Is it madness to invest $10K in a single handbag, or is it madness to invest $10K in a single handbag, and then get it in white? Reese Witherspoon seems like exactly the type of person who would tempt fate with a brilliant white Hermes Birkin. Here she is leaving a hair salon in LA with her perfectly unblemished Birkin in tow. (Places I would not take a white Birkin: the hair salon, the park, a bar, a restaurant…it would just live in my closet in a glass case, basically.)

As an obscenely wealthy A-lister, Reese, of course, has ALL the designer bags you covet, as well as a few you don’t even know you need yet. You can check out a major chunk of her handbag collection in “The Many Bags of Reese Witherspoon”. Reese is on PB so frequently that I wouldn’t be at all surprised if “Part 2″ was well on its way…

Last week we welcomed the official start of summer, and nothing says summer quite like spending the day at the beach. I grew up by the beach, so I’m a true beach baby, and because of that I’ve learned how to properly pack my beach bag with everything and anything I may need. When you are going to the beach just to enjoy the surf and sand, there is no need to go overboard – pick a bag that can stand to be thrown around and toss all your essentials inside. However, when you are going to the beach and want to make more of a fashion statement, there is an art to that as well.

Last time I was down in Florida, I had a fun weekend planned with my girlfriends. Since they always expect the best beach bag from me, I decided to bring out a special piece. A few months ago, I scooped up a rare Hermes Kelly that was part of a 1997 Voyage collection. There is no use for a plastic Hermes Kelly other than for the beach, so of course I snapped it up. And yes, I understand that it is both cool and crazy.

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Since this bag fits the see-through trend, if you opt for a clear bag, jazz it up by adding interesting items inside. I started with a gold Gerard Darel clutch, along with a bright green Proenza Schouler wallet and an orange Hermes pouch for easy-to-access credit cards, cash and coins. This has all of my hidden necessities (like my bulky inhaler) covered, not to mention it looks really beautiful inside of the bag.

As for what I always carry to the beach with me on both easy beach days and dressed up beach days alike: sunscreen, lip balm, a snack, a book, sunglasses, my phone (which I also use for music) and gum.

Is there anything you always carry that I left out? Happy summer!

Inside my beach bag: Gerard Darel Clutch, Hermes wallet, Proenza Schouler PS1 Small Zip Case ($345 via Proenza Schouler), Oscar de la Renta Sunscreen ($42 via Oscar de la Renta), Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment ($25 via Sephora), Tom Ford Sabrina Sunglasses ($390 via Neiman Marcus), Hermes Twilly ($140 via Hermes).

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In case you’re not yet familiar with CR Fashion Book, let me explain – the “CR” stands for “Carine Roitfeld,” the incredibly influential and generally brilliant former editor of French Vogue. When she left her former post, she consulted for a little while before forming a new indie magazine, which is pretty great. Also great: the magazine’s look behind the scenes at the construction of the iconic Hermes Constance Bag, which promises to be the first in a series of features on the making of iconic accessories by CR editor Shiona Turini and photographer Ulysse Fréchelin. We’re pretty excited – the pictures from this first outing are beautiful.

CR has taken the unconventional step of using Tumblr to power its official website, which happens to be a great format for big, beautiful, easily shared photos. We’ve shared some more of our favorites below, but you can check out the full editorial feature, plus information from Turini on the history of the bag, where it got its name and the process that goes into making the design a reality, via CRFashionBook.com. For example, did you know that it takes 14 hours of labor by a single artisan to create one of these bags?

I always love photos like these – lifting the veil on exactly how the world’s most beautiful objects are made often unveils a process that’s beautiful in and of itself, especially with a product as painstakingly constructed as an Hermes bag. Since this is the first in a series, which other accessories do you hope make it in front of the CR lens?

The Making of an Hermes Constance Bag by CR Fashion Book (2) The Making of an Hermes Constance Bag by CR Fashion Book (3)

Twice is a coincidence, but three times is a trend, so now that we’ve found a fourth Hermes Birkin covered in graffiti, I feel pretty comfortable saying that defiling the iconic handbag with pain, markers and pens is officially a thing. The latest graffiti’d Birkin comes courtesy of street-art duo Mint & Serf, also known as The Mirf, who were commissioned by Jeff Kain to personalize a while leather Birkin that he bought for his wife Lynn Ban (you might be familiar with her jewelry line). That’s hot on the heels of Moda Operandi’s marked-up Birkin, plus self-styled versions by both Lady Gaga and Nicola Formichetti.

