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BIRKIN


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Probably the world’s most recognised it-bag, the Hermès BIRKIN was originally created for 80’s model and singer Jane Birkin. Miss Birkin was travelling on a flight from Paris to London when her personal belongings fell out of her straw bag, in full view of then-chairman of Hermès Jean-Louis Dumas, who was seated next to her.

In 1984, Dumas created a black, supple leather bag from an 1892 design for the model, naming it ‘Birkin’ eponymously. Till today, each modern Birkin is handmade one bag at a time by an artisan who leaves his own stamp on the arm of the bag.

The Birkin comes in six sizes – measuring 25cm, 30cm, 35cm, 40cm, 45cm, 50cm and 55cm in width.



SHOULDER BIRKIN

SHOULDER BIRKIN

Jean Paul Gaultier makes waves, that's what he does.

At the height of the Birkin’s popularity, the reigning designer in the Spring/Summer 2005 innovated and unveiled the Shoulder Birkin. Sporting a shorter but wider body and extra-long handles (at almost 6 inches), the Shoulder Birkin was a runaway hit with its easy-to-carry dimensions.

KELLY


Kelly

Originally the Sac à dépêche, the Kelly Bag was renamed after Grace Kelly in 1977, after the bag shot to fame being photographed on her arm. Being newly married to Prince Rainier III, Princess Kelly had attempted to hide her pregnancy from papparazi by shielding her growing belly with her Sac à dépêche. The rest, as they say, is history.

There are two types of Kelly bag – the Kelly Sellier, made from harder leathers like Epsom and Box; and the Kelly Retourne, which has a softer look and feel, as though it has been turned inside out.

The Kelly comes in five sizes, the smallest being 28cm, followed by 32cm, 35cm, 40cm and 50cm. The most popular sizes are the 28cm and the 32cm.



KELLY CUT

The Kelly Cut, also known as the Kelly Pochette, is a clutch based on the Kelly bag.



KELLY MINI POCHETTE

The Kelly Mini Pochette, or sometimes called the Mini Kelly, is also based on the Kelly Bag, just slightly shorter in width than the Kelly Pochette.

ACCESSORIES


COLLIER DE CHIEN (CDC)

COLLIER DE CHIEN (CDC)

The most coveted bracelet from Hermès, the Collier de Chien Bracelet or ‘CDC’ derived its name from its original client - a bulldog. Created as a dog collar, the Collier the Chien was then introduced as a belt in 1927 and later as a bracelet in the 1940s. Sporting signature turn lock closure and studded hardware the Collier de Chien comes in gold and palladium, a variety of leather and two sizes for men and women respectively.

Small for Men measures 2.75″ in diameter and Large for Men is 3″; Small for Women is 2.25″ in diameter, and Large for Women is 2.5″.



KELLY

KELLY

The Hermès Kelly bracelets and cuffs live up to the Kelly name in class and prestige.

The Kelly Dog is a chunky cuff about 5cm in width and comes in palladium, gold or permabrass hardware plaque. It is available in S for women and L for men.

The Kelly Dog Extreme was later introduced with studs on the hardware.



SCARF

SCARF

Following its introduction in 1937, the scarf or carré quickly became a ubiquitous accessory in French culture. Today, it is said that in every 25 seconds, an Hermes scarf is being sold somewhere in the world.

Using the finest of silks individually screen-printed with vivacious designs, each scarf has its own story woven into it by its designer. The scarves’ one-of-a-kind motifs are attributed to Hermès’ diverse guild of freelance artists from Polish to Japanese, postal room worker to fine artist. With the only rules being “No blood, No sex.” the scarf designs are inspired by everyday wonders seen through the eyes of their creator.

Hermes scarves come in three sizes

70CM SCARVES

90CM SCARVES

140CM SCARVES



TWILLY

TWILLY

Printed in the artistic tradition of a twill scarf, Hermès Twilly are longer and narrower then the scarf and stitched on both sides like a tie. The Twilly appeal is obvious as this piece of accessory can be worn around the neck, on your wrist, as a belt or tied to a bag handle.

Cordages
Silk twilly, 32'' x 2''

Grande Tenue
Hermes silk twilly, 32'' x 2''

Hermes Sport
Hermes silk twilly, 32'' x 2''

Les Flots du Cheval
Hermes silk twilly, 32'' x 2''



BELTS

BELTS

Fonsbelle 2
Basic leather belt with dual clasp

Etriviere 32
Classic belt for men and women for executive chic

Figure
A casual belt for men and women bearing the famous ‘H’

Capri
Made from Hermes silk ties with interchangeable buckles, Capri comes in sets of two

Equinoxe
Unisex wool belt for preppy days



SMALL LEATHER GOODS

SMALL LEATHER GOODS

Wallets come in full leather options like the Bearn, or leather and silk combinations like the Silk'In.

OTHER STYLE


Garden Party

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Garden Party

The Garden Party is a tote that is roomy and durable, the perfect day bag for casual use. Available in full leather, or canvas trimmed with leather, the Garden Party comes in three sizes, Small (30cm), Medium (36cm) and Large (49cm).

