Monday, April 25, 2016

Hermes Enamel Clic-Clac Bangle Bracelets - Private Collection

A young friend (25 years old) has a very impressive collection of Hermes bracelets (approx. 60). Eye candy...









The bag you are not allowed to buy

They're so covetable, snooty stores will only sell them to the A-list. So what happened when we sent ordinary women to ask for a Hermes handbag

  • Hermes handbags are favourites of celebrities like Victoria Beckham 
  • They carry and £6,000 plus price tag, but distribution is strictly controlled
  • Sales assistants say they aren't in stock and don't know delivery dates
  • Bags take 18 to 25 hours to make by specialist 'artisans' in France
The immaculately turned-out shop assistant in the Hermes concession at Harrods is adamant. 'I am sorry, madam, we can't take an order and there is no waiting list,' she snaps. 'When they do arrive, they just fly out of the shop. To be honest, it is not easy to get one. Good luck.'
On London's Sloane Street, awash with wealthy Arab women and designer shops, it's the same story. A liveried doorman waves me into the gleaming Hermes emporium and I make my way to the handbag display.
But when I announce 'I'd like to buy a Birkin handbag, please,' the sales assistant raises an eyebrow and a chill seems to fall around the counter.

Celebrity fans: Victoria Beckham clearly has the connections to get her hands on an Hermes bag Victoria Beckham clearly has the connections to get her hands on an Hermes bag

For this is no normal shopping experience. This is what happens when an ordinary woman like me asks for the handbag money can't buy.
Commonly spotted hanging off the arms of celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, the Hermes Birkin and VB's other favourite, the single-handled Hermes Kelly, are the ultimate in designer arm-candy. 
Costing an eye-watering £6,000-plus each, these bags are so covetable, they are said to be a better investment than stocks and shares - for unlike a new car or piece of jewellery, they appreciate in value the moment you buy them. Just one problem: you have to get hold of one in the first place.

Exclusive: Catherine Zeta-Jones is also a fan of her Hermes bag, pictured here in New York 

Auction house expert Max Brownawell explains: 'Your average woman can't just walk into Hermes and buy one. You'd have to have a long-standing relationship with one of their sales associates.'
This exclusivity and the subsequent mystique that surrounds the Birkin and Kelly has proved to be a phenomenally successful marketing trick.
Where other designer brands have become tacky and ubiquitous, Hermes alone, it seems, has been able to control access to its handbags to the point where they are badges of wealth even for the super-rich. Naturally, they are popular with the A list.

Zoe Brennan went to an Hermes shop in an attempt to purchase an exclusive £7,000 'Kelly bag'
Zoe Brennan went to an Hermes shop in an attempt to purchase an exclusive £7,000 'Kelly bag'
Kate Moss has a Birkin in denim, and celebrity fans include Elle Macpherson, Naomi Campbell and Sarah Jessica Parker, who between them have Birkins in all the colours of the rainbow, in skins from ostrich to crocodile, and price tags reaching up to £35,000.
Legend has it that the Birkin was born when the eponymous Jane Birkin, actress love of Je t'aime singer Serge Gainsbourg, was seated next to Hermes CEO Jean-Louis Dumas on a flight. She carried a tatty, over-filled straw bag and said she could never find a decent handbag. Dumas invited her to his workshop and the prototype was conceived. The rest is history.
The Kelly bag has just as glamorous a tale behind it. Originally designed as a saddle-bag in about 1892, it is named after the film star Grace Kelly, wife of Prince Rainier of Monaco, because she fell in love with one used as a prop during filming of Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch A Thief.

She put the large bag to good use in 1956, when, not yet ready to announce her pregnancy, she held one up to hide her emerging baby bump from the paparazzi. A picture found itself on the cover of Life magazine. With that, the bag was instantly synonymous with Grace and it was re-named the Kelly.
The Hermes website boasts: 'A Kelly is a rare and precious thing' and last week, a spokesman for the company stressed that the number of bags it can produce is limited because only a small number of craftsmen have the necessary skills to make them.
They pointed out that a single worker takes 18 to 25 hours to make each Kelly bag by hand, while the Birkin takes even longer, saying: 'Our production remains highly dependent on the know-how of our artisans.'

