People always wonder why Hermes handbags cost so much, and the answer is a complicated one, just like it would be difficult to explain why a Bentley costs as much as the average American pays for a house; the prices simply aren’t based on materials and labor alone. In fact, the video tour of Hermes’ newest Paris store probably gives a much more succinct illustration than words ever could.

The location at 17 rue de Sèvres, which used to house a swimming pool, looks to be one of the chicest brand boutiques that you’ll find anywhere on the globe. From handbags to housewares, it’s all there in perfectly appointed cases and hanging from spotless, hideously expensive racks. This is why a Birkin will set you back ten grand – someone has to pay the interior design bill. Luckily, watching the video is free. At least I think it is; if you get a bill in the mail, don’t blame me.

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Brenda
Brenda
11 years ago

Wow! I wonder who is the mastermind behind the decor?!? Hope to visit the store in person soon! (iPad)

HuggyMonster
HuggyMonster
11 years ago
Reply to  Brenda

architect Denis Montel of RDAI came out with the three giant “huts” in latticed ash wood

Jelita78
Jelita78
11 years ago

omg! omg! omg!
i saw a bed there!!
can we actually spend the night? puhleaseeee!! pretty puhleaseeee!!!

Renee'
Renee'
11 years ago

Such a tease! At least do a fly by over the Birkins. Please (ipad)

@MyBagAndShoes
@MyBagAndShoes
11 years ago

One word: IMPRESSIVE!

swati
swati
11 years ago

bloody hell! ….. so much drama to sell a handbag that used to have a waiting list of a couple of years …. i would be scared to walk into the store ……. gorgeous but overwhelming ….

hermes has become so synonymous with birkin that i forgot that hermes makes other stuff too. For a minute i was wondering what the bed, dining tables, housewares etc were doing there

annabelle
annabelle
11 years ago

gasp! (ipad)

Kathy
Kathy
11 years ago

Some pretty artistic architecture.Much too overwhelming! (ipad)

Justine
Justine
11 years ago

So beautiful!! Love that they made it modern and stylish! (ipad)

Vitta
Vitta
11 years ago

Awesome decor!

As for the Hermes prices, one of the major influencing factors is their handmade craftsmanship. The difference between an Hermes handbag and any other brand is that their Kelly and Birkin bags are still mostly made by hand, from start to finish. First of all, there is a limited number of qualified artisans who have enough skill to be hired by Hermes. Like in any art, it takes a lifetime to master the skill, literally.

Starting from selecting the material, cutting a pattern and sewing/assembling the handbag, every operation is completed by hand. Every perforation for stitching, and every stitch with waxed thread is also done by hand. Just imagine how many of those perfect stitches must be made to complete one handbag! Then, the lining is sewn together and the hardware is installed also by hand. Believe it or not, after the handbag is assembled, it sometimes gets a slight ironing, to get rid of wrinkles – by hand!

It is hard to believe how tedious the art of making an Hermes handbag is! To be exact, on average, it takes about 60 hours to create one perfect handbag. It means that one cobbler can create only 4 handbags a month.

All that said, there’s also a factor of the upscale quality of the materials. Hermes doesn’t cut corners when it comes to the quality of their classic leathers and hardware. They use the most expensive alligator and crocodile skins. In some instances, they control the quality of the tanning process, which only increases their exclusivity, which cannot be replicated.

Thus, when you buy an Hermes piece, you pay for the best quality available today, which never comes cheap.

Source: new book “Exotic Skin: Alligator and Crocodile Handbags” (ipad)

Melinda
Melinda
11 years ago

I really didn’t like it……but I still love what is inside. (ipad)

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