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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.

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Hermes Navy Wool Jumper
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Crafted from a navy wool blend, this Hermès chunky cardigan features a ribbed crew neck, long balloon sleeves and big buttons at the front. Perfect to keep you warm on colder days. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Special Order Tri-colour Togo Kelly Retourne 35cm
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
This 35cm Hermes Tri-colour Kelly bag exudes timeless style and elegance in an eye-catching colour combination of orange, yellow and opulent burgundy. Expertly crafted from Togo leat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermès Kelly 20cm Rose Lipstick
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
This stunning Hermès Kelly 20cm bag is featured in Rose Lipstick color and made in Chevre Mysore leather. It features single rolled top handle, front flap with turn lock, and palladi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermès Limited Edition Harlequin 35cm Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Crafted in France from soft, clemence leather, this limited edition and highly sought over Arlequin Harlequin Birkin bag by Hermès is a true testament to the quality of the house's c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermès Tri-Colour Sellier 32cm Kelly Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
This Tri-Colour Sellier 32 cm Kelly bag from Hermès is a true testament to the quality of the house's craftsmanship, exuding timeless style and elegance, perfect for any occasion wit...
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20th Century Hermès

Hermes Customised Jige PM Swift Clutch Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
A true classic, the Jige has long been offered by Hermes. This beautiful brown leather clutch is most distinctive by its graphic print, fold-over top and leather “H” pull tab closure...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermès Limited Edition Bi-colour Birkin 35cm
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Produced in 2005, this limited edition piece from Hermès features a beautiful two-tone crocodile leather exterior, complimented with silver-tone hardware on the face of the bag. In...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermès Customised Bandana Birkin 2012
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
This one of a kind Hermès Birkin in Blue Jean features a white intricate bandana print. Its blue leather facade is offset with Palladium hardware, and the handbag's interior holds a ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermès Jige Red Leather Clutch
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
This Hermes red leather Jige clutch is like no other, customised with handpainted knot print all over the front and back of the iconic clutch. The equestrian-inspired print complemen...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermès Gris Elephant Porosus Crocodile 35cm Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
This Hermès Birkin is a truly spectacular, one-of-a-kind item and a must have for any serious collector. Crafted in a Gris Elephant Porosus Crocodile Leather and accented by silver-p...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermès Green Les Sangles Maxi Square blanket
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
This stunning 100% wool blanket comes in a royal green and turquoise blue with a fabulous abstract Hermès pattern. Knitted construction. Finished edge. Colour: Green/ Blue Composit...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermès Birkin 35 Rose Lipstick Stamp
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
In 1984, Hermès CEO Juan-Louis Dumas boarded a flight and sat beside Jane Birkin. As she stowed away her straw handbag, the contents fell to the floor. As Birkin gathered her belongi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Micro Birkin Handbag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Released on the last runway of Jean Paul Gaultier for Hermes in 2011, this extremely rare Hermès Micro Kiwi Birkin Handbag miniature design features classic wrap-around straps which ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermès Brown Lambskin Blazer
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Expertly cut and crafted from smooth brown lambskin and a delightful silk lining, this vintage, long sleeved blazer features a classic cut and a four button closure. The strong silho...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermes Red "Birds & Flowers" Print Silk Scarf
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Fashioned from the purest red silk, this scarf presents an all detailed bird and floral motif, also featuring finished edges and a flexible long length. This bag comes in its origin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermes Kelly 32 Toile Rouge
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
This Hermès Kelly 32 Sellier is an old time favourite. Meticulously made entirely by hand from natural Toile it is lined with evenly-grained Courchevel leather. The piece opens to re...
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20th Century Hermès

Customised Bandana Print Hermès Kelly 28
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
This one of a kind Hermès Kelly 28 in Box Leather features a white intricate bandana print and a Twilly. The bag is customized and the stencil is not original to the piece. Its black...
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20th Century Hermès

Hermes Prune Niloticus Crocodile Kelly Cut Clutch
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Step up your after-dark repertoire with an Hermès Kelly Cut clutch in Prune Niloticus crocodile skin with palladium hardware. Its elongated silhouette features the iconic details of...
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2010s Hermès

Hermès Kelly 32 Clemence Pale Blue Y 2020
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
This 32cm Kelly bag from Hermès is a true testament to the quality of the house's craftsmanship, exuding timeless style and elegance. Crafted from Clemence leather, a favoured Hermès...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Chanel Blue Wool Scarf
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Wrap up in style and luxury comfort with this stunning yet understated baby blue coloured scarf from Chanel. Crafted from 100% wool. Measures 200cm x 80cm Colour: Baby Blue Compo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermès Vibrato Birkin 35
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Crafted in France, this limited edition and highly sought over pre-owned Birkin Vibrato bag from Hermès is a true testament to the quality of the house's craftsmanship, exuding timel...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermès Rose Azalee Kelly Cut
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Crafted in France from supple swift leather, this 2021 Rose Azalee Kelly Cut Clutch Bag by Hermès features tonal stitching, front straps and a top flat handle. The toggle closure is ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermès Vintage Gloves
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
In soft to touch black lambskin, these flawlessly made gloves are elegant and timeless. The gloves feature a silver-tone padlock, subtle yet recognisable. This bag comes in its ori...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

