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.

Hermes Rose Clemence 32cm Kelly Bag 34-15

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

We know you get a lot of Hermes bags on PurseBlog, but typically we show you the coveted Birkin. Today, I want to show you the just as well-known Hermes Kelly in a version you may have never seen before: with outside zipper pockets. This is the Hermes Kelly Lakis, and it first hit stores in 2006. The Kelly was the ladylike predecessor to the Birkin, with a single top handle that gives this structured purse a very high-end feel. Ladies who lunch love this bag, and the Hermes Kelly also comes in smaller sizes – perfect for a formal occasion where you’d still like to be able to fit things in your bag.

Of course, all Hermes bags come in different sizes and leather options, and if you choose a larger size in a grainy, thick leather (like togo or clemence), the Kelly becomes a little more casual. Adding two zip pockets really transforms the look, and that is precisely what the Kelly Lakis was introduced for. Not everyone who carries the Kelly wants a totally structured, box-shaped bag, and this version provides a sportier feel. It’s hard to track down, but I did see one pop up recently on Rue La La for $13,999.

Today’s post is a little different from our usual celeb features – the pic you see above is obviously an unnecessarily massive pile of Louis Vuitton luggage belonging to half of the Kardashian clan – Kris, Kourtney, Scott, Mason, baby Penelope, and their assorted handlers. After the jump, you’ll see pics of the whole gang fresh off a plane from NYC to London. Kourtney and Kris are carrying Hermes Birkins (Kourtney’s personal assistant and/or nanny appears to be holding hers while she wheels the stroller). Scott Disick is carrying what looks to be a Louis Vuitton Damiere Ebene Messenger Bag, though we can’t really see it well enough to ID it with the exact design name.

We were just ragging on Sarah Jessica Parker for committing the same offense just a few weeks ago. I mean, I like to have wardrobe options when I travel too, but this is just a ridiculous amount of luggage for what is likely to be just a few days’ jaunt in London, tops. If you’re looking to pick up a reasonable amount of LV for your own collection, you can shop a broad assortment of Louis Vuitton luggage on the company’s website.

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Last weekend Vlad and I took a little getaway with some friends, and on our way back into the city I saw an Hermes store out of the corner of my eye. I made Vlad whip the car around as soon as I laid eyes on the sign and we were in the parking lot before I knew it, much to Vlad’s dismay. The Hermes Manhasset‎ store was meant for me that day, and I decided I had to leave with a little something.

I ended up picking two bracelets, and I wanted to reveal my first in a different way. If you haven’t heard of Vine, it is a new app that allows you to shoot 6 second clips, and you can put it together in any way you’d like. My Ducky decided to unveil my new treasure, so sit back and enjoy as Ducky unwraps my box to reveal my Hermes Rivale Bracelet.

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As much as people like to joke about her, Kim Kardashian ain’t no fool when it comes to fashion, and handbags in particular. Before she was famous for being famous, Kim was an LA stylist and boutique owner who frequently sold things from her own closet on eBay. Just because Kimmy’s now an internationally famous megastar who’s about to birth Kanye West’s child doesn’t mean that those wise resale instincts have gone by the wayside; Heritage Luxury Auctions’ upcoming Handbags and Luxury Accessories Signature Auction will include two bags from Kardashian’s ever-growing Hermes collection. (more…)

If you know anything about bags (and you probably do, otherwise you’d be looking at cat pictures on BuzzFeed like literally everyone else on the Internet), you know that Hermes is the holy grail. Sure, a woman’s personal grail bag might not be Hermes, but when it comes to the hierarchy of luxury handbags, no one beats Hermes at its own game. That also means that the brand’s bags are notoriously hard to locate, particularly in the most sought-after colors and exotics. Thanks to Moda Operandi and Heritage Luxury Auctions, though, you now have a number of Hermes bags at your fingertips through April 16.

Moda and Heritage run these sales every now and then, and they never fail to get me excited. This particular sale contains everything from rare Club Birkins and exotic options to a very special limited-edition sterling silver Mini Kelly. Some bags have already sold, but there are plenty of beautiful pieces left, particularly if you’ve got money to spend in the high five figures. Shop the full sale via Moda Operandi or admire our favorites below.

