Hermes in the league of its own
Απο Iliya Constantinou
Δημοσιεύθηκε: 07 Ιουλίου 2016

Hermes είναι μια μάρκα που είναι διεθνώς γνωστή σε όλο τον κόσμο. Είναι μια μάρκα τόσο αποκλειστικη θα μπορουσες να περιμένεις μεχρι και δύο χρονια. οι εταιρεια Hermes είναι διάσημη για τις δύο τσάντες τους το Birkin και το Kelly. Η Birkin πηρε το όνομά του από την ηθοποιό Jane Birkin, ενώ η Kelly πήρε το όνομά του από την πριγκίπισσα του Μονακό Γκρέις Κέλι 

It is the brand that sits above all in the fashion world. The brand that is so exclusive (and expensive) that if you don't know anyone on 'the inside' you have to go on the waiting list with the thousands of other people that are awaiting their dream bag.

The Birkin and the Kelly known to the world as the holy grail of handbags. They may cost the same price as a car or a deposit on a house but these are the two bags that fashion fanatics would sell one of their kidneys for. However whilst many people buy the bags because they love the design, there are many who buy the bag because it shows off their wealth and status.

The Birkin

The Birkin is the most popular and in demand bag that Hermes create. It is so in demand that in 2014 it was reported that 70,000 Birkin bags were produced that year, which was not enough for the supposedly 6 year waiting list.

The Birkin is named after the actress Jane Birkin. In 1981 the chief executive (Jean-Louis Dumas) of Hermes sat next to Jane Birkin on a flight from Paris to London. She was carrying a straw basket which she was about to place in the over head compartment. The contents of her bag spilled leaving her scrabbling to collect her fallen possessions. In doing so she began to complain that she could not find a practical travelling bag. By 1984 the Birkin bag had been created inspired by Jane Birkin.

The bag retails from £7,500 to around £100,000. Despite its huge price the Birkin is made in France by skilful artisans. To make a normal Birkin takes around 48 hours.Hermes use their famous saddle stitching which was developed in the 1800s making the bag one of, if not the best quality bag on the market today.

However the bag has always been one surrounded by controversy. The most  expensive Birkin ever sold was for $300,000 made from rare Himalayan crocodile with diamond hardware.

Hermes have had a bad reputation for the mistreatment of animals to create their exotic handbags (meaning crocodile skins and ostrich). This led to Jane Birkin demanding the removal of her name from the Himalayan Crocodile Birkin (bag above).

The Kelly

The older and in my opinion the classier Hermes creation- the Kelly- which is named after Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly is again one of Hermes best sellers.

The basis of the bag was created in 1892 and was a large bag to hold a saddle. However over the years the bag was refined and it became the famous structured trapeze bag which we know today. However it was not until 1954 on the set of 'To Catch a Thief' which starred Grace Kelly where Kelly came to love the iconic bag that would later bare her name.

Hermes has a always been a brand loved by the celebrities. Victoria Beckham is said to have a collection worth around 1.5 million and in the range of 100 Birkins.