If you’re looking for your very own vintage Hermès bag, then here at Open for Vintage we have the perfect collection for you.
The Hermès brand was founded in 1837 by Thierry Hermès after he established a horse harness workshop in Paris, which became dedicated to serving European noblemen. In 1880, Hermès' son, Charles-Émile, took over the management of the company, introduced his saddlery and began to see his products. The company catered to the élite and by 1900, the firm began producing the Haut à Courroies bag; designed especially for riders to carry their saddles with them.
It wasn’t until the 1930s that Hermès introduced some of its most recognized original leather goods, such as the "Sac à dépêches" later renamed the "Kelly bag" after the Hollywood actress Grace Kelly; she had fallen in love with the design and purchased half a dozen bags in various shades - it was the bag of her dreams! The Kelly collection grew with new shapes, sizes, materials and colours all of which draw on the extraordinary skill and creativity of Hermès' leather artisans.
Hermès handbags are the most iconic, high-end bags in the world and are celebrated for their craftsmanship and style. Each Hermès bag often takes up to 24 hours to produce; they are hand-sewn, buffed, painted, and polished. Hermès' leathers come from all over the world meaning some customers can wait up to a year for the delivery of a signature bag.
The Birkin Bag was founded in 1981 and named after English actress, Jane Birkin after she complained their infamous Kelly bag wasn’t practical for everyday use. The Birkin bag is a picture of elegance and is currently in fashion as a symbol of wealth due to its high price and celebrity association: Kim Kardashian, Victoria Beckham and Celine Dion are all fans. The Birkin Bag dominated the 1990s as the IT bag of the era – taking over from the Chanel Bag which shot to fame in the 1980s. The cost of a Birkin Hermès Bag can rise and fall depending on the complexity and the type of leather used. For several years anyone looking for a brand new Birkin could be looking to wait around 6 years to purchase one.
In 2018, a vintage Birkin Hermès bag was sold for £164,000 at auction. A new European record for the most expensive handbag ever sold under the hammer.
So, if you have your heart set on your very own vintage Hermès bag (and don’t want to wait 6 years to get hold of one!) then browse our collection below and maybe you’ll find your dream bag too!