Hermès Exotics Collier De Chien Bracelets

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Ladies, you know what this is, it is Hermès’ signature fashion jewellery piece, the Collier de Chien (or CdC, for short), except this time the ones you see right here are the ones that come in the very precious exotic skins. You could say, the ones in croc and lizard skins are the finer, more elevated versions of the ones we typically see in leathers like Box and Epsom, and it’s precisely for this reason that they are highly sought after, and valued by ladies (and some men) who love a good CdC.

Available in a wide array of colours, they come in 3 different hardware finishes, namely Gold (GHW), Palladium (PHW) and Rose Gold (RGHW) with an assortment of sizes that will suit most wrists.

For the ones in exotic croc, it comes in matte or polished versions in favourite colours like Noir and Rose, while for the lizard skins, aside from the solid colours, the ombré versions are really luxe. While pieces in exotic skins aren’t as readily available as the ones in calfskin leather, checks have been done at the Hermès boutiques in Singapore and here are the pieces available and prices just for you.

There are the lizard skin pieces, including the ombre ones, and they are priced at SGD2050 each (there’s one available in ombré/RGHW over at Takashimaya Shopping Centre), while the ones in exotic croc are priced at SGD2900. As for the ones in calfskin leather? SGD1700, which also means it is well worth the price to pay slightly more for the ones in exotics.

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Hermes Resort 2018 Runway Bag Collection Includes Birkin with Piping

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Introducing the Hermès Resort 2018 Runway Bag Collection. Hermès gives a fun and playful take in their most iconic handbags. The Birkin and Kelly bags are presented in bright colors with contrasting piping and colorblock pattern. These new designs will surely be a must-have, especially for Hermès collectors. Aside from the brand’s signature bags, a flap bag was also introduced in the runway. The flap features some similarities to the Constance bag, with its shape and leather strap. It comes with a unique closure and variety of colors.

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Hermès Silk Twilly: Price Index 2017

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Still one of Hermès’ bestselling accessories (and pretty much the first thing everyone buys when they first discover the French luxury house), the Silk Twilly that can be worn in about 2752 ways, tying it on the wrist as a cool bracelet, on the handles of your favourite Hermès bag (or any other bag, for that matter), even around the neck of your cute puppy. The list just goes on and on. And as you get creative and figure out more ways to use this most essentials of silks, it’s also time to revisit the prices of this little gem.

Back in 2015, the Silk Twilly was priced at an all-time high of SGD270. Good news. Since then, the price of it in Singapore has been adjusted downwards, with the price currently at SGD240. Yes, that’s a SGD30reduction since its peak a couple of years back.

But before we get all flustered and stomp down to the boutique to buy even more, let’s all take a tour around the globe and see how prices have fared generally. In the US, prices have also dropped slightly, now retailing at USD160 (or SGD233 after conversion). In the UK it costs GBP125 (SGD218), while over in the EU like places in France or Italy, it is still priced the lowest, coming in at EUR145 or SGD215 or so after conversion.

Interestingly, as we get closer to home, prices only seem to get higher. In Japan, it costs around SGD292 (JPY22,680) while in Australia it will set you back by almost SGD300 (AUD285). Canada held the title of being the cheapest place in the world to get yourself a Silk Twilly in 2015, but the price adjustment has made that no longer true.  It’s now CAD225compared to CAD170, which also means you have to cough up SGD236for the same thing.

In other words, even after the worldwide adjustment, it is still the most affordable in Europe, followed by the UK and Canada (US is probably 4th because most states will levy an additional tax after purchase). Singapore’s probably 5th or 6th, so it’s no wonder Singaporeans love heading to Europe to shop so much. 

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Hermes is known for its luxuriously well-crafted bags but little by little, its wallets are finding their ways to the fashion spotlight. Take for example this little beauty right here; it’s the Hermes Constance Long Wallet with Colored ‘H’ Clasp.

Made from Epsom and refined silver plated palladium, this long wallet is the one you’ll be reaching for from your bag. With several bills and card compartments and a zipped coin purse in the middle, this one is perfect for stashing your hard earned money.

