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Hermès Miel 23cm Crocodile Constance Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
This extremely rare, vintage crocodile Hermès Constance bag comes in a unique and extremely sought after Miel Brown colour. The interior features one spacious interior compartment, c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermes Constance Mini Epsom Craie Bag
By Hermès
Located in Monte Carlo, MC
Handbag métal hardware (18x14x6cm), comes with complete packaging and accessories, original invoice. Pristine, unworn condition.
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Constance Bag Swift 18
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Creasing, wear and scuffs on exterior and strap, light cracking on strap wax edges. Creasing and indentations underneath flap, small stain and indentation in in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Hermes Constance Bag Swift 18
  • Hermes Constance Bag Swift 18
  • Hermes Constance Bag Swift 18
  • Hermes Constance Bag Swift 18
H 6 in. W 7 in. D 2 in.
Hermes Constance Bag Evercolor 24
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Minor creasing on strap, indentation on interior side, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Box, Dust Bag Measurements: Handle Drop 9", Height 7", Width 9", Depth 3"...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Hermes Constance Bag Evercolor 24
  • Hermes Constance Bag Evercolor 24
  • Hermes Constance Bag Evercolor 24
  • Hermes Constance Bag Evercolor 24
H 7 in. W 9 in. D 3 in.
RARE Hermes Brown Crocodile Constance Bag
Located in Philadelphia, PA
RARE Hermes Brown Crocodile Constance Bag in very good condition. Cognac brown crocodile leather exterior trimmed with matching crocodile leather shoulder strap and gold H hardware a...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermès Yellow Mimosa Alligator Constance Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
This extremely rare, vintage crocodile Hermès Constance bag comes in a unique and extremely sought after Yellow Mimosa colour. The interior features one spacious interior compartment...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

HERMES Constance Bag in Rouge Casaque Swift Leather
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
HERMES Constance Bag in Rouge Casaque swift Leather. It has a double bellows. In very good condition, only the golden H has micro scratches. It is made of Swift leather. It has a t...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Hermes Vintage Constance Bag in Brown Chocolate Crocodile Leather
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
Hermès vintage 'Constance' bag in brown chocolate crocodile leather. Gold plated hardware. The interior is in smooth lamb leather. Worn shoulder. Dimensions : Length 23 cm, height...
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Late 20th Century Shoulder Bags

Hermes Rose Jaipur Epsom Leather 24cm Constance Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Sleek, subtle and sophisticated, this unique 24cm Constance bag from Hermès features Epsom leather - a favoured hide, popular for its finely-grained embossed texture and ability to r...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermes Constance Bag 24 Limited Edition Marble Silk Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers a guaranteed authentic limited edition Hermes Constance 24 spectacular Marble Silk bag. Accentuated with Rose Extreme Swift leather. This rare technique creates exq...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermès Constance Dark Anemone Bag
By Hermès
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
This Hermès Constance bag is featured in the Anemone color, which is a dark purple tone. This bag is made from smooth Swift leather and is accentuated by palladium hardware. This Con...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Hermès Constance Dark Anemone Bag
  • Hermès Constance Dark Anemone Bag
  • Hermès Constance Dark Anemone Bag
  • Hermès Constance Dark Anemone Bag
H 5.71 in. D 1.58 in. L 7.09 in.
Hermes Constance Bag Rose Lipstick Pink Mini III Veau Tadelakt
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guarantted authentic exquisitely chic pink Rose Lipstick Hermes Constance 18 bag in Veau Tadelakt. Fresh with Palladium hardware. HERMES PARIS MADE IN FRANCE is stamped on front unde...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Hermès Constance Mini Anemone Bag
By Hermès
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
Featured in the very hot color Anemone, this bag is coveted and sought after all over the world. As an exclusive and rare bag, this Hermès Constance Mini is nearly impossible to find...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Hermès Constance Mini Anemone Bag
  • Hermès Constance Mini Anemone Bag
  • Hermès Constance Mini Anemone Bag
  • Hermès Constance Mini Anemone Bag
H 5.71 in. D 1.58 in. L 7.09 in.
Hermes Constance Bag 18 Black / Ombre Lizard Buckle Madame Leather New
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers a guaranteed authentic Hermes Constance 18 bag featured in Black Madame leather. SO chic with the Ombre Lizard buckle trimmed in Palladium. Carried by hand, over th...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Hermès Constance Micro Rouge H Alligator Bag
By Hermès
Located in Kiev, UA
This exclusive Hermès Constance Micro bag is made from exotic alligator skin, which is identified by the square symbol located next to the "Hermès Paris" embossing. The red-toned c...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Hermes Constance Bag 18 Gris Perle Matte Alligator Palladium New w/Box
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic rare matte alligator Hermes 18 Constance in elegant Gris Perle. Fresh with Palladium hardware. The effect is understated and rich. Hermes Paris Made in France is...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermes Constance Bag 18 Marbled Buckle Black Swift Limited Edition New / Box
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers a guaranteed authentic limited edition Hermes Constance 18 bag featured with Marbled buckle. Black swift leather and palladium hardware accentuated the striking col...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Hermes Micro Constance Bag Rouge Lizard Gold Hardware Limited Edition Very Rare
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers a guaranteed authentic exquisite limited edition very rare Hermes Micro Constance features rich Rouge Lizard. Lush with Gold hardware. Perfect for year round wear. ...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermes Mini Constance 18 Purple Bag
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Constance Purple Mini 18 Bag. Dark purple color swift leather. Palladium hardware. Rare hard to find Constance especially in this mini size. Color is rare too. Good condition....
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Hermes Mini Constance 18 Purple Bag
  • Hermes Mini Constance 18 Purple Bag
  • Hermes Mini Constance 18 Purple Bag
  • Hermes Mini Constance 18 Purple Bag
H 6 in. D 1.5 in. L 7 in.
HERMÈS Constance Shoulder bag in Brown Leather
By Hermès
Located in Clichy, FR
- Designer: HERMÈS - Model: Constance - Condition: Good condition. Scratches on the clasp, Sign of wear on base corners, Sign of wear on Leather - Accessories: None - Measurements: W...
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1960s Shoulder Bags

