5 Myths About the Hermès Birkin, Debunked

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NO OTHER DESIGNER BAG HAS AS MUCH LORE AROUND ITS ACQUISITION—OR AS MANY MISCONCEPTIONS

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Hermes, Givenchy, D&G and more here are the most expensive and lust worthy fall 2016 handbags

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Clothes may come and go but bags are for life! Long after your seasonal outfits have lost their fashion currency, your bags will remain a solid investment with their staying power. That’s why even experts are impressed by the way Birkins seem to double and triple in value over time. This season, smart shoppers should make a savvy style choice with a couple of investment bags instead of trendy outfits. But as you know “investment” is just another word for splurge! Purseblog’s Amanda Mull has put together a list of the season’s most expensive bags that will have you reaching for your credit card in no time. These bags are big on color and embellishments and swagger, not for the shrinking violets!

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Dolce & Gabbana Enchanted Clock Box Bag – USD$13000
With a fantasy clock motif, a snakeskin trim and a dreamy star pattern, this bag reminds us of a few of our favorite fairy tales. It comes with a leather lining, removable mirror and shiny gold hardware. A classic boxy shape and a top handle make this one of the prettiest bags of the season. Whether you wear it out for a magical day or an enchanted evening, this adorable accessory should be on your must-have list this fall. Purseblog named it the most expensive embellished bag of the season.
Buy here – Saksfifthavenue

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Fendi Peekaboo Large Calf Hair Satchel Bag – $7,250
Fendi’s second contribution to this list is their exquisite calf hair Peekaboo bag. This handbag style has an enduring appeal which is magnified by this design which uses dyed calfhair leather. The top handle bag features a rich brown leather lining to contrast with the multicolored exterior. It’s roomy 12″H x 16″W x 6″D dimensions means that you can fearlessly store all your essentials in here and still have space to stash some extras.
Buy here – Neimanmarcus

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Givenchy Python Antigona Bag – $9,150
We can’t get enough of this neo classic bag with its intriguing shape and its contrasting combination of exotic python, lizard, ayers, ostrich, crocodile, and goat skins. From the sleek structured shape to the palladium hardware and the top handles, everything about this bag screams “Boss”. We love the idea of this as a work bag for a lady in charge, but it’s also great for casual days out when you want your accessories to do the talking.
Buy here – Neimanmarcus

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Hermès Jypsiere Bag – $9,750
Hermès’ chic take on the messenger bag is available in a riot of colors. Red, blue, green burgundy, you name it and Hermès has got it. The front swivel clasp reminds us of other Hermès classics like the Kelly and Birkin, but this design is much more casual and fun. We also love the fact that this is a unisex bag that you can shamelessly steal from your boyfriend whenever the mood strikes!
Buy here – Hermes

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The Row Alligator Two for One 12 Bag – $42,000
The Olsen twins’ bags always seem completely exorbitant right up until you remember that Birkins can sell for millions at auction. This sunny yellow croc leather bag features flat alligator handles a detachable shoulder strap and even a small matching pouch. Wear it like the Olsens would, with a relaxed black maxi dress and oversized sunglasses.
Buy here – Barneys

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The Row Sling 15 Ostrich Leather Hobo Bag – $11,500
This ostrich hobo bag is already sold out at Neiman Marcus and it’s hardly a surprise. From the slouchy crescent shape to the shoulder strap with cutouts, there’s nothing we don’t love about this bohemian handbag. Its features include a supple leather trim, decorative tassels and gold tone hardware. This relaxed shape is usually more of a summer pick, but be rebellious (as the Olsens would be!) by pairing it with leather leggings and a chunky knit sweater.

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CATHERINE B: QUEEN OF VINTAGE CHANEL AND HERMES, PARIS

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By Chere Di Boscio

“So few people truly understand what I do,” sighs Catherine B whilst exhaling yet another cigarette. “This is not a consignment store. This is something different”.

That ‘something different’ is an Aladdin’s treasure cave packed with collectable Chanel and Hermes pieces, on which Catherine is an expert. She can tell a real piece from pirated one more so than many retail directors in the fashion houses themselves. “There are many things to watch for,” she says. “And some fakes today are good…very good. But I know. I just know”.

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This savvy collector stocks the most elusive bags, jackets, scarves and shoes from the 30’s to the 90’s, but not beyond. She’s not interested in being a depot for the unwanted bags of fickle rich girls; instead, she sees her shop as half museum, half retail store. “Some people can’t understand why I am charging more for a 2.55 bag than the listed price in a Chanel boutique”, she continues. “But it is because the 2.55 I am carrying is a one-of-a-kind piece designed by Mademoiselle Chanel herself, that cannot be found anywhere else in the world!”