Kelly: The 'Kelly' is named after actress Grace Kelly

When I contacted Hermes to find out why I couldn't buy one, they said: 'Each Hermes store director worldwide is responsible for buying for their own store. They place seasonal orders twice a year, which are generally received six to 12 months later.'
Certainly, these bags are elusive - as I discover at the Sloane Street store, a haven of luxurious soft furnishings, gleaming glass cabinets and polished surfaces.
The customers are mainly Arab or Asian, the women dripping with diamonds, men dressed in cashmere weekend wear.
After I've stated my intention to buy a Birkin, a male assistant wordlessly ushers me towards a leather-covered desk and asks me to sit down.
'We do not have any in the shop,' he explains. 'There will be none until next month. And I cannot tell you when the next delivery will arrive. For security reasons, we don't even know what will arrive in the delivery.'
Perhaps I could buy a Kelly bag, then? 'The Kelly is even less available,' he says sternly.
But there is a ray of hope.
Would I like to see the leather samples? He opens a book of butter-soft leather and I am allowed to flick through. I pause when I reach an electric blue leather.
Could I perhaps order a bag, then - in this? His eyebrow arches again.
'No, madam. We do not take orders. It is not possible to order a colour. We get orange or red sometimes, and the odd time an off-white grey. Everyone assumes that you can simply order these bags - but it is not like that. It is a waiting game.'
Maybe I could see a bag?
He disappears, returning with three cloth dust-bags. Reverentially, he unveils their contents: the coveted orange 35cm Birkin in Epsom, a stamped stiff leather, and its cousin, the 30cm black model in Togo, a slouchier leather, and the 35cm Kelly in a soft Blue Jean Togo.

Amazingly, the writer was told that the shop assistant could keep an eye out for her when the bags come in

All the bags bear the distinctive Hermes, Paris, Made in France mark. It is rather like being in a museum, yet I am allowed briefly to reach out and touch these coveted icons.
My hand lingers on the price tag - £6,010. 'Oh, I don't know who wrote that,' says the assistant. 'That is an old price. The Kelly is about £7,500 now and the Birkin Togo £6,750. But in any case, they are not in stock.'
So why are they so expensive?
'If you look at this stitching, it is double stitched so that if one thread breaks it will not come apart,' he says, caressing the Birkin.
'We use only the top 10 per cent of the leather we look at. Our artisans are trained for three to four years before they are allowed to touch the hide. Each bag is made by a single artisan - and if you put several bags in front of one of them, he can pick out the one he made.'
He opens the Kelly. 'Look inside. Other bags are lined with fabric or cheaper leather, but we use the same quality of leather inside and outside.'
Trying to buy one is impossible, however. I gaze forlornly at the sample bags before me.
The assistant then shows me a catalogue of other styles, and as we leaf through, chatting about lesser models such as the Lindy, designed in 2007, and the Bolide, with zips down the side, the mood abruptly changes.
'We don't normally take requests but, since you are local, I can keep an eye out for you,' he says. 'I can take your number and call you to let you know when a bag comes in. What colour are you interested in?'
I cannot quite believe it. Amazingly, he is lifting the velvet rope and letting me inside this gilded world. Dazzled at the new VIP me, I can't think what colour to choose.
'The etoupe is a good choice,' he says. 'It goes with everything. Palladium or gold fittings?'
He takes my details, I thank him profusely and spill out onto the street, back among the ordinary people with their cheap single-stitched handbags. Momentarily, I have been seduced into feeling that I am extraordinarily lucky indeed to be given the opportunity to spend £7,000 on a handbag.
Saskia Murphy, 25, visited the Hermes store in Manchester but was told that they had none in the shop
The regretful smile that means 'Go away'
KATE BATTERSBY, 52, visited the Hermes concession in Selfridges.
I am trying very hard to buy a Birkin bag and getting nowhere.
Behind the Hermes counter is a supremely chic woman in her mid-20s, built on a different template to the rest of womankind.
Her waist is the size of my upper arm, her dark hair pulled back in a bun, no scrap of make-up except a crimson slash of lipstick. Her black ensemble is broken only by an Hermes scarf slung around her neck (basement price: £250).
'Hello,' I say. 'All my life I have yearned to own a Birkin or a Kelly bag. Now at last I'm in a position to do it and I'm going to buy one today.'
Mademoiselle Perfect flashes a pitying smile and informs me crisply: 'No. We don't have any available in this store.' I gaze blankly and ask to see one. She repeats the line.
'We don't have any here,' she says again. 'You can check in other stores whether they have any, but we don't have access to other stores.'
Access? Nothing as advanced as a telephone, maybe? Mademoiselle produces her regretful smile again.
I ask why there are none in stock.
'They were sold,' she says. 'Yes, all of them. Hopefully we will get more in. But I don't know when.'
Oh well, I tell her cheerfully. I'll go on the waiting list.
'We don't do one any more,' she says. 'It is first come, first served — you must pop in and ask.' I try one final approach: 'What if the Queen wants one? Does she have to 'pop in and ask'?'
Mademoiselle nods and smiles, as if to a small child who has understood something grown-up. 'That is how it works.'

