Hermès handbags for every budget

Hermès handbags for every budget

Whether you’ve got $500 to spend or are ready to go to $50,000-plus, there’s a Hermès bag for you in our Handbags & Accessories sales. Specialist Rachel Koffsky picks her favourites

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  • Hermès handbags for below $500

A vert olive clemence leather Muso tote bag. Hermès, 2000. 12 in wide x 10 in high x 6 in deep

A vert olive clemence leather Muso tote bag. Hermès, 2000. 12 in wide x 10 in high x 6 in deep

The Muso is a discontinued and rarely-seen Hermès model, perfect for lovers of vintage and contemporary handbags alike. The lightweight, double shoulder-strap design makes it a stylish and functional piece, ideal for the woman on the go. Understated but masterfully crafted, this rare bag in Hermès’ vert olive is perfect for everyday use. 

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  • Hermès handbags for $500-$1,000

An etoupe clemence leather Evelyne III PM bag. Hermès, 2011. 11½ in wide x 10½ in high x 3½ in deep.

An etoupe clemence leather Evelyne III PM bag. Hermès, 2011. 11½ in wide x 10½ in high x 3½ in deep.

The Evelyne bag has been a favourite with fans of Hermès since its introduction in 1978. Named for the head of the brand’s Equestrian department, Évelyne Bertrand, the bag features a perforated H pattern that is not merely decorative — it was originally a functional feature that allowed for ventilation and drying should one be carrying horse-grooming equipment. 

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  • Hermès handbags for $1,000-$3,000

A vert cru clemence leather Picotin MM bag. Hermès, 2004. 9 in wide x 9 in high x 7 in deep.

A vert cru clemence leather Picotin MM bag. Hermès, 2004. 9 in wide x 9 in high x 7 in deep.

Hermès drew inspiration for the Picotin bag from the feedbags looped over horses’ ears — a nod to the equestrian heritage of Hermès. The Picotin bag is an extremely lightweight model due to its simple design and lack of bulky hardware. Produced in a show-stopping bright green, this bag stands out in the best way.

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  • Hermès handbags for $3,000-$5,000

An etoupe & soufre swift leather Toolbox 20 bag. Hermès, 2013. 8 in wide x 9 in high x 6 in deep.

An etoupe & soufre swift leather Toolbox 20 bag. Hermès, 2013. 8 in wide x 9 in high x 6 in deep.

Hermès is well-known for its sense of humour, and this bag is a lovely example. Playfully inspired by a toolbox, it features a thick canvas strap that makes it supremely utilitarian. The limited-edition colour combination of etoupe and soufre, French for taupe and sulphur, adds an extra element of originality. 

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  • Hermès handbags for $5,000-$8,000

An argile graine d’H leather sellier Kelly 35 bag. Hermès, 2012. 14 in wide x 10.5 in high x 5.5 in deep.

An argile graine d’H leather sellier Kelly 35 bag. Hermès, 2012. 14 in wide x 10.5 in high x 5.5 in deep.

This stunning Kelly features hard sides and exterior stitches — the hallmarks of the sellier model. Particularly loved by collectors, the sellier Kelly is aesthetically striking and architectural in design. The bag is made in Hermès’ grain d’H — a highly-durable, stamped and processed leather. The shiny, embossed material was introduced in 2012, and is said to be inspired by adventure. 

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  • Hermès handbags for $8,000-$10,000

A white swift leather & veau doblis Constance Elan bag. Hermès, 2015. 10 in wide x 6 in high x 2 in deep.

A white swift leather & veau doblis Constance Elan bag. Hermès, 2015. 10 in wide x 6 in high x 2 in deep.

The Constance bag might be the least-known of the most collectible Hermès models, but it is no less loved. Designed in 1969 by Catherine Chaillet and named after her newborn daughter, this shoulder bag features a prominent, shiny H clasp, crafted from six pieces of palladium. Each bag takes 14 hours to make, with a single craftsman hand-stitching almost 50 individual pieces of leather. This particular bag is created from veau doblis — a lovely, delicate form of suede. 

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  • Hermès handbags for $10,000-$15,000

A rouge casaque epsom leather Birkin 35 bag. Hermès, 2010. 14 in wide x 10 in high x 7 in deep. 

A rouge casaque epsom leather Birkin 35 bag. Hermès, 2010. 14 in wide x 10 in high x 7 in deep. 

As serious Hermès aficionados are aware, the brand is heavily influenced by its equestrian roots. Everything from the physical construction of bags to the names of the colours it uses draws upon Hermès’ heritage as a harness workshop and saddler. Rouge casaque is a classic Hermès shade, inspired by a jockey’s shirt — called a casaque in French. This classic Birkin is created in the brand’s most popular size, 35cm, in sturdy yet lightweight epsom leather. Complemented by palladium hardware, it is both sporty and chic.

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  • Hermès handbags for $15,000-$25,000

A Bleu Jean ostrich sellier Mini Kelly 20 with palladium hardware, Hermès, 2005. 20 w x 14 h x 18 d cm. Sold for £15,000 on 12 June 2018 at Christie’s in London

A Bleu Jean ostrich sellier Mini Kelly 20 with palladium hardware, Hermès, 2005. 20 w x 14 h x 18 d cm. Sold for £15,000 on 12 June 2018 at Christie’s in London

The sellier Kelly bag has been a classic since it originated in the early 20th century. Renamed after Grace Kelly — who allegedly fell in love with the bag after sporting one in To Catch a Thief in 1954 — it has embodied her ladylike style for more than 50 years. The ostrich leather used on this model enhances an aura of elegance in keeping with such a style icon.

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  • Hermès handbags for $25,000-$50,000

A matte Bleu de Malte alligator Birkin 35 with palladium hardware, Hermès, 2010. 35 w x 25 h x 18 d cm. Sold for HK$325,000 on 30 May 2018 at Christie’s in Hong Kong

A matte Bleu de Malte alligator Birkin 35 with palladium hardware, Hermès, 2010. 35 w x 25 h x 18 d cm. Sold for HK$325,000 on 30 May 2018 at Christie’s in Hong Kong

For a sportier client with refined taste, the 35 Birkin in a matte alligator leather is an ideal choice of exotic Birkin. The rich and saturated Bleu de Malte hue is simultaneously vibrant and neutral, and the matte finish has understated sophistication. At 35cm, the size of this piece makes it a special piece for a collector who appreciates the beauty of exotics.

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  • Hermès handbags for $50,000-plus

A custom shiny Rose Schéhérazade & Bleu Saphir niloticus crocodile Birkin 30 with gold hardware, Hermès, 2016. 30 w x 22 h x 15 d cm. Sold for HK$850,000 on 30 May 2018 at Christie’s in Hong Kong

A custom shiny Rose Schéhérazade & Bleu Saphir niloticus crocodile Birkin 30 with gold hardware, Hermès, 2016. 30 w x 22 h x 15 d cm. Sold for HK$850,000 on 30 May 2018 at Christie’s in Hong Kong

The custom Hermès crocodile Birkin bag is the jewel in the crown for any handbag collector, a wearable work of art that’s a masterpiece in its own right. Crocodile is the most desirable material used by Hermès, and the shiny finish is achieved by buffing an agate stone against the hide. Custom pieces can feature bespoke colour juxtapositions. The highly coveted shades of Rose Schéhérazade and Bleu Saphir are perfectly paired with gold hardware, making this a holy grail item for collectors of custom bags.