Indeed, some of her stock is so rare, it isn’t even for sale. Take her Chanel bicycle, for instance. One of about a hundred left on the planet, it features two sidesaddle ‘handbags’ and the signature Chanel quilting not only on the bags, but on the seat as well. She also owns the original Birkin bag from Hermes. It boasts the initials JB and is numbered 0—it being the first. It also features a strap created at Ms Birkin’s request: “She wanted to be able to put it on her shoulder while she looked for things inside the bag,” explains Catherine.

Her amicable husband assures me that there are many more treasures cached around the store. “She will only show them to people who are truly interested”, he tells me. But when Catherine finds those people who share her enthusiasm and love for vintage Chanel and Hermes, it makes her day–even if there’s no sale.

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Catherine explains she would love to share her enthusiasm for these collectable designer pieces in a modern venue, like Harrods Department store, because she believes the English have a better appreciation for all things vintage than the French, who are more likely to use accessories that were passed down through the generations rather than buying vintage pieces themselves. ‘It’s all about heritage,’ she says.

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Preview Of Hermes Fall/Winter 2016 Bag Collection

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Hermes recently presented their Fall/Winter 2016 Collection during the Paris Fashion Week. Although there were very few bags that made it to the runway, Hermes gave a sneak peek of the bags included in the collection before the show happened.

Hermes introduces the Bâton de Craie Bag, a minimalist design that features a jewel-like clasp. It comes in Shoulder Bag and Clutch. The iconic Constance Bag is back this season which comes in a checkered pattern, that is also seen in a new bucket bag made of canvas and leather.

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Hermes Increases Prices in Europe

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We here at PurseBop have been the leaders at giving you price changes and news affecting our leading luxury handbag designers. To help keep you in the know, PurseBop createdhandbag math to further investigate price shifts across the world. On January 5th, prices for the Hermes goods sold in the countries subscribing to the Euro have increased. There is no word on a US price increase as of yet. Typically, January is the month that price changes would take affect here in the US.

Let’s take a close look at the pricing events over 2015:
  • Volatile financial conditions in 2015 lead to a fluctuating Euro
  • Due to fluctuating currencies, Chanel increased prices in Europe to narrow the price gap between countries (Read: Global Price Implications on Chanel Street)
  • Hermes did not follow suit and did not increase their European prices to compensate for the devalued euro. Read: Hermes Declines to Follow Chanel’s Lead)
  • In fact, Hermes decreased their prices on many accessories here in the US as a way to narrow the pricing gap. (Read: Hermes Reduces Accessory Prices in the US)

As of January 5th 2016, Hermes has increased their prices in Europe across the board ranging from 3% to 11% depending upon style and material. Take note of some of the price changes below:

Hermes Birkin 35

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Region Hermes Birkin 35 (Togo)
USA 2015 $11,900
Europe 2015 €7,400
Europe 2016 €7,750
USD Equivalent $8,342

Hermes Birkin 30

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Region Hermes Birkin 30 (Togo)
USA 2015 $10,900
Europe 2015 €6,750
Europe 2016 €7,000
USD Equivalent $7,620

Hermes Kelly 28

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Region Hermes Kelly 28 (Togo)
USA 2015 $9,990
Europe 2015 €6,450
Europe 2016 €6,800
USD Equivalent $7,385

Hermes Evelyn PM

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Region Hermes Evelyn PM
USA 2015 $3,375
Europe 2015 €2,160
Europe 2016 €2,410
USD Equivalent $2,617

Hermes CDC Bracelet

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Region Hermes CDC Bracelet (Swift)
USA 2015 $1,150
Europe 2015 €945
Europe 2016 €975
USD Equivalent $1,059

After Chanel’s price shift last year, Axel Duma’s reconfirmed Hermes’ intentions to maintain loyalty to their domestic consumer base:

 “We have a very strong French and European customer base. If we significantly increased our prices at this juncture, that would mean giving up on local customers and that is something we do not want to do.”

Dumas remarks prove to hold true this year too. Instead of radically increasing prices to compensate for the devalued euro like Chanel, Hermes only adjusted prices to reflect normal, annual increase.

