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Hermès SS19 Ombré Haut à Courroies Cosmos HAC 50 Nuit Violet Limited Edition Bag

US$54,800

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Authentic Hermès Ombré Haut à Courroies Cosmos HAC 50 Limited Edition Travel Bag shown during the Spring Summer 2019 Menswear Presentation. Exquisite gradient ombre in Blue Nuit, Violet and Aqua. The richly saturated color-way of the bag takes us to very edges of the cosmos, with paint applied by hand to the leather. Made in France. Togo Leather, Brushed Palladium Hardware still covered in a protective plastic film. Excellent Condition. Never used. Includes: Lock, 2 x Keys, Clochette, One Large Dustbag for Bag, One Small Dustbag for Accessories. Top Handle Felt Protector, Hermes Care Book, Cosmos Book. Consigned without box. Measurements: Length: 50 cm / 21 7/8 inches Height: 43 cm / 17 inches Width: 25 cm / 10 inches Handle Drop: 6 inches The Hermès Birkin bag is modeled after the HAC, which was created in the 1800s, and is commonly most used as a travel bag. The HAC has a taller, narrower line with shorter handles. It is most commonly produced in sizes of 40 and larger, although there are some 32cm Birkin (HAC) bags with the same elements of shape. The oldest member of the family The Haut à courroies was Hermès’ firstborn, before the automobile and the taste for travel, at the beginning of the 20th century. Designed by Hermès to protect and transport saddles and riding boots, this ingenious and practical bag made life easier for riders and offered them an early expression of elegance. Its rigid flap folded flat against the rear of the bag creating a wide opening. The two saddle flaps were thus held in place by the straps, as if absorbed by the bag, like a sleight of hand. From rider to traveller Diverted from its equestrian use by the arrival of the automobile, the Haut à courroies became the ideal travel bag for adventurers. An intriguing detail: this ambassador for the house’s history of saddlery and itinerancy had no name. Tall (haut) and equipped with straps (courroies), it became the Haut à courroies. Strong, calm and straightforward. The essence of know-how in saddlery and leatherwork Over time, the Haut à courroies has retained its vocation as a phenomenal holdall that is spectacular yet extremely refined. A trapezoid design gives surplus to its volume with devilishly modern geometric boldness. Side straps entwine the colossus, while its short handles provide good grip over a burnished rigid flap. Light is reflected in the brass of the swivel clasp and padlock, both emblematic codes of Hermès leather goods, as is the saddle stitching. The hanging bell effect completes the incredible look of the bag, which stands firmly on its little base studs. Exemplary since its creation, the Haut à courroies bag is the emblem of Hermès expertise in saddlery and leatherwork. This large size of the Haut à courroies offers a fabulous field of expression for the Hermès workshops.

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    Height: 16.93 in. (43 cm)Width: 9.85 in. (25 cm)Length: 19.69 in. (50 cm)
  • Place of Origin
    France
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    San Francisco, CA
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    Seller: HERMES HAC BAG1stDibs: LU162213881032

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Birkin Bag

Designed by Hermès
Since its 1984 debut, the Birkin bag has become a coveted status symbol as much as it has an exclusive collector’s piece. The handbag is among the most expensive in the world, and the appetite for the accessory is well-known inside and outside the fashion industry. The history of the Birkin bag owes to a chance meeting on a flight from Paris to London in 1981, when British actress, singer and model Jane Birkin found herself describing her ideal handbag to another passenger. The two travelers hadn’t properly met, so it wasn’t immediately clear that she was practically brainstorming a future product with Hermès chairman Jean-Louis Dumas. When the latter identified himself, he told the star that Hermès was prepared to produce the accessory of her dreams. A discussion followed that involved rough sketches on an Air France airsickness bag, and the Birkin was introduced three years later.A spacious and symmetrical rectangular bag that features dual handles as compared to the trapezoidal single-handle frame of the company’s popular Kelly, the Birkin has amassed a rabidly enthusiastic fan base since its inception. Because it is so pricey and sought after, the goatskin-lined Birkin has frequently been targeted by counterfeiters, and its modest aesthetic and understated branding prevent it from being easily discernible from fakes. An array of metallic hardware fixtures, most often produced in gold or palladium, helps distinguish this dynamic handcrafted tote, and likely assisted the French police officers who broke up an international counterfeit Birkin operation in 2012.Among the characteristics that are integral to determining a Birkin’s authenticity as well as rendering it a truly desirable collector’s item are the signature lock and accompanying keys. The latter are tucked inside a lanyard made from a single piece of leather and draped around one of the handles. There are scuff-resistant base studs, too — a defense system to shield the durable leather exterior from damage should its owner park it on a gritty sidewalk. The studs are hammered in and can’t twist off, so there isn’t any danger of the bag losing its feet.Each tote is hand-sewn according to Hermès’s centuries-old saddle-stitching technique, and the exotic leathers — a variety that includes ostrich and crocodile — are subsequently painted and polished by house craftsmen in France. Owing to the artisan construction effort behind this globally adored accessory, it may take up to several days to produce a single Birkin bag.Jane had to wait for hers, too.
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