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Hermès Haut à Courroies Birkin Gold 32 1hz1130 Brown Leather Satchel
By Hermès
Located in Forest Hills, NY
Date Code/Serial Number: B in a square Made In: France Measurements: Length: 12.5" Width: 6.25" Height: 11.25" Handle drop: 4" OVERALL VERY GOOD VINTAGE CONDITION ( 7.25/10 or B+ )...
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20th Century French Top Handle Bags

Hermès Birkin Haut à Courroies Gold 32 1hz1130 Brown Leather Satchel
By Hermès
Located in Forest Hills, NY
Date Code/Serial Number: B in a square Made In: France Measurements: Length: 12.5" Width: 6.25" Height: 11.25" Handle drop: 4" OVERALL VERY GOOD VINTAGE CONDITION ( 7.25/10 or B+ ...
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20th Century French Top Handle Bags

HERMES Naturel beige Epsom leather HAUT A COURROIES 32 HAC Bag
By Hermès
Located in Zürich, CH
Hermes 'Haut a Courroies 32 HAC' bag in Naturel Veau Epsom leather with gold-plated hardware. Lined
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21st Century and Contemporary French Top Handle Bags

Hermès Black Box Calf Leather Birkin HAC 32 Haut A Courroies 87h615s
By Hermès
Located in Dix hills, NY
Date Code/Serial Number: W in a Circle Made In: France Measurements: Length: 12.5" Width: 6.5" Height: 11" Handle Drop: 3" OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION ( 7/10 or B ) Accessorie...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Rare Hermès Haut-à-Courroies (HAC) handbag in Gold Vache Ardennes leather, GHW
By Hermès
Located in Paris, IDF
Splendid and highly sought after Handbag Top-à-Courroies (HAC) 32 cm in Vache Ardennes leather (one
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21st Century and Contemporary French Top Handle Bags

HERMES Vintage HAC 32 Leather Box Bag
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
Sophisticated, Haut Courroies Bag said the HAC is in black Box leather, size 32. The jewelry is in
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1980s French Top Handle Bags

HERMES Vintage HAC 32 Leather Box Bag
HERMES Vintage HAC 32 Leather Box Bag
H 10.63 in D 6.7 in L 12.6 in
Hermes Miel Ostrich HAC Birkin Bag- 32 cm
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Hermes Miel Ostrich 32 cm Haut a Courroies- HAC Birkin Bag Pristine condition Considered the
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21st Century and Contemporary French Top Handle Bags

Hermes Indigo Togo 32 cm HAC Birkin with GHW
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
. The HAC (Haut a Courroies) is very similar to the Birkin but proportionally taller with slightly
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1990s French Top Handle Bags

vintage 1997 HERMES Haut à Courroies 32 cm deep navy blue leather Birkin bag
By Hermès
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Very rare and beautiful Haut à Courroies 32 cm box leather Birkin bag from Hermès dating to 1997
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1990s French Top Handle Bags

Hermès Haut à Courroies 32 handbag in beige canvas & brown barenia leather, PHW
By Hermès
Located in Paris, IDF
Superb and rare Hermès Hermes 32-Haut à Courroies (HAC) in double-material brown barenia leather
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21st Century and Contemporary French Top Handle Bags

HERMES HAC 32 Handbag in Gold Barénia Leather
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
Rare and beautiful HERMES Haut à Courroies (HAC) 32 handbag in gold barénia leather. The hardware
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Early 2000s French Top Handle Bags

Vintage Haut à Courroies 32 in Brown Natural Leather
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
Nice Vintage Hermes Haut a Courroies bag in natural leather and golden hardware. Size 32 cm Vintage
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1990s French Top Handle Bags

Hermès Birkin Haut à Courroies 32 226275 Black Ardennes Leather Satchel
By Hermès
Located in Forest Hills, NY
Date Code/Serial Number: A (A in a Square) Measurements: 12.5" L x 6.5" W x 10.5" H Size: (W) 32CM x (D) 17CM x (H) 26CM Exterior Pockets: None Interior Pockets: One zipped and one ...
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20th Century Unknown Top Handle Bags

Hermes Haut a Courroies 32 Noisette Multi-Color Vibrato Leather Top Handle Bag
By Hermès
Located in Kowloon, HK
Color: Multi-color / Noisette (designer color) Material: Vibrato Leather Condition: Rank B Overall: Fair, few defects. Surface: Minor Scratches Corners: Minor Scratches Edges: ...
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Early 2000s French Top Handle Bags

Hermès Barenia Natural HAC 32 cm
By Hermès
Located in Malibu, CA
or more are commonplace for Hermès bags. The Haut a Courroies, or “high belts” bag, is very similar
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21st Century and Contemporary French Top Handle Bags

Hermès Barenia Natural  HAC 32 cm
Hermès Barenia Natural  HAC 32 cm
H 10.75 in W 13 in D 6 in
Hermès Peau Porc 32 cm HAC Birkin Bag, GHW
By Hermès
Located in Malibu, CA
Hermès 32 cm Peau Porc Haut a Courroies Bag- PRISTINE Considered the ultimate luxury item the
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21st Century and Contemporary French Top Handle Bags

Hermès Saffron Ostrich HAC Birkin- 32 cm, GHW
By Hermès
Located in Malibu, CA
in a very rare exotic. The Haut a Courroies, or “high belts” bag, is very similar to the Birkin but
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21st Century and Contemporary French Top Handle Bags

Hermès Fuchsia PINK Ostrich 32 cm HAC Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in Malibu, CA
Hermès bags. The HAC (Haut a Courroies or “high belts”) bag is very similar to the Birkin but
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Early 2000s French Top Handle Bags

Hermes Horseshoe HAC Birkin in Blue Thalassa Leather with Gold HW
By Hermès
Located in Westhampton Beach, NY
included. The Haut a Courroies (HAC) Birkin is slightly taller than the traditional Birkin and also
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21st Century and Contemporary French Top Handle Bags

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Hermès for sale on 1stDibs

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 top-handle-bags for You

Usually characterized by simplicity and sporting a classic and beloved silhouette, vintage and designer top-handle bags can easily find a place among your wardrobe staples. From the Haut à courroies — Hermès’s original top-handle bag, created in 1892 — to the smaller and timeless Sac à dépêches that inspired both the Kelly bag in the 1950s and the Birkin in the 1980s, the discerning shopper has had no shortage of options to choose from.

Small and mini designer top-handle bags, including vintage top-handle box bags and micro clutches, offer an alternate dynamic and usually feature sleek lines and modest features to perfectly complement your evening look. Styling with jeans and a comfortable sweater works, too — the classic top-handle bag is an ideal accessory to pair with casual attire. For a personal touch or pop of color, add a key chain, a patterned scarf or a handbag chain.

On 1stDibs, you can find vintage top-handle bags from Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci and more. The numerous styles of this universally loved accessory that we have available also include the Louis Vuitton Monogram Vernis Alma GM handbag, Fendi Baguette purses and modern leather handbags by Longchamp.