Of the four different Birkin-customization techniques we’ve seen, this one is definitely the most clearly graffiti-inspired. Or perhaps “inspired” isn’t the word – it’s straight-up covered in the stuff, and the commissioned work cost several thousand dollars on its own, according to the Daily Mail. In contrast, Moda Operandi’s version is by far the most sophisticated and traditionally beautiful of the customizations, and both Gaga and Formichetti went to town in their own personal ways. The common thread, though, is the Hermes Birkin. No other bag has had art projects performed on it so fervently, and the reason why people love to mark it up is probably similar to why Francesca Eastwood decided to set one on fire last year – there’s something undeniably attractive about the opportunity to subvert an icon.

If you live in or have traveled to a place where Birkins are very commonly carried, you probably know that there’s often a look associated with them – upper-crust women who are prim and put-together, even when headed to a spin class. (Perhaps especially when headed to a spin class.) That image of decorum and privilege, combined with the extravagant price of an Hermes Birkin and its tailored, traditional look, have turned the bag into an easily recognizable totem of profligate wealth, which is currently a fashionable thing to reject. Nominally, anyway – you still have to have that wealth in order to acquire a Birkin to destroy in the first place. Or “customize.” Whichever way you prefer to see it. I’m still not sure which word I’d use.

If you’re a true bag lover, there’s nothing more exciting than flipping through the available pieces at a luxury auction. Sure, it’s fun to walk into a store and see what’s available, but when you’re shopping for vintage or pre-owned bags, the entire world opens up to you. Bags that are only available to longtime VIPs or that disappeared from store shelves season ago are suddenly at your fingertips, and there’s no better shopping rush than laying hands on something rare that you’ve been lusting after. Luckily for you, the Christie’s Vintage Couture Handbags and Accessories Auction is going on now through June 24. (more…)

If you’ve been following this strange story since the beginning, you know that LVMH, the luxury conglomerate that owns Louis Vuitton, has been in some hot water with European financial regulators lately over CEO Bernard Arnault’s covert maneuvers to acquire a significant portion of stock from one of his company’s biggest rivals, Hermes. Regulators from European financial agency AMF believe that some of those tactics may have been illegal, or at least not on the spirit of the law, and on Friday hit back at Hermes with quite the penalty: 10 million euros, the largest fine allowable by law. (more…)

Angela Simmons, daughter of Rev Run from Run DMC, was recently spotted carrying a hot red Hermes Constance Bag on her way in to the nail salon in LA. We saw Angela with this same bag at New York Fashion Week earlier this year – it’s always nice to see celebs getting some mileage out of their most covetable high-end bags. The Constance is, sadly, not available online, but you can shop a sampling of pre-owned and vintage Hermes bags, accessories and other wares at Portero.

Angela turns 26 this year, but she’s already designed a women’s shoe collection called Pastry, and most recently, Angela by Angela Simmons, her signature line of women’s wear, which I would describe as sexy, sporty, and quirky. There are hoodies, there are elbow patches, there are Peter Pan collars, and there are some seriously low-cut dress backs and trouser pants. It’s definitely worth taking a gander at.

Just when you thought that the one-of-a-kind, graffiti-clad Hermes Kelly Bag was the pièce de résistance of the Moda Operandi bunk boutique, the retailer has added a late contender to the game: this (also one-of-a-kind, also graffiti-clad) Hermes Birkin Bag, customized just for Moda by artist Travis W. Simon. When you see the finished product (after the jump), you won’t believe that the bag started out as a standard black Birkin from Heritage Auctions. (more…)

There’s nothing like the adrenaline rush of an Hermes flash sale, and that’s exactly what we’ve got for you today. Our friends at Rue La La are hosting a fabulous selection of pre-owned Hermes handbags for your shopping pleasure, and we’ve got your exclusive preview of the sale, which starts today at 11 a.m. That’s ten minutes from now, which is just enough time to check out our bright, spring-centric picks from among the sale’s many treasures.

Beyond just the standard Birkins and Kellys that we’ve all come to love from Hermes, Rue La La’s sale also features crossbodies, travel bags and accessories like wallets, watches and agendas. Whether you’re looking for a little bit of Hermes or a lot, Rue La La can help you out. Shop quickly, though – only one of each piece is available, and the sale runs for 72 hours only. Shop the full sale via Rue La La or check out our favorites from the selection below.


This Hermes Olive Green Jypsiere Bag makes a great everyday, seasonless handbag option. Available via Rue La La.

Hermes Olive Green Leather Jypsiere

This never-carried Hermes Red Garance Clemence 35cm Leather Birkin Bag is both ladylike and casual. Available via Rue La La.

Hermes Birkin Red Garance Leather 35cm

Want a bright everyday shoulder bag? You could do a lot worse than this Hermes Iris Epsom Leather Evelyne GM III. Available via Rue La La.

Hermes Iris Epsom Leather Evelyne GM III

If you need just a little bit of Hermes in your life, the Hermes Green Togo Leather Agenda Cover can do that for you. Available via Rue La La.