Look stylish anywhere you go as you pull this from your equally fancy bag! Say good bye to fashion boo boos as owning a wallet never looked this plush!

In general, the Hermes Constance Wallet is not easy to find, it likes to hide like the Birkin and Kelly, hunting for this wallet is like finding Easter Eggs. But once you own one, you will proud forever.

Another thing that you’ll notice with this wallet is that it has the ‘H’ clasp in the same color as that of the wallet. Measuring 20.5 x 13 cm, priced at ¥654480 JPY via Hermes boutiques.


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Hermes bags have always been serious, timeless, elegant and luxurious. Mostly they are made in single colors; just take a look at the popular handbags like The Kelly Bag or the Victoria Bag. So the Hermes Tutti Frutti Bag Collection was one of the playful line that broke the conventional wisdom.

We’ve already featured the Hermes Tutti Frutti Wallet, so today we’re going to tell you more about the Hermes Tutti Frutti Bags. We’re going to give you some insight on the interior as well.

You know a lot about the fame of a bag when you can order only 1 per person. It’s just like the Birkin and Kelly you know, the long waiting list that you need to go through before getting one (even though you can pay for it). Hermes actually said that these Tutti Frutti Bags are only available 1 per person.

Crafted with a beautiful shape, designed with an envelope-like flap, featuring a playful fruit on the front, this is a work of art by Hermes, a design you will want to keep in your wardrobe.

The bag comes with a long shoulder strap to carry on your shoulder. It’s the ideal bag for the day to night, even for shopping.

Open the bag to find the interior, you can find one large compartment. The bag is made from Vaux Swift and Chevre Leather, here are the details:

Hermes Tutti Frutti Bag
Size: 22.5 x 29 x 5 cm (H x W x D)
Prices: ¥764640 JPY




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Hermes Bag Information Guide

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Hermes information guide  

Deemed to be one of the world’s most valuable luxury brands, Hermes has proven to transcend the luxury brand industry, while setting new trends and immortalizing their iconic products.  It has continued to emphasize the value of hand craftsmanship and has continued to pay tribute to its own history. More than the design, the innovation, and the creative minds behind Hermes, the brand has withstood the challenges of modern markets, the demands of the industry, and the tightening competition all because of its history that surpasses any other brand in the luxury market.

Hermes History

The Hermes Fashion House was established in Paris as a harness making shop in 1837 by Thierry Hermes (1801-1878). Hermès first established the family business as a harness shop in the Grands Boulevards quarter of Paris. The shop served European noblemen, creating wrought bridles and harnesses for carriages. His clients were the stylish Parisian “beau monde” and European royalty including Napoléon III and his empress, Eugénie. It was in late 1879 when the line was expanded by Charles-Emile Hermes, Thierry’s son and successor. The expansion included the manufacturing of saddles and they opened a new location near the Palais de l’Elysee. Hermes Kelly and Birkin Bags

It was in 1922 when the company introduced its first handbags. In 1937, Hermes opened its scarf (or carre) factory in Lyon. Robert Dumas-Hermes succeeded the leadership of Hermes in the 1950s and was iconic for introducing Hermes ties— still the most desirable ties in the world. Additionally, the duc-carriage-with-horse logo,  bolduc (the famous ribbon!) and signature orange boxes were introduced in 1961. The Hermes horse-and-carriage logo was inspired by the art of Alfred de Dreux.

Jean-Louis Dumas, the son of Robert Dumas-Hermès, became chairman in 1978 and lead Hermes until 2006. During Jean-Louis’ reign, he expanded the fashion house into the home wares, further expanded the efforts in silks, leather goods, and perfumes. Dumas helped change the image of Hermes to accommodate a younger, more modern consumer and increased the growth of Hermes. Despite a brief (failed) attempt at public ownership in the 1990s, the Hermes family is still a majority shareholder in the company.

