Fall-Winter 2017 Womens Louis Vuitton: Graphic Flowers

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Flowers have this innate ability to warm up the soul and are very much associated with beauty and joy. You receive flowers at anniversaries, birthdays, weddings… the list goes on and on. Symbolising pure bliss with the ability to make any lady smile, with the only downer being the fragility of it all because fresh cut flowers usually don’t last more than a week, especially in our harsh hot climate.

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And because Louis Vuitton understands hashtags like #flowersmakemehappyand #ihavethisthingwithflowers, some bags from from their latest Fall-Winter 2017 collection have floral patterns in shades of blue, green and pink (while some others have the same print in black and white) printed on the leather in styles like the City Steamer, the Petite Malle, the Pochette Métis and the Twist. An extension of Nicolas Ghesquière’s runway line-up where ‘the city blends with distant landscapes, the masculine blurs with the feminine, the day shades imperceptibly into night’, it could explain the juxtaposition of the lush colourful florals against the stark graphic monochrome ones.

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Dubbed the New Classics, these 4 have also quickly become the French luxury house’s go-to bags for fans, some because of form (like the Petite Malle), others for their function, like the City Steamer. Priced fromSGD3600 for the Pochette Métis Mini all the way to SGD7900 for the handsome Petite Malle, you could also check out the PF Twist Wallet if you’re looking something smaller, with the one in the compact size priced at SGD1410. All of which are either at or will be available at Louis Vuitton boutiques in Singapore soon.

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THE ULTIMATE GIVENCHY ANTIGONA BAG REVIEW

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You’re about to get spoiled, because this is the ultimate guide to the Givenchy Antigona Bag. And because of our never-ending bag obsession, we will be chit chatting about every detail possible, starting from the history and sizes to the leather quality and the prices. This is a great read if you’re considering buying a Givenchy Antigona Bag.

There might questions you want to ask:
– Does this bag hold shape?
– Is the quality of the leather bad or good?
– Where can I buy the cheapest?
– Which color should I pick?
– Which size should I choose?

No worries, we will help you with that. So shall we start the journey? Read on.

The Story

The story started with an idea from Givenchy’s creative director Riccardo Tisci. The love that he had for masculine and feminine contrast is visible on the Givenchy Antigona Bag. And it’s truly amazing to see how this bag paved its own way to become the iconic bag in the fashion world. It’s now sitting next to the classic Nightingale Bag and it represents as the next icon of the house.

Launched in Fall 2010, The Antigona Bag was destined to become the next ‘IT’ bag as it caught massive attention from the moment it hit the runway. And since that moment, the look of bag never really changed besides a few minor improvement.

The name ‘Antigona’ was inspired by Greek mythology. It comes from the word ‘Antigone’, which was a feminine figure with a strong personality. The name means ‘Unbending’ and it was carefully chosen to match the idea behind the bag.

The Design

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The design of the Antigona Bag is mixed with feminine characteristics and masculine detailing. It has the look of a Classic Boston Bag with boxy construction, geometric shape and nice curves. But with sharp details like large modern zipper, exposed stitching, uniquely made metal hooks and leather triangle patch with the house’s signature lettering. These detailing are inspired by the military.

The Antigona Bag has the classic look; it’s like the famous Louis Vuitton Speedy Bag but with more boldness and attitude. The hidden beauty is in the geometric shape and the angles of the design. Combined that with the leather and it catches the natural light, which attracts eyes and attention. The side wings give an extra space in the interior and make it simpler to store bigger items like your laptop or documents.

The Interior

The structure of the interior is quite simple. To begin with, it has one large compartment capable of storing a lot of items. For organizing your essentials, there are two internal pockets and one zipped pocket. The interior is made from cotton canvas lining, which is easy to pull it out to clean and shake the little particles out of the bag.

The Sizes

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The measurements:
Givenchy Antigona Mini Bag: 7.7’ x 8.7’ x 5.3’ (W x H x D) inches
Givenchy Antigona Small Bag: 9.4’ x 11’ x 6.5’ (W x H x D) inches
Givenchy Antigona Medium Bag: 11.4’ x 13.4’ x 7.5’ (W x H x D) inches
Givenchy Antigona Large Bag: 12.5’ x 18’ x 8.5’ (W x H x D) inches

When the Givenchy Antigona Bag was launched, there were only two sizes to choose from. It was either the small or the medium size. Later on the house added the large size due to the demand for bigger sizes. The mini size was introduced in the Spring Summer 2014 Collection. But despite of the extra options, the small and the medium sizes remain the best choices.

Select the right size really depends on your personal preference as well as interior and the weight of the bag. The first look for the right interior space, if you have the habit of carrying a lot of items on your everyday bag, then the medium size is the best option.

Then consider your height versus the size and weight of the bag. Because you might not like the look of the medium bag when you are not that tall. And the weight of the bag might be uncomfortable to carry on your shoulder.

Just to give you my personal view; I’m 5’4’ and I choose the medium size because it fits just right. And the interior gives me enough space to store all my essentials. I have read a lot of reviews on the size before I made my purchase and a lot of women choose the medium size too.

The Leathers

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From Left To Right: Calfskin, Goatskin, Rubberized Canvas, Nubuck Suede

 

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Throughout the years, the Antigona Leather selection has been extended from basic leathers to exotic leathers. The basic leathers are calfskin and goatskin, but Givenchy has also released seasonal leathers like rubberized canvas and nubuck suede. The luxury options are crocodile, ostrich, python and anaconda, but these styles depend on the season as well.

