It’s that time of the year again; in New York, the weather is getting chillier, the trees are bare, and it’s dark by late afternoon. We got through Thanksgiving-at-home and now it’s time to gear up for the December holidays.
I love ALL the winter holidays. No matter what you celebrate, there’s love and lights and joy and giving. I tend to approach the giving part with equal parts warm-heartedness and fear. I enjoy the idea of the *perfect* present, but most of the time that doesn’t really exist for the people on my list. There are, as I like to say, “lots of great options” that will be warmly received and truly enjoyed. The best part of those options is, I already wrote that article last year, and you can read my very lengthy (ah, well-researched) review of fabulous Hermès gifts at every price point right here.
It’s fairly comprehensive, with, ahem, lots of great options for everyone on your list (and now they have three of the folding desk available.
Perhaps, however, you have a very specific recipient in mind….or you want to go above and beyond and find something really unique from Hermès (and you have neither the time or the finances to order something from their Horizons bespoke service). Well, then I have some more entertaining options for you from around the internet.
Having been in business for such a long time, Hermès has produced quite a variety of interesting pieces, from sporting equipment, to objets d’art, to furnishings. There’s something a little exhilarating about the range of options you have from such a high end source, and I’ve been both excited and amused to find these really interesting pieces which are currently available.
A few quick observations from some of the usual websites:
The RealReal seems to have a great selection of vintage bags and porcelain (do you need a set of 19 (!?) soup spots in the Ikat pattern? TRR has it!)
Fashionphile has a great selection of jewelry, bag charms and oran sandals (especially gold Orans. In many sizes).
1st Dibs has an "Ephemera" Section for Hermès (including such outdated items as an inkwell, a cigarette holder, and a revolver holster).
Hermès Sac A Malice Bag ($2,100)
I love the humorous Sac À Malice bags (Hermès made a number of different designs). This one is particularly straightforward, depicting a beach scene done in leather marquetry with a seagull clasp and a detachable strap. The inside has a few pockets and this layout makes it a more practical evening bag, too.
Hermès Passe Guide Bag ($6,200)
Possibly my favorite discontinued Hermès bag. The Passe Guide is so elegant and useful, with a classic, equestrian-inspired shape and multiple functional pockets. This is one of those bags which, in my option, looks even better with signs of use, and compared to other Hermès options the price is fairly reasonable.
Hermès Sac Tambour Bag ($2,800)
Ok, I have never, ever seen this bag before, and it’s definitely part bag, part art, part sign-of-the-times.
Hermès Toupet Bucket Bag ($13,000)
Honestly….this could be awesome…or this could be awful. It reminds me of the French concept of Jolie Laide (beautiful-ugly), although I think whomever carries this will bring the beautiful part to the scene. I cannot help but mentally pronounce the name of this bag as “toupee” because this is exactly what it looks like to me. With that said, it is definitely unique! And (in my opinion) only the second-most, ah, “Jolie Laide” bag Hermès has ever produced (the first deserves an article all to itself).
Hermès Leather Holster ($2,395)
This items looks new, although I can’t imagine when it was produced. I see it as a viable candidate for alternative hands-free bag option - and a more streamlined look than the recent Chanel version - and really anyone can rock it with the right amount of insouciance and flair…as long as it fits you. Fashionphile even has a choice of two colors.
Hermès Savana Dance Surfboard ($14,500)
Hermès isn’t known for sporting goods, although they do produce them every season. Fashionphile has enough surfboards to kit out a family of surfers in a variety of colors, but these would also be really unique (and usable) decor pieces.
Hermès Patterned Skateboard ($5,830)
If you're not into surfing, there's also the skateboard.
Hermès Pippa Writing Desk ($18,965)
A truly elegant and streamlined piece. Yes, I picture it set up in a tent in an exotic locale, but it would also be neat in just about any small space; with a collapsible frame and fold-out writing surface, this is one of those go-anywhere and hard-to-find items that could really make a room and really inspire any writer.
Hermès Hanging Wall Mirror ($10,195)
Hermès Box (originally a cigarette and matchbox) ($1,424)
Hermès Humidor ($3,295)
Hermès Wallpaper ($350)
Hermès makes a lot of home goods such as wallpaper and linens, but I haven't seen excess available for sale previously and this is a universally flattering color and style, so maybe one of my readers out there will find it useful.
Bracelets for Anyone (as long as they fit!)
I remember when this was available in the boutique it was incredibly popular and hard-to-get. I love when Hermès produces very special versions of their iconic pieces.
A completely different and unique piece, which both blends with typical Hermès style and would suit a variety of looks and, again, anybody could rock this.
Hermès Wood Medor Bracelet ($770)
Another fun and limited variation on the Medor/Collier de Chien style.
Hermès 9-Piece Wood Desk Set ($7,419)
This set includes (all pieces are signed): a desk blotter, pencil holder, clip, agenda holder, tissue box, letter/paper tray, note Pad tray with original note pad, a Post-it holder and a notepad holder. This set definitely has it all!
A Final Special Treat
I love the exceptional scarves and Robe du Soir is one of my favorite designs as it's both elegant and folds well. Someone please buy this before I do!
Just an FYI...since I began writing the article, three pieces I selected to include were sold. So if you are interested in any of these items, I would not delay. Have a wonderful, healthy and safe holiday!