Modeling Hermes Birkins and Kelly bags

The Hermes’ family and company rejects mass production, assembly lines, and mechanization. The vast majority of Hermes products are manufactured at production sites in France. Bags, luggage and small leather goods are produced by professional artisans at approximately 12 French middle-sized leather goods manufacturing facilities ("Ateliers Hermes"), with a strong emphasis on quality manufacturing. Hermes has claimed that most items are created from start to finish by one craftsman, which is supposed to be a guarantee of the quality and uniqueness of Hermes products.

As of 2008, Hermes has 14 product divisions encompassing leather, scarves, ties, men's wear, women's fashion, perfume, watches, stationery, footwear, gloves, enamel, decorative arts, tableware, and jewelry. Today, Jean-Louis's son Pierre-Alexis Dumas is the artistic director of Hermes. Under his direction, the brand has seen its biggest growth in decades.

The Ultimate Dream Bag: Hermes Birkin History

Hermes Birkin History The Birkin stands alone as the most sought after, impossible to find, and collectible bag ever made. This exquisite bag is typically only seen on the arms of the fortunate few. Even celebrities find themselves on the infamous Hermes Birkin wait lists with the hope of one day owning this ultra-exclusive bag. The Hermes Birkin was created jointly between Hermes CEO Jean-Louis Dumas and the actress Jane Birkin for whom the bag is named after, who complained that her Kelly bag was not very practical. Jane Birkin was gifted the first Birkin bag in 1984, and the rest is history.

Unlike other handbags, a single highly skilled craftsman works on one Birkin at a time with the construction of each Birkin bag consuming a whopping 18 hours. The bags are handmade in France by expert artisans using the company's signature saddle stitching, developed in the 1800s.  Birkin bags are investment quality luxury items meaning that they either hold or increase their value of time. The Birkin is a true timeless masterpiece that will become the crown jewel of your bag collection!

Birkin prices range from $10,500 to $150,000. Due to the fact that each bag is handmade, prices vary according to the type of leather and hardware. The bags are distributed to Hermes boutiques in limited very quantities, creating scarcity and exclusivity. To purchase a Birkin through an Hermes boutique, Hermes customers join a waitlist for a custom Birkin after establishing a rapport and sales history with a Sales Associate. This waitlist can often mean customers wait for years to get the bag in the specific color and leather that they want. Unless you’re at the the famed Rue St. Honore Hermes boutique in France, which occasionally has seasonal Birkin bags in stock.  This reason is part of many reasons why many people chose to purchase pre-loved authentic Hermes Birkin’s from Yoogi’s Closet.

Hermes Birkin Sizes

Birkins come in sizes 25cm, 30cm, 35cm, 40cm and 45cm.

Birkin Bag Size Reference:

25cm:  10" L x 5" W x 8"H

30cm: 12" L x 6.25" W x 9" H

35cm: 14" L x 7.5" W x 10.75" H

40cm: 16" L x 8" W x 11.25" H

The Birkin has a very distinct design, two rolled leather handles, a flap closure with two belted straps and a center turnlock and that holds a padlock. The bag is locked by closing the top flaps over buckle loops, wrapping the buckle draw-straps, then closing the lock on the front hardware. Many Birkin carriers also tuck the flap inside of the bag and continue to buckle the draw-straps with the lock in front, to show off the prized “Hermes Made in France” stamping. The keys are enclosed in a leather key holder known as a clochette.

Hermes Birkin Lock

The 45 is a travel Birkin with slightly longer straps. There is also a similar bag called a Haut au Courries (abbreviated as HAC - which means High Belts in French) that is slightly taller with shorter straps. These come in sizes 27, 32 and, 37. Additionally, there is a JPG version designed by Jean Paul Gaultier, which is considered the “shoulder Birkin.”

