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Hermès Toile Canvas 39 cm Red Leather Sac a Depeche Attache Briefcase Handbag
By Hermès
Located in ., FR
Exceptionnal and rare Authentic Hermès Briefcase "Sac a Dépêche" Made in France Stamp S in a circle (vintage) This briefcase is absolutely gorgeous ! Exceptionnal condition. Beau...
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1980s Briefcases and Attachés

Hermès Brown Leather Tote
By Hermès
Located in San Francisco, CA
Hermès Brown leather tote bag with cut-out handles along the top of the bag. Button snap closure at the center top. The interior is composed of the large main compartment with one z...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Exceptional Hermès Kelly Bag Tricolor Alligator Ghw 32 cm RARE Exc Cond
By Hermès
Located in ., FR
Amazingly Gorgeous Authentic Hermès Kelly Bag Extremely Rare, this bag is a collector piece, a must-have ! Made in France Stamp T in circle for 1990 Made of Alligator and Golden ...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

Exceptional Hermès Lift Bag 4 ways Emerald Green Lizard H Buckle Ghw Rare
By Hermès
Located in ., FR
Gorgeous Authentic Vintage Hermès Bag called "Lift" Super rare Made in France Stamp R in circle (1988) Made of Lizard and golden Hardware Colorway: Emeral Green (Vert émeraude)...
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1980s Evening Bags and Minaudières

Hermes Magenta Alligator 'H' Logo Palladium Evening Clutch Wallet Bag in Box
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Hermes Hot Pink Alligator Exotic Leather 'H' Logo Palladium Evening Clutch Wallet Bag in Box Alligator Palladium hardware Fold in buckle closure Leather lining Date code present Ma...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wallets and Small Accessories

Hermès Vintage Pola Purse Clutch Evening Bag 2 ways Black Ostrich Golden Hdw
By Hermès
Located in ., FR
Rare and Beautiful Authentic Hermès Purse "Pola" Made in France No stamp but vintage Made of Ostrich Leather and Golden Hardware Ostrich is it a resistant leather, and less sub...
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Late 20th Century Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermes So Black Rodeo Leather Charm GM for Birkin Kelly
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Guaranteed Authentic Hermes So Black Rodeo Leather Charm GM for Birkin Kelly Cult favorite Hermes So Black Rodeo Charm is so fabulous and chic! Perfect gift! Brand new in box. Comes...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tech Accessories and Cases

Hermes Victoria 45 Travel Handbag in Crinoline and Buffalo Leather
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
Hermes Victoria 45 travel 48h bags in crinoline and buffalo leather. Good overall condition, 2 spots on the crinoline with some signs of wear. Sold with key, clochette and name tag. ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

1973 Hermes Vintage Black Suede Ribbon Clutch
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
Nice Hemes vintage clutch in black suede with ribbon clasp (that can be use as a brooche) Good vintage condition but it presents some signs of use Zip pocket inside Marked C in a ...
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1970s Clutches

Vintage Men's Hermes Document Clutch in Burgundy Leather
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
Vintage Hermes Burgundy leather clutch perfect for A4 documents Signs of wear in the leather (light scratched and marks) but the leather is not cracked Size 37*28
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1980s Clutches

Vintage 40's Hermes Lady Clutch in Black Lizard
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
Nice Hermes vintage Lady clutch in black lizard and silver plated hardware. Good vintage condition but it prresents some signs of use. Size 23x18 cm
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1940s Clutches

Hermes preloved Rouge H Birkin 35cm
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
The original Hermes red, Rouge H is a classic colour and one which can be worn all year round, the dark red is remarkably versatile. In Taurillon Clemence with Palladium Hardware. ...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

  • Hermes preloved Rouge H Birkin 35cm
  • Hermes preloved Rouge H Birkin 35cm
  • Hermes preloved Rouge H Birkin 35cm
  • Hermes preloved Rouge H Birkin 35cm
H 9.85 in. D 7.09 in. L 13.78 in.
HERMES Constance Mini Epsom Craie 18'
By Hermès
Located in Monte Carlo, MC
Handbag gold 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 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 Vintage Black Lizard Vintage Boutonnière Bag
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
Vintage Hermes black lizard bag in good vintage condition (leather shiny and interior too) Size 26x16 cm Signed inside Clasp also signed, some signs of wear
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1960s Top Handle Bags

