At the end of July, actress Jane Birkin announced that she wanted the iconic Hermès bag she inspired renamed until the brand improved its treatment of crocodiles. Hermès was quick to address her concerns, and now the brand has announced that she’s withdrawn her request.


Comparing an Hermès bag to that of almost any other brand isn’t fair under normal circumstances; when you do it with a contemporary design that costs less than $500, it’s the sartorial equivalent of bringing a gun to a knife fight.


When I think of fashion brands that embrace technology, Hermès isn’t the first name to come to mind, but the company seems to be looking to change that, at least in a small way. Yesterday, Apple announced that Hermès will make three special leather bands for a new series of its Apple Watch that will also have a unique, Hermès-branded interface.


Hermès is known for, among other things, its use of fine leathers, and it offers more varieties than any other major bag brand on the planet. Figuring out what all the names mean, how those leathers differ and which one might be the best for you can be a daunting task for even those moderately well-versed in the ways of Hermès.


Both Moda Operandi and Heritage Auctions are well known for their abilities to wrangle rare fashion pieces into something a little more friendly for online shoppers, and when they get together, it usually means good things for the bag-buying public.


The world’s most popular handbag brands go to great lengths to make their handbags difficult to get, but thanks to the democratizing forces of the Internet, it’s no longer as hard as it once was. Accessibility to those bags often comes by way of auctions and trunkshows of pre-owned bags, but yesterday, I realized there’s a place where you can shop a fairly large selection all the time:


Hermès‘ marquee handbag design has been named after French actress Jane Birkin since its creation in 1984, but as of this week, Birkin would like that to change for at least some of the iconic Birkin Bags.


Handbag brands often go out of their way to make their bags difficult to obtain, but if you’re a savvy shopper with a rare bag on your wish list, there are some choice ways to cut through the red tape and get your hands on the bag of your dreams.


It’s good to have goals. Healthy, even. I’m not sure if that applies to shopping goals, exactly, but many of us have them nonetheless. On our PurseForum, our members have taken to calling the ultimate bags of their dreams their “Holy Grails,” or HGs for short.


Last week, we took a look around Hermès‘ website to find the weirdest stuff you could spend several hundred to several thousand dollars on; the selection was bountiful. Yesterday when we checked in with the brand’s site, I noticed something that definitely hadn’t been there last week: an option to buy one of two mystery boxes with unnamed pieces inside, the most expensive of which costs $1,875.