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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

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 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 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 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 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

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 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.
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

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 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 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 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.
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 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 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

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

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 Cognac Ostrich Exotic Gold Top Handle Satchel Shoulder Tote Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Hermes Cognac Ostrich Leather Travel Bolide Gold Top Handle Satchel Shoulder Tote Bag Ostrich leather Gold tone hardware Zipper closure Leather lining Date code present Made in Fran...
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21st Century and Contemporary 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

1990s Long Sleeve Hermès Top
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
A 1990s Hermès long sleeve top with baroque style print on silk featuring a selection of gold-coloured keys laid on a red braided cord all of which circle the gold shield in the cent...
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20th Century Blouses and Tops

Hermes Top Cashmere Sweater Classic WheatTan w/ Subtle Knit Detail Size M
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Hermes luxurious cashmere sweater top. Very sophisticated with a subtle knit detail that adds texture to this beautiful wheat coloured top. Clean lined with an e...
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2010s Pullovers

Hermes Top Scarf Print Blouse Feux D'Artifice w/ Twilly Vintage 38
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Hermes scarf print silk blouse. Feux D'Artifice silk scarf print blouse with matching twilly. Depicts fireworks commemorating 150 year anniversary of the foundin...
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Early 2000s Blouses

Hermes Pink Knit Sleeve Tie Detail Top L
By Hermès
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
A blend of comfort and style, this Hermes top is exactly what one needs in a top. This striking pink creation features a V neckline and tie details on the sleeves. You can pair the t...
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2010s Blouses

Vintage Hermes Black Leather Top Handle Handbag W/Lock & Key
By Hermès
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Hermes black leather handbag with lock & key. Features gold hardware and black leather interior. In good vintage condition with minor scratches and scuffs at the interior and...
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Mid-20th Century Top Handle Bags

Hermes Tan Canvas Box Leather Top Handle Handbag, 1960s
By Hermès
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Beautiful 1960's box canvas handbag by Hermes with beige canvas linen body and tan leather trim. Bag features a single rolled leather handle and the signature Hermes flap top closure...
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1970s Top Handle Bags

HERMES Black Alligator Exotic Skin Leather Gold Hardware Top Handle Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 1990 Collection Crocodile Leather Trim Gold Tone Hardware Made in France Measures 11" W x 7" H x 2" D Handle Drop 5" Includes Dust Bag 100% Authent...
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Late 20th Century Top Handle Bags

Hermes Blue Ivory Cognac Brown Leather Evening Top Handle Satchel Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Silver tone hardware Leather lining Zip closure Made in France Handle drop 7" Measures 12.25" W x 9" H x 4.25" D Includes dust bag and rain cover 100% authenticity guarantee...
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Late 20th Century Top Handle Bags

Hermès Halter Wrap Top Les Léopards Size S/M
By Hermès
Located in ., FR
Cute Authentic Hermès Top Pattern: "Léopards" Ties to cross and tie in front or back, halter neck Made in France Made of 100% Cotton Colorways: White, Yellow, Black Size: Tag s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crop Tops

Hermes Birkin 35 Bag Togo Orange Leather GHW Top Handle Handbag
By Hermès
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Company-Hermes Model-Hermes Birkin 35 Bag Togo Orange Leather GHW Top Handle Handbag Color-Orange Date Code-RF13 Material-Orange Togo Leather Measurements-14" L x 11" H x 7" W Ha...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Cognac Brown Canvas Small Mini Top Handle Satchel Evening Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Hermes Cognac Brown Canvas Small Mini Top Handle Satchel Evening Bag Canvas Fabric Silver tone hardware Snap closure Woven lining Made in France Handle drop 6" Measures 8.75" W x 1...
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Late 20th Century Top Handle Bags

HERMES Mini Kelly Doll Orange Gulliver Leather Palladium Top Handle Tote Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 2000 Collection Veau Gulliver Leather Palladium Tone Hardware Measures 6.25" W x 4.5" H x 2.5" D Handle Drop 2" Includes Box 100% Authenticity Guaran...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

HERMES Kelly 32 Sellier Black Leather Gold Small Top Handle Shoulder Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 2001 Collection Ardennes Leather Gold Tone Hardware Leather Lining Measures 13" W x 9.5" H x 4.75" D Handle Drop 3.5 " Strap Drop 17.25" Includes Cl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

