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 35cm Black Calf Box Leather Sellier Kelly Bag with Gold Hardware W Circle, 1993 Excellent Condition 14"
Hermes 35cm Black Calf Box Leather Sellier Kelly Bag with Gold HardwareW Circle, 1993Excellent Condition14" ...
Lot 58315
Auction 5244
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
$8,125.00
Hermes 40cm Black Ardennes Leather Birkin Bag with Gold Hardware X Circle, 1994 Very Good Condition 15.5" Width
Hermes 40cm Black Ardennes Leather Birkin Bag with Gold HardwareX Circle, 1994Very Good Condition15.5" Width...
Lot 58179
Auction 5313
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
$8,125.00
Hermes Limited Edition 32cm Ebene Evercalf & Jumping Canvas HAC Birkin Bag with Palladium Hardware
Hermes Limited Edition 32cm Ebene Evercalf & Jumping Canvas HAC Birkin Bag with Palladium Hardware...
Lot 56084
Auction 5179
Monday, April 28, 2014
$8,125.00
Hermes 35cm Vert Bengale Swift Leather Birkin Bag with Palladium Hardware
Hermes 35cm Vert Bengale Swift Leather Birkin Bag with Palladium Hardware...
Lot 56173
Auction 5179
Monday, April 28, 2014
$8,125.00
Hermes 32cm Raisin Chevre Mysore Leather Retourne Kelly Bag with Palladium Hardware L Square, 2008 Excellent Condition...
Hermes 32cm Raisin Chevre Mysore Leather Retourne Kelly Bag with Palladium HardwareL Square, 2008Excellent Condition...
Lot 58228
Auction 5249
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
$8,125.00

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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

ItemCurrent Bid or Price
Hermes Jaune Poussin Swift Leather Kelly Cut Clutch Bag with Palladium Hardware T, 2015  Cond
Hermes Jaune Poussin Swift Leather Kelly Cut Clutch Bag with Palladium Hardware T, 2015 Cond
Inventory 17188002
$7,500.00
Hermes Rouge Tomate Swift Leather Kelly Pochette Bag with Palladium Hardware X, 2016  Pristin
Hermes Rouge Tomate Swift Leather Kelly Pochette Bag with Palladium Hardware X, 2016 Pristin
Inventory 133424001
$8,800.00
Hermes 30cm Flamingo Epsom Leather Birkin Bag with Palladium Hardware Q Square, 2013  Conditi
Hermes 30cm Flamingo Epsom Leather Birkin Bag with Palladium Hardware Q Square, 2013 Conditi
Inventory 401688021
$12,500.00
Hermes 35cm Rouge Casaque Epsom Leather Sellier Kelly Bag with Gold Hardware Q Square, 2013
Hermes 35cm Rouge Casaque Epsom Leather Sellier Kelly Bag with Gold Hardware Q Square, 2013
Inventory 901962003
$14,000.00
Hermes Limited Edition 35cm Gold & Geranium Togo Leather Verso Birkin Bag with Gold Hardware X, 2016
Hermes Limited Edition 35cm Gold & Geranium Togo Leather Verso Birkin Bag with Gold Hardware X, 2016
Inventory 902408001
$21,000.00

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