We are not selling any handbags today
CAMILLA RIDLEY-DAY, 36, visited the Hermes concession in Selfridges and the New Bond Street store.
The young sales assistant, immaculately dressed in navy trousers, white blouse and Hermes scarf, glares at me in defiance.
Having explained to her that I'm keen to buy a Kelly bag, I am expecting her to lead me over to the glass display case where I can see 16 or so handbags.
Instead, her response is clipped and without apology. 'We are not selling any handbags today,' she declares - and when I persist, she calls over an older colleague who tells me they don't have any of the bags in stock.
I ask her if she could check on her computer where I might locate one. But no, she can't, insisting that they 'don't communicate' with other stores. 'No list of stock is held on the system,' she adds. 'Company policy.' Reluctantly, she gives me a card with the numbers of the other London Hermes stores and concessions on it, and suggests I could call each one myself.
I leave and decide to try my luck at the Hermes store in New Bond Street. But when I ask a male sales assistant on the first floor, he tells me rather snootily that 'there are none in stock'.
When I press him on when a bag might come in, he says they don't get deliveries at the weekend and that when their weekday deliveries arrive from Paris, they are not told what stock to expect.
'It just arrives,' he says. 'There might be a Birkin or a Kelly, or none at all. We don't know until the delivery arrives. We haven't had any for the last couple of weeks.'

Saskia is told that the shop does not even have a waiting list, as the demand was so high


Sunday, April 17, 2016

Floyd Mayweather - Because Hermes Crocodile Bags are SO RARE - LOL!

Floyd Mayweather splashes the cash once again as boxing star forks out $400,000 on BAGS during trip to Paris



He posted a video of him doing exactly that with the caption: 'Went bag shopping at Hermes in Paris, France today. I treated myself to one size 55 Hermes Hac crocodile men travel bag and 3 size 50 Hermes Hac crocodile men travel bags and bought @melissiarene a 40 orange crocodile Birkin. 
'Over $400,000 spent in Hermes cause I stay in my lane.'
The expensive shopping trip at one of Paris' most expensive stores followed a trip to one of the city's most famous landscapes, The Louvre.

 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

The ‘IT’ Hermès Apple Watch now comes in four new spring colourways

Hermès Apple Watch Photographed by David Sims and styled by Karl Templer 
 
Wearable tech has been lingering in the fashion lexicon for a couple of years now, but few new launches have made it past the hype stage and into our wardrobes (RIP Google glasses). “Techcessories” just don’t sound very sexy, do they?
The Apple watch is one of the few wearables to woo the fashion industry, thanks in part, to it's clever hook up with brands like Hermès and Vogue; Apple whisked Anna Wintour and a select number of key fashion editors — including Telegraph Fashion Director, Lisa Armstrong — to the exclusive September 9 product launch in San Francisco, at a pivotal point during the spring/summer 2015 New York Fashion Week shows.
Intrigue grew as watch-bearing selfies flooded our Instagram stream from key sartorial influencers from Karl Lagerfeld to Beyoncé, who were quick to show off their 18-carat yellow gold (naturally) versions of their Apple arm candy. Meanwhile French designer Azzedine Alaia hosted a dinner in Paris in the watch's honour. 
Beautiful design has always been a hallmark of the Apple brand, so teaming up with a luxury label that knows a thing or two about creating wait-list-worthy leather goods was a clever move. Apple granted the French heritage house free reign to rebrand the face of the watch, and design three strap options (including a single loop strap from £270, a double loop strap from £420 and a wider cuff priced at £670) in its signature equine-style leather and brand colours Fauve (tan), Noir and Capucine (red).
First launched last October, the Hermès Apple Watch is keeping up with Spring trends by adding four bright new colourways to its repertoire: the classic Hermès Bleu Paon (green), Bleu Saphir (blue), Blanc (white) and Feu (orange) all go on sale on April 19. 
This year, the agenda-setting theme of the Met gallery's costume institute exhibition is: “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology." Does this hint that the smart watch is set to become the new 'it' bag?