Hermes 60's Vintage Brown Croco Vintage Bag
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
Nice Vintage hermes bag in crocodile with golden hardware. Good vintage condition howenver it presents soome signs of use and some stiches has been redone, some signs of wear in the ...
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1960s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Vintage Black Croco Vintage Shoulder Bag
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
Nice Vintage hermes bag in crocodile with golden hardware. Good vintage condition howenver it presents soome signs of use Bag from the 70's No Cites. So check your country regulatiio...
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1970s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Vintage Black Leather 60's Doctor Bag
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
Vintage Hermes late 50 or early 60's Doctor bag in black leather. Vintage piece with signs of use in the leather. leather in the handle probably changed. Comes with keys and lock wo...
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1960s Top Handle Bags

60's Hermes Vintage Pullman Brown Leather Bag
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
For sale a Vintage 60's Hermes Pullman in Box leather. Good vintage condition, no cracking in the leather, some signs of use light scratched and some stains in the inner middle compa...
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1960s Top Handle Bags

Vintage Hermes Black crocodile "Cordeliere" Shoulder Bag
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
Vintage nice Hermes Cordeliere bag in black crocodile Goood vintage condition ( just some light signs of use) Clasp signed Size 27*18
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1960s Top Handle Bags

Hermes vintage Constance 23 in brown crocodile
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
A gorgeous and rare Vintage Constance in Shiny Croc with Gold Hardware. Colour: Brown Colour Code: n/a Leather: Shiny Croc Hardware: Gold Stamp: F in circle (1976) Condition: Excell...
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1970s Top Handle Bags

  • Hermes vintage Constance 23 in brown crocodile
  • Hermes vintage Constance 23 in brown crocodile
  • Hermes vintage Constance 23 in brown crocodile
  • Hermes vintage Constance 23 in brown crocodile
H 5.91 in. D 3.55 in. L 9.06 in.
Hermes Tangerine Kelly 32cm in Ostrich
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Tangerine is a gorgeous colour for winter and summer alike – a really bright jewel like orange which is especially lovely on this Kelly 32 in Ostrich with Palladium Hardware. On clos...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

  • Hermes Tangerine Kelly 32cm in Ostrich
  • Hermes Tangerine Kelly 32cm in Ostrich
  • Hermes Tangerine Kelly 32cm in Ostrich
  • Hermes Tangerine Kelly 32cm in Ostrich
H 9.06 in. D 4.14 in. L 12.6 in.
Hermes Black Kelly 32cm in Evergrain
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Probably one of the most glamorous and famous Hermes bags – a Black Kelly with Gold Hardware in the structured Sellier design with external stitching which gives it a particularly di...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

  • Hermes Black Kelly 32cm in Evergrain
  • Hermes Black Kelly 32cm in Evergrain
  • Hermes Black Kelly 32cm in Evergrain
  • Hermes Black Kelly 32cm in Evergrain
H 9.06 in. D 4.14 in. L 12.6 in.
Hermes preloved Raisin / Anemone Birkin 35cm
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Raisin is a beautiful deep colour which is surprisingly versatile, and this is an extra special Birkin 35 with the piping and inside in bright Anemone, it’s a neutral bag with a twis...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

  • Hermes preloved Raisin / Anemone Birkin 35cm
  • Hermes preloved Raisin / Anemone Birkin 35cm
  • Hermes preloved Raisin / Anemone Birkin 35cm
  • Hermes preloved Raisin / Anemone Birkin 35cm
H 9.85 in. D 7.09 in. L 13.78 in.
2003 Hermes Herbag Bag in Vibrato Leather
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
Hermes herbag bag in Vibrato leather, it will be sold with its other outer in Khaki canvas. Good condition but some signs of wear. Collector piece as the Vibrato leather is no long...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Vintage Mangeoire Bucket bag in red Courcheval leather
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
Vintage Hermes Bucket Mangeoire bag in red grained leather. Good condition but signs of wear due to its age. Some scratches . Stamp in the bottom. Size 25x16
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1970s Top Handle Bags