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Calfskin vs Goatskin

 

The calfskin and goatskin are also called the ‘classic leathers’ because they are the most favorable choices. These leathers are available in every season and that’s why we will be covering them extensively here.

The calfskin leather is quite thin and feels really smooth. The leather is very hard and solid, it can hold shape extremely well. What I like about the calfskin is the shine of the leather that enhanced the details of the geometric shape.

The goatskin is pebbled leather and feels luxurious due to its softness. This leather is much more flexible and will get a nice casual slouchy look after long use. However, it’s less shiny than the calfskin leather.

The Antigona Bags in calfskin and goatskin are the perfect choices when you don’t want to baby a bag. And if you hate being careful all the time or worrying about scratches, then we have some goods new. These two leathers are built to last-forever, they’re impeccable and extremely durable. They can endure a lot of abuse and they’re scratch-resistance. Even scratching with nails or coat zippers or knocking the bag hard against the door, these leathers will show almost zero visible scratch. Givenchy is definitely the top when it comes to quality and design.

 

The Colors

From black and navy to beautiful pink, we’ve laid down all the essential colors under one umbrella. The hardest part left is which color you should choose. See them all here:

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Neutral Colors

These are considered neutral colors because they’re easy to match with any style in your wardrobe. The Antigona Bag adorned with these safe colors will look fabulous and timeless. They’re perfect shades for an everyday bag. The color black is the most favorite choice among a lot of women and celebrities, and it easy to understand why. This color enhanced the classic design of the Antigona and it’s also easier to clean and maintain.

If the black shade is too boring, you can always opt-in for the navy. It has the same darker appeal and it has the same advantage like easy-to-clean and easy-to-match. Navy is interesting especially when you have too many of the same colors in your wardrobe.

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Bright Colors

Bold colors like red and purple can be worn in all season, but yellow and orange marries better with summer outfits. Some bright colors are only available in certain seasons and but they do look cute on the mini size of the Antigona Bag. If you’re looking for an everyday bag, then the neutral colors would be the best choice, but if you’re looking for an Antigona Bag to match a certain style in your wardrobe, then pick a bright color.

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Metallics

Givenchy has also launched shiny metallic colors in gold and rose pink. These colors are not available in every season, but they do like gorgeous and luxurious.

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Exotic Choices

Even tough they come with an higher price-ticket, but the exotic leathers like crocodile and ostrich in bright colors do create and exclusive appeal of luxury.

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CHANEL GABRIELLE BAG

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From the Reissue 2.55 to the Boy Chanel, most of Chanel’s iconic handbags are inspired by the founder Coco Chanel. It’s usually something that Coco had experienced or observed during her lifetime that brought the ideas to the table. The Boy Bag for example, was created based on Coco’s boyish attitude. And as Karl Lagerfeld said: ‘she picked this up from Boy Cape, which as the love of the love’.

The Story

The latest Chanel Gabrielle Bag is crafted to pay homage to Madame Coco. According to Karl Lagerfeld, everyone called the Chanel founder Coco, but that was not her real name. Her real name was Gabrielle and this is the perfect name for a bag that has all the codes of Chanel.

The Gabrielle Bag has been heavily advertised and even got its own space on the Chanel website. It looks like this bag is determined to become the next iconic and might even compete against the famous Boy Chanel Bag.

The Design

The Reissue 2.55 was re-made to bring the art from the past back to life. But the Gabrielle Bag is really made for the future. It’s said that the bag is inspired by Virtual Reality Goggles and vintage binocular cases that men wear at the racecourse. The last part matches perfectly to the philosophy of Coco Chanel, because the quilting on the 2.55 Bag was also inspired by quilted jackets of jockey players. Coco knew very well how to get inspiration from men’s fashion.

And there are multiple ways to carry the bag. You can sling it on your shoulder, throw it over your shoulder, wrap the chain so you can tote it or change it to a fanny pack by looping the leather fixings. The collection is truly unique because of the different shapes that are available. There is an backpack, an hobo, a tote bag and an drawstring edition.

At WWD, Karl Largerfeld said that the Gabrielle Bag is meant to be worn in many different circumstances and it’s not very feminine in the sense of being Chichi. Which brings us to the next topic.

Unisex

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Chanel has just broken the record and all the rules of its tradition. Pharrell Williams has been participating in an ad campaign featuring the Chanel Gabrielle Bag. He is now the first man to be seen with a Chanel bag ad in the house’s 108 year of existence.

So what does this mean? The house wants to tap into the men’s fashion market by promoting the Chanel Gabrielle Bag as a unisex bag. So what do you think about that? Put your thoughts in the comment section.


