Hermes Birkin bag facts
Here are a few facts about the famous brand Hermes and the famous Hermes Birkin bag.
Many people ask how you pronounce Hermes Birkin. It is pronounced air-mez Birkin.
The Hermes Birkin bag is becoming more and more popular particularly among celebrities. Martha Stewart even carried a Hermes Birkin bag to court when she faced criminal charges. Also rapper Lil’ Kim carried a Hermes Birkin bag.
The Hermes retail empire started as a small store in Paris in 1873.
The Hermes store supplied custom-made leather goods to the carriage trade-harnesses, saddles, and other equestrian equipment.
Hermes leather goods were sort after because of their durability and the “saddle stitch,” which rarely came undone (and when it did, Hermes artisans would promptly repair it as they do today). This attention to quality was so renowned that royal coronations were delayed until the Hermes carriage fittings were completed and delivered.
Hermes is now one of the most successful retail brands in the world.
Hermes Birkin is also one of the last luxury goods companies remaining in private hands; virtually all others are owned by large corporations. The Hermes Birkin bag has greatly contributed its success.
For many years, Hermes patrons were part of an exclusive club of ultra-wealthy sophisticates who were the only ones to recognize the subtle status Hermes products conferred. However, eventually, Hermes Birkin bags became famous, as most things do, when owned by well-known celebrities who wanted to have a Hermes Birkin bag.
The first was Princess Grace of Monaco (the former actress Grace Kelly), who used a Hermes bag to disguise her pregnancy from the paparazzi. Now known as the “Hermes Kelly bag”, it is still made by Hermes and has a loyal following.
The Hermes Kelly bag and the Hermes Birkin bag
Larger than the Hermes Kelly bag, the Hermes Birkin bag is a scaled-down version of a bag Hermes originally created to hold horse saddles. The average size Hermes Birkin bag takes approximately 15 hours to make; larger ones require 25 to 30 hours. Like other Hermes bags, the Hermes Birkin bag is made almost entirely by hand in Hermes ateliers by artisans who must apprentice for at least two years with Hermes’s senior leather craftsmen to qualify for their jobs.
The precise intricate detail and high quality craftsmen ship as well as high quality materials is what distinguishes a Hermes Birkin from other bags.
It is the quality and the materials of the Birkin bag and the additions you can have on the Birkin bag such as diamond encrusted and gold, metallic silver metallic hardware that make people so draw to the bag.
When you buy a Hermes Birkin bag you know is going to last a life time if care for well and a Hermes bag can always be re soled because there is a high market for pre-owned Hermes Birkin bags.