Hermes vintage Kelly 20cm Blue in Box leather
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
These beautiful bags are no longer made so are very sought after and we are lucky enough to have this gorgeous little Kelly in very dark blue available. S stamp, in good condition wi...
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1980s Top Handle Bags

  • Hermes vintage Kelly 20cm Blue in Box leather
  • Hermes vintage Kelly 20cm Blue in Box leather
  • Hermes vintage Kelly 20cm Blue in Box leather
  • Hermes vintage Kelly 20cm Blue in Box leather
H 5.52 in. D 3.55 in. L 7.88 in.
Hermes 60's Vintage Natural Leather Chaine D'ancre Bag
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
Nice Vintage hermes bag in brown vintage Chaine d'ancre leather bag in natural leather. Clasp signed Hermes Good condition but signs of wear in the leather Size 25*15 cm
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1960s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30 Black Noir Epsom Gold Hardware GHW Stamp
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
Become an owner of perfect solid hard calfskin Hermes Birkin 30 Black Epsom Gold Hardware Stamp A (2017) purse. As the most demanded fashion bag in the world it helps you pay attenti...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Vintage Hermes towel Vanity case
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
Vintage Hermes towel Vanity case,Corail. Good condition, with some signs of wear ( trimmings ) and some stains on the Inside. Marked "S" 18cm x 13cm x 19cm
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Late 20th Century Cosmetic Bags

Hermes Vintage Fonsbelle Brown Box Leather Bag
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
Really nice hard to find Hermes 60's Fonsbelle bag in brown box leather. The strap can be doubled so It could be worn hand or shoulder ( just crossbody for someone of small size) Go...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

1974 Hermes Fonsbelle Black Crocodile Purse / Bag
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
Really nice hard to find Hermes 1974 5d in circle) Fonsbelle bag in nblack crocodile The strap can be doubled so It could be worn hand or shoulder ( just crossbidy for someone of sma...
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1970s Structured Shoulder Bags

Vintage Hermes Noumea Messeger Bag in Yellow Leather
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
Hermes Noumea bag in yellow grained leather. Good vintage conition some light signs of use. No major defect. Lovely color fir sunny days. Size 28x23
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1980s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

60's Vintage Hemes Monaco 28 in Brown Chocolate Box Leather
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
For sale a Vintage 60's Hermes Monaco in Brown Chocolate in box leather. Good/Fair condition but some signs of wear, slight cracking in the leather. Corner is good condition Handle h...
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1970s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Leather Handbag Clutch, 1970s
By Hermès
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Stunning Early 1970s Leather Hermes handbag. This handbag is in excellent condition with minimal wear, mainly from age. The leather is in excellent condition. The color is a strong c...
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1970s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Vintage 1962 Brown Box Leather 27cm Drag Bag
By Hermès
Located in Nice, FR
HERMES vintage 1962 brown box leather 27cm DRAG bag. This bag features : - Brown box leather body. - Foldover top with iconic gold toned H push-lock closure. - Top handles. - Gold t...
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1960s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Black Evelyne TPM Shoulder Cross Body Messenger Bag
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Black Evelyne TPM Shoulder Cross Body Bag Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. Pristine Condition. Perfect gift! Coming in full set with shoulder strap, Hermes sleepers, and Hermes ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Hermès Rose Jaipur Epsom Kelly Depliant Medium Wallet GHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Hermès Rose Jaipur Epsom Kelly Depliant Medium Wallet GHW SKU: 112281 MSRP: USD 3,425.00 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Condition Description: Handbag Condition: Very G...
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2010s Wallets

Hermes Vintage Dark Navy Blue Pochette Fanny Pack
By Hermès
Located in Nice, FR
HERMES vintage rare dark navy blue pochette fanny pack with gun patina hardware. Snap button closure at front with iconic HERMES horn and ribbon design. Adjustable straps can be ti...
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20th Century Belt Bags

Hermes canvas bag, butterfly print
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
Nice Hermes Bag, blue canvas with butterfly print, green finishes. Some discoloration marks on the canvas, and signs of wear on some rings. But the bag is in good condition. 35cm x 3...
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2010s Tote Bags

