HERMES FACO II BAG

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The Hermes Faco Bag hasn’t been on the spotlight very much, so you might not have heard a lot about it. This bag is overwhelmingly chic with an envelope-shaped flap. There is a clutch version as well as a shoulder bag edition. The shoulder bag edition is designed with a leather strap and carries like an evening bag with strap. For the Fall Winter 2017 Collection, Hermes introduces the Faco II Bag, which is an updated version.

The Design
The Faco II is a minimalistic and chic handbag – making it perfect for any occasions. The front is crafted with a fold-in flap closure and is made in full leather. This bag has a classic look and can be worn on casual days, for work or even in special occasions. The most beautiful part is that there is no label saying: ‘I’m made in Hermes’. But you can tell by the craftsmanship and the impeccable Mysore goatskin leather that it’s not an ordinary handbag. The boxy shape is gorgeous too and it comes with a long leather strap for shoulder carry.

The exterior looks very similar to the original Faco Bag but the biggest difference is the feel. Faco I is more flexible, softer, slouchier, Faco II is stiffer and holds better shape.

The interior

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The interior design is also slightly different than the original Faco Bag. For example, the top is made with a V form.

The inside of this Faco II Bag is made with one large compartment for all your daily essentials. And there is also a built-in back pocket for those that need to store essentials within hand-grasp.

The Prices And Sizes
Measuring 24 x 20 x 3 (L x H x D) cm, priced at $5500 USD via Hermes boutiques.

Other Styles

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Celebs are Seeing Stars and Spots This Week with Bags from Valentino, Gucci and Hermès

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CHECK OUT THESE GORGEOUS BAGS (AND THE PEOPLE CARRYING THEM ARE PRETTY EASY ON THE EYES, TOO)

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HERMES KELLY FLAG WALLETS

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Everything-limited is certainly worth chasing, like the Hermes Kelly Flag Wallet. We were told that only 12 pieces were available in each store.

The Kelly Wallet is one of Hermes’s Classic accessories and needs no introduction – the beautiful Kelly Lock in the center is what we’re all craving for. The Flag Wallet edition is in bi-color blue and black or in bi-color red and burgundy.

The purpose of this post is to give you more details about this beauty. First, it’s covered in Epsom Calfskin. The interior is the same as the original Kelly Wallet, it features 12 credit card slots, 2 pockets for bills, central zip purse for change with Kelly Lock pull-tab. This bag is great as an evening clutch or a long wallet.

Measuring 4.5’ x 7.7’ inches, priced at $3650 USD via Hermes boutique.

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Never carried, this Hermès Kelly Long Flag Wallet is absolutely pristine with the protective plastic intact on the hardware.  The limited edition style is very collectible in a combination of Flamingo and Coral Epsom leather.  Known for its ease of use, functionality, and understated chic panache, the Kelly Long is both practical and beautiful.

Textured and durable Flamingo Epsom leather has a Coral center block and interior.  Accented with sophisticated Palladium twist lock belted closure.  Gusseted sides allow for easy management.  The interior is outfitted with twelve card slots, a central zippered coin compartment with padlock pull and multiple currency slots.     Made in France.  Blind stamped Q within a square.   Protective felt and Hermès box included.

Women’s Hermès Purses and Wallets

There’s something empowering behind owning a luxury made item. Whether it’s a flowing gown or a wallet that remains hidden in a bag, that feeling is present in every single item. Hermes has been the premier couture house in France ever since it was founded in 1837. The brand’s attention to detail, intrinsic designs and creative vision are executed flawlessly in every piece. When looking for wallet, Hermes is your trusted brand in elegance and style that will last a lifetime. From flawless materials to stunning hardware nothing quite compares to what Hermes brings forth with each one of their unique designs.

Hermes Kelly Wallet

I am always on the hunt for the perfect wallet because my wallet is the most important item in my bag (sometimes more than the bag itself)! I actually spend more time choosing my wallets than my handbags because there are so many conditions to be met, but today, the hunt for THE wallet is finally over. The latest style from Hermes, the Kelly Long Money Holder or Ligne Kelly (I prefer to call it the Kelly Wallet/Clutch) is the answer to my dreams! It is 7 inches wide (18cm, half the length of a 35cm birkin) and may also be used as a clutch, nothing like a two for one to get me excited! (More after the jump!)