Lindy

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Lindy

Lindy is a slouchy, convertible bag that can be worn as a shoulder bag or doubled over and carried by its handles. Its versatility makes it a modern favourite with three sizes to choose from - Lindy26, Lindy30 and Lindy34.

Victoria

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Victoria

Victoria is a boxy tote with extra long handles (17cm) which you can carry on the arm or over the shoulders. The Victoria comes with zippers and lock and key closure.

Evelyne

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Evelyne

The Hermès Evelyne was originally designed to carry grooming equipment, and named after Evelyne Bertrand, the then-head of Hermès’ riding department. Evelyne comes in four sizes- TPM, PM, GM and TGM.

So Kelly

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So Kelly

So Kelly is the shoulder version of the Kelly with a narrower body and adjustable straps, available in sizes 22cm and 26cm.

Jige

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Jige

The Hermès Jige clutch bag is a classic shape that has been around for years, updated seasonally with fresh hues and trim to keep the fans coming back. A simple, flat clutch with a “H” logo closure, the Jige comes in five sizes – Mini, PM, GM, Elan 28 and Elan 35.

Double Sens

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Double Sens

The Double Sens is a simple, reversible tote or shopper that can be used everyday. Made of Clemence, Sikkim and Croco Chiffon, this lightweight bag is available in three sizes 36cm, 45cm and Maxi.

Steve

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Steve

Steve is a modern, ultra-light bag with two slip-in straps for the flap closure. It is available in messenger (35cm) and travel (45cm).

HISTORY


  • 1837
  • Although ‘Hermes’ is more widely known in Greek mythology as the God of merchants and travellers, the house of Hermès got its name from founder Thierry Hermès, who in 1837 opened the doors to his harness shop at Grands Boulevards in Paris.

    Creating harnesses and bridles for the equestrian fraternity, his precision and exceptional saddlestitch on fine leather soon became the envy of European noblemen and royalty.
  • Thierry Hermes
  • 1920s
  • In 1922, the first leather handbag was created upon the request of Mrs. Emile-Maurice.

    The first Hermès clothing collection was also created in the 1920s. Having secured the European patent for the zipper of 'Hermès Fastener' as it was called. Hermès' first piece of clothing was a zippered leather jacket for the Prince of Wales.
  • Hermes 1923 The 1920s are also the Hermès -Frere years, when the house was renamed under the leadership of Adolphe and Emile-Maurice Hermès.
  • 1935
  • Sac à dépêches (see Kelly, 1956)
  • Sacadepeche Luxist
  • 1937
  • The first ever silk scarf- Jeu des Omnibus et Dames Blanches- was introduced
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  • 1943-44
  • “Le Duc” – The hooked duke and the groom-in-waiting insignia made its first appearance on Hermès products, perfectly embodying the allure of travel and the art of waiting.

    Introduced by Emile-Maurice in the World War II era as a time-stamp and tribute to Hermès' past
  • logo hermes paris
  • 1956
  • ‘That photograph’ and the emergence of ‘The Kelly’
  • grace kelly bag bliss
  • 1980
  • When tableware became all the rage
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  • 1984
  • A Birkin for Jane Birkin

    Known today as the iconic bestseller of the House of Hermes, the Birkin was first created by Jean-Louis Dumas for actress Jane Birkin.
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  • 2000
  • Jean Paul-Gaultier as Creative Head

    Jean Paul Gaultier was appointed creative head at Hermes from 2003 to 2010, introducing the Shoulder Birkin and the Jypsiere during his time there – both bold innovations on the iconic Birkin.
  • Jean Paul Gaultier
  • 2010
  • Bye-bye waiting list

    Prior to 2010, the infamous “Birkin waiting listhad customers waiting for three years for their bags. Reports began to surface that there was no such thing as a waiting list, and the handmade nature of the bags meant that it took a long time to produce and go-to-market.
  • In 2010, an Hermes boutique in the US put the matter to rest: “No waiting list, just walk in and get yours”.

COLOR


The world of Hermes is a world full of colour with an extensive palette of options to pick from. Hermes bags come in many different hues, with new ones introduced seasonally. To find your perfect Hermes, just pair the right leather with the right colour!



BLACKS, GREYS & WHITES

BLACKS, GREYS & WHITES

BLUES

BLUES

BROWNS & YELLOWS

BROWNS & YELLOWS

GREENS

GREENS

REDS & ORANGES

REDS & ORANGES

PINKS & PURPLES

PINKS & PURPLES

LEATHERS


Emile-Maurice Hermès once summed up the brand’s philosophy as "Leather, sport, and a tradition of refined elegance." Undoubtedly, the quality of their skins is of utmost importance to the makers at Hermès.

Porosus Crocodile, Niloticus Crocodile, Alligator, Ostrich and Lizard are some of the names of the exotic skins used. But what is a Togo, Clemence or Epsom? Learn all about Hermès’ array of leather with our leather guide below.

TOGO

TOGO

Togo is the most popular leather used by Hermès, made of male calf leather with a soft pebbled finish. It is used for a wide range of Hermes products as it is anti-scratch and holds its shape well.

