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September marks the season when fashion buckles down and gets serious. The runways reopen, the layers resurface, and the perfect handbag must be as cool and careful as the rest of your new fall wardrobe.
For our latest sale at Christie’s Handbag Shop, Christie’s specialists have gathered an array of bags in luxurious neutral tones and lush gem hues from Hermès and Chanel — perfectly suited to the richness and variety of the season. Handbags Specialist Caitlin Donovan selects five of her favorites, from a Flap Bag in classic Chanel tweed to an ostrich skin Birkin that recalls Hermès’ storied equestrian heritage.
Hermès 35cm Blue Izmir Clemence Leather Birkin with Palladium Hardware
With fall on the horizon, we find ourselves tucking away our brightly colored accessories and drawn toward softer hues that complement the neutral colors of our colder weather wardrobe. This bag’s Blue Izmir color, while a striking shade, possesses muted undertones that pair nicely with the soft creams and darker blacks and navies we find reoccurring in our fall and winter sweaters. It is a blue that can be worn during the Indian summer months of September, but won’t need to be placed in hibernation come October — the perfect addition to one’s growing Hermès collection.
Hermès 30 cm Cognac Ostrich Birkin with Gold Hardware
There is something so effortlessly chic about a classic bag like the Hermès Birkin in a traditional brown hue. The ostrich skin — among the most coveted and delicate of Hermès exotic materials — is an ode to Hermès’ equestrian heritage in this time-honored cognac color. Paired handsomely with gold hardware, the cognac ostrich material adds an elegant touch to any fall outfit.
Hermès 35cm Shiny Black Porosus Birkin with Gold Hardware
Not every autumn occasion begs for subtlety. The classic combination of black crocodile with gold hardware never fails to make a dramatic impression. Made of the finest crocodile skin Hermès offers, this Porosus Birkin, at this exaggerated 35cm size, is certainly not discreet. The symmetrical scales on this shiny skin mark Porosus crocodile as the finest of Hermès’ exotic materials, elevated further by its marriage with gold, shiny hardware.
Hermès 27cm Rouge Vif Ostrich Paris Bombay Bag
Streamlined and tastefully inconspicuous, the Paris Bombay bag is the ultimate addition for the connoisseur who values Hermès’ high standards of craftsmanship and design, but desires something a bit understated compared to the brand’s more recognizable models. This bag’s delicate ostrich skin is beautifully rendered in classic Hermès Rouge Vif color. Though delightfully simple, the Paris Bombay bag has built-in versatility: for a more compact look, it can be worn with its ends tucked in; alternatively, the wearer can pull the sides out to make more room for one’s belongings. And at 27cm, its smaller size allows this bag to transition seamlessly from day to night.
Chanel Pink & Blue Tweed Flap Bag
Legend has it that Coco Chanel was introduced to tweed in the 1920s by the Duke of Westminster, who wore the material often for hunting and fishing during time they spent together in the Scottish Highlands. Coco fell in love with Scottish tweed, and went on to adapt the material for women’s wear for the very first time. Since then, tweed has been featured in every Chanel collection to date, becoming a cornerstone of the brand. Chanel’s mastery of tweed is a result of its successful marriage of modern coloration with lightweight fabric that is hand-spun at Chanel’s dedicated ateliers in France. This pink and blue tweed bag is a modern iteration of the iconic Chanel Flap Bag. The off-center clasp and diagonal handles add surprising design elements that make this piece both thought-provoking and unique.
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