  • HERMÈS Constance Shoulder bag in Brown Leather
  • HERMÈS Constance Shoulder bag in Brown Leather
  • HERMÈS Constance Shoulder bag in Brown Leather
  • HERMÈS Constance Shoulder bag in Brown Leather
H 7.09 in. W 9.06 in. D 1.58 in.
Hermes Constance Cartable Bag Limited Edition Rouge H Sombrero
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Limited Edition Hermes Constance Cartable 29 features deep rich Rouge H Sombrero leather. Stunning inlaid leather logo clasp and shorter strap. Carried by hand ...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermes Mini Constance 18cm Electric Blue Bag
By Hermès
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Hermes mini constance cross body 18cm in electric blue swift leather and gold tone hardware. Brand new in box with dust cover, booklet, box, ribbon and shopping bag.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Hermes Constance 18 Bag Lime Swift Gold Hardware Rare
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Hermes 18 Constance bag featured in fabulous coveted Lime in Swift leather. Rare with gold hardware. Carried by hand, over the shoulder, or cross body. HERMES P...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Vintage Hermes Black Crocodile Constance 23 GHW Shoulder Bag
By Hermès
Located in Philadelphia, PA
AUTHENTIC HERMES black crocodile constance bag in excellent vintage condition. Black crocodile leather exterior trimmed with shining gold hardware. Lift latch single flap style closu...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermès 18cm Crocodile Rose Gold H/W Constance Mini Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Black crocodile leather exterior trimmed with shining rose gold hardware. Lift latch single flap style closure opens to a black leather lined interior that holds 2 slit and 1 zippere...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Vintage Black Box Calf Leather Hermès Constance 23cm Bag
By Hermès
Located in Annapolis, MD
A beautifully structured bag that has aged gracefully, made with black box calf leather, and brushed gold plated hardware. Produced in 1985. Condition: Good used condition. Exterior...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Hermes Constance Mini 18 Bag Vert Amande Gold Hardware Epsom Leather
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers a guaranteed authentic Hermes Constance 18cm mini bag featured in stunning Vert Amande. Rich with gold hardware. HERMES MADE IN FRANCE is stamped on front under fla...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Hermes 18cm Mini Black Box Calf Constance Shoulder Bag
By Hermès
Located in Philadelphia, PA
NWOT Hermes 18cm constance shoulder bag in NEW unused condition. Black box calf leather body with shining gold hardware. Front H logo magnetic flap closure opens to a black kidskin...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermes Constance 23 shoulder bag in burgundy calfskin with gold hardware !
By Hermès
Located in Paris, Paris
"The must have" Hermes Constance 23 bag in burgundy box leather, gold metal hardware, convertible handle in burgundy leather for hand or shoulder wear. Logo closure on flap. A patch...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Hermes Constance 24 Bag Purple Anemone Swift Palladium Hardware New w/Box
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers a guaranteed authentic coveted Hermes Constance 24 bag featured in jewel toned Anemone with palladium hardware. Carried by hand, over the shoulder, or even across t...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Hermes Constance 18 Mini Bag Rose Extreme Pink Epsom Gold Hardware
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Hermes Constance i8 bag featured in Rose Extreme. Epsom leather is often used for vivid colours as it elevates bright dyes Lush with gold hardware. Carried by h...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