Hermes Green Togo Leather Agenda Cover

On the opposite end of the spectrum, this Hermes Orange H Togo Leather 45cm Steven Bag will get a whole lot of Hermes in your life. Available via Rue La La.

Hermes Orange H Togo Leather 45cm Steven Bag

If you want something subtle without going with a traditional neutral, this Hermes Blue Swift Chamonix Leather 35cm Birkin Bag is the choice for you. Available via Rue La La.

Hermes Blue Swift Chamonix Leather 35cm Birkin Bag

This Hermes Candy Green Epsom 35cm Birkin Bag is so bright that it almost feels refreshing. Available via Rue La La.

Hermes Candy Green Epsom 35cm Birkin Bag

There’s something so rich and calming about the serious blue undertones in this Hermes Menthe Togo Leather 35cm Birkin Bag. Available via Rue La La.

Hermes Menthe Togo Leather 35cm Birkin Bag

If the Birkin isn’t your bag, this elegant, spring-ready Hermes Rose Clemence 32cm Kelly Bag might be exactly what you’re looking for. Available via Rue La La.

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When it comes to the finest things in life, access is always an issue. Reservations at the best restaurants fill up weeks in advance, the best real estate flies off the market before a speck of dust can settle and the world’s best handbags are often sold out before they can even hit store shelves to be viewed by the public at large. When it comes to the intensely sought-after Hermes Birkin, which is quite literally the world’s most wanted handbag, that goes doubly. If you have no patience for waiting (or for playing maddening games with power-tripping sales associates), we’d like to offer an alternative: the incredible, triple-digit Birkin options available at Portero at any given moment.

Recently, a number of online retailers and flash sale have tried to pull off what Portero has been doing for the better part of a decade: connect Hermes-hungry online consumers with the collectors and resellers who have the bags that they want. With that time and experience in the marketplace, Portero can guarantee a uniquely vast selection, along with the authenticity of every piece it sells. That’s particularly important when dealing with Birkins, which can reach into the six figures for a piece with diamond-encrusted hardware.

We doubt that any Hermes collector will be able to browse through Portero’s diverse selection without seeing something she likes, but if you’ve got a particular piece in mind that still eludes you, Portero can help out with that too. All you have to do is contact the site and let them know about the object of your affections, and the team will work with their network of sources to track down exactly the piece you’ve been seeking. To get started, check out our favorite pieces from the Portero Birkin selection below, or shop over 100 Birkins via Portero. More of a Kelly or Evelyne girl? Portero has an amazing general Hermes section as well.


Hermes Red Geranium Matte Alligator 35cm Birkin Bag
$68,999 via Portero

Hermes Red Geranium Matte Alligator 35cm Birkin Bag

Hermes One-of-a-Kind Tricolor Ostrich 30cm Horseshoe Birkin Bag
$59,999 via Portero

Hermes One-of-a-Kind Tricolor Ostrich 30cm Horseshoe Birkin Bag

Hermes Lime Soufre Epsom 30cm Birkin Bag
$24,500 via Portero

Hermès Lime Soufre Epsom 30cm Birkin Bag

Hermes Rouge Casaque Taurillion Clemence 35cm Birkin Bag
$18,999 via Portero

Hermes Rouge Casaque Taurillion Clemence 35cm Birkin Bag

Hermes Mangue Orange Epsom 35cm Birkin Bag
$19,450 via Portero

Hermès Mangue Orange Epsom 35cm Birkin Bag

Hermes Matte Amethyst Crocodile 35cm Birkin Bag
$87,500 via Portero

Hermes Matte Amethyst Crocodile 35cm Birkin Bag

Hermes Menthe Clemence 35cm Birkin Bag
$25,750 via Portero

Hermes Menthe Clemence 35cm Birkin Bag

Hermes Mykonos Matte Alligator 35cm Birkin Bag
$82,500 via Portero

Hermes Mykonos Matte Alligator 35cm Birkin Bag

Hermes Rose Jaipur Clemence 35cm Birkin Bag
$20,000 via Portero

Hermes Rose Jaipur Clemence 35cm Birkin Bag

Hermes Tosca Togo 40cm Birkin Bag
$20,500 via Portero

Hermes Tosca Togo 40CM Birkin Bag

Hermes Limited Edition Celeste & Mykonos Candy Collection Epsom 35cm Birkin Bag
$21,999 via Portero

Hermes Limited Edition Celeste & Mykonos Candy Collection Epsom 35cm Birkin Bag

Hermes Vert Anis Crocodile 30cm Birkin Bag
$59,500 via Portero

Hermes Vert Anis Porosus Crocodile Birkin 30 CM 34-15

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