Hermes Birkin Bag - the ultimate fashion statement
The prestigious fashion house Hermès has been producing leather goods for a very long time. Among those products, you will find the iconic Birkin bag. The Birkin bag has gone into production in the 1980s, 1984 to be exact, as homage to the actress and Hollywood star, Jane Birkin.
The Birkin bag usually comes in four different sizes, ranging from 25cm, 30cm, 35cm up to 40cm. Sometimes you can spot a 50cm bag but that’s very rare. For Birkin lovers and collectors, there has been a whole universe of colours. Over the years the most classic bags are generally the one in black or earthy tones like brown (gold), étain or étoupe. Those colours also go with almost everything, making them more desirable to have in your wardrobe.
Prices can exceed those of a small house...
Incidentally, the Birkin bag is also the most expensive handbag ever made and ever sold. Prices start around EUR 8,000 and its only up from there. For years, Hermès produced the Birkin Himalayan Crocodile, which has now gone out of production. It will most likely remain the most recognisable ladies handbag of all times with its white, grey and brown crocodile pattern. Some of these Himalayans were also produced with diamond set hardware, making it an elusive fashion statement. The sticker price of over of the diamond Himalayan was EUR 200’000.- if you ever saw it.
The Birkin is essentially made from different types of leather. The two most famous versions are cows leather and crocodile. That said, for example, the cows leather bags come in three different styles called Epsom, Togo and Swift. The sturdiest and most textured of the three is Epsom, then Togo and finally Swift which is very soft to the touch and isn’t sturdy at all.
Don't hold your breathe to get one in store!
The Birkin Bag is made by Hermès, and therefore representing a statement of class, style and taste. It is also a status symbol because of its price tag and the limited production. If you walk into any Hermès boutique, hopeful to buy a Birkin bag off the shelf, you will most certainly be turned away. You will be disappointed but you can try to get on a waiting list and hope to get a call maybe 2-3 years down the road if you are lucky.
The team at Veltracon has been sourcing these purses for our clients for many years. There is a very fast-paced secondary market for the Birkin Bag. It is a rather complex and dangerous market with a lot of fake products and fraudulent sellers. You have to stick to a number of basic rules if you want to navigate these murky waters. We have built a global network of reliable suppliers, allowing us to supply genuine Hermès Birkin Bags without any waiting time. Prices generally start at a premium of 100% and that’s competitive for a genuine Birkin Bag. Of course all bags are unworn and new in the box, with all accessories and original documentation. It is also important to keep in mind that these bags have a strong and stable resale value. If ever you want to sell your bag, it will be fairly easy to do.
Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in buying a Birkin bag for yourself or as a gift for someone else. One of our team members will gladly assist you in sourcing the right Birkin or Kelly bag for you.