HERMES Cassis Shiny Crocodile LTD ED Enamel H CONSTANCE 18 Shoulder Bag
By Hermès
Located in Zürich, CH
Hermes limited edition 'Constance 18' shoulder bag in Cassis (dark purple) shiny Niloticus crocodile with Bleu Saint Cyr enamled H-closure. Open pocket on the outside back. Lined in ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermes Constance 18 Bag Crocus Purple Epsom Leather Palladium Very Rare
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Hermes Constance 18 bag feature in rare to find Crocus. Crocus is no longer produced and is a rich jewel toned purple. Fresh with Palladium hardware. HERMES PARI...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermes Constance Slim Wallet Waist Belt Bag Black Epsom Palladium New/Box
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Hermes Constance Slim Wallet Belt bag featured in vibrant Rose Mexico. Includes removable zipped change purse and 2 credit card slots. Rear belt loop. Epsom leat...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Hermes Constance 23 shoulder bag in navy blue calfskin with gold hardware !
By Hermès
Located in Paris, Paris
Splendid Hermes Constance 23 cm vintage handbag in navy blue box, gold metal trim, transformable handle in navy leather allowing a hand or shoulder support. Closure with H buckle on...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Hermes Constance 23 shoulder bag in black box calfskin with gold hardware !
By Hermès
Located in Paris, Paris
"The must have" Hermes Constance 23 bag in black box leather, gold-plated metal hardware, transformable handle in black leather allowing a hand or shoulder support. Closure marked H...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

LIMITED EDITION Hermes Constance shoulder bag in bi-material:canvas&leather,PHW
By Hermès
Located in Paris, Paris
BRAND NEWW/ FRESH STORE / LIMITED EDITION Beautiful Hermes Constance handbag limited edition bi-material in beige canvas and black swift leather, embossed in palladium-plated silver...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Hermes Constance 23 shoulder bag in black box calfskin with gold hardware !
By Hermès
Located in Paris, Paris
Splendid Hermes Constance Handbag 23 cm in black box leather, gold metal trim, black leather transformable handle allowing a hand or shoulder support. Closure marked H on flap. A pa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Hermes Constance 23 shoulder bag in black box calfskin with gold hardware !
By Hermès
Located in Paris, Paris
Stunning Hermes Constance Handbag 23 cm in black box leather, gold metal trim, black leather transformable handle allowing a hand or shoulder support. Closure marked H on flap. A pa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Hermes Constance 24 De Camp Dechainee Toile Limited Edition Black Swift Bag
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic presents a guaranteed authentic Limited Edition Hermes 24 Constance De Camp Dechainee bag. Ficelle Toile and Black Veau Swift Leather. The ultimate shoulder to crossbody b...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Rare Hermes Constance 23 shoulder bag in brown calfskin with gold hardware !
By Hermès
Located in Paris, Paris
Splendid Hermes Constance Handbag 23 cm in brown box leather, gold metal hardware, brown leather handle transformable allowing a hand or shoulder support. Closure marked H on flap. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Hermes Nata Off White Epsom Constance 18cm Craie Shoulder Bag Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Nata Off White Epsom Constance 18cm Craie Shoulder Bag Y Stamp, 2020 Just purchased from Hermes store; bag bears new 2020 interior Y stamp. Perfect Gift! Brand New in Box. Sto...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Hermes Nata Off White Epsom Constance 24cm Cream Shoulder Bag Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Nata Off White Cream Epsom Constance 24cm Shoulder Bag Y Stamp, 2020 Just purchased from Hermes store; bag bears new 2020 interior Y stamp. Perfect Gift! Brand New in Box. Sto...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Hermes Constance Slim Wallet Waist Belt Bag Rose Mexico Epsom Palladium New/Box
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Hermes Constance Slim Wallet Belt bag featured in vibrant Rose Mexico. Includes removable zipped change purse and 2 credit card slots. Rear belt loop. Epsom leat...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