I went through my list of requirements: chic style (it’s Hermes, it’s a Kelly, need I say more?), a color that will endure daily abuse (etoupe is the perfect shade of taupe gray that won’t show dirt or stains), adequate credit card/ID slots(12- I only use two credit cards but seem to have a dozen of other ‘cards’- ID cards for my son and I, insurance card, prescription card, membership cards, VIP cards to clubs, Gym card, Yoga card- the list is endless!), space for cash (two slots, you can fit a passport in one of them!), foreign currency/checks/receipts (there are two pockets behind the credit card slots which will fit everything from Chinese RMB to the Euro), and functional coin pocket (with an adorable miniature Hermes lock as the zipper pull which actually cinched the deal for me, who else but me would buy a wallet purely because the zipper pull is so cute!?!?).

Made of ultra durable and lightweight Chevre Mysore (Goatskin), the Kelly Ligne is the best Hermes wallet I have ever owned. My Hermes Dogon and Bearn wallets lack sufficient card slots and they do not close properly when the coin pockets are full. The Kelly clasp allows me to stuff as much as I want without worrying about closing it! Plus I love being able to open it and look down to see everything I have in there at one glance. The best part, though, is its double function as a clutch (I put my cell in there and it fits!) and you don’t have to worry about a wallet for your credit cards or cash because it’s already built in! There is a wait list for the Kelly Ligne wallet so you must call your Hermes SA immediately. It is available in multiple colors but I absolutely love the etoupe, it is so chic and sophisticated. At Hermes Boutiques worldwide.

Each year, Hermes changes the leather and exotic skins you may order from depending on availability. Here are the skins available this year if you are one of the lucky ones to be on a permanent list.

EXOTICS

Porosus crocodile from Australia– Most commonly found on Northern shores of Australia, New Guinea and Indonesia. Hermes does not glaze the Porosus croc skins so they will never peel. This skin is polished with an agate stone and the skin has to lay flat under the machine so once it is made into a bag, you will never be able to polish it again! I’ve ordered mine in Graphite (it turns gray, black or brown depending on the light) and am anxiously waiting it’s arrival. The Rouge 95 is also amazing and gorgeous!

Niloticus crocodile from Africa– the ever popular matte croc is rich and sumptuous. (All crocs have to be at least 10 years old to meet Hermes standards)

Mississippi Alligator– the best ‘gator skin in the world is from the US.

Lizard from Africa– Available in size 25cm or smaller due to the small size of lizards.

Ostrich from South Africa – Hermes uses the most incredible ostrich skins with flat quills. My White ostrich Kelly is from the ’60s, older than me, and is still flawless.

LEATHERS

Veau Swift– Veau means calf in French, the word after it is usually the way the calf skin has been treated and/or stamped. This is a soft and sturdy calf skin.

Veau Togo – One of the most popular skins from female calf skin, tumbled and printed. I was told it is being phased out, what a shame as I just love Togo!

Veau Box – A stiff calf skin that wears to a beautiful patina but scratches easily.

Veau Epsom – Calf skin that has a smoother grain and is very stiff, I like this for the white Hermes bags.

Troika Calf hair– A delicate and gorgeous skin but it will wear around the edges. Not the most durable.

Vache Liege– Vache means cow in French- you’ll see that cow skin is also thicker than calf skin. Liege is the way it is treated and stamped.

Vachette Crispee Fjord – Cow skin in a heavy and looser texture.

Chevre Mysore– Goatskin is becoming increasingly difficult to find at Hermes quality so chances are you won’t be able to order one this year so if you see one ready made at the boutique, grab it!

Taurillon Clemence – The softest and most durable of skins made of Bull leather. The grain is looser than the Veau skins.

Buffle– Buffalo skin is as tough as you can get. This is usually used for luggage.

This is it for orders made in 2008. I told myself I would not order any more leather Hermes bags and would focus on exotics but couldn’t resist ordering the Taurillon Clemence in Olive. The color is so urban and cool! If I have time later, I will post another entry on the colors available in each skin.

A serious Hermes collector does not merely buy birkins. There are so many delectable items to be had and treasured. I bought a photo album and journal in Blue Jean Veau togo when my son was born, I’ve been keeping the journal and album with all of his “firsts” and will give both to him when he has his own child. My own Hermes bag collection consists of Birkins, Kelly bags, mini Kelly pochettes, the Lindy, several wallets, and a couple of vintage bags in a mix of exotics and leathers. I also collect Hermes enamel bangles, belts and scarves. (Forgot to mention JPG’s Hermes ready-to-wear are funky classics that I adore, I especially love the silk tops and crocodile platform shoes). Yes, I am sick and my obsession runs deep but Hermes is the only luxury brand that does not lose its value (even Chanel does not hold its value once it’s left the boutique), in fact Hermes bags increase in value with time so at least I am not squandering away my child’s inheritance! Actually, I view my Hermes collection as heirlooms to be passed down to my future daughter or granddaughters.


