This multicolour canvas tote bag is both playful and functional, and large enough to carry all beach essentials. It’s made of sturdy canvas to withstand the surf and sand, and most importantly, boasted a low estimate of a mere $500, making it accessible to both the seasoned and novice Hermès collectors.
Among the most collectible of the Limited Edition bags are the Osier pieces, which often fetch record-breaking prices on the secondary auction market. Perfect for a summer’s day and evoking the Bohemian spirit of Jane Birkin, this Hermès Picnic Garden Party sold for HK$106,250, more than four times its low estimate.
In recent years petite handbags have become the most collectible bags on the secondary market. This Kelly Pochette, a favourite of collectors of Hermès since the model’s inception, is beautifully executed in the bright and cheerful Rose Azalee hue and structured epsom leather. A standout piece that’s perfectly sized, this lightweight bag is the perfect accompaniment for a summer evening out on the town.
Originally introduced in 1975, the Passe-Guide was re-released in 2012 after a 30-year hiatus. Named for its clasp, which is modelled after the ring on the front of a Roman chariot, the Passe-Guide was the most expensive bag to be released at its inception, thanks to its construction, craftsmanship and design. This model from the early 1980s is crafted from the finest exotic skin that Hermès utilises, and comes in a classic black and gold combination.
Said to have left the factory on the same day that designer Catherine Chaillet’s fifth child was born, the Constance bag entered the market in 1959, and was named after the designer’s newborn child. Designed to be worn cross-body or over the shoulder, the Constance was a creation for the modern woman. This limited edition iteration features a subtle black on black print created by Irish-born and trained architect Nigel Peake.
There are few bags more coveted at auction than the Custom Horseshoe iteration of a classic style. A one-of-a-kind creation custom designed by a top client of the brand is usually only available at auction. This Horseshoe-stamped Kelly features a bi-colour exterior in a beautiful complimentary Bleu Tempete and Prune, with brushed palladium hardware.
The newest of Hermès’ limited-edition iterations of classic styles is the ‘Au Bout Du Monde’ Constance, which uses a combination of exotic skins, leather types and colours to create a landscape. The prominent H clasp is crafted of six individual pieces of hardware and, in this exclusive iteration, is crafted of both metal and enamel.
This extraordinary Hermès bag features five coveted Hermès colours and six different skins. The exterior is a combination of four shades of green — Vert Foncé, Vert Émeraude, Vert Titien and Malachite — and contrasts beautifully with the Rose Azalée pink interior. The flap closure is crafted of the finest shiny porosus crocodile skin, while the remainder of the bag combines classic Hermès materials including Chèvre, Epsom, Clémence, Evercolor and Calf Box leathers.
There is something exceedingly dramatic about an exotic skin bag, and even more so about a bag laden with 18k white gold and diamonds. The combination of the two results in a bag that even the most dedicated of Hermès collectors would be privileged to include in their collection. Crafted of shiny braise, in the finest skin, this Hermès porosus crocodile bag with diamond and white gold hardware is a rarity not to be overlooked.