Hermes Kelly History

Hermes Kelly Bag History The Kelly is a coveted and scarce bag. Like its muse, Grace Kelly, this bag is the definition of timeless elegance. The original prototype for this bag dates back to 1892 when Hermes developed a large bag to hold a saddle; the prototype was modified over the decades but the Kelly sold by Hermes today is similar to the Sac a Depeches introduced in the 1930s. In 1954, Grace Kelly was given the bag to use in the Hitchcock movie “To Catch A Thief”. She wore it regularly after her marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco - it was dubbed the Kelly bag. It was officially called the Kelly in 1977. Hermes Kelly Lock Unlike other handbags, a single craftsman works on one bag at a time with the construction of each Kelly bag consuming a whopping 18 hours. Kelly bags have the same draw-strap and lock mechanism as a Birkin bag, but have a single leather top handle. Hermes introduced shoulder straps as standard equipment in the 1980's. Prior to that, Hermes would special order a strap.  In 2000, the double loop metal strap holder was added.  Kelly bags are investment, quality luxury items meaning that they either hold or increase their value of time. Kelly bags come in sizes 20cm, 25cm, 28cm, 32cm, and 35cm. Kelly Bag Size Reference:

20cm: 8" L x 3.5" W x 6"H

25cm: 10”L x 3.5”W x 7.5” H

28cm: 11" L x 4.5" W x 8" H

32cm: 12.5" L x 5" W x 9.5" H

35cm: 13.75" L x 5" W x 10.25" H

Kelly Sellier vs. Retourne

Hermes Kelly Sellier bag and Retourne bag There are two styles of the Kelly bag.


Has a more structured shape with rigid corners and exterior stitching with no visible piping. The result is a stiffer, sharp edge shape. Occasionally referred to as “Rigide”.


Has a more relaxed shape. During the manufacturing process the bag is turned inside out. The result is a softer look with rounded edges and visible piping. The stitching on a Retourne is on the inside. This means that Retourne styles have a tendency to sloud. Occasionally referred to a “Souple”.

Other Popular Hermes Bags

Hermes Bolide

The Bolide bag dates back in 1923 when Emile-Maurice Hermes created this handbag for his wife, which was the first ever handbag to use a zipper.  There are two versions of the Bolide bag - the Web Bolide and the Bolide. The Web Bolide has an external pocket, no oval patch, and a two-way zip closure. The Bolide has a single zip closure, an oval patch, and a long strap.  Both bags have a domed zip around closure and dual tubular top handles.  It comes in four sizes, 27cm, 31cm, 35cm and 45cm. Hermes Bolide Bag

Hermes Evelyne

The Evelyne bag features a rounded rectangular shape with the iconic perforated H with a circle on the front. The Evelyne bag came in four sizes - TPM, PM, GM and TGM.

There are 3 generations of the Evelyne:

Evelyne I (1st gen) has no external pocket and a non-adjustable strap

Evelyne II (2nd Gen) has an external pocket and a non-adjustable strap

Evelyne III (3rd gen) has an external pocket and an adjustable canvas strap Hermes Evelyne Bag

Hermes Garden Party

The Garden Party is a classic tote with tubular handles, a flat base, and expandable snap sides. They are typically made out of all leather (Negonda or Buffalo), or a mixture of canvas and leather. The interior is typically lined with linen and has a sturdy leather base to maintain structure. The Garden Party comes in three sizes - TPM, MM, GM. Hermes Garden Party Bag

Hermes Constance

The Constance bag was created way back in 1959. The Constance bag was designed by Catherine Chaillet, and named it after her fifth child.  The first Constance left the Hermes shop the exact same day she delivered the baby, so the story goes.  The elegant shoulder bag has a long strap that can be doubled for a shorter length and a signature “H” clasp. Hermes Constance Bag

Hermes Picotin

This bucket style bag has a natural raw hide interior lining and a silver palladium clochette adorned on the front of the bag. It has a roomy interior which is perfect for everyday use. The bag has a leather tab closure. The Hermes Picotin Lock Bag is available in four sizes, PM, MM, GM and TGM. Herms Picotin Bag

Hermes Jypsiere

Designed by artistic director Jean-Paul Gaultier, the Jypsiere borrows the body, swivel clasps, brackets and side straps of the iconic Birkin bag. This messenger style bag was part of the Autumn 2008 Collection. The Jypsiere is available in four sizes: 28cm, 31cm, 34cm and 37cm. Hermes Jypsiere Bag