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The Details:

Chanel Gabrielle Small Hobo Bag
Style code: A91810
Size: 5.9’ x 7.9’ x 3.1’ inches
Price: $3200 USD, €2980 euro, £2650 GBP, $4760 SGD, $23500 HKD, $4430 AUD, ¥381240 JPY, ¥23100 CNY

Chanel Gabrielle Hobo Bag
Style code: A93824
Size: 8.3’ x 11’ x 3.5’ inches
Price: $3600 USD, €3400 euro, £3020 GBP, $5460 SGD, $26800 HKD, $5050 AUD, ¥434160 JPY, ¥26300 CNY

Chanel Gabrielle Large Hobo Bag
Style code: A93825
Size: 10’ x 12.4’ x 3.7’ inches
Price: $4000 USD, €3700 euro, £3290 GBP, $5940 SGD, $29200 HKD, $5500 AUD, ¥473040 JPY, ¥28600 CNY


Chanel Gabrielle Purse Bag


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The details:

Chanel Gabrielle Small Purse Bag
Style code: A98787
Size: 7.9’ x 7.1’ x 3.9’ inches
Price: $3400 USD, €3200 euro, £2840 GBP, $5140 SGD, $25300 HKD, $4760 AUD, ¥409320 JPY, ¥31000 CNY

Chanel Gabrielle Small Purse Bag with Python
Style code: A98787
Size: 7.9’ x 7.1’ x 3.9’ inches
Price: $4200 USD, €4000 euro, £3560 GBP, $6430 SGD, $31600 HKD, $5950 AUD, ¥510840 JPY, ¥31000 CNY

Chanel Gabrielle Large Purse Bag
Style code: A98788
Size: 11.8’ x 7.1’ x 3.9’ inches
Price: $3700 USD, €3450 euro, £3070 GBP, $5540 SGD, $27200 HKD, $5130 AUD, ¥432900 JPY, ¥26700 CNY


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The details:

Chanel Gabrielle Backpack
Style code: A94485
Size:9.4’ x 9.1’ x 4.5’ inches
Price: $3000 USD, €2750 euro, £2440 GBP, $4420 SGD, $21700 HKD, $4090 AUD, ¥351000 JPY, ¥21300 CNY


Chanel Gabrielle Shopping Bag


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The details:

Chanel Gabrielle Large Shopping Bag
Style code: A93823
Size:12’ x 13.8’ x 5.1’ inches
Price: $4100 USD, €3800 euro, £3380 GBP, $6100 SGD, $30000 HKD, $5650 AUD, ¥486000 JPY, ¥29500 CNY


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LIMITED EDITION LOUIS VUITTON CAPUCINES BB BAG

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Just like a dream come true, this Limited Edition Louis Vuitton Capucines BB Bag might be the perfect happily ever after for you. Stylish, fashionable, and sophisticated in all its aspects, this mini size of Capucines BB lends an exceptional pop of contrasting colors to your wardrobe styles from classic to bold and spunky.

If you’ll compare it with the previous Capucines Bag, this one stands out since it’s a much improved and luxurious version of it thanks to its exotic leather Python enveloping the handles, strap, as well as part of the LV signature clasp.

Now let’s get into the full-blown bag details. This Louis Vuitton limited edition bag is made from full-grain Taurillon leather mixed with python. The python truly adds another level of chic’ness to the overall look, the shine is notable on the details. More over, it has snap hook closure for easy access as well as 2 large compartments, 1 flat pocket, and 1 zipped pocket to keep your things in place.

Aside from these features, this beauty of a bag is all about functionality as well! It has a handle for arm or hand carry purposes, and a removable strap for shoulder or cross-body carry.

Measuring 10.6” x 8.3” x 3.9” (L x H x W) and is priced $5300 USD, €3600 euro, £3350 GBP, ¥599400 JPY, ¥40500 CNY via Louis Vuitton e-store and boutiques.

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LOUIS VUITTON AIRY V POCHETTE LOUISE BAG

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We’ve previously featured the Louis Vuitton Pochette Louise Air V Quilted Bag and we’re doing another post because we believe it deserves some love and attention. So ladies, here’s another feature but this time we’re going to take a closer look at this beauty!

This latest LV bag features an airy V embossed finishing, reminding V of Vuitton. To achieve this illusion, smooth leather has been embossed witha thin foam backing, securing a light padded result. It might be easier said than done, and we are betting that it has undergone a rigorous process to produce such a beauty!

Now let’s move on to the more detailed look on this LV gem. It features an embossed calfskin leather, which is why it has a smooth luxurious feel to it. The tone-on-tone edge dyeing and golden color metallic pieces makes it all the more chic and stylish. On the other hand, the signature LV clasp in the middle gives it the right amount of fancy. The chain strap is also convenient to use since you can easily convert it from a clutch bag to a n elegant shoulder bag.

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Hermes Bag Information Guide

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Deemed to be one of the world’s most valuable luxury brands, Hermes has proven to transcend the luxury brand industry, while setting new trends and immortalizing their iconic products.  It has continued to emphasize the value of hand craftsmanship and has continued to pay tribute to its own history. More than the design, the innovation, and the creative minds behind Hermes, the brand has withstood the challenges of modern markets, the demands of the industry, and the tightening competition all because of its history that surpasses any other brand in the luxury market.

Hermes History

The Hermes Fashion House was established in Paris as a harness making shop in 1837 by Thierry Hermes (1801-1878). Hermès first established the family business as a harness shop in the Grands Boulevards quarter of Paris. The shop served European noblemen, creating wrought bridles and harnesses for carriages. His clients were the stylish Parisian “beau monde” and European royalty including Napoléon III and his empress, Eugénie. It was in late 1879 when the line was expanded by Charles-Emile Hermes, Thierry’s son and successor. The expansion included the manufacturing of saddles and they opened a new location near the Palais de l’Elysee. Hermes Kelly and Birkin Bags

It was in 1922 when the company introduced its first handbags. In 1937, Hermes opened its scarf (or carre) factory in Lyon. Robert Dumas-Hermes succeeded the leadership of Hermes in the 1950s and was iconic for introducing Hermes ties— still the most desirable ties in the world. Additionally, the duc-carriage-with-horse logo,  bolduc (the famous ribbon!) and signature orange boxes were introduced in 1961. The Hermes horse-and-carriage logo was inspired by the art of Alfred de Dreux.