Hermes Birkin Olive Hermes Matte Blue Crocodile Birkin Hermes Purple Crocodile Birkin Hermes Blue Kelly Bag Hermes Crocodile Birkin Pink Hermes Club Birkin Hermes Sterling Silver Mini Kelly

It’s springtime in LA (when is it not, exactly?), and the Kardashians are busting out their bright spring hues and their most exotic Birkins! It’s been months since we featured a Birkin-wielding celeb on the blog, but we couldn’t resist this flagrant showcase of ridiculously rare and exclusive Hermes Birkins. Kim Kardashian is carrying an Hermes Grizzly Birkin, which has a suede body trimmed in leather, and is so rarely seen, I wasn’t even aware it existed before today. Momma Kris Jenner is carrying the black Hermes Crocodile Birkin. While Kris’ croc is the pricier of the two Birkins, the Grizzly is more eye-catching, if only because you see them a lot less often in the wild.

Can I tell you how relieved I am to see Kimmie K. wearing something light, blousy, and non-black? I’ve been kvetching about her all black, faux-maternity wardrobe for several weeks now. I mean, this is essentially a harem pant jumpsuit, but when better to wear such things than when you’re dressing for two?

Kim Kardashian carries an Hermes Grizzly Suede Birkin and Kris Jenner carries an Hermes Crocodile Birkin (2) Kim Kardashian carries an Hermes Grizzly Suede Birkin and Kris Jenner carries an Hermes Crocodile Birkin (3) Kim Kardashian carries an Hermes Grizzly Suede Birkin and Kris Jenner carries an Hermes Crocodile Birkin (4) Kim Kardashian carries an Hermes Grizzly Suede Birkin and Kris Jenner carries an Hermes Crocodile Birkin (5)

A long time ago, I ranted a bit about why terming the purchase of a bag as an “investment” was probably a bit silly, not to mention inaccurate, and the kind of marketing terminology that encourages consumers to overspend on goods that depreciate even more rapidly than cars. It still is – at best, buying fashion is an investment in your own enjoyment, and the dividends it pays won’t be of the monetary variety. Hermes, it turns out, bucks that trend on two levels.

Last week, Hermes released its 2012 profit information and informed us all that it had been another banner year for the French powerhouse. Revenues were up 18.5%, making it Hermes’ most lucrative year ever, with jewelry the most quickly expanding sector, up 45%, according to Vogue UK. Bags, though, enjoyed an impressive 22% jump in growth, on top of a year of business that was already sprinting to keep up with seemingly endless demand for everything from canvas Garden Party totes to alligator Birkins. When compared to relatively flat leather goods growth across competitors like Louis Vuitton, the number is even more remarkable.

That means two things. First, if you can get your money around some Hermes stock, you probably won’t be sorry you did. (It might be a little more difficult than merely placing a call to your broker, though – Louis Vuitton has its guy on speed dial when it comes to Hermes.) Second, it means that the actual bags are more valuable than ever because demand still outpaces supply, despite some modest supply-side expansion from Hermes; if you have a specific bag in mind and aren’t an established VIP, you’ll likely have to wait. When you combine that with annual price increases that continue to raise the value of existing Hermes bags, you end up with a situation where well-kept used bags, especially Birkins, regularly sell for more from a third party than they do from an Hermes boutique. If you’re the kind of person who has $10,000 to spend on a brand new bag but are told you’ll need to wait, perhaps months, then maybe you’re also the kind of person who has an extra couple thousand dollars to skip the line and buy a new-looking bag from a third party.

The online sale marketplace seems to bear out that theory. Luxury sites like Moda Operandi and Rue La La routinely host sales where auction houses offer an assortment of pre-owned Hermes bags, the most desirable of which are marked above retail. Invariably, the bags fly off the virtual shelf, most within hours of launch. If you have the money and have been considering the purchase of a Birkin, it boils down to there being almost literally no risk involved – if you later decide it doesn’t suit you and you have the savvy to resell, you’ll likely recoup your costs. My advice, though, would be to buy some stock instead. You can flip it to Louis Vuitton later when they invariably call you.

[Image via Moda Operandi]

It was a bit of a rough weekend for all of us in New York, but we’ve dug ourselves out and life is more or less back to normal now. Personally, I used my days inside to cook a pot roast, re-watch lots of episodes of The West Wing on Netflix and wander around the Internet in search of things to impulse-order. Thankfully, my wallet was clear across the apartment when I laid eyes on the pre-owned and vintage bags that Heritage Auctions has up for sale via Moda Operandi. Now that would have been a concerned phone call from American Express if there ever were one.

If you’ve worked up an appetite for shopping or browsing over the past few days, you’re in luck. The Vintage Hermes from Heritage Auctions sale runs through February 17, and we’ve gathered our favorite bags from the selection below for our viewing pleasure. If you decide to splurge, do it quickly – there’s only one of each of these covetable pieces to go around. Shop the sale via Moda Operandi.

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