Hermes Lindy

The Lindy first appeared in the Spring/Summer 2007 Runway Collection. The Linday can be carried by hand with its two tubular top handles or over the shoulder with its attached shoulder strap. It features two separate sides, each having its own zipper pulls which can be locked in the center with a classic Hermes twisting  lock. The Lindy is available in four sizes: 26cm, 30cm, 34cm and 45cm. Hermes Lindy Bag

Hermes Collier de Chien

The Collier de Chien motif is one of the most iconic accessories by Hermes. In French, the Collier de Chien actually means "dog collar". This Hermes design was specifically made for a client’s bulldog.  It is believed that the Collier de chien belt was first introduced in 1927 and the bracelet follow with an introduction into retail in the 1940s.  The design is distinct - it has eight rounded spikes and a single ring. Bracelets and belts are designed in a variety of hardware types, colors and leathers. Hermes Collier de Chien Bracelets


Hermes uses a variety of high quality metals, but most items are typically crafted of brass. Hermes item most commonly use 18k gold plated or palladium plated brass. Permabrass, ruthenium, guilloche (diamond cut pattern palladium), rose gold, or diamond crusted hardware are occasionally used.

Reference Guide: Hermes Leather

What truly defines Hermes is the craftsmanship, detailing, and leather. Unlike any other brand, Hermes uses varying types of leathers and colors for each bag, which often means that your Hermes Birkin or Kelly is one of a kind. Whether you’re deciding what type of leather your dream handbag is going to be, or you’re looking to identify what kind of leather your Hermes item is, this Herme’s Leather Reference Library has you covered. Hermes Leather Guide

Hermes Togo

Released in 1997. Togo leather is grained, textured and anti-scratch calf leather. Togo is lightweight, yet holds it’s shape. Togo has a defined soft pebbled finish that appears raised and feels smooth but grainy. At a far away distance, Togo appears to have vertical veins and reflects light. This is the most popular leather for Hermès Birkin Bags. Hermes Togo Leather

Hermes Clemence

Released in the mid-1980s. Clemence is a natural grained and anti-scratch leather that is made from a baby bull calf, and is officially named Veau Taurillon Clemence. The grains are larger than in Togo. The grain is less deep than Togo, causing a more “matte” effect. Hermes Clemence Leather

Notice Togo has a slight reflection and smaller cells, while Clemence appears "matte" and has larger cells.

Hermes Togo and Hermes Clemence Bags

Hermes Fjord

Fjord is textured, matte, anti-scratch and is made from an adult bull. It is more durable than Togo or Clemence, even waterproof! Fjord has a slight velvety touch and matte texture. Fjord has a very visible grain. It has a wider, flatter grain than Togo or Clemence.  One of the most common characteristics of Fjord is that it has vertical veins when viewed at a distance  (sometimes vertically throughout the whole bag). The amount of veining can vary based on the skin. It’s possible to have a Fjord bag with no veining at all. It is also one of the heavier leathers. Hermes Fjord Leather

Hermes Evergrain

Evergrain is a stiff leather with a grain. Evergrain is actually the embossed version of the smooth “Evercalf.” It has a very soft touch and scratches will buff out very easily. The color version of Evergrain is called "Evercolor". Hermes Evergrain Leather

Hermes Epsom

Released in 2003. Embossed leather. Epsom replaced Courchevel in 2003. Unlike other leather, the pattern is pressed into the leather, giving the bag a laminated appearance that is rigid and structured. Epsom won’t scratch easily and is also very easy to clean. Epsom is still being used by Hermes today. Hermes Epsom Leather

Hermes Veau Grain Lisse

Discontinued in 2003. Embossed leather. Veau Grain Lisse is a glass processed press leather that is known for being slightly thin with a luster. It is scratch resistant, slightly shiny, and lightweight. Sometimes referred to by Hermes collectors as “VGL,” Veau Grain Lisse has less angular, rounded grains. This leather is rigid and holds its shape fairly well. Hermes Veau Grain Lisse Leather