HERMES Kelly 35 Retourne Black Leather Gold Top Handle Shoulder Tote Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 2013 Collection Togo Gold Hardware Leather Lining Measures 13.75" W x 10.25" H x 4.75" D Handle Drop 3.5 " Shoulder Strap Drop 17.25" Includes Cloch...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Hunter Green Leather Silver Buckle Evening Top Handle Satchel Tote Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Silver tone hardware Leather lining Buckle closure Made in France Handle drop 5" Measures 12.5" W x 8.25" H x 4.25" D 100% authenticity guaranteed by NEWFOUND LUXURY drag
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30 Purple Ostrich Exotic Silver Top Handle Satchel Tote Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Ostrich Palladium tone hardware Leather lining Turn lock closure Made in France Date code present Handle drop 4.5" Measures 11.5" W x 8.75" H x 5.75" D Includes original Hermes clo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Black Leather Gold Emblem Evening Kelly Style Top Handle Satchel Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Hermes Rare Black Leather Gold Emblem Evening Kelly Style Top Handle Satchel Bag Crocodile leather Gold tone hardware Leather lining Made in France Handle drop 4.5" Measures 9.5" W ...
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Late 20th Century Top Handle Bags

Hermes Dark Gunmetal Leather Silver Buckle Evening Top Handle Satchel Tote Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Silver tone hardware Leather lining Buckle closure Made in France Handle drop 5" Measures 12.5" W x 8.25" H x 4.25" D Includes dust bag 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOUN...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 35 Bag Togo Black Leather Palladium Hardware Top Handle Handbag
By Hermès
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Company-Hermes Model-Hermes Birkin 35 Bag Togo Black Leather Palladium Hardware Top Handle Handbag Color-Black Date Code-CO147 Material-Black Togo Leather Measurements-14" L x 11"...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

HERMES Kelly 28 Sellier Cognac Ostrich Exotic Gold Top Handle Shoulder Tote Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 1996 Collection Ostrich Leather Gold Tone Hardware Measures 11.5" x 8.25" H x 4.25" D x D 4.3" Handle Drop 3.5 " Shoulder Strap Drop 17" Includes Cl...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

HERMES Kelly 32 Sellier Dark Brown Leather Gold Hardware Top Handle Shoulder Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 1997 Collection Veau Greine Courchevel Leather Gold Tone Hardware Measures 12.5" W x 9" H x 4.75" D Handle Drop 3.5" Shoulder Strap Drop 17.25" Inclu...
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Late 20th Century Top Handle Bags

HERMES Kelly 32 Blue Vibratro Togo Leather Silver Top Handle Shoulder Tote Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 2004 Collection Vibrato Togo Leather Measures 12.5" W x 9.5" H x 4.75" D Handle Drop 3.5" Strap Drop 17" Includes Clochette, Padlock, Keys, Shoulder ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

HERMES Kelly 28 Sellier Red Leather Gold Evening Top Handle Bag Shoulder Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 1994 Collection Couchevel Leather Gold Tone Hardware Leather Lining Measures 11" W x 8.25" H x 4.25" D Handle Drop 4" Strap Drop 17" Includes Clochet...
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Late 20th Century Top Handle Bags

HERMES Purple Lizard Exotic Silver Small Mini Plume 22 Top Handle Satchel Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 2006 Collection Lizard Leather Trim Silver Hardware Leather Lining Measures 8.5" W x 5" H x 2" D Handle Drop 4.25" 100% Authenticity Guaranteed by N...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

HERMES Kelly Sellier 20 Black Leather Gold Small Mini Evening Top Handle Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 1991 Collection Box Leather Gold Tone Hardware Leather Lining Measures 8.5" W x 5.5" H x 3.5" D Handle Drop 3" Shoulder Strap Drop 16" 100% Authenti...
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Late 20th Century Top Handle Bags

HERMES Burgundy Red HAC 50 Gold Crinoline Leather Top Handle Travel Tote Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 1999 Collection Crinoline Buffalo Leather Gold Tone Hardware Canvas Lining Measures 20" W x 17" H x 10.5" D Handle Drop 2.75" Includes Clochette, Pa...
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Late 20th Century Top Handle Bags

