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Hermes, or the ultimate luxury in the world of fine leather goods…

Everything started in 1837 in Paris, France, when Thierry Hermes started to make saddles, harnesses and other equestrian goods out of fine leather. By the end of this century, Hermes started very quickly to create handbags, luggage and trunks, as the use of horses was about to be replaced by motorized vehicles.

By 1930, the worldwide famous Kelly first appeared, but it’s only in 1956 that it became a super star. The Kelly bag was so named after Princess Grace of Monaco, former American actress Grace Kelly, while she tried to cover her pregnant stomach from the paparazzi. What she didn’t know at that time, is that she named a bag that would become a cult in the history of handbags.

In 1981, Jean-Louis Dumas was sitting in an airplane next to British-born actress-singer Jane Birkin, who complained about her overstuffed purse. Three years later, he introduced a bag based on an 1892 design, made based on the bohemian lifestyle of Jane Birkin, and simply named Birkin.

These two bags are the most famous of the brand. And, as a matter of fact, they are also two of the most complex handbags in the world, and they are made 100 % by hand. This is also what makes this brand so exceptional ! The leather colors are custom-made, and each color has a unique line of undertones. You can also choose a “Rigide” version for your bag, which would have stitching on the outside, or a “Souple” version, which would have a softer feel and inside stitching.

The quality of the leather, and the uniqueness of the creation of an Hermes bag is not all. The choice of the hardware for these bags are stunning : 24 karat gold, silver palladium, ruthenium or guilloche are the choices for the metal that will adorn your bag.

And finally, if you want one of these beauties, you will be on a long waiting list. Why you may ask? The Hermes company does not use assembly lines to create its handbags. Only one experienced Hermes crafts person, who most likely has been employed by the company for decades, makes a single handbag at a time. The time consuming hand-stitching of individual pieces with linen thread and using an awl requires between 18 to 24 hours to produce. Hermès’s leathers are sourced from all over the world. Most Hermes customers wait approximately between six months to one year for delivery of one of the house signature bags: the Birkin, or the Kelly. For those who can afford these stunning bags or any other style, if the leather goods require repair, you can take the bag to any Hermès store. It will be shipped to the Atelier Hermès in Pantin, near Paris, to be repaired or reconditioned.

, despite the price we won’t even talk about…

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