Even in a particularly crowded luxury handbag market, Hermès occupies a spot unto itself. The bags are scarce, sought-after a simply the best, and they have the price tags that go along with all that exclusivity. Making the leap from being a designer handbag consumer to being an Hermes consumer is a daunting prospect, but we know that, at this very moment, untold numbers of you are contemplating whether or not now’s the right time to do just that. We’re here to help, of course; if you’ve ever wondered if owning an Hermes bag is worth paying the premium, we’ve got ten reasons why we think you should take the plunge.

[Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on November 26, 2013]

1. Hermès is the handbag holy grail.

Individual must-haves will vary, but if you look at the handbag market on the whole, there’s no other company that can touch what Hermès does. The brand is the best, bar none, and it’s the only company that can reasonably claim that title. Lots of designers charge big money for their bags, but objectively, Hermès is head and shoulders above all of them.

Hermes Birkin Fall Outdoors

2. Hermès bags always look expensive.

Ensuring that an expensive bag looks expensive is one of the most difficult things for a designer to do, especially when you consider how much wear a bag gets. Even vintage Hermès bags, with their well-worn leather and still-gleaming hardware, give off an undeniable air of refinement and luxury because of the fine materials and meticulous construction. If you’re paying for the look, then Hermès ensures, as much as any brand can, that you’ll get what you pay for, both now and in the future.

Hermes Black and White Birkin

3. Status, status, status.

If you’re looking for a bag to tell everyone who sees you that, not only have you arrived, but you’ve arrived with exquisite taste, Hermès will do that every single time.

Hermes Blue Crocodile Birkin

4. No one does color better than Hermès.

Dying leather is a tricky process, and it can be particularly hard to get ultra-saturated reds and purples. Hermès has mastered it for practically every shade and hue in the rainbow, and we know that because the brand has made bags in almost all of them.

Hermes Kelly Bag

5. The choices are endless.

Beyond just color, Hermès’ bags all come in a variety of size, leather and hardware options. No more lamenting that a bag in your favorite color comes with gold instead of silver hardware, or that you’d really prefer a smooth finish to pebbled; odds are, the Hermès bag of your very specific dreams does exist. (The trick, of course, is laying your hands on it.)

Hermes Alligator Wallet

6. Hermès is an independent company that does things the traditional way.

Despite takeover attempts by LVMH (who denies that they’re trying to take over anyone), Hermès remains steadfastly independent and family-owned. That gives the company the flexibility to maintain its old-world craftsmanship and employ hundreds of skilled tradespeople and artisans, all of whom do work that other leather companies often quietly farm out to more cost-effective factories that lack workers with the same skills, training and history. That level of craftsmanship is largely what contributes to many of the other points on this list.

Hermes Atelier Sacs
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7. Even celebrities are willing to pay full price for Hermès bags.

Hermes famously refuses to give out its products free to bag-hungry celebs, which means that the Kim Kardashians of the world have to pay exactly what we do in order to get their hands on a Birkin. Even Jane Birkin, the namesake for the brand’s most famous bag, claims to have paid for Hermes bags in the past.

Kim Kardashian Crocodile Birkin

8. Hermès bags hold their value.

If you buy a Birkin now and decide you don’t want it (or suddenly need the cash) in a couple of years, you may be able to sell it for even more than you got it, as long as you keep it in good condition. (And even if you don’t, you’re not going to lose much, if any, money on the sale.) Heritage Auctions pioneered this process, and now big names like Christie’s are in on the Hermès-auction business as well. You’ll pay more up front for an Hermès bag, but you’re not just throwing that money away like you can with brands whose resale markets are flat.

Hermès Evelyne Bag

9. Hermès bags are as close to perfection as a handbag can get.

No bag made by human hands will ever be without flaws (and bags made by machines, even more so), but Hermès has standards and practices for its manufacturing process that are as rigorous as any you’ll find in the industry. The stitching will be tight, the leather will be blemish-free, the hardware will be free of scratches and tarnishing. As your bag wears, you can always send it away to Hermès’ “bag spa,” where company employees will restore the bag to as close to new as is possible. According to members of the Hermès section at PurseForum, they are occasionally miracle-workers.

Hermes Black Birkin Outfit

10. The sky is the limit.

Even Hermès’ leather bags are expensive, but if you want something even rarer and more special, the company has almost innumerable ways to make that happen. Exotics, precious hardware, diamonds, special-order bags made to your exact specifications? It’s all possible for VIP clients, and in far more ways than it would be with even the most top-tier of competing brands.