Hermes Courchevel

Discontinued in handbags in the late 1990s/early 2000s. Used in Accessories until 2003. Embossed leather. Courchevel was the predecessor to Epsom, and it is now completely retired. Courchevel is a stamped leather with very even grain throughout. Courchevel is slightly shiny and is darker at the top part of the grain. It is lightweight, scratch resistant and easy to clean. Hermes Courchevel Leather

Hermes Grain d'H

Released in 2012. Veau Grain d’H is stamped, processed calf leather which has a finely structured pressed appearance and a sheen. Veau Grain d’H is a shiny leather with a cross-hatch embossing. Hermes Grain d'H Leather

Hermes Swift

Released in 2006 (Previously named Gulliver which was discontinued in 1999). Swift leather is semi smooth, soft, semi matte. Swift is a soft leather with a fine grain. One of its best qualities is that it is great at absorbing the dyes and the brighter colors come to life in this leather. The fine grain seems to reflect light in such a way that the colors are almost iridescent. Hermes Swift Leather

Hermes Box Calf

Classic smooth calf leather. Box is stiff, smooth and very shiny. This leather has a visible fine grain. A more rigid structure than the grainy leathers. Box will show scratches more than the textured leathers, but over time it will develop a beautiful glossy mirror-like “patina”. Under the right care, Box calf leather can last for generations. Hermes fans love Box leather because it can be restored by Hermes, no matter the condition, in the "Hermes Spa." This is the oldest type of Hermes leather and frequently appears in Vintage Kellys or belts. The name originates from an English shoe craftsman in the 1890s, Joseph Box. Hermes Box Calf Leather

Hermes Chamonix

Chamonix is a variation of smooth calf leather that has very similar properties to “Box Calf,” leather but is matte instead of shiny. Frequently combined with white top stitch. Distinguished by natural "Hermès Made In France" blind stamps instead of the usual printed technique. Chamonix is frequently used on the underside of leather belts and leather jewelry. Hermes Chamonix Leather

Hermes Barenia

Barenia is buttery smooth, and has a matte finish. Like “Chamonix”, it's frequently combined with white top stitch and commonly is distinguished by natural "Hermès Made In France" blind stamps. Barenia is commonly used in saddles, small leather goods, and occasionally bags. Barenia is very delicate and prone to scratches. Barenia is also a softer leather and bags will lose their shape after a while. This leather is double tanned in chrome and vegetable dyes and then soaked in a mix of nine different oils over a 5 to 6 week process. Barenia will develop a patina over time because it has no aniline finish and can absorb oil. Barenia can come in colors other than Natural (also called Fauve) - such as Black, Vert Olive, Indigo. Hermes Barenia Leather

Hermes Vache

This is another of Hermes's classic leathers, showing up in vintage pieces over 50 years old. A cowhide that is smooth, untreated and very delicate. It develops into patina over time and the material will darken. Vache Natural, when new, will appear to be very light. It is much like Louis Vuitton’s cowhide Vachetta leather. Only released in Natural and Black. Hermes Vache Leather

Hermes Tadelakt

Tadelakt calfskin leather is smooth and semi shiny and is almost just like Box leather. Most commonly used in leather jewelry and small leather goods. Tadelakt leather is prone to scratches, which is a characteristic in the leather because the dye is transparent. Tadelakt appears like a cross between Box Calf and Swift, and feels softer than Box but is shinier than Swift. It also has no visible grains on the outside, which gives it its utterly smooth and sensational appearance. Hermes Tadelakt Leather

Hermes Vache Hunter

Natural Vache Hunter leather is a cowhide leather that is primarily used as a trim in Hermes bags such as the Etriviere and Herbag. Vache Hunter is very stiff and prone to scratches. It commonly has a rough, unfinished underside. Hermes Vache Hunter Leather

Hermes Evercalf

The soft, smooth matte version of Box calf. It has a smooth and velvety finish with no visible grain. Evercalf has a slight sheen and a softer texture than Box. Evercalf is VERY soft to the touch.