PurseBop wonders: Is it possible that Hermes will not increase prices here in the states in further efforts to decrease the gap between Europe and the US ? For now we can only hope…

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The Hermes Birkin – The Ultimate Holy Grail Bag

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AAs handbag lovers, we are always looking to build our collections and find bags that we simply love to no end. However, acquiring the perfect bags is no easy task , which often results in endless wish lists and bag fantasies. At the top of your long term wish list is the “Holy Grail Bag” or HGB. A Holy Grail Bag is a bag that you desire intensely and that is your “end all be all” bag, but is hard to attain. Over the past few years especially, the Hermes Birkin bag has come to be associated with theultimate Holy Grail bag.  Undoubtedly, the Birkin is one the most well constructed and aesthetically pleasing bags in history. However, from an objective standpoint, the Birkin craze is indeed hard to grasp overall.

PurseBop asks WHY Birkin? How does the Birkin manage to become the ultimate HGB for almost every fashionista?

We can only speculate, but read the reasons below to find out why the Birkin effortlessly wins so many hearts…

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1. The Birkin is the epitome of luxury

To many outside the handbag world, the word “Birkin” has more weight than “Hermes” because the bag itself is a huge icon. However, the Birkin was only able to become THE Birkin because it was an incredible Hermes’ masterpiece. Birkins are handmade and put through rigorous craftsmanship and quality control processes. Perfection is the main idea behind a Birkin, and it’s hard not to lust after something that is considered the best and incomparable to its peer.

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2. The Birkin leaves us breathless

The very look of the Birkin defines the picture perfect dream bag for most. It is classic, but timelessly flattering and chic. The B’s clean silhouette, in combination with rich, vivid materials and colors, creates an effect of awe every time. The Birkin is easily a HGB because it makes an effective statement and fits our ideal expectations of a handbag.

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3. We are consumed by the "Birkin Culture"

The Birkin has become the bag to strive for due to the influence of mass media. Many celebrities show their appreciation for the Birkin everyday, which creates an even bigger bandwagon effect. TV shows and songs portray the B as impossible to get. It is glamorized as the marker of everything good about living the luxury life.

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4. The Birkin is a fashion unicorn - highly mysterious and intriguing

With limited availability and high price tags, getting a hold of an elusive B can sometimes seem more like a fairy tale than reality. Hermes maintains the image that the Birkin is a distantly beautiful, unattainable marvel. Learning about stock of a Birkin from an SA is a privileged or fateful opportunity. In addition, exact prices of bags are not directly available from the Hermes website or by phone. Without additional resources or in-person experience, getting a fuller idea of the significance of Birkin can be difficult. Being offered a Birkin and purchasing one makes you feel like you’ve discovered Hermes secret magic.

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5. Winning the Birkin battle is an accomplisment within itself

Deciding on the perfect Birkin and the finding it can be a lengthy process, and sometimes a challenge you must persevere through. Researching the bags and developing a relationship with an SA is like gearing up for a game almost! Unfortunately, the Birkin game has high financial stakes, but low odds. Achieving victory with a Birkin doesn’t come without effort, and the bag itself is a marker for that.

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6. We need the golden 'H' stamp

To some extent, owning a Birkin is seen as a status symbol of exclusivity. The Hermes logo itself is a factor, but the legacy and reputation of the bag is the biggest part of it’s appeal. Acquiring your HGB Birkin makes you feel lucky enough to represent a bag that so many fashionistas have beautifully pulled off in the past.

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7. It's an investment!

Hermes Birkin bags hold their value spectacularly. On the second hand market, they tend to sell for even more due to preferred color and leather combinations being rare. The Birkin is on a lot of people’s HBG list because it seems like a smart, “can’t go wrong purchase”. Aside from monetary value, buying a quality bag that amps up your confidence and aesthetic is a long term investment. Having one amazing item that transforms your look and gives off the right impression better equips you to grow professionally, socially, and personally.

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8. The Birkin is more than just a bag

All the aforementioned facts from the quality, to the popularity, to the stunning design, and even to the involved nature of choosing a B, help elevate the Birkin to a level beyond a simple “leather accessory”. Carrying a Birkin becomes an experience, and for some, the Birkin is an important aspect of their fashion lifestyle. The Birkin characterizes the essence of a Holy Grail Bag because it’s proven time and time again to live up to its impeccable reputation. Being able to experience the paragon of luxury through an exquisite handbag becomes a vision, goal, and dream for many fashionistas.

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So, PurseBop must know: what is your HGB? Has the Birkin ever made it on your Holy Grail Bag list? 

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