Hermes Birkins are made in many ranges of styles, skins and sizes with many different types of metallic hardware such as gold silver and sometimes Diamonds encrusting.
The price varies depending on the types on skins and metallic hardware on the Hermes Birkins bag as well at the size of the bag.
Each bag can be may be made to order with the customary ordering different, colors, skins and metallic hardware.
The price of a Hermes Birkin usally depends on the metallic hardware fixtures and the skins as well as the color of the Birkin bag.
Sizes of Hermes birkin bags range from 25, 30, 35, and 40 centimeters to 50- and 55-centimeter bags.
Each Hermes Birkin bag is hand-sewn, painted, buffed, and polished, taking several days to finish.
The Hermes Birkins bags have many variety’s of skins such as calf leather, ostrich skins, crocodail skins and lizard skins.
One of the most expensive Hermes Birkins is the salt water crocodile skins and Hermes Birkins with smaller crocodile skins usually cost a lot more than those with larger crocodile scales.
Usually Hermes Birkins are lined with goat-skins and the color of the exterior matches the color of the interior.
Hermes Birkins come in many variety of colors such as blues, pink, orange, white, red, brown, baby blue, navy blue, olive green,, black, and golden tan.
The Birkin bag has a lock and keys and the keys are enclosed in a leather lanyard which is known as a clochette, carried by looping through a handle.
The Birkin Hermes is locked by closing the top flaps over buckle loops, wrapping the buckle straps, or closing the lock on the front hardware.
The locks and keys of Hermes Birkins are number-coded and the earlier locks on the Birkin bags only bore one number on the bottom of the lock.
In more recent years, Hermès has added a second number under the Hermes stamp of the lock. These numbers for locks can be the same for hundreds of locks as they are batch numbers in which the locks were made.
The metallic hardware on a Hermes Birkin such as the lock, keys, buckle hardware, and base studs are plated with gold or palladium to prevent them from tarnishing.
The metalic hardware is kept update on a regular bases to maintain the best top quality available in the industry at time of production.
The metal lock on Hermes Birkins may be covered with leather as a custom option and Diamonds encrusted is another custom option.
Hermès offers a “spa treatment” for Birkin bags which is a reconditioning for overly used Hermes Birkin bags.
A “Shooting Star” Birkin has a stamp shaped like a shooting star adjacent to the “Hermès, Paris Made in France” stamp; this is in gold or silver to match the hardware and embossing. Rarely, the stamp is blind or colorless, if the bag is made of one or two leathers on which Hermes does not use metallic stamping. Birkins or other Hermès bags can sometimes be made by independent craftsmen for “personal use” once a year.
The Hermes Birkin is a highly coveted and for several years was reputed for having a waiting list of up to 6 years which made it the longest waiting list for any bag in history.
Because of the high demand for the handbag, the Hermes Birkin bag has a very high reselling value in many countries especially in Asia.
In April 2010, Hermès announced that the waiting list would no longer exist, implying that it is potentially available to all.
Each Hermes Birkin bag bears the stamp of the crafts person who made the bag. This identification vagary’s widely but are is not different for every Birkin bag made and more than one craftsman’s stamp on a Birkin bag is not uncommon because the stamp is not a serial reference for the bag but fonts and stamping orders may vary depending on the craftsman.
The biggest difference between the Hermes Birkin and Hermes Kelly bag the bags handles. The single handle bag is the Kelly bag, and the Birkin bag has two handles on it.
The Hermes Birkins are handmade in France by expert craftsman or craftswoman.
The Hermes company’s signature saddle stitching, developed in the 1800s, is another very distinctive feature.
The average Hermes Birkin handbag is created in 48 hours.
Leathers on the bags is obtained from different tanners in France, resulting in many different textures and because of the individual craftsmanship, other details of the Hermes Birkins may not all be exactly the same.
The cost of the Birkin bag, compared to other bags is based on the meticulous craftsmanship and scarcity of the bags as well at the expensive materials.
Although the Birkin bag is free of logos, it is one of the most recognized bags in the fashion industry and by the public.