Hermes Rose Gold Kelly Bag
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melissa
melissa
8 years ago

If i were to own a birkin, i believe i would be too embarrassed to take it out of the house; i would not want people to know i dropped the price of a car on a handbag. to each his own, though. i have a few vintage chanels that i feel silly using because i’m 21 and don’t want to be judged for carrying a bag that is so pricey…i gotta get over it though!!

Jessica
Jessica
7 years ago
Reply to  melissa

A car? More like a house in suburbia…

comfortista_style
5 years ago
Reply to  Jessica

Where can you possibly buy a house for $10-20k?

Ivy
Ivy
5 years ago

I think she might be saying $10-20k for a down payment for a house lol but even that’s impossible where I live.

Caren Johnson
Caren Johnson
8 years ago
Reply to  melissa

Iconic handbags are about the prestige of owning the bag and not anything else.. I feel when you can purchase an investment bag you will pass down to other ladies in your family, feel proud, not ashamed.
If you can’t afford it- don’t pretend you can. My end all be all is the Birkin. I covet the bag but won’t purchase untli I can afford and deserve it. Don’t fake it..

Paula Roegge
Paula Roegge
8 years ago
Reply to  melissa

Melissa – If you won’t carry them, I will. Like ‘Guest’ said – stop worrying about what other people think.

Guest
Guest
8 years ago
Reply to  melissa

If you are still young enough to care about what other people think, then you are too young to carry an Hermes bag. Save your money and wait a while. I am in my late 40s and I give exactly zero you-know-whats about what people think about me OR my Birkin.

Let time do its work with you. The bags will still be there.

Curly Valjean
Curly Valjean
5 years ago
Reply to  Guest

Buttercup, you couldn’t care MORE about what people think of you, or you wouldn’t spend that sort of cash on some bits of leather and bobs of metal. It amazes how rich people say they don’t care what people think, yet go out of their way to make sure everybody knows they have tons of money and, all too often, such little class. I prefer to see wealthy people carry THEMSELVES in a way that expresses their success…not OBJECTS!

Gues
Gues
8 years ago
Reply to  Guest

Not sure that I’m buying the whole “I give exactly zero you-know-whats about what people think” schtick. Hermes is all about status, and choosing a bag that costs thousands (and thousands) of dollars means you care MORE about what people think than most people do.

Melissa
Melissa
8 years ago
Reply to  Guest

believe me when i say don’t give a crap about what people think of my outfit, my hair, or me in general….but i don’t want to be that person carrying an “in your face” bag and flaunting my money for the world to see. but hey, maybe my taste will change; my style is constantly evolving. again, to each his own. props to you for doing your thing!

Kenneth Chiaji
8 years ago
Reply to  melissa

Melissa, don’t be ashamed! Why not give your chanels a resale price tag… perhaps I could buy you out of the embarrassment?

Sandra
Sandra
8 years ago

I have considered purchasing a Birkin, on several occasions. I stop and consider the fact that I can purchase from another designer, a very nice bag, for much less. I consider the dent that a Birkin will put in my fashion budget. I also consider the game you must play when you walk into the Hermes store and get them to acknowledge that they have Brikin bags in the back. I then think about all of the Hermes bags for sale on Ebay and I purchase a very lovely Chanel or Givenchy bag.

Yolanda NiTuairisc
Yolanda NiTuairisc
8 years ago

Sadly, reason 11 is all about vanity when one buys a Hermes. I once knew a girl who had a hole in the heart and who had spent three weeks in intensive care, half dead, who could barely go up the steps without panting, but she had a 8000 euro Hermes. I am here on the blog because I love beautiful things, but would I spend my money on a ridiculously expensive bag? No way! For God’s sake, this bag costs as much as a car!

Tingeling
Tingeling
8 years ago

I agree that the bags are crazy expensive, but a car?? LOL A car for $8000???? I don’t think I would dare to drive a $8000 car 🙂

Moby999
Moby999
7 years ago
Reply to  Tingeling

She said 8,000 EURO. Please learn to read.

Scrappy
Scrappy
7 years ago
Reply to  Tingeling

Wow, what a nice life you must have led. When I was putting myself through college I was fortunate at one point to have a friend bequeath a bike to me. I was thrilled. Now I could take my laundry to the laundromat on wheels instead of walking or taking the bus.

Eventually I found a decent little car for $500.00 Granted it was the 80’s, but hey, I was working for $3.35/hr so I could join the middle class with my Bachelor of Arts.

It’s all relative sweetheart.