Jean-Louis Dumas, the son of Robert Dumas-Hermès, became chairman in 1978 and lead Hermes until 2006. During Jean-Louis’ reign, he expanded the fashion house into the home wares, further expanded the efforts in silks, leather goods, and perfumes. Dumas helped change the image of Hermes to accommodate a younger, more modern consumer and increased the growth of Hermes. Despite a brief (failed) attempt at public ownership in the 1990s, the Hermes family is still a majority shareholder in the company.

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The Hermes’ family and company rejects mass production, assembly lines, and mechanization. The vast majority of Hermes products are manufactured at production sites in France. Bags, luggage and small leather goods are produced by professional artisans at approximately 12 French middle-sized leather goods manufacturing facilities ("Ateliers Hermes"), with a strong emphasis on quality manufacturing. Hermes has claimed that most items are created from start to finish by one craftsman, which is supposed to be a guarantee of the quality and uniqueness of Hermes products.

As of 2008, Hermes has 14 product divisions encompassing leather, scarves, ties, men's wear, women's fashion, perfume, watches, stationery, footwear, gloves, enamel, decorative arts, tableware, and jewelry. Today, Jean-Louis's son Pierre-Alexis Dumas is the artistic director of Hermes. Under his direction, the brand has seen its biggest growth in decades.

The Ultimate Dream Bag: Hermes Birkin History

Hermes Birkin History The Birkin stands alone as the most sought after, impossible to find, and collectible bag ever made. This exquisite bag is typically only seen on the arms of the fortunate few. Even celebrities find themselves on the infamous Hermes Birkin wait lists with the hope of one day owning this ultra-exclusive bag. The Hermes Birkin was created jointly between Hermes CEO Jean-Louis Dumas and the actress Jane Birkin for whom the bag is named after, who complained that her Kelly bag was not very practical. Jane Birkin was gifted the first Birkin bag in 1984, and the rest is history.

Unlike other handbags, a single highly skilled craftsman works on one Birkin at a time with the construction of each Birkin bag consuming a whopping 18 hours. The bags are handmade in France by expert artisans using the company's signature saddle stitching, developed in the 1800s.  Birkin bags are investment quality luxury items meaning that they either hold or increase their value of time. The Birkin is a true timeless masterpiece that will become the crown jewel of your bag collection!

Birkin prices range from $10,500 to $150,000. Due to the fact that each bag is handmade, prices vary according to the type of leather and hardware. The bags are distributed to Hermes boutiques in limited very quantities, creating scarcity and exclusivity. To purchase a Birkin through an Hermes boutique, Hermes customers join a waitlist for a custom Birkin after establishing a rapport and sales history with a Sales Associate. This waitlist can often mean customers wait for years to get the bag in the specific color and leather that they want. Unless you’re at the the famed Rue St. Honore Hermes boutique in France, which occasionally has seasonal Birkin bags in stock.  This reason is part of many reasons why many people chose to purchase pre-loved authentic Hermes Birkin’s from Yoogi’s Closet.

Hermes Birkin Sizes

Birkins come in sizes 25cm, 30cm, 35cm, 40cm and 45cm.

Birkin Bag Size Reference:

25cm:  10" L x 5" W x 8"H

30cm: 12" L x 6.25" W x 9" H

35cm: 14" L x 7.5" W x 10.75" H

40cm: 16" L x 8" W x 11.25" H

The Birkin has a very distinct design, two rolled leather handles, a flap closure with two belted straps and a center turnlock and that holds a padlock. The bag is locked by closing the top flaps over buckle loops, wrapping the buckle draw-straps, then closing the lock on the front hardware. Many Birkin carriers also tuck the flap inside of the bag and continue to buckle the draw-straps with the lock in front, to show off the prized “Hermes Made in France” stamping. The keys are enclosed in a leather key holder known as a clochette.

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The 45 is a travel Birkin with slightly longer straps. There is also a similar bag called a Haut au Courries (abbreviated as HAC - which means High Belts in French) that is slightly taller with shorter straps. These come in sizes 27, 32 and, 37. Additionally, there is a JPG version designed by Jean Paul Gaultier, which is considered the “shoulder Birkin.”

