Women have been a slave for fashion even before the time history has been started to be documented. Handbags have been around for hundreds of years. First they were just used as a means for carrying stuff from one place to another. Then they started being used as bags that could carry stuff that the person needs when away from home, like money or food etc. Slowly, this travel need turned into a must have fashion accessory that’s all the rage these days. Fashion houses all over have opened up to cater to this fashion need that the women of today require. These handbags are used to now carry money, credit cards, business cards, jewelry make-up and various other stuff that any women would need outside of home.
Handbags are like an indicator of the taste of a woman now. Like one can judge a man from his shoes, women can be judged from the handbag they carry. Designer brands have opened up everywhere to cater to the high class business women of today who have to make an impression in the business world. The first impression that one makes is the last impression and for working women, especially those who work in the showbiz, their out look is the most important. Hermes is a fashion house situated in Paris. Parisian fashion is known to be the trendiest of all fashion in the entire world. Hermes offers a line of fashion handbags that cater to the fashion conscious high class women of today. However, the prices of these bags are sky high and cannot be afforded by ordinary people.
Replica Hermes bags have been launched in the market by other companies which offer the exact same designs down to the exact logo of the Hermes brand, at a much cheaper cost. The designs are chic and are sold like hot buns. The quality is compromised a little as compared to the original Hermes bag, however. The fashion house of Hermes faces colossal business losses each year because of these replica bags, as even the rich of the society do not wish to spend so much on a mere accessory in times of recession. The quality conscious and fashion victim clientele of Hermes who are loyalists of the brand still prefer the original Hermes bags over the replica ones as the original speaks of class and taste.
Demand increases, and the supply will follow. As the same rule in the fashion industry, exotic skins are needed badly to make luxury goods, and the crocodile farms, ostrich farms etc are enlarged to offer more quality leathers. Fashion houses crave finding the rarest skins to surprise the market and make more profit. Nowadays, exotic luxury goods have become popular, and exotic skins such as crocodile, alligator, ostrich, lizard and python are wildly used in making shoes, belts, bags and many more. The French fashion company Hermes is famous for bags made of exotic skins such as Hermes croc Birkin, Hermes ostrich bags and Ombre lizard Kelly.
Hermes croc bags are the staples of the fashion house. The natural beauty of croc skin adds luxury and elegance to the bags, besides, croc skin is extremely durable that can last for years. The hot colors available for Hermes croc Birkin are blue brighton, orange, rouge, and blue jean. Porosus croc and Nile croc skins are rather fabulous and rare. They are special for making the most luxurious and stunning bags. Alligator skin is even more valuable than crocodile skin, as it features the unique umbilical scar while crocodile does not. Hermes alligator Birkin bags have been released in limited versions and few can get hands on them.
Unlike crocodile and alligator, ostrich is not rare species and has a long tradition of being fed on farms. In 1970s, ostrich skins became much in demand by fashion designers. The crown leather supplying the beautiful quill follicles patterns takes up only a third of an entire piece of ostrich body skin. So the price depends on the size of the bag: the bigger, the pricier. Ostrich skin absorbs colors quite well, this is why you can find rainbow colors in ostrich. Victoria Beckham’s gorgeous fuchsia ostrich Hermes Birkin is very eye-catching on magazines and nets.
Lizard skin has beautiful small scales with nice colors. It meets the standard of Hermes and was introduced for making luxuriant Hermes lizard Bags. The processed lizard skin feels luscious, rich and tactile and is usually crafted into small Hermes items such as 25cm Kelly, mini Birkin, clutches, wallets etc. Ombre lizard Kelly collection unveiled in 2007 made a splendid debut and became another staple of Hermes family.
Hermes has long been established as a house of high fashion, luxury and quality. Despite the advent of the assembly line, Hermes has preferred to continue the tradition of carefully handcrafting each item to ensure top quality craftsmanship. Only one craftsman may work at one Hermes bag at a time. Each bag can take about 18 to 24 hours to make. Hermes handbags are also made from rare and quality materials such as precious metals, silk, leather from alligator, crocodile, lizard, shark and skin from buffalo, oxen, calf, goat, deer and ostrich.
Due to the labor intensive nature of the work each handbag are rather expensive and takes time to officially acquire. It is mentioned that the wait for their more famous designs such as a special order Kelly Bag or Birkin requires around six years depending on the type of leather, skin or metal requested. Hence, it is not surprising that these luxurious Hermes handbags can be priced to about five to six figures.
The Kelly handbag was named after the famous fashion icon Grace Kelly in the 1930s. The Birkin, on the other hand, was named for Jane Birkin who co-designed the bag with Hermes company president Jean-Louis Dumas. Both handbags are distinguished for its luxurious and classic design. They are considered as the brand’s consistent top seller and most demand design. Bags from the current Hermes handbags collection also has a modern, youthful design such as the Silkypop bag which folds in a neat leather case. The bag is made from orange silk Tout en Carre, plated zipper and silk lining. The SilkCity silk bag on the other hand, is enforced with fauve lining, yellow leather detail and gold plated hardware.