VERY RARE Hermes Constance 23 shoulder bag in black suede and gold hardware!
By Hermès
Located in Paris, Paris
Rare & Splendid Handbag Hermes Constance 23 cm in black suede, gold metal hardware, handle transformable into black suede allowing a hand or shoulder support. Closure marked H on f...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Hermes Constance 23 shoulder bag in navy blue box calfskin with gold hardware !
By Hermès
Located in Paris, Paris
Splendid Hermes Constance 23 cm handbag in navy blue box, gold metal hardware, transformable handle in navy leather allowing a hand or shoulder. Closure with H buckle on flap. A pat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

RARE Hermes Constance 24 shoulder bag in black Madame calf and Clasp in Lizard
By Hermès
Located in Paris, Paris
BRAND NEW / VERY RARE / FULL SET / CONSTANCE 24 IN BLACK MADAME CALF AND CLASP IN OMBRE LIZARD ! Exceptional and rare Hermes Constance handbag in black Madame calf leather with Ombr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Hermès Limited Edition 29cm Cartable Constance Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Sleek, subtle and sophisticated, this extremely rare cartable Constance bag is said to be the most complicated Hermes bag to make taking up to 14 hours and using 50 individual pieces...
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20th Century Shoulder Bags

Hermès Lime Green Epsom Leather Constance Elan Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Sleek, subtle and sophisticated, this unique 24cm Constance Elan bag from Hermès is crafted from Epsom leather- a favoured hide, popular for its finely-grained embossed texture and a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Hermès Bleu Abysse Niloticus Crocodile Constance Elan 25cm Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
This 25cm Constance Elan shoulder bag from Hermès was meticulously crafted in France from a highly precious Niloticus crocodile in a deep shade of navy blue. Offset with silver-tone ...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Hermes Constance HSS 18 Bag Craie / Gris Perle Rose Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers a guaranteed authentic Hermes Constance HSS 18 bag featured in neutral perfection Craie. Lush with Rose Gold hardware. Subtle contrasting Gris Perle interior. Carri...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Hermès Constance Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Hermès Constance Bag. This beautiful Hermes Constance bag comes in Etoupe with silver hardware. The adjustable strap allows for the bag to be worn on the wrist or shoulder. Insid...
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20th Century Shoulder Bags

  • Hermès Constance Bag
  • Hermès Constance Bag
  • Hermès Constance Bag
  • Hermès Constance Bag
H 7.09 in. W 9.06 in. D 1.58 in.
Hermes Constance Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
This beautiful Hermes Constance bag comes in a warm Burgandy colour featuring a gold-tone, large H buckle. This bag is a must have for any Hermes fan. The adjustable strap allows for...
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1970s Handbags and Purses

  • Hermes Constance Bag
  • Hermes Constance Bag
  • Hermes Constance Bag
  • Hermes Constance Bag
H 7.5 in. W 9 in. D 1.5 in.
Hermès Gold Constance Bag
By Hermès
Located in Antwerp, BE
This authentic Hermès Constance bag is in absolutely beautiful condition. One of Jackie-O’s favorite Hermès styles, she was often photographed wearing one of the many in her collec...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Hermes Black Constance Bag 23
By Hermès
Located in Antwerp, BE
This beautiful Hermes Constance bag comes in black boxcalf leather with gold-tone hardware. This gorgeous bag is so popular & hard to get these days since HERMES stopped taking orders.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Handbags and Purses