Hermes Kelly History

Hermes Kelly Bag History The Kelly is a coveted and scarce bag. Like its muse, Grace Kelly, this bag is the definition of timeless elegance. The original prototype for this bag dates back to 1892 when Hermes developed a large bag to hold a saddle; the prototype was modified over the decades but the Kelly sold by Hermes today is similar to the Sac a Depeches introduced in the 1930s. In 1954, Grace Kelly was given the bag to use in the Hitchcock movie “To Catch A Thief”. She wore it regularly after her marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco - it was dubbed the Kelly bag. It was officially called the Kelly in 1977. Hermes Kelly Lock Unlike other handbags, a single craftsman works on one bag at a time with the construction of each Kelly bag consuming a whopping 18 hours. Kelly bags have the same draw-strap and lock mechanism as a Birkin bag, but have a single leather top handle. Hermes introduced shoulder straps as standard equipment in the 1980's. Prior to that, Hermes would special order a strap.  In 2000, the double loop metal strap holder was added.  Kelly bags are investment, quality luxury items meaning that they either hold or increase their value of time. Kelly bags come in sizes 20cm, 25cm, 28cm, 32cm, and 35cm. Kelly Bag Size Reference:

20cm: 8" L x 3.5" W x 6"H

25cm: 10”L x 3.5”W x 7.5” H

28cm: 11" L x 4.5" W x 8" H

32cm: 12.5" L x 5" W x 9.5" H

35cm: 13.75" L x 5" W x 10.25" H

Kelly Sellier vs. Retourne

Hermes Kelly Sellier bag and Retourne bag There are two styles of the Kelly bag.

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Has a more structured shape with rigid corners and exterior stitching with no visible piping. The result is a stiffer, sharp edge shape. Occasionally referred to as “Rigide”.

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Has a more relaxed shape. During the manufacturing process the bag is turned inside out. The result is a softer look with rounded edges and visible piping. The stitching on a Retourne is on the inside. This means that Retourne styles have a tendency to sloud. Occasionally referred to a “Souple”.

Other Popular Hermes Bags

Hermes Bolide

The Bolide bag dates back in 1923 when Emile-Maurice Hermes created this handbag for his wife, which was the first ever handbag to use a zipper.  There are two versions of the Bolide bag - the Web Bolide and the Bolide. The Web Bolide has an external pocket, no oval patch, and a two-way zip closure. The Bolide has a single zip closure, an oval patch, and a long strap.  Both bags have a domed zip around closure and dual tubular top handles.  It comes in four sizes, 27cm, 31cm, 35cm and 45cm. Hermes Bolide Bag

Hermes Evelyne

The Evelyne bag features a rounded rectangular shape with the iconic perforated H with a circle on the front. The Evelyne bag came in four sizes - TPM, PM, GM and TGM.

There are 3 generations of the Evelyne:

Evelyne I (1st gen) has no external pocket and a non-adjustable strap

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Hermes Garden Party

The Garden Party is a classic tote with tubular handles, a flat base, and expandable snap sides. They are typically made out of all leather (Negonda or Buffalo), or a mixture of canvas and leather. The interior is typically lined with linen and has a sturdy leather base to maintain structure. The Garden Party comes in three sizes - TPM, MM, GM. Hermes Garden Party Bag

Hermes Constance

The Constance bag was created way back in 1959. The Constance bag was designed by Catherine Chaillet, and named it after her fifth child.  The first Constance left the Hermes shop the exact same day she delivered the baby, so the story goes.  The elegant shoulder bag has a long strap that can be doubled for a shorter length and a signature “H” clasp. Hermes Constance Bag

Hermes Picotin

This bucket style bag has a natural raw hide interior lining and a silver palladium clochette adorned on the front of the bag. It has a roomy interior which is perfect for everyday use. The bag has a leather tab closure. The Hermes Picotin Lock Bag is available in four sizes, PM, MM, GM and TGM. Herms Picotin Bag

Hermes Jypsiere

Designed by artistic director Jean-Paul Gaultier, the Jypsiere borrows the body, swivel clasps, brackets and side straps of the iconic Birkin bag. This messenger style bag was part of the Autumn 2008 Collection. The Jypsiere is available in four sizes: 28cm, 31cm, 34cm and 37cm. Hermes Jypsiere Bag

Hermes Lindy

The Lindy first appeared in the Spring/Summer 2007 Runway Collection. The Linday can be carried by hand with its two tubular top handles or over the shoulder with its attached shoulder strap. It features two separate sides, each having its own zipper pulls which can be locked in the center with a classic Hermes twisting  lock. The Lindy is available in four sizes: 26cm, 30cm, 34cm and 45cm. Hermes Lindy Bag

Hermes Collier de Chien

The Collier de Chien motif is one of the most iconic accessories by Hermes. In French, the Collier de Chien actually means "dog collar". This Hermes design was specifically made for a client’s bulldog.  It is believed that the Collier de chien belt was first introduced in 1927 and the bracelet follow with an introduction into retail in the 1940s.  The design is distinct - it has eight rounded spikes and a single ring. Bracelets and belts are designed in a variety of hardware types, colors and leathers. Hermes Collier de Chien Bracelets

Hardware

Hermes uses a variety of high quality metals, but most items are typically crafted of brass. Hermes item most commonly use 18k gold plated or palladium plated brass. Permabrass, ruthenium, guilloche (diamond cut pattern palladium), rose gold, or diamond crusted hardware are occasionally used.