CLEMENCE

CLEMENCE

Originally called the Mu, Clemence is very similar to the Togo but with wider grains and softer texture. Made from the hide of a young bull, Clemence is slightly slouchy, textured and scratch resistant.

EPSOM

EPSOM

Epsom is a ridged leather that is sturdy yet lightweight. Known for its fine press, Epsom sports a waterproof finish and is ideal for structured bags.

SWIFT

SWIFT

This leather has fair softness and smoothness with very fine grain. More delicate than Togo and Clemence, the Swift leather tends to tarnish easily but is just as easily wiped clean. The leather absorbs dye very well, giving the products superb colouring.

BOX

BOX

Named after English shoe craftsman Joseph Box, this calf-leather appears frequently on vintage pieces like the Kelly. Made of calf-leather polished over to create a rich, smooth finish, it is the oldest type of Hermes leather, with rich lustre that develops over time.

FJORD

FJORD

Made from an older cow hide, the Fjord is rigid and heavy, suitable for casual use. Its soft, matte texture makes it the perfect material for outdoor bags like the Garden Party, with high water-resistance as an added bonus.



EXOTIC SKINS


POROSUS CROCODILE (SHINY)

POROSUS CROCODILE (SHINY)

POROSUS CROCODILE (MATTE)

POROSUS CROCODILE (MATTE)

Porosus Crocodile is a saltwater crocodile native to Australia and the Southeast Asian region. Bred on farms in Queensland, Australia, the Porosus Crocodile have smaller, more even scales than the Niloticus. Like human fingerprints, each crocodile’s scales have a unique grain pattern, adding value and exclusivity to its product. The Porosus Crocodile leather comes in shiny and matte finish and is identified with a circumflex (^) marking stamped near the Hermes logo. hermes leather Matte Porosus Croco

NILOTICUS CROCODILE (LISSE)

NILOTICUS CROCODILE (LISSE)

NILOTICUS CROCODILE (MAT)

NILOTICUS CROCODILE (MAT)

The Niloticus, meaning native to the River Nile, is an African saltwater crocodile farmed in Zimbabwe, and have larger scale patterns than the Porosus variety. The Niloticus crocodile also comes in shiny and matte and is identified with an umlaut (¨) symbol stamped near the Hermès mark.

Togo

ALLIGATOR (MATTE)

The Alligator is farmed in the United States and is generally softer and more supple than crocodile leather. It also does not have small pits at the edge of the scales like those than appear on crocodile leather. The Alligator is available in Matte finish and is marked with a ‘□’ near the Hermès logo.

OSTRICH

OSTRICH

The Ostrich’s distinguishing feature lies in the polka dot effect of the quill marks from where the ostrich feathers were plucked. Farmed in South Africa, the Hermes Ostrich is rare and only available to a selected clientele.

LIZARD

LIZARD

Lizard leather originates mainly from Southeast Asia, known for its small, lined tiles and shiny finish. It is a delicate leather that needs maintenance to keep the scales from drying out. Lizard is available in Shiny and Matte finish. Lizard is marked with a ‘-‘ at the Hermès logo stamp.

HARDWARE


Hermès hardware is iconic and distinctive. Metallic finishes such as the lock, key, buckle or studs add prestige to the Hermès leather. Hermès hardware is usually in gold or palladium and in rare instances black, permabrass, brushed silver and platinum and diamonds.

Porosus Crocodile, Niloticus Crocodile, Alligator, Ostrich and Lizard are some of the names of the exotic skins used. But what is a Togo, Clemence or Epsom? Learn all about Hermès’ array of leather with our leather guide below.



Palladium

Palladium

Gold

Gold

Black

Black

Permabrass

Permabrass

AUTHENTICITY AND MARKINGS


As with most investments, owning Hermès comes with a risk-factor. Being one of the most replicated luxury brands in the world, the authenticity of an Hermès bag is often brought into question. Fret not, this risk can be mitigated with a little bit of research and intuition.

SKYYE guarantees the authenticity of all Hermes products sold on our site. Hermès products follow a quality standard that is consistent throughout its inventory, so when in doubt, just run through the simple checklist below:

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LEATHER

LEATHER

Hermes leather must feel luxurious and be able to hold its shape. Exotic skins will come with a CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) permit with a marking at the HERMES logo to indicate the type of skin used.

PACKAGING

PACKAGING

Hermes products come in beige / light brown Herringbone toile dust bags or in older versions, orange flannel. Authentic Hermes packaging does not include plastic wraps, leather tags or authenticity cards.

MARKINGS

MARKINGS

The Hermès logo bears the è accent and should be evenly stamped, either in silver or gold. Logo will read ‘Hermès Paris. Made in France’. Other markings include the year of production and artisan’s code on a bag’s inner sangles.


HARDWARE

HARDWARE

The Hermes hardware should not tarnish or peel away. The lock and key is engraved with the Hermes mark and serialised with matching numbers. Feet studs should be evenly placed so that the bag does not tilt or wobble when placed upright.

OTHER FINISHING

OTHER FINISHING

Zippers should feel smooth with its leather tag parallel to zipper tracks. Hermes stitching is that of the finest quality, usually slanting to one side and usually in a matching shade to its leather.


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