Hermes Constance Bag Swift 24
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
This Hermes Constance Bag Swift 24, crafted from Vermillion red Swift leather, features a long leather strap and gold hardware. Its push-lock closure opens to a Vermillion red Swift ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Hermes Constance Bag Swift 24
  • Hermes Constance Bag Swift 24
  • Hermes Constance Bag Swift 24
  • Hermes Constance Bag Swift 24
H 8 in. W 9 in. D 2.5 in.
Hermes Constance Bag Barenia 23
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Heavy scuffs and minor discoloration on exterior, underneath flap and in interior. Wear on strap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag Measurements: Handle...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Hermes Constance Bag Barenia 23
  • Hermes Constance Bag Barenia 23
  • Hermes Constance Bag Barenia 23
  • Hermes Constance Bag Barenia 23
H 8 in. W 10 in. D 3 in.
Hermes Constance Bag Epsom 18
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Minor wear on flap, cracking and splitting on flap and opening wax edges, small marks in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag Measurements: Handl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Hermes  Constance Bag Epsom 18
  • Hermes  Constance Bag Epsom 18
  • Hermes  Constance Bag Epsom 18
  • Hermes  Constance Bag Epsom 18
H 6 in. W 7.5 in. D 1.5 in.
Hermes Constance Bag Courchevel 23
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
This Hermes Constance Bag Courchevel 23, crafted from Ebene brown Courchevel leather, features an adjustable strap and gold hardware. Its push-lock closure opens to an Ebene brown Ag...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Hermes Constance Bag Courchevel 23
  • Hermes Constance Bag Courchevel 23
  • Hermes Constance Bag Courchevel 23
  • Hermes Constance Bag Courchevel 23
H 6.5 in. W 9 in. D 1.5 in.
Hermes Constance Bag Swift 18
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Excellent. Faint mark on rear, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Box, Dust Bag Measurements: Height 6", Width 7.5", Depth 2", Strap Drop 20" Designer: Hermes Model: Cons...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

  • Hermes Constance Bag Swift 18
  • Hermes Constance Bag Swift 18
  • Hermes Constance Bag Swift 18
  • Hermes Constance Bag Swift 18
H 6 in. W 7.5 in. D 2 in.
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Constance Bag For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, you can find the most appropriate vintage or contemporary constance bag for your needs in our varied inventory. Our collection includes a variety of colors, spanning Black, Brown, Beige and more. You’re likely to find the perfect constance bag among the distinctive accessories we have available, which includes versions made as long ago as the 20th Century as well as those produced as recently as the 21st Century. Finding a constance bag for sale for women should be easy, but there are 59 pieces available to browse for men as well.

How Much is a Constance Bag?

On average, a constance bag on 1stDibs sells for $11,954, while they’re typically $2,500 on the low end and $69,645 for the highest priced versions of this item.

hermes Biography and Important Works

For Hermès, what began as a maker of leather equestrian goods for European noblemen would eventually grow into one of the most storied fashion labels in the world. In 1837, German-born French entrepreneur Thierry Hermès opened a saddle and harness purveyor in Paris. Gradually, the house extended into accessories and luggage for its riders, and today, in paying homage to its origins, the family-run luxury brand resurfaces horse motifs in everything from clothing and modernist jewelry to pillows and handbags.

The first top-handled bag ever produced by Hermès was the Haut à courroies, which made its debut in 1892. A tall bag secured with a folded leather flap (fastened with bridle-inspired straps), it was designed to transport riding boots and a harness. As the world made the switch from horse to automobile, the bag adapted, becoming a multifunctional travel satchel instead of a designated saddlebag. Today, 120 years later, the HAC remains in Hermès’s line — and its distinctive flap and clasping straps have laid the groundwork for some of the house’s other iconic bags.

In the 1930s, Robert Dumas (son-in-law to Émile-Maurice Hermès, Thierry’s grandson) designed a smaller, trapezoidal take on the flap bag with a handle and two side straps. Later, actress Grace Kelly, then engaged to Prince Rainier of Monaco, is said to have used one of these bags to conceal her pregnancy during the 1950s. Because she was photographed constantly, the coverage catapulted her handbag to international popularity. In 1977, Hermès officially renamed the model for her, and the Kelly bag was born. Each Kelly bag takes between 18 and 25 hours to produce, and its 680 hand stitches owe solely to one Hermès artisan.

Robert Dumas was also responsible for another one of the brand’s most iconic offerings: the launch of its first silk scarf on the occasion of Hermès’s 100th anniversary in 1937. Based on a woodblock designed by Dumas and printed on Chinese silk, the accessory was an immediate hit.

Today, vintage Hermès scarves, typically adorned in rich colors and elaborate patterns, serve many functions, just as they did back then. Well-heeled women wear it on their heads, around their necks and, in a genius piece of cross-promotion, tied to the straps of their Hermès bags. Kelly even once used one as a sling for her broken arm.