Reference Guide: Hermes Leather

What truly defines Hermes is the craftsmanship, detailing, and leather. Unlike any other brand, Hermes uses varying types of leathers and colors for each bag, which often means that your Hermes Birkin or Kelly is one of a kind. Whether you’re deciding what type of leather your dream handbag is going to be, or you’re looking to identify what kind of leather your Hermes item is, this Herme’s Leather Reference Library has you covered. Hermes Leather Guide

Hermes Togo

Released in 1997. Togo leather is grained, textured and anti-scratch calf leather. Togo is lightweight, yet holds it’s shape. Togo has a defined soft pebbled finish that appears raised and feels smooth but grainy. At a far away distance, Togo appears to have vertical veins and reflects light. This is the most popular leather for Hermès Birkin Bags. Hermes Togo Leather

Hermes Clemence

Released in the mid-1980s. Clemence is a natural grained and anti-scratch leather that is made from a baby bull calf, and is officially named Veau Taurillon Clemence. The grains are larger than in Togo. The grain is less deep than Togo, causing a more “matte” effect. Hermes Clemence Leather

Notice Togo has a slight reflection and smaller cells, while Clemence appears "matte" and has larger cells.

Hermes Togo and Hermes Clemence Bags

Hermes Fjord

Fjord is textured, matte, anti-scratch and is made from an adult bull. It is more durable than Togo or Clemence, even waterproof! Fjord has a slight velvety touch and matte texture. Fjord has a very visible grain. It has a wider, flatter grain than Togo or Clemence.  One of the most common characteristics of Fjord is that it has vertical veins when viewed at a distance  (sometimes vertically throughout the whole bag). The amount of veining can vary based on the skin. It’s possible to have a Fjord bag with no veining at all. It is also one of the heavier leathers. Hermes Fjord Leather

Hermes Evergrain

Evergrain is a stiff leather with a grain. Evergrain is actually the embossed version of the smooth “Evercalf.” It has a very soft touch and scratches will buff out very easily. The color version of Evergrain is called "Evercolor". Hermes Evergrain Leather

Hermes Epsom

Released in 2003. Embossed leather. Epsom replaced Courchevel in 2003. Unlike other leather, the pattern is pressed into the leather, giving the bag a laminated appearance that is rigid and structured. Epsom won’t scratch easily and is also very easy to clean. Epsom is still being used by Hermes today. Hermes Epsom Leather

Hermes Veau Grain Lisse

Discontinued in 2003. Embossed leather. Veau Grain Lisse is a glass processed press leather that is known for being slightly thin with a luster. It is scratch resistant, slightly shiny, and lightweight. Sometimes referred to by Hermes collectors as “VGL,” Veau Grain Lisse has less angular, rounded grains. This leather is rigid and holds its shape fairly well. Hermes Veau Grain Lisse Leather

Hermes Courchevel

Discontinued in handbags in the late 1990s/early 2000s. Used in Accessories until 2003. Embossed leather. Courchevel was the predecessor to Epsom, and it is now completely retired. Courchevel is a stamped leather with very even grain throughout. Courchevel is slightly shiny and is darker at the top part of the grain. It is lightweight, scratch resistant and easy to clean. Hermes Courchevel Leather

Hermes Grain d'H

Released in 2012. Veau Grain d’H is stamped, processed calf leather which has a finely structured pressed appearance and a sheen. Veau Grain d’H is a shiny leather with a cross-hatch embossing. Hermes Grain d'H Leather

Hermes Swift

Released in 2006 (Previously named Gulliver which was discontinued in 1999). Swift leather is semi smooth, soft, semi matte. Swift is a soft leather with a fine grain. One of its best qualities is that it is great at absorbing the dyes and the brighter colors come to life in this leather. The fine grain seems to reflect light in such a way that the colors are almost iridescent. Hermes Swift Leather

Hermes Box Calf

Classic smooth calf leather. Box is stiff, smooth and very shiny. This leather has a visible fine grain. A more rigid structure than the grainy leathers. Box will show scratches more than the textured leathers, but over time it will develop a beautiful glossy mirror-like “patina”. Under the right care, Box calf leather can last for generations. Hermes fans love Box leather because it can be restored by Hermes, no matter the condition, in the "Hermes Spa." This is the oldest type of Hermes leather and frequently appears in Vintage Kellys or belts. The name originates from an English shoe craftsman in the 1890s, Joseph Box. Hermes Box Calf Leather

Hermes Chamonix

Chamonix is a variation of smooth calf leather that has very similar properties to “Box Calf,” leather but is matte instead of shiny. Frequently combined with white top stitch. Distinguished by natural "Hermès Made In France" blind stamps instead of the usual printed technique. Chamonix is frequently used on the underside of leather belts and leather jewelry. Hermes Chamonix Leather

Hermes Barenia

Barenia is buttery smooth, and has a matte finish. Like “Chamonix”, it's frequently combined with white top stitch and commonly is distinguished by natural "Hermès Made In France" blind stamps. Barenia is commonly used in saddles, small leather goods, and occasionally bags. Barenia is very delicate and prone to scratches. Barenia is also a softer leather and bags will lose their shape after a while. This leather is double tanned in chrome and vegetable dyes and then soaked in a mix of nine different oils over a 5 to 6 week process. Barenia will develop a patina over time because it has no aniline finish and can absorb oil. Barenia can come in colors other than Natural (also called Fauve) - such as Black, Vert Olive, Indigo. Hermes Barenia Leather

Hermes Vache

This is another of Hermes's classic leathers, showing up in vintage pieces over 50 years old. A cowhide that is smooth, untreated and very delicate. It develops into patina over time and the material will darken. Vache Natural, when new, will appear to be very light. It is much like Louis Vuitton’s cowhide Vachetta leather. Only released in Natural and Black. Hermes Vache Leather

