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.
Limited Edition Bags
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.
Heritage Auctions pioneered the resale of rare designer bags in the auction world, and that means that the Dallas-based auction house has the experience and client list to source not just hard-to-find bags, but also the kind of VIP-only, limited edition and special order pieces that are only ever offered to extremely dedicated and loyal customers at luxury brands’ boutiques.
Mansur Gavriel bags are already incredibly hard to get your hands on. The tales of wait lists and eBay hunts for the accessibly priced line are well known in fashion circles at this point, and now the brand has introduced something even more rare and special: four of its most-loved bags in silver saffiano leather, available only at Opening Ceremony.
The Louis Vuitton Icon and Iconoclasts Collection turned a lot of heads when it was announced, mostly because of the perennially bold-faced names from the worlds of fashion and design that had signed on to participate. Louis Vuitton tasked fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Louboutin, Rei Kawakubo, as well as architect Frank Gehry, photographer Cindy Sherman and industrial designer Mark Newson with creating artful fashion pieces using the brand’s signature monogram print, and now we know what each of them did with the challenge.
Even for VIP clients, rare bags from in-demand brands can be difficult to locate. We have entire sections dedicated to simplifying those most rarified shopping pursuits on our PurseForum, but today, we’ve got an even easier way to streamline the process.
It takes a truly special cause to get brands as exclusive as Celine and Prada to abandon their normally sky-high pricing structures, but with Born Free, they’ve done just that. Born Free is a charity fashion initiative that combines the powers of Vogue and ShopBop to bring together 22 top designers in an effort to end fetal AIDS transmission worldwide by December 31, 2015.
Luxury accessories have an exclusivity problem. Because handbags are generally among a company’s most profitable and marketable product categories, most brands want (and need) to sell them hand over first in order to stay on the seasonal fashion treadmill. That’s a bit tricky, though, because one of the things luxury customers look for most in a new purchase is a sense of exclusivity; how do you sell lots of bags while still making every bag-buyer feel like she’s the only person in the world who has a particular piece?