In 1981, Robert Dumas’s son Jean-Louis Dumas, then Hermès chairman, found himself sitting next to French actress and musician Jane Birkin on a plane, where she was complaining about finding a suitable carryall for the necessary accoutrements of motherhood. After the two travelers were properly introduced, Birkin helped design Jean-Louis’s most famous contribution to the Hermès canon: the Birkin bag, a roomy, square catchall with the HAC’s trademark leather flap top and the addition of a lock and key. Owing to the brand’s legendary commitment to deft, handcrafted construction, the Birkin is an investment that is coveted by collectors everywhere.

While the Kelly and Birkin may be standouts, gracing the arms of everyone from royal heiresses to hip-hop stars in the past few decades, the handbags are but a small part of Hermès’s fashion offerings. Since the 1920s, the brand has produced some of the most desirable leather goods in the world. There’s the Constance bag, a favorite of Jacqueline Kennedy, the recently relaunched 1970s-era Evelyne and, on the vintage market, a slew of designs dating back to the 1920s.

Good design never goes out of style. Find a variety of vintage Hermès handbags, day dresses, shoes and more on 1stDibs.

Finding the Right Handbags and Purses for You

An integral part of fashion, handbags and purses have been indispensable accessories ever since we began to carry around personal items. Level of craftsmanship, style and shape matters — from coin purses in ancient Greece to early 20th-century opera bags and onward, handbags have evolved considerably over the years to meet our needs and desires, whether or not you happen to be prioritizing functionality over a flashy exterior.

Once, a single “It” handbag ruled each fashion season. No more. Today, handbag lovers are savvier and have a wider range of shopping options. Nevertheless, classic bags still rule.

“It is not a fashion bag — it is a statement bag,” says Mightychic's Debra Kent of Hermès's widely beloved accessories. “When you carry an iconic Hermès bag — Birkin, Kelly, Constance — no one knows how long you have been into this culture or if you are a newbie. Your status is validated immediately.”

First released in 1997, Fendi's Baguette rose to fame along with Carrie Bradshaw, the Sex and the City character portrayed by Sarah Jessica Parker. Recently, the design has seen such a resurgence in popularity that Fendi has reissued it.

They are part of design history, so owning a handbag has meaning. As New York–based fashion historian Sarah C. Byrd says, “You have made the choice to invest in this piece because you understand the value of it in the past and in the future to come.”

From a 1980s Chanel black leather quilted mini buckle bag to the rare Hermès Birkin 30cm Himalayan with diamond hardware to a range of 19th century bags, find a rich variety of vintage and designer handbags and purses spanning numerous brands on 1stDibs — seasonal “It” designation no longer needed.

Questions About Constance Bag
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 29, 2020

    When you’re trying to authenticate your Hermès Constance bag, there are a few things to remember. For one, there is no “authenticity card” — Hermès doesn’t accompany its Constance bags with any such certificate. There is a label stamp inside any authentic Hermès Constance handbag that reads “Hermès Paris Made in France” — the lettering will be clear and it won’t appear blocky or oversized. Lettering on this label that looks anything other than professionally set and lightly pressed into the leather may mean that your Hermès Constance bag is a fake.

    Stitching is a good metric to consider because each Hermès Constance handbag is hand-sewn by Hermès artisans (spotting a fake Birkin bag requires similar inspections) according to Hermès’s celebrated saddle-stitching technique, so while the sew lines will have some inconsistencies, the work will be demonstrative of the company’s commitment to quality, and the stitching will indicate as much.

    Hardware on your authentic Hermès Constance bag is always made of a genuine precious metal — the metal is typically brass that is hand-polished and plated with fine gold, palladium or permabrass, while the H-shaped clasp has been silvered, lacquered, set with diamonds, and more over the years. This metal will feel substantial, and it will not tarnish over time.

  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 29, 2020

    No, vintage Hermès Constance bags do not have serial numbers. 

  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 29, 2020

    On the front of your Hermès Constance bag, the metal “H” doubles as both an insignia for the high fashion goods manufacturer and a clasp to keep your bag snapped shut. To open your Hermès Constance handbag, grab the metal “H” — position your fingers directly around the horizontal middle bar of the letter, so that your fingers are curled underneath it, and pull out toward you. The key to opening the clasp without scratching the accessory’s leather is to pull only at the horizontal bar. The bag opens and closes with the help of a spring-loaded mechanism that is concealed on each of the bar’s ends fixed to the flap.