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“One of the greatest investments”

Hermès is a traditional French fashion house and family business founded in 1837 in Paris. Starting with the manufacture of saddles and bridle for horses, the company has developed over time to one of the most exclusive manufacturers of fashion, handbags and accessories. Nevertheless, one has always remained true to his roots and the unique craftsmanship is the basis of the identity of Hermes. This will continue to offer high-quality products in equestrian sports. The brand stands for noblest materials, highest quality, creative freedom and sustainable entrepreneurial work. The glitter of the glamor comes mainly from the two most prominent handbags on offer: the Kelly Bag and the Birkin Bag. Kelly Bag The origin of Kelly Bag is located in one of the first handbags of Hermès, which was launched in 1936 under the name "Petit Sac Skin à coroies". First of all, the Bag only moderately successful, that changed in 1956 abruptly, as the famous actress and later princess of Monaco Grace Kelly, on the day of her engagement with such a Bag was photographed. The pioneer of this unique love relationship was not less than Alfred Hitchcok, in whose classic "to Catch A Thief" carries the actress Hermès Accessories. The name Grace Kelly was thus for eternity with the Bag connected and Hermès named the Bag Immediately around in Kelly Bag. Birkin Bag The Legend is said to help the then President of Hermès, Jean-Louis Dumas, on a flight from Paris to London of the well-known actress Jane Birkin, the content of her Bag Collect together. With your desire for a stylish leather case for the weekend, which offers enough space, you came to open ears at Dumas. The first design is to be created in the plane on a napkin. Each produced model is a custom-made customer request and the elaborate production process has long been a standard waiting times. Hermes consciously decided to extend production or outsource in low-wage countries. This scarcity increases demand again, which prices drives to the height. Meanwhile, they even apply as an alternative value system.

The material and its texture
The Hermès brand buys the highest quality leathers from around the world. In some cases, exotic leather such as ostrich or crocodile is also used. The latter sometimes even has to dry for years before it can be processed or is processed for the first time. Due to the high quality leather, each HermèsBag a stately weight and a wonderful leather scent. The interior of a Birkin, Kelly, Evelyne, Constance is always made of leather. Only in a few Hermès models, the interior is made of fabric. In Kelly, Birkin, Constance, Solidarity, Evelyne, Kelly Herbag, etc. is ALWAYS made of leather, never textile fabric. But there are also bags (for example, B. Victoria), whose inner lining is made of fabric.

The seams
Also at Hermès it is important that the seams are absolutely symmetrical and processed or sewn in very high quality. The stitch length/thread height is always the same. Counterfeits have unsightly and poorly finished seams with Hermès, as with all other brands. Hermès bags also use a single color for all the seams of the Bag used. The thread itself is always sewn at a slight angle and never runs 'dead straight'!
Left genuine / right FAKE

Shapes and different sizes
A Birkin or KellyBag retains its rigid shape even when the Bag is put down. Other models, such as an 'Evelyne Bag', do not stand at all, but collapse.
The mass of the Birkin Bag:
25s (25cm x 20cm x 13cm)
30s (30cm x 22cm x 16cm)
35er (35cm x 25cm x 18cm)
40er (40cm x 30cm x 21cm)
The dimensions of the Kelly Bag:
15 (15cm x 11cm x 5cm)
20s (20cm x 16cm x 10cm)
25s (25cm x 19cm x 9cm)
28er (28 cm x 22 cm x 10 cm)
32er (32 cm x 23 cm x 10.5 cm)
35er (35cm x 24cm x 12cm)
40er (40cm x 28cm x 16cm)
50er (50cm x 34cm x 25cm)

Hot stamping
On a Hermès Birkin/Kelly Bag there is always the brand logo ("Hermès Paris Made in France") on the front and a stamp on the back of the flap. The stamps are always pressed in and provide information about when the Bag was made and what material was used. The Hermès logo on an original handbag is always located just below the stitching. The hot stamping on the back of the flap gives many clues about originality. It consists of a letter from A to Z and a circle, square or no other shape. You will also find an identification number and - if present - a reference to exotic leather (for example, "-" for lizard).
Letter without shape = Bag, made between 1945 (A) and 1970 (Z)
Letter in circle = Bag, produced between 1971 (A) and 1996 (Z)
Letter in square = production between 1997 (A) and the current year - 2014 ®️
From 2015 = letter without shape
2015 = T
2016 = X
2017 = A
2018 = C
2019 = D
2020 = Y

Hermès bags are still like the Holy Grail or the Rolls Royce of bag heaven. They have an extremely high quality finish and very rare examples regularly fetch around CHF 250,000 at auctions.

The most famous models of Hermès are the Birkin or Kelly Bag.

First of all: This is only true for Birkin and Kelly Bags and our answer is "YES", we at Secondhandbags AG know customers who are waiting for their dream bag or color and leather. But we also have customers who have a new Hermès bag within a week.Bag in the store.

No, Kelly or Birkin bags come in almost all colors and leathers.

Yes, an Evelyne bag is offered in sizes TMP (16 cm), PM (29 cm), GM (33 cm) and TGM (40 cm).

No, today the H is "lasered" or "punched".