Hermès is a traditional French fashion house and family business that was founded in Paris in 1837. Starting with the manufacture of saddles and bridles for horses, the company has developed over time into one of the most exclusive manufacturers of fashion, handbags and accessories.…
Nonetheless, they have always remained true to their roots and the unique craftsmanship is the basis of Hermes' identity. High-quality equestrian products will continue to be offered. The brand stands for the finest materials, the highest quality, creative freedom and sustainable entrepreneurial work. The glitter of glamor comes mainly from the two most prominent handbags on offer: the Kelly Bag and the Birkin Bag.
The origin of the Kelly Bag lies in one of the first handbags from Hermès, which was launched in 1936 under the name “Petit Sac Haut à Courroies”. At first the bag was only moderately successful, but that changed suddenly in 1956 when the famous actress and later Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly was photographed with such a bag on the day of her engagement. The pioneer of this unique love affair was none other than Alfred Hitchcok, in whose classic "To Catch a Thief" the actress wears Hermès accessories. The name Grace Kelly was associated with the bag for eternity and Hermès immediately renamed the bag the Kelly Bag.
Legend has it that the then President of Hermès, Jean-Louis Dumas, helped the famous actress Jane Birkin to collect the contents of her bag on a flight from Paris to London. With her wish for a stylish leather bag for the weekend, which offers enough space, she met with open ears at Dumas. The first design is said to have been created on a napkin on the plane. Each model produced is a custom-made product, and due to the complex production process, long waiting times have become standard. Hermes has made a conscious decision against expanding production or outsourcing it to low-wage countries. This scarcity causes demand to rise even further, which drives up prices. They are now even considered an alternative investment.
You can recognize an original bag from the Hermes brand by these features.
The Hermès brand sources the highest quality leather from all over the world. Some of the leather used is exotic, such as ostrich or crocodile. The latter sometimes even has to dry out over many years until it can be processed or processed for the first time. Thanks to the high-quality leather, every Hermès bag has an impressive weight and a wonderful leather scent. The inner workings of a Birkin, Kelly, Evelyne, Constance are always made of leather. Only a few Hermès models have the inside made of fabric. "Kelly", "Birkin", "Constance", "Bolide", "Evelyne", "Kelly Herbag" etc. are ALWAYS made of leather, never of textile fabric. However, there are also bags (e.g. "Victoria") with a fabric lining.
At Hermès, too, it is important that the seams are perfectly symmetrical and have a very high quality finish or sewn. The stitch length / thread height is always identical. At Hermès and all other brands, counterfeits have unsightly and poorly processed seams. Hermès bags also use a single color for all seams on the bag. The thread itself is always sewn at a slight angle and never runs in a straight line!
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A Birkin or Kelly bag maintains its rigid shape even when the bag is put down. Other models, such as an “Evelyne bag”, do not stand at all but collapse.
The mass of the Birkin Bag:
The mass of the Kelly Bag:
A Hermès Birkin / Kelly bag always has the brand logo (Hermès Paris Made in France ”) on the front and a stamp on the back of the flap. The stamps are always pressed in and provide information on when the bag was made and what material was used. The Hermès logo of an original handbag is always located directly under the seam. The hot stamping on the back of the flap gives a lot of clues as to its originality. This consists of a letter from A to Z and a circle, a square or no additional shape. There is also an identification number and - if available - an indicator of exotic leather (eg “-“ for lizard).
We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions about Hermès second-hand handbags and our answers to them.
Yes, an Evelyne bag is available in the sizes TMP (16 cm), PM (29 cm), GM (33 cm) and TGM (40 cm)
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