Hermes Tadelakt

Tadelakt calfskin leather is smooth and semi shiny and is almost just like Box leather. Most commonly used in leather jewelry and small leather goods. Tadelakt leather is prone to scratches, which is a characteristic in the leather because the dye is transparent. Tadelakt appears like a cross between Box Calf and Swift, and feels softer than Box but is shinier than Swift. It also has no visible grains on the outside, which gives it its utterly smooth and sensational appearance. Hermes Tadelakt Leather

Hermes Vache Hunter

Natural Vache Hunter leather is a cowhide leather that is primarily used as a trim in Hermes bags such as the Etriviere and Herbag. Vache Hunter is very stiff and prone to scratches. It commonly has a rough, unfinished underside. Hermes Vache Hunter Leather

Hermes Evercalf

The soft, smooth matte version of Box calf. It has a smooth and velvety finish with no visible grain. Evercalf has a slight sheen and a softer texture than Box. Evercalf is VERY soft to the touch.

Hermes Chevre Leather

Made from goatskin. This leather is textured thus anti-scratch, but is also shiny and rigid. Ultra lightweight. A very interesting skin - more expensive than calf leathers. Bags made entirely of Chevre are very rare. The lining of Hermes bags is typically made of Marocain Chevre (Morrocan Chevre).  There are two different varieties of Chevre - Chevre Mysore and Chevre de Coromandel.

Hermes Chevre Mysore

Released in 2002. A goathide leather with a grain that is more defined than its cousin, Chevre de Coromandel. It is lightweight and scratch resistant. There is a pronounced “sheen” to Chevre and reflects light very well. Chevre Mysore typically doesn’t have a visible spine. Hermes Chevre Mysore Leather

Hermes Chevre de Coromandel

A goathide leather which is soft, lightweight and scratch resistant. Chevre de Coromandel has a visible spine down the center, a slightly iridescent sheen, and a visible graining. As of Spring 2008, Chevre de Coromandel is now released in “Souple,” which has less of a visible spine, less shine, and is much more pliable. Hermes Chevre de Coromandel Leather

Hermes Vache Liegee

Released in 2004. Vache Liegee is a natural grained leather. Supposedly, the leather is stretched in 8 different directions and has a two-tone effect in the grain. It also has a slight sheen and luster. Vache Liegee leather is noted for being the thickest and most durable of the Hermes leathers. Hermes Vache Liegee Leather

Hermes Ardennes

Vachette Grainee des Ardennes is a processed pressed leather crafted from a malf calf raised in the Adrenne region (Northern France to Southern Belgium). Ardennes leather is very sturdy and holds its shape surprisingly well, complete with thick pressed grains and a slight sheen. Vache Ardennes is quite thick and structured (it does not slouch or flop) and is water and scratch resistant. It does not have a "soft" feeling like Clemence and the grains are slightly raised. Many Hermes collectors consider this leather to be a "work horse" and can stand the test of time, but the dye is prone to fading over time. This leather is very hard to find and is no longer in production. Vache Liegee replaced Ardennes leather. Hermes Ardennes Leather

Hermes Negonda

Released in 2007. Crafted out of adult bull calf with a large grain. This matte type of leather is completely resistant to water. It has a matte, dry feeling to the touch. Negonda is mainly used in Garden Party bags. Hermes Negonda Leather

Hermes Buffalo

Water buffalo hide. This leather has the interesting characteristic of absorbing the dye darkest in the center of the grain. Buffalo is known for its softness and rough grain size. Currently Buffalo is being used as trim in some bags that are crafted mostly of fabrics. Due to its water resistance, is commonly used in bags such as the Garden Party line. Hermes Buffalo Leather

Hermes Grizzly

Grizzly leather is rawhide calf leather which is also known as suede outside of the Hermes leather world. This sueded leather has a velvet finish. Hermes Grizzly Leather

Hermes Veau Sikkim

Veau Sikkim leather is buttery and soft. It has little to no grain, thus giving it its ultra soft feel. Sikkim leather tends to not hold shape and therefore gets slouchy very easily. Sikkim is used in the “Relax” version of the Bolide and Kelly, as well as the Double Sens tote. Hermes Veau Sikkim Leather

Hermes Vache Trekking

Released in 2012. Vache Trekking is a processed calf leather that is noted for its firmness. Mainly used in Garden Party bags.

Hermes Vibrato

Often people confuse Vibrato for fabric but in fact, it is stacked leather.  Vibrato leather is created by applying pressure to strips of leather and sueded leather. The stacked leather creates a textile that looks like cross-sections of stacked leather.  Vibrato is difficult to maintain but is durable and scratch resistant.  It is a very rare leather and is considered to be more expensive than other leathers. Vibrato often comes with an "eraser" to refurbish the leather. Vibrato handbags are very hard to find and showcase the capabilities of highly trained Hermes craftsmanship. Hermes Vibrato Leather

Hermes Exotics

Crocodile Niloticus Matte and Shiny (Lisse)

Crocodile leather from Africa’s Nile River region in Zimbabwe.  It has a larger scale pattern compared to the Porosus.  Crocodile skins have small “pores”, which look like small dimples in each scale cell.  The dimples are sensory pores that assist crocodiles to detect change in water pressure, and locate their prey. Crocodiles have these dots throughout their bodies. The shiny (lisse) version comes from continuous buffing until it shows a gloss.  The Hermes symbol on the bag will include two apostrophes (‘’) to identify it as “Niloticus”.

