V
Hermes 29cm Black Tadelakt Leather Medor Clutch Bag with Palladium Hardware L Square, 2008 V
Inventory 902600001
$5,000.00
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