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 Hermès

Hermes Egyptian Feathers Silk Scarf
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Crafted in France from the finest silk, this pre-owned scarf by Hermès features lightweight construction, a square shape and a myriad of Egyptian feathers, designed in the 1980s. Thi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

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 Hermès

Hermes Orange Horsebit Buckle Belt
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Crafted in France from a vibrant orange cotton-blend, this pre-owned belt by Hermès features a hook and eye fastening and a horsebit buckle accented by silver-toned metal hardware. ...
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20th Century Hermès

Hermes Brown Alligator Trench Coat
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
This eternally classic item the trench coat has been interpreted in myriad different ways and fabrics over the years. Hermes released this elite item at the famed fashion house. The...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

2011 Hermes Purple Togo Kelly 28cm
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
This 28cm Hermes Kelly bag from 2011 is a true testament to the quality of the house's craftsmanship, exuding timeless style and elegance. Crafted from smooth Rose Porpoure Togo leat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermes Iridescent Silk Gown
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
The silk-satin of this Hermès gown is quite mesmerising – its vivid turquoise hue has an iridescent green lustre that moves with the light. This dress has a V-neckline with ruching a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermès Naissance d'une Silk Scarf
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Crafted in France from the finest silk, this pre-owned Hermès Naissance d'une Silk Scarf features a lightweight construction, a square shape and a handwritten design. This versatile ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermes J. Metz 'Les Sangles' Silk Scarf
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Crafted in France from the finest silk, this pre-owned scarf by Hermès was designed in 1985 by Joachim Metz. The multi-coloured 80s style scarf features a striped belt and buckle pat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermes 'Citrouilles et Coloquintes' Silk Scarf
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Crafted in France from the finest yellow silk, this pre-owned scarf by Hermès features lightweight construction, a square shape and fruit print motifs. This piece was designed by Val...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermes Limited Edition 35cm Birkin Barenia Flag Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Crafted in France, this limited edition and highly sought over Birkin Flag bag from Hermès is a true testament to the quality of the house's craftsmanship, exuding timeless style and...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermès Rose Gold and Diamond Clou de Selle Gambade Necklace
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
The epitome of luxury and delicacy comes in the form of this Hermès Rose Gold necklace set with a diamond. The necklace makes a gentle nod to the Hermès equestrian roots, featuring a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

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 Hermès

Hermes Brown Knitted Lounge Trousers
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Crafted in France from a blend of virgin wool and soft cashmere, these preloved, knitted lounge trousers by Hermes are presented in a bronze brown with a tapered yet informal silhoue...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermes Vintage Leather Bracelet
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
This cuff from Hermès is made of brown leather and features red cut-out leather logo detailing and a concealed gold-tone hook fastening. Colour: Red, Brown Material: Leather ...
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Late 20th Century Hermès