Hermes 2008 Good News messenger Bag in beige Clemence Leather
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
Hermes good news messenger bag in beige Clemence Leather. Good condition just some light signs of use Marked L inside so bag from 2008 Can be wear shoulder or crossbody Closing by zi...
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2010s Hobo Bags

Hermès Camel Leather Jige Elan Clutch
By Hermès
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
Hermès handbag made of camel-colored leather. The bag is in good condition except for some internal stains.
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1960s Top Handle Bags

  • Hermès Camel Leather Jige Elan Clutch
  • Hermès Camel Leather Jige Elan Clutch
  • Hermès Camel Leather Jige Elan Clutch
  • Hermès Camel Leather Jige Elan Clutch
H 10.24 in. D 0.79 in. L 13.39 in.
HERMES 35cm Noir Togo Leather Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes 35cm Noir Togo Leather Birkin Bag with Silver Hardware. This Hermés Birkin bag embodies the quintessence of style and luxury due to its impeccable design, craftsmanship, rarit...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

HERMES 40cm Barenia Leather Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
The Hermés Birkin bag embodies the quintessence of style and luxury due to its impeccable design, craftsmanship, and significance. Being that it is the most iconic and desired piece ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

HERMES 35cm Crocodile Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
The Hermés Birkin bag embodies the quintessence of style and luxury due to its impeccable design, craftsmanship, and significance. Being that it is the most iconic and desired piece ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Mini Dog Carres Bag Strap 16mm Magnolia Pink Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Hermes limited edition 16mm Mini Dog Carres bag strap features Magnolia with gold hardware. Swift leather strap with signature Medor hardware. Is compatible wit...
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2010s Wallets and Small Accessories

Hérmes 30cm Black Crocodile / Togo Birkin Touch Bag
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
The Hermés Birkin bag embodies the quintessence of style and luxury due to its impeccable design, craftsmanship, and significance. Being that it is the most iconic and desired piece ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes 25MM Tressage Bag Strap Bleu Indigo/Rose Extreme/Lime Epsom Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers an Hermes Tressage 25 MM bag strap featured in Blue Indigo with Rose Extreme and Lime. Epsom leather and Gold hardware. This Hermes bag strap is compatible with a m...
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2010s Wallets and Small Accessories

Hermes Bag Strap Sangle Zig Zag 25 MM Blue / Green Swift Palladium
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Hermes Sangle Zig Zag 25 MM in Bleu du Nord and Vert Veronese bag strap. In Canvas and Swift calfskin with Palladium plated hardware and snap hook. Is compatibl...
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2010s Wallets and Small Accessories

Hermes Birkin 35 Lime Candy Limited Edition Bag Epsom Palladium
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers a rare Limited Edition Candy Hermes Birkin 35 bag featured Lime with Gris Perle interior. Fresh with palladium hardware. Epsom leather maintains the shape of the ba...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 35 Bag Etoupe Gold Hardware Togo Leather Neutral Taupe
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers an Hermes Birkin 35 bag featured in Etoupe. Luscious with rare to find gold hardware. Supple Togo is scratch resistant and butter soft to the touch. This stylish an...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin HSS 35 Bag Etain Lime Brushed Palladium Togo
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers a rare Hermes Birkin HSS 35 bag featured in Etain with Lime interior. Etain is the most perfect medium gray and is utterly neutral. Subtle brushed palladium hardwa...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Market Handbag Leather 28
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Wear on base corners, strap wax edges, opening trim and in interior, scuffs on exterior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag Measurements: Handle Drop ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Hermes Market Handbag Leather 28
  • Hermes Market Handbag Leather 28
  • Hermes Market Handbag Leather 28
  • Hermes Market Handbag Leather 28
H 11 in. W 10.5 in. D 6 in.
Hermes Kelly 35 Leather Handbag.
By Hermès
Located in Kiev, UA
A classic Hermès Kelly 35 made from Togo leather in Etoupe. The bag features original replaced palladium hardware. INCLUDES Dustbag, keys, lock, clochette, invoice
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Hermes Kelly 35 Leather Handbag.
  • Hermes Kelly 35 Leather Handbag.
  • Hermes Kelly 35 Leather Handbag.
  • Hermes Kelly 35 Leather Handbag.
H 9.8 in. D 4.7 in. L 13.8 in.
Hermes Heeboo Handbag Toile MM
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Creasing and wear on exterior, discoloration on base corners, minor wear and scuffs on handles and interior leather trims. Peeling on zipper pull wax edges, scr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

