If you’ve made it this far, you probably already agree with us: a new season calls for a new bag, or perhaps several. The Internet offers plenty of options for generalized sartorial pursuits, but when it comes to finding bags that are rare, limited edition or made by brands that don’t sell their wares online, there are only a few places to turn.
Hermès Handbags and Purses
There are few sacred things in handbag design, but among them is the Hermès Birkin. When Hermès is feeling creative, the brand generally looks to the Kelly to make tweaks and create new versions–we documented nearly a dozen in our guide to Hermès bag styles, and that doesn’t include limited editions.
Every now and then, our friends at Moda Operandi and Heritage Auctions get together to make some rare, pre-owned Hermès bags and accessories available at a few clicks of a mouse, and now is one of those times. Through February 16, you can shop a tightly edited collection of accessories from the world’s most exclusive handbag brand.
We’re always in favor of rewarding yourself or someone you love with a fabulous handbag no matter the occasion, and the first-ever Heritage Auctions Valentine’s Day Luxury Handbag & Accessories Auction is your latest opportunity to pick up something rare, exotic or sold out from the world’s best brands.
Finding information on Hermès bags is not easy, and that’s by design; keeping its bags mostly shrouded in mystery helps the brand maintain the sense of exclusivity and scarcity that makes them the most coveted–and most expensive–accessories in the world. The Hermès website features only a tiny fraction of the brand’s full lineup available for purchase, and if you want more information than what it provides, you better get very familiar with our PurseForum or spend a lot of time trying to sift through conflicting information on the Internet at large.
If your new year’s resolution included buying more Hermès handbags or accessories, then you might want to move some money between your accounts and make some power moves, because time is of the essence. Both users on our Forum and shopping site Mizhattan have confirmed that Hermès will make a significant price increase in US boutiques before the end of the mont, affecting almost all of the brand’s product categories.
In case you ever doubted the seemingly bottomless demand for Hermès Birkins, Neiman Marcus’ decision to sell the bags pre-owned on its website and the available bags’ quick disappearance from the site should tell you all you need to know. Even at a sometimes steep markup, the bags, which debuted on the site earlier this week, have already more than half sold out.
Two days ago, Kim Kardashian did something that tends to garner her a lot of attention, both here and elsewhere: she carried an Hermès bag that was not in its original, fresh-from-the-boutique state. Kim’s a pageview boon all over the Internet, so fashion sites were quick to pick up on the debut of her new Hermès Birkin, painted by none other than baby North.
The central paradox of luxury handbags has always been that brands need to sell as many as humanly possible while still convincing every customer that he or she is getting something exclusive and sought-after. Until now, a cheap-and-easy way to do that was to eschew online sales in favor of forcing customers into brick-and-mortar boutiques, but according to Businessweek, the effectiveness of that strategy might have come to an end.
Oh yes, you read that correctly. Kim Kardashian recently became the proud recipient of an Hermès Herbag that was lovingly (and intentionally) hand-painted by her daughter North. This “customized” Herbag is, of course, a gift from Kanye. Here’s the happy couple walking into a meeting together in LA, with Kim’s new bag/North’s handiwork on full display.