HERMES Kelly 32 Sellier Black Togo Gold Evening Top Handle Satchel Shoulder Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 1999 Collection Togo Leather Gold Tone Hardware Measures 12.5" W x 8.25" H x 4.75" D Handle Drop 3.24" Shoulder Strap Drop 17" Includes Clochette, P...
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Late 20th Century Top Handle Bags

HERMES Kelly 40 Black Retourne Leather Gold Top Handle Satchel Shoulder Tote Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 1997 Collection Taurillon Clemence Leather Gold Tone Hardware Measures 15.75" W x 11" H x 6" D Handle Drop 4" Includes Clochette, Keys, Padlock and B...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

HERMES Kelly Sellier 20 Blue Leather Gold Small Mini Evening Top Handle Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 1995 Collection Box Leather Gold Tone Hardware Leather Lining Measures 8.5" W x 5.5" H x 3.5" D Handle Drop 3" Shoulder Strap Drop 16" Includes Shou...
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Late 20th Century Top Handle Bags

HERMES HAC 32 Brown Chocolat Leather Gold Top Handle Satchel Travel Tote Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 2003 Collection Chocolat Chevre Leather Gold Tone Hardware Measures 13" W x 10.25" H x 6.75" D Handle Drop 2.75" Includes Clochette, Padlock, Keys, R...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

HERMES Kelly 28 Sellier Black Lizard Exotic Gold Top Handle Satchel Shoulder Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 1997 Collection Lizard Leather Leather Lining Gold Tone Hardware Measures 11.5" W x 8.25" H x 4.25" D Handle Drop 3.5" Shoulder Strap Drop 17" Inc...
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Late 20th Century Top Handle Bags

HERMES Kelly 32 Retourne Cognac Tan Leather Gold Top Handle Satchel Shoulder Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 2001 Collection Courchevel Leather Gold Tone Hardware Leather Lining Measures 12.5" W x 8.25" H x 4.75" D Handle Drop 3.25" Shoulder Strap Drop 17" ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes HAC 32 Burgundy Red Leather Canvas Travel Carryall Top Handle Tote Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Canvas toile Silver tone hardware Date code present Made in France Handle drop 2.75" Measures 12.25" W x 10.25" H x 6.75" D Includes clochette, padlock, keys and dust bag ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes HAC 32 Cognac Ostrich Exotic Gold Travel Carryall Top Handle Tote Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Ostrich Leather Gold tone hardware Date code present Made in France Handle drop 2.75" Measures 12.25" W x 10.25" H x 6.75" D Includes clochette, padlock, keys 100% authenticity gua...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30 Pink Ostrich Leather Exotic Silver Top Handle Satchel Tote Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Ostrich Palladium tone hardware Leather lining Turn lock closure Made in France Date code present Handle drop 4.5" Measures 11.5" W x 8.75" H x 5.75" D Includes original Hermes clo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Ivory Cream Blue Leather Top Handle Satchel Shoulder Tote Bag in Box
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Hermes Bolide Ivory Cream Blue Leather Top Handle Satchel Shoulder Tote Bag in Box Leather Palladium tone hardware Leather lining Zipper closure Made in France Date code present H...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

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Hermes Top For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact vintage or contemporary hermes top you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. Our collection includes a variety of colors, spanning Black, Brown, Red and more. You’re likely to find the perfect hermes top among the distinctive accessories we have available, which includes versions made as long ago as the 18th Century as well as those produced as recently as the 21st Century. 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 is a Hermes Top?

The price for a hermes top starts at $125 and tops out at $649,000, and on average, selling for $13,425.

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.

Hermès Biography and Important Works

Hermès Furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of ceramics and are designed with extraordinary care. In our Hermès furniture collection there are many options to choose from, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 8 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Hermès' original furniture was created in the Romantic style in Europe during the 20th century. Prices for Hermès furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $145 and tops out at $2,899, while pieces like these can sell for $815 on average..
Questions About Hermes Top
  • 1stDibs ExpertAugust 17, 2021
    The most expensive Hermès bag is the Hermès Himalaya Kelly Birkin Bag. The first top-handled bag ever produced by Hermès was the Haut à courroies, which made its debut in 1892. Today the wide range of iconic handbags designed by Hermès includes the Kelly, the Birkin, the Constance and more. Shop Birkin bags on 1stDibs.