Hermes Apple Watch

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Kardashian - Jenner Girls All Have the Same Exact Insanely Expensive Handbag

Hello, Birkin.


As the saying goes, nothing succeeds like excess — and no one seems to live that motto better than the Kardashian-Jenner crew. In a recent Snapchat post, Kylie snapped a row of Hermès 'Birkin' bags and one mini Birkin, with the caption "odd one out." Two of the large bags are classic black, one is a rich royal blue, and Kylie's mini is also black.

kylie birkin


The Birkin is perhaps Hermès's most iconic and well-known handbag, alongside the Kelly. (Both are named after some of history's most stylish women — Jane Birkin and Grace Kelly, respectively.) It's also one of the brand's most expensive designs. On legit re-sale sites like Portero and TheRealReal (Hermès doesn't sell Birkins online), the purse in its various fabrications sells for anywhere between $8,500 and $113,350 (the latter is for a bag made from Himalayan crocodile in "pristine condition." We're serious).
From the image, it's hard to tell what kind of materials the Kardashian-Jenner bags are made from, but it doesn't really matter. One thing is for sure: They've sure got a lot of them. Interestingly enough, a recent report showed that the value of the Birkin bag has only increased over the last 35 years, and that the price is only expected to double in the next decade. That's even more compelling once you factor in that the bag has a notoriously exclusive waiting list, something documented in Michael Tonello's Bringing Home the Birkin.  

by Taylor Davies  

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Bringing Home the Birkin

Now in it's 10th Printing.

Now Published in 13 Languages.




Saturday, March 19, 2016

Émile Hermès' Private Collection Gallops Gallantly to Montreal for World Premiere

Émile Hermès' Private Collection Gallops Gallantly to Montreal for World Premiere

Old Montreal's museum of history and archaeology Pointe-à-Callière has scored something of a coup with the world premiere of an exhibition of 250 equestrian-themed items on loan from the private Émile Hermès Collection in Paris—yes, from the grandson of Hermès founder Thierry Hermès himself.
Titled Of Horses and Men — The Émile Hermès Collection, the exhibition produced by Pointe-à-Callière in collaboration with the French luxury fashion house will run May 20 through October 16. This is the first time that Hermès is opening up the collection to the public. Previously, the collection was privy only to a select few at Hermès' Parisian address on 24 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
 
Significant in both history and heritage, the collection will look at the horse-human relationship. It is hardly a surprise that Émile Hermès was a passionate lover of horses and the equestrian world. Throughout his lifetime, the avid collector took it upon himself to amass thousands of horse-centric art objects, paintings, books, curios and collector's items.
Associated with nobility, royalty and the bourgeoisie, the horse can be said to be a symbol of power and prestige. Even the Hermès logo famously depicts a Duc carriage with horse. When Hermès was first founded in 1837 as a harness and saddle manufacturer, it was during the height of horses at a time before automobiles took the place of horses. But Hermès truly started to really come into its own in the luxury artisanal scene, catering to a lucrative elite group, when Émile Hermès (pardon the pun) went on to take over the reins.
On show will be many personal items belonging to the horse enthusiast, which includes a majestic rocking horse his children played with as a toy. Paintings by the great masters, bronzes, engravings and drawings will also be on display.
Of course, there will be no lack of saddles, spurs and horse collars from all over the world, as the exhibition description professes to "take visitors along the horse’s trail... (and) straddle four continents, on a journey from Antiquity to the Renaissance to the 20th century."
Sounds like an adventure, then.

REVIEWS

NBC-TV/Today Show
Summer Reading Round-Up


Bringing Home the Birkin
top 10 summer reads!

WATCH THE VIDEO:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/24775399#24775399

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NEW YORK TIMES
SUNDAY BOOK REVIEW

May 18, 2008
Bag Man
By CHRISTINE MUHLKE

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/18/books/review/Muhlke-t.html?_r=2&scp=1&sq=michael%20tonello&st=cse&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

ONE STOP MEDIA / PRESS SHOP:

CBS / THE EARLY SHOW

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=4044433n

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NEW ENGLAND CABLE NEWS
http://www.necn.com/Boston/Arts-Entertainment/Hes-got-the-book-on-Birkin-bags/1209994267.html

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BOSTON GLOBE

http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/fashion/articles/2008/04/17/bag_man/
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PUBLISHERS WEEKLY


http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6547849.html?q=%22michael+tonello%22
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USA TODAY

http://www.usatoday.com/life/lifestyle/fashion/2008-04-21-birkin-side_N.htm

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