  • Hermes Heeboo Handbag Toile MM
  • Hermes Heeboo Handbag Toile MM
  • Hermes Heeboo Handbag Toile MM
  • Hermes Heeboo Handbag Toile MM
H 13 in. W 16 in. D 2.5 in.
Hermès Toolbox Leather Handbag in Grey
By Hermès
Located in Carnate, IT
Hermès Toolbox Leather Handbag in Grey Hermes Tool Box bag in taupe color. Silver hardware. With padlock and original shoulder strap. Original dust. In perfect condition, never been...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

  • Hermès Toolbox Leather Handbag in Grey
  • Hermès Toolbox Leather Handbag in Grey
  • Hermès Toolbox Leather Handbag in Grey
  • Hermès Toolbox Leather Handbag in Grey
H 14.6 in. W 13 in. D 9.1 in.
Hermes Cocoa Brown Leather Handbag
By Hermès
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Hermes vintage cocoa brown leather handbag, minor wear, unisex. Comes with original dust cover
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

  • Hermes Cocoa Brown Leather Handbag
  • Hermes Cocoa Brown Leather Handbag
  • Hermes Cocoa Brown Leather Handbag
  • Hermes Cocoa Brown Leather Handbag
H 8 in. W 3.5 in. L 12 in.
Hermes Tibet Vertical Handbag Clemence PM
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
These are professional pictures of the actual item offered by Rebag. Condition: Fair. Creasing on exterior and underneath flap, heavy cracking on flap and opening wax edges. wear an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Hermes Heeboo Handbag Toile MM
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Creasing and wear on exterior, discoloration on base and opening corners, minor wear and scuffs on handles and interior leather trims. Peeling on z...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

  • Hermes Heeboo Handbag Toile MM
  • Hermes Heeboo Handbag Toile MM
  • Hermes Heeboo Handbag Toile MM
  • Hermes Heeboo Handbag Toile MM
H 13 in. W 16 in. D 2.5 in.
Hermes Kelly Handbag Tricolor Togo 32
By Hermès
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
This fantastic Hermes Kelly Tricolor Togo in size 32 is constructed with scratch-resistant Togo leather in striking blood orange front, tangerine back, and chocolate brown sides and ...
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Early 2000s Shoulder Bags

  • Hermes Kelly Handbag Tricolor Togo 32
  • Hermes Kelly Handbag Tricolor Togo 32
  • Hermes Kelly Handbag Tricolor Togo 32
  • Hermes Kelly Handbag Tricolor Togo 32
H 8.67 in. D 4.73 in. L 12.6 in.
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Hermed Handbags For Sale on 1stDibs

Browse a vast assortment of hermed handbags for sale on 1stDibs. For hermed handbags, Black is a pretty popular color, but we also have Brown, Blue, Red and more in stock now. Making the right choice when shopping for these accessories may mean looking at versions that date from different eras — you can find early iterations from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century, all of which have proven very popular over the years. When shopping for these accessories, you’ll find that there are less available pieces for men or unisex today than there are for women.

How Much are Hermed Handbags?

The prices for hermed handbags start at $75 and top out at $649,000 with these items, on average, selling for $9,059.

Hermès 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 Hermed Handbags
  • Chicjoy
    ChicjoySeptember 24, 2020

    The most popular Hermes bag is the Evelyne. Originally designed to carry horse grooming tools, the Evelyne features a distinctive perforated H design, an exterior pocket, and a long strap making it a crossbody bag.

  • Chicjoy
    ChicjoySeptember 24, 2020

    Hermes bags have blindstamps, placed under the plaques or on the interior. Usually they are placed close to the date stamps denoting the year of production. Recently, in a small % of receipts, the blind stamp is also printed on the store receipt which can be matched to the blind stamp inside the bag.