Crocodile Porosus Matte and Shiny (Lisse)

This Crocodile is farmed in Australia and Southeast Asian countries like Singapore. Considered by many to be the premier Hermes leather and noted for its fine, symmetrical scale pattern. The shine comes from constant buffing of the skin with stone until it shines.  The Hermes logo will include the symbol ^ to identify it as “Porosus”.

Hermes Alligator Matte and Shiny (Lisse)

The Alligator that Hermes uses is “Alligator Mississippiensis” and is farmed in Florida. Alligator leather has an umbilical scar, which is an elongated irregular shape with a webbing pattern in it, which is often placed prominently on products to show the authenticity of the leather. This means that the patterning of the alligator scales is not as uniform. Alligator has small rectangular scales in the middle and smaller, oval-shaped scales down the sides (shown here). Alligator is commonly dyed in a variety of colors. The Hermes logo will include a square symbol to identify it as “Alligator”. Hermes Alligator Matte and Shiny (Lisse) Leather

Varanus Salvator Water Monitor Lizard

This stunning exotic is crafted from the hide of a water monitor. Owing to the size of the hide, it is mostly used in 25cm Birkin’s, smaller bags and small leather goods. The smaller scales give this leather a shine or iridescence. The Hermes logo will include an equal sign (=) to identify it was Salvator Lizard.

Varanus Niloticus Water Monitor Lizard

The small scales of this leather made from Monitor Lizard from Africa’s Nile River. provides a shiny look. The Hermes logo will include an dash sign (-) to identify it was Niloticus Lizard. Hermes Varanus Niloticus Water Monitor Lizard

Hermes Ostrich

Ostrich leather comes from Struthio Camellus, farmed in South Africa. This is a dynamic leather that will darken from contact with your hands and also lighten with exposure to light. Ostrich leather is known for its distinctive “polka dotted” look, which is caused by the plucking of quills. Ostrich is very delicate and rare. Hermes Ostrich

Hermes Peau Porc

Made of pigskin and very lightweight. The pores are small dots and this skin is commonly a caramel color that develops a patina over time. This is one of Hermes’ classic leathers but is no longer produced due to the controversy of using pigskin. Hermes Peau Porc

Other Hermes Materials

Hermes Linen

Woven linen in herringbone or chevron pattern. Used in dustbags and linings of certain bags. Hermes Linen

Hermes Toile

Linen, usually used in conjunction with a leather on the bags. Weave is similar in strength and appearance to fire hose material. Commonly used in Garden Party bags. Hermes Toile

Hermes Canvas

Canvas is a heavy weight cloth that is treated and is usually combined with other leathers. Commonly used in the Herbag. Hermes Canvas

Hermes Color List

This is an incomplete list of Hermes colors. Please note, colors are often seasonal or special ordered and are not released frequently, or have been discontinued entirely. Visit the Purse Forum for more information.
Naturals Greys Browns Oranges Reds
Alezan Ardoise Brule Capucine Bordeaux
Argile Etain Cacao Crevette Bougainvillea
Biscuit Fusain Cafe Feu Braise
Cannelle Graphite Caramel Mangue Brique
Craie Gris Agathe Chocolat Orange Geranium
Etoupe Gris Paris Cognac Potiron Rouge Casaque
Fauve Gris Perle Ebene Sanguine Rouge Garance
Gold Gris Souris Ecorce Rouge H
Kraft Gris Tourterelle Havane Rouge Imperial
Natural Plomb Marron d'lnde Rouge Indien
Noisette Marron Fonce Rouge Moyen
Parchement Miel Rouge Piment
Poussiere Moka Rouge Pivoine
Sabel Ocre Rouge Venitien
Tabac Camel Rouille Rouge Vif
Sienne Rubis
Terre Vermillon
Pinks Purples Blues Greens Yellows
Bois de Rose Amethyst Bleu Atoll Bamboo Cumin
Cassis Anemone Bleu Abysse Canopee Curry
Flamingo Cassis Bleu Azteque Chartreuse Jaune
Fuchsia Crocus Bleu Brighton Eucalyptus Jaune d'Or
Peche Cyclamen Bleu de Galice Granny Jaune Poussin
Pink Iris Bleu de Malte Kiwi Lime
Rose Confetti Mauve Bleu de Prusse Lichen Mimosa
Rose des Sables Parme Bleu Electrique Malachite Moutarde
Rose Dragee Prune Bleu France Menthe Soleil
Rose Jaipur Raisin Bleu Hydra Pelouse Soufre
Rose Lipstick Ultraviolet Bleu Indigo Pistache
Rose Sheherazade Violet Bleu Izmir Toundra
Rose Shocking Bleu Jean Vert Anglais
Rose Tea Bleu Lin Vert Anis
Rose Tyrien Bleu Obscur Vert Bengale
Rosy Bleu Ocean Vert Bronze
Rubis Bleu Orage Vert Caucase
 Tosca Bleu Pale Vert de Gris
Bleu Paon Vert Emeraude
Bleu Paradis Vert Fonce
Bleu Saphir Vert Olive
Bleu Tempete Vert Veronese
Bleu Thalassa
Celeste
Ciel
Cobalt
Colvert
Lagon
Marine
Mykonos
Turquoise

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