Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Real Real Not So real real

While it's no secret that we all love Hermès and the Birkin bag there comes a point when we just have to say enough is enough. Hermès has been perpetuating this myth (and allowing others to perpetuate it for them) that all leather-goods at Hermès are saddle stitched by hand. In this Real Real video (above) about authenticating a Birkin bag the host incorrectly states that Hermes craftsmen "hand sew every stitch". This is totally false. While some portions of a leather Birkin bag are indeed hand stitched, much of the bag is machine stitched. While the image of a craftsman with a leather apron sitting at an old workbench hand stitching a bag does indeed make for a lovely visual - and a great advertising campaign - it simply isn't reality.

Much is made of how Hermès is so secretive and not forthcoming with information. Well perhaps this is why. Maybe they don't want to shatter the image that so many people have in their minds of this old world technique.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Hermes Handbags Arriving in Stores with No Date Stamp (blindstamp)

News of Hermès handbags arriving in some of the stores without a date-stamp (blindstamp) have some people talking.
Word on the street is that Birkin (and to a lesser degree Kelly) handbag sales are down. Way down. The Rumor is that Hermès is going to stop using date stamps (unlike the photo above) on bags so that merchandise sitting in the stores doesn't begin to appear old to the trained eye (read: people knowledgeable of blindstamp dating). As it is it's already difficult to sell certain people (from certain countries) a bag with a blindstamp from a previous one can only begin to imagine the turmoil if bags were to sit around in the stores with old date stamps (quelle horreur). Perhaps this is meant to squash that mess before it even happens?
One also has to wonder if years from now Hermès handbags with blindstamps will become collectible?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Bringing Home the Birkin and The Purse Forum

Always nice to see Bringing Home the Birkin the topic of conversation on The Purse Forum!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Dolce and Gabbana Attack Same Sex Marriage and Gay Families

The gay men behind Dolce & Gabbana, one of fashion's top labels, say that gay families are not real families.

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, fashion design icons, business partners for decades, and a same-sex couple until they split several years ago, not only don't support same-sex marriage, but they've now come out attacking it.

I've never purchased anything Dolce and Gabbana in my life and now I never will.

If Anna Wintour is a true friend of the LGBT community she will boycott this brand and refuse to use any of their clothing in Vogue.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hermes Rubber Flip Flops vs Old Navy Rubber Flip Flops - Side by Side

Old Navy Rubber Flip Flops (top) $3.50 -

Hermès Rubber Flip FLops (bottom) $405.00 -

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Hermès Takes its Ready To Wear Too Seriously

Hermès takes its ready to wear too seriously. We can’t blame the designers. Designer after designer, the French perfectionist brand’s clothes lack the vivacious humor of its fantastic scarves, and often its jewelry, dishes, umbrellas, table clothes and other sundry luxury goods. They are, though, lovely and made of the world’s best suede, leather, silk, wool and other materials.

Hermès installed a new designer this season: Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski, who has worked previously at the Row. (The Row is another label whose clothes are lovely and luxurious and utterly timeless.) At Hermès, she replaced Christophe Lemaire, who four years earlier replaced Jean-Paul Gaultier —a humorist designer if ever there was one, for his own lines.
Her debut was utterly lovely. Perfect suede slacks, perfect long knit dresses—one in a shocking banana yellow—and perfect warm blanket-like suits. —Christina Binkley


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