Monika Arora, founder of PurseBop — the online source of designer handbag news — describes key stages in the evolution of an Hermès connoisseur. Illustrated with covetable bags for each, offered at Christie’s across a range of upcoming sales
Every handbag collector remembers that first treasured purchase — a neutral Birkin, perhaps, toted around until the leather became indelibly scuffed. Although we always cherish the bags that first captured our hearts, embarking on the collector’s journey means embracing a range of colours, sizes and uses. Over time, our needs, desires, and even budgets may change. For a handbag connoisseur, a collection can tell a life story.
Collecting is a very personal endeavour, but it is also a shared experience. A love of leather craftsmanship connects an individual collector to a broader community of handbag lovers around the world.
Here, PurseBop — the leading online destination for designer handbag reviews — explores the four stages that mark the evolution of an Hermès collector, as well as the kinds of bags that accompany each. Perhaps you’ll recognise yourself in one.
Even at the most elite level, there is always room to expand, for there will always be another unique piece of Hermès history to find and call one’s own.
Stage 1: The new Hermès collector
Looking for an everyday bag / prefers neutral colours.
Stage 2: The established Hermès collector
Looking for a statement piece / open to various sizes and bright colours.
Stage 3: The mature Hermès collector
Looking for a rare handbag / prefers exotic leathers.
Stage 4: The elite Hermès collector
Looking for a truly one-of-a-kind handbag / prefers hardware with jewels.