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HERMES HARNAIS BAG

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Louis Vuitton started with luxury luggages, Chanel designed handbags that freed up hands and Hermes became famous selling saddlerly. It was not until 1900 that the company started offering handbags, which were specially designed for riders to carry saddles.

So every designer brand started differently, but each of them honors their history because it’s their iconic symbol, their identity.

Identity is everything, if it’s gone, then everything-authentic about the company will disappear. That’s how Louis Vuitton came up with the Petite Malle Bag (inspired by the Classic Luggage), that’s how Chanel came with the Classic Flap Bag (inspired by the Reissue 2.55 Bag) and how Hermes came up with series of handbags inspired by Saddles like the Hermes Oxer Bag and this Hermes Harnais Bag.

You see, it’s always a good thing to purchase a bag inspired by the house’s archives because you will be carrying a piece of its history.

The Hermes Harnais Bag is first seen on the Fall Winter 2015 Collection, it comes with a shoulder strap and a large compartment in the interior with two flat pockets. There are many variations of colors available and normal leathers like Swift, Epsom or exotic like Alligator.

Priced at €6100 euro.

So what do you think?

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Hermès Garden Party30

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I often get asked, if I’m new to Hermès and want to start small, what are the bags I should be checking out first? Frankly, as far as Hermès is concerned, there is no such thing as small when it comes to its prices, but there are entry-level bags one can check out if the spirit is willing but the wallet, well, a tad weaker, for now anyway.

Take, for example, the Hermès Garden Party, an icon in her own right that comes in both twill canvas and leather variations. It’s also available in 3 distinct sizes, Small,Medium and Large, with today’s focus on the smallest one. Measuring some 30 cm across (which explains why it’s also called the Garden Party30) by 22 cm, this particular one sells for USD2175 (which is just under SGD3000 after conversion), the good part is that you can easily dress it up. I’ve seen Garden Party bags with Twillyscarves and leather Petit H charms hanging from the handles.

The bad? There isn’t a zip that runs across the top, and worse still, it can only be hand-held, given the height of its rather short top handles. Still, it’s a pretty cute bag and one that’s pretty hardwearing too, given the kind of quality bags Hermès makes.

And if size is the issue, you can go up a size to the Medium (that’s around 35 cm across, USD2325), which is also the most common of the 3 sizes I’ve seen. And then there’s the Large (USD2950), which spans 50 cm and one that’s too big even by my own standards.

Still not convinced? Then check out these other two bags from Hermès I consider the good-value-and-will-not-break-bank-yet bags: the Evelyne, as well as the Herbag Zip, both of which come with long enough slings to allow you to either wear it across the body or over the shoulder.

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Gold, S&P 500, or Hermes Birkin?

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What will you do with the money if you win the Powerball tonight? Perhaps you want to know what to do with that end-of-year bonus and tax refund. Purse aficionados considering stashing assets in gold or the S&P 500 might want to think again. It turns out the “safest and least volatile” investment of those three may be in the bag…the Hermes Birkin bag.

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Diamond Exotic Birkin, Hermes Paris

As reported in racked.com, the Baghunter compared investment returns on gold, the S&P 500, and the Birkin over the last 35 years, and the Birkin was the clear winner.  In that time, the Birkin increased in value more than 500% and has never decreased even in times of recession and economic difficulty. Baghunter says the Birkin averaged annual value increases of 14.2%, significantly higher than either gold or S&P 500.

Baghunter founder Evelyn Fox told luxurydaily.com “As a whole, the study findings show how stable the ultra-luxury industry has been over the past 35 years when compared to more traditional investment opportunities.”  According to Fox, “There is a difference between luxury and ultra-luxury. While the luxury market suffers during worse economic times the ultra-luxury market is impervious to economic factors that can affect other industries such as high-street retail and stock markets.”

Fox expects this trend to continue in 2016, pointing to the Birkin’s high retail prices and limited availability along with a strong secondary market from resellers.

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Do you consider your Birkins (or other bags) investments?

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