Not long ago, we brought you the tale of one very rare bag: the Hermès Himalayan Crocodile Birkin above, complete with pavé diamond hardware. The bag, arguably the most sought-after in the world, was about to be sold at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills, and some speculated that it might break price records. It didn’t quite make it that high, but it did sell for more than a respectable family home does in many perfectly lovely areas of our fine country. (more…)

Here’s Kim Kardashian, leaving the dermatologist’s office after what was obviously just a quick consultation that did NOT involve Botox injections in low key, all-black gym clothes. Kim is carrying her trusty Hermès So Black Birkin. We’ve seen Kim carry this gorgeous bag numerous times, and I would guess that it’s probably her all-time fave. (It’s the exorbitantly priced black handbag that goes with everything! But Amanda contends that Hermès bags are totally worth the money.)

Kim, of course, has her own extra-ridiculous edition of our popular “Many Bags” series, and you can see the bulk of her collection in “The Many, Many Bags of Kim Kardashian.” (The extra “many” was completely warranted.) It’s also worth perusing the comments section, which, as you might expect, has morphed into an epic, ongoing debate about Kim’s fashion choices/general likability. (As does every Kardashian post on the entire Internet.)

Heritage Auctions already holds the record for selling the most expensive handbag of all time, a diamond-encrusted Birkin that sold for more than $200,000 in 2011. With the house’s upcoming Luxury Accessories Signature Auction, it may well break its own record with an ultra-rare, incredibly covetable Hermès Himalayan Crocodile Birkin, finished with diamond-encrusted hardware. (more…)

When it comes to man bags, it seems there are two major categories: work bags and casual messengers. There are other options here and there, but men have never taken to man bags like women have to our bags, and I don’t see that changing drastically anytime soon. A sleek briefcase is one of the best bags you can invest in as a dude, and just like with women’s bags, I love finding the ultimate options.

For this week’s Man Bag Monday, I’ve turned to Hermès, the brand known for inciting hysteria over their Birkins. This men’s briefcase is just as lovely.

The Hermès Sac a Depeches is the ultimate briefcase if you are looking for a solid investment. The briefcase doesn’t offer a shoulder strap, which I actually like, because briefcases originally were intended to be carried by hand. There is something so classic about this design and the lack of messenger strap, and that has me loving it even more.

This bag comes in Togo calfskin, which is a thick pebbled leather that has just enough give and isn’t overly rigid. The dimensions leave plenty of space for most laptops, as the bag measures 15″ wide. If you or your man are looking for a simply stunning briefcase, look no further. Buy via Hermès for $8,400.

Here’s Irina Shayk, who definitely wins the prize for NYC’s most casual supermodel (RESPECT), going for a little morning walk in NYC while wearing flip flops, a sweatshirt and cut-off shorts, as well as carrying a glossy Hermès Crocodile Birkin. There is a small chance it might be alligator, but croc is more common for Hermès bags. We’ve never seen Irina with this bag before, so we’re guessing this is a fairly recent acquisition.

This isn’t Irina’s only Birkin, of course. We saw her with a bright blue Birkin back in June. Irina doesn’t have her own edition of “The Many Bags of…” just yet, but I suspect she’s probably on Amanda’s shortlist. In the meantime, you can check out more of Irina’s best bags in “50+ Bags on the Arms of Our Favorite Supermodels.”

Hermès is a brand with much of its appeal based on its heritage. No one expects it to innovate; instead, dedicated customers want Hermès to keep doing the things its always done in exactly the ways that the brand has always done them. Although the brand sometimes rereleases bags from the archives, it’s somewhat rare that a new Hermès bag makes landfall, which is why we took particular note when we found the Hermès Halzan Bag, which is brand new for Fall 2014 and in stores now. (more…)

Here’s Heidi Klum, arriving at the airport in LA looking perfectly styled and coifed while carrying a tan leather Hermès Birkin. Heidi occasionally looks like a bit of a designer boho mess, despite the fact that she is a supermodel, so this is notable. You can see Heidi’s many air travel ensembles (and all of her best handbags, natch) in “The Many Bags of Heidi Klum.”

If you want more tips for jet-setting in style, you should look to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley; no one on the planet does air travel more stylishly than she. You would also be well served to study up on “50 Celebrities and the Bags They Carried to Fly out of LAX This Summer.”

Here’s UK pop star Rita Ora, out and about in London. Lately, celebs love to color on their Hermès Birkins because it is just so subversive, and Rita has apparently followed suit. Because sometimes it just isn’t gratifying enough to simply own a $10,000 handbag. Sometimes one just needs to scribble all over it, like it’s your 6th grade day planner.

Truthfully, this graffiti job looks a lot more profesh than the last one we saw on the arm of Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Nene Leakes. Lady Gaga was, of course, the probable initiator of this trend. You can see the rest of Rita Ora’s unvandalized designer handbag stash in “The Many Bags of Rita Ora.”

By now, what I’m about to tell you is well known to anyone likely to find her way to this little Internet home of ours. Hermès pieces, especially the bags, can be incredibly difficult to find, and although the brand offers a cursory selection of products on its website, the really good stuff is hidden in the back rooms of boutiques and generally offered only to clientele with whom the store’s associates are already familiar. The Internet, in its eternal resourcefulness, has brought together Heritage Auctions and Moda Operandi to allow us to circumvent the whole thing. (more…)

Hermès has been in the news this week for reasons other than the handbags to which we generally pay attention, and that’s had me thinking about the full world of uncompromising luxury that the company has created for itself. You can get an Hermès spin on practically anything from desk organizers to animal sculpture, and for the next 12 days, you can get Hermès jewelry and timepieces at Moda Operandi.

This edited selection of accessories comes to Moda via Portero, a destination for pre-owned and vintage luxury goods that aren’t often available for sale online. It includes watches both masculine and feminine, as well as some gorgeous jewelry that would make perfect everyday pieces. Check out our favorites below or shop the whole selection via Moda Operandi through August 11.

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