Hermes Vintage Sleveless Knit Sweater
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Embody the Hermes class in 3-in-one fashion with this black and white cashmere and cotton knit sweater, cowl and shirt from Hermès Vintage featuring a V-neck, a classic collar, long...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermès White Micro Birkin Handbag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Released on the last runway of Jean Paul Gaultier for Hermes in 2011, this extremely rare Hermès White Micro Birkin Handbag comes with a strap and can be worn as a wristlet, small cl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermès Rose Dragee Swift Leather 35cm Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
In a rare and soft shade of Rose Dragee, this opulent 35cm Birkin bag from Hermès is a true testament to the quality of the house's craftsmanship, exuding timeless style and elegance...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermes Ivory and Blue Jige Clutch Customised With Bird
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
A true classic, the Jige has long been offered by Hermes. This beautiful clutch is most distinctive by its customised and hand-painted bird design, in striking shades of blue. The cl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermès Customised Geometric Jige Clutch
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
A true classic, the Jige has long been offered by Hermès. This beautiful burgundy box leather clutch bag is most distinctive by its graphic all-over geometric print, and features the...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermes Kelly Pochette with Diamonds in Brighton Blue
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Inspired by Hermès' Kelly tote bag, designed with the iconic details of it's big sister and meticulously crafted from a shiny, rich and opulent Brighton Blue Crocodile leather, this ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermès Gold Birkin 40cm Togo
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
40 years after Juan-Louis Dumas designed the Birkin bag, it is world-renowned for its quality craftsmanship and intricate detailing. This 40cm Gold Hermès Birkin is no exception. Cra...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermès Limited Edition Bleu de Prusse Swift 35 Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Invest in a very rare and limited edition piece with this Hermès Birkin, crafted in luscious Bleu de Prusse Swift Leather and Toile with Palladium Hardware, featuring two rolled hand...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermes Off-White Leather Boots
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
These beautiful off-white leather lace-up ankle boots from Hermès feature a round toe, a lace-up front fastening, a front buckle fastened strap, a padded ankle, a stacked heel and a ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermès Les Cheyennes printed silk scarf
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Elizabeth Taylor once said that a woman without a scarf is a woman without a future. Crafted from soft silk, this Les Cheyennes scarf from Hermès will ensure yours is a glamorous one...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermès 'L'ombrelle Magique' Silk Scarf
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Crafted in France from the finest beige-coloured silk, this pre-owned scarf by Hermès features a lightweight construction, a square shape and an elegant, all-over 'L'ombrelle Magique...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermès Maple Wood Longboard
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Hermès made their foray into the world of skate culture with a line of skate -and longboards that featured archival designs from the house. The beech wood limited edition board has a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermès 25 Birkin Malachite
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
This Hermès Birkin exudes opulence, fabricated from a royal Malachite, lined in a complementary toned goatskin and finished with brushed metal palladium hardware. Compact-sized, the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermès Rose Scheherazade Constance Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
This extremely rare, vintage crocodile Hermès Constance bag comes in a unique and extremely sought after Rose Sheherazade colour. The interior features one spacious interior compartm...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermès Vintage Faco Clutch
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
The Hermes Faco clutch has not been in the spotlight much, so you may not have heard of it before. More formal and structured than the Hermes Jige, this Box Leather Vintage Faco clut...
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20th Century Hermès

Hermes Leather Covered Earrings
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Gold-tone black leather-covered earrings from Hermès featuring an embossed signature logo at the centre and a rear clip-on fastening. Colour: Gold and Black Material: Gold Plated a...
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20th Century Hermès

Hermès Birkin Swift 25 Vert Criquet
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
This 25cm Hermes Birkin is featured in a stunning Vert Criquet colour and accented with Gold hardware. Made from soft Swift leather, a fine grain that shimmers in sunlight, this Birk...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermès Customized Jige PM Swift Clutch Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
A true classic, the Jige has long been offered by Hermès. This beautiful black box leather clutch bag is most distinctive by its graphic all-over snake print, and features the iconic...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermes White Gulliver 28cm Kelly Retourne Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Crafted in France from smooth white gulliver leather, a fine-grained Hermès skin, notorious for its soft-to-the-touch texture and noticeably luminous finish, this vintage, Kelly Reto...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermès Chiffon Arabesque Square Scarf
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Elizabeth Taylor once said that a woman without a scarf is a woman without a future. Crafted from soft silk, this Arabesques scarf from Hermès will ensure yours is a glamorous one. E...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermès 'Attrape de Reves' Silk Print Scarf
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Crafted in France from the finest ivory-coloured silk, this pre-owned scarf by Hermès features a lightweight construction, a square shape and a brand stamped design. For an added tou...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

Hermès EX LIBRIS EN CAMOUFLAGE printed silk scarf
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Elizabeth Taylor once said that a woman without a scarf is a woman without a future. Decorated with a horse print, this Ex Libris En Camouflage scarf from Hermès will ensure yours is...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès

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Questions About Hermès
  • Chicjoy
    ChicjoySeptember 24, 2020

    Togo is made from a baby calf, while Clemence is made from a young bull.  Clemence is generally slouchier than Togo. Togo may have a smaller and bumpier grain with a drier hand; whereas Clemence may have a larger and flatter grain with a slicker hand.

  • 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

    The most popular size is still the Birkin 35cm. due to its creation as a carry-all for actress Jane Birkin. In recent years, mini bags have become trendy; thus, Birkin 30cm’s and 25cm’s have become more popular. Ostrich Birkins are usually produced in and most popular in 30cm size.

  • Chicjoy
    ChicjoySeptember 24, 2020

    It is virtually impossible to walk into an Hermes store as a new customer and be offered a Birkin for purchase. Most Birkins are offered to loyal clients who have established a purchase history at a particular store and with a particular sales associate who may take note of your Birkin or Kelly wish.

  • Chicjoy
    ChicjoySeptember 24, 2020

    It is extremely rare to walk into an Hermes store as a new customer and be offered a Kelly or Birkin for purchase. Most Kelly and Birkin bags are offered to loyal clients who have established a purchase history at a particular store and with a particular sales associate who may take note of your Birkin or Kelly wish.