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.