Joe
Joe
7 years ago
Reply to  Scrappy

yeah! $3.35 minimum wage but I got $4 as a tutor in my final year and I was as thrilled as any lady with a Birkin. Haha

Sara
Sara
8 years ago

I’m left with just one nagging thought: The Birkin bag leaves you looking as if you do not have an opinion of your own. You run along with the pack and make the safest choice in the book. I prefer to come across as an independant person, with an individual style and an ability to pick out the best and most beautiful items to support it. I feel that the Birkin bag makes me look – yes wealthy – but also insecure.

I love the great, exclusive brands, but I also love to find unique and new designers; I find that Purseblog is most interesting when you help me do that. I saw a picture of a RODTNES bag on the blog recently, a brand I had not heard of before, but I decided to buy their Falda bag. And when I carry it I get many of the things you mention above – and more: This bag turns heads because it is beautiful and in great quality – but also because it is a unique and individual choice. Please give us more of that, Purseblog! 🙂

Mayelin Axelsson
Mayelin Axelsson
5 years ago
Reply to  Sara

I can’t agree more with your comment. +1000

comfortista_style
5 years ago
Reply to  Sara

Yes, but the Birkin is popular because it is exclusive, hard to get

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7 years ago
Reply to  Sara

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Judy
Judy
8 years ago
Reply to  Sara

I didn’t believe in fate until I saw your bag. I NEED this bag in grey calfhair like yesterday! I am so in love! Thank you!!!

Paula Roegge
Paula Roegge
8 years ago
Reply to  Sara

Gorgeous!

Elaine Weiss Whitman
Elaine Weiss Whitman
8 years ago
Reply to  Sara

Your new Falda bag is stunning. Congratulations on your purchase… you have very good taste. And I agree… it is a much better design than the Birkin. It actually (gasp!) has a zipper at the top, and a shoulder strap in addition to the satchel. Kudos to the Purse Blog for introducing this bag and not always sticking with the “tried & true.”

Christina
Christina
8 years ago
Reply to  Sara

Beautiful bag, I love it!!!

Guest
Guest
8 years ago

I totally agree!

Amanda
Amanda
8 years ago

I completely agree…and they will always hold their value if not exceed it.

Marina harbor
Marina harbor
8 years ago

Why do Hermes bags cost even more if they are a few years old.? I understand if its an exotic leather, but, The regular leathers? , just dont get it. I would always prefer to buy a brand new that a one thats pre owned. Unless it is a good deal.

Ariadne
Ariadne
8 years ago
Reply to  Marina harbor

Price increases. So for example, i go to hermes and buy a 35 Birkin for 10,000. I take care of it, and in 5 years i decide I need the money and sell it. Well, now that its 2017, the price of a new 35 birkin has gone up to 13000, my bag is still in great condition, and I sell it for 12,000. Still cheaper than a new one, but I have made 2,000 dollars on it.

Marina Harbor
Marina Harbor
8 years ago
Reply to  Ariadne

Thanks! Now I get it!,I never thought about price increase!

Guest
Guest
8 years ago

My grandmother carried Birkins in the ’80s; I will forever associate Birkins with her. My mother has always carried Kellys and the classic Chanel bags; I’ve no desire for any of them.

Miles
Miles
8 years ago

I respect the qualities of a Hermes bag – quality leather, craftsmanship, its legacy – however spending a small fortune on a bag? If 10K is chump change for you then why not….but for me, the price of owning a hermes bag is still quite excessive. I would rather have 10k in my bank account.

Amy Frazier
Amy Frazier
5 years ago
Reply to  Miles

What a foolish waste of money. The rich stay rich because they don’t squander it on nonsensical items. The only advantage to having a Hermes bag is to sell it for a profit.

Yorkgirl
Yorkgirl
8 years ago

My Holy grail is a 28 cm Hermes Kelly in gris tourterelle or etoupe with palladium hardware. I used to think Hermes was way too showy, but then I’ve viewed blogs of ladies with Hermes Kellys and am convinced it can be incorporated in a non-Hollywood lifestyle. I’ve seen some Birkins and one Kelly in real life, and was impressed at how low key they actually are in person. My only complaint is I’ve read that you literally have to show up at an Hermes boutique and often and see which bags ‘show up’ – you can’t order according to our specs (unless you’re Victoria Beckham I guess). To me, the pricing should be enough to keep Hermes slightly out of reach… why don’t they open it up to ordering? Maybe they want to keep the Kellys and Birkins from being ubiquitous.