Hermès is royalty in the designer bag stakes. Its auspicious family includes the queen and princess of handbag goals – the Birkin and the Kelly. Both of which are on my dream handbag list.
The Birkin, in particular, has been much sought after by the well-heeled globally since its invention over 30 years ago. Bags have been known to change hands for tens of thousands of pounds. A rare gold and diamond encrusted Birkin was sold at auction in Hong Kong for £146,000 in 2015. The Kelly has been around since the 1930s and took its moniker from Grace Kelly after the Princess of Monaco reportedly ordered six of the bags in different colours in 1956. Photographs of the Princess with her various bags and other celebrity fans soon made the design an icon.
Another Hermès icon is its silk scarf which has been synonymous with style since its introduction in 1937. Designs are often based on an equestrian theme in response to the now iconic logo of a Duc carriage with horse has been in use since the 1950s.
Surely it’s impossible to resist the beautiful orange boxes resplendent with brown branded ribbon. Even Hermès’ packaging is pure joy.
Thierry Hermès set up his harness workshop in Paris in 1837. Hermès is now a high fashion luxury label specialising in leather, lifestyle accessories, home furnishings, perfume, jewellery, watches and ready-to-wear clothing.
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