Hermes Chevre Leather

Made from goatskin. This leather is textured thus anti-scratch, but is also shiny and rigid. Ultra lightweight. A very interesting skin - more expensive than calf leathers. Bags made entirely of Chevre are very rare. The lining of Hermes bags is typically made of Marocain Chevre (Morrocan Chevre).  There are two different varieties of Chevre - Chevre Mysore and Chevre de Coromandel.

Hermes Chevre Mysore

Released in 2002. A goathide leather with a grain that is more defined than its cousin, Chevre de Coromandel. It is lightweight and scratch resistant. There is a pronounced “sheen” to Chevre and reflects light very well. Chevre Mysore typically doesn’t have a visible spine. Hermes Chevre Mysore Leather

Hermes Chevre de Coromandel

A goathide leather which is soft, lightweight and scratch resistant. Chevre de Coromandel has a visible spine down the center, a slightly iridescent sheen, and a visible graining. As of Spring 2008, Chevre de Coromandel is now released in “Souple,” which has less of a visible spine, less shine, and is much more pliable. Hermes Chevre de Coromandel Leather

Hermes Vache Liegee

Released in 2004. Vache Liegee is a natural grained leather. Supposedly, the leather is stretched in 8 different directions and has a two-tone effect in the grain. It also has a slight sheen and luster. Vache Liegee leather is noted for being the thickest and most durable of the Hermes leathers. Hermes Vache Liegee Leather

Hermes Ardennes

Vachette Grainee des Ardennes is a processed pressed leather crafted from a malf calf raised in the Adrenne region (Northern France to Southern Belgium). Ardennes leather is very sturdy and holds its shape surprisingly well, complete with thick pressed grains and a slight sheen. Vache Ardennes is quite thick and structured (it does not slouch or flop) and is water and scratch resistant. It does not have a "soft" feeling like Clemence and the grains are slightly raised. Many Hermes collectors consider this leather to be a "work horse" and can stand the test of time, but the dye is prone to fading over time. This leather is very hard to find and is no longer in production. Vache Liegee replaced Ardennes leather. Hermes Ardennes Leather

Hermes Negonda

Released in 2007. Crafted out of adult bull calf with a large grain. This matte type of leather is completely resistant to water. It has a matte, dry feeling to the touch. Negonda is mainly used in Garden Party bags. Hermes Negonda Leather

Hermes Buffalo

Water buffalo hide. This leather has the interesting characteristic of absorbing the dye darkest in the center of the grain. Buffalo is known for its softness and rough grain size. Currently Buffalo is being used as trim in some bags that are crafted mostly of fabrics. Due to its water resistance, is commonly used in bags such as the Garden Party line. Hermes Buffalo Leather

Hermes Grizzly

Grizzly leather is rawhide calf leather which is also known as suede outside of the Hermes leather world. This sueded leather has a velvet finish. Hermes Grizzly Leather

Hermes Veau Sikkim

Veau Sikkim leather is buttery and soft. It has little to no grain, thus giving it its ultra soft feel. Sikkim leather tends to not hold shape and therefore gets slouchy very easily. Sikkim is used in the “Relax” version of the Bolide and Kelly, as well as the Double Sens tote. Hermes Veau Sikkim Leather

Hermes Vache Trekking

Released in 2012. Vache Trekking is a processed calf leather that is noted for its firmness. Mainly used in Garden Party bags.

Hermes Vibrato

Often people confuse Vibrato for fabric but in fact, it is stacked leather.  Vibrato leather is created by applying pressure to strips of leather and sueded leather. The stacked leather creates a textile that looks like cross-sections of stacked leather.  Vibrato is difficult to maintain but is durable and scratch resistant.  It is a very rare leather and is considered to be more expensive than other leathers. Vibrato often comes with an "eraser" to refurbish the leather. Vibrato handbags are very hard to find and showcase the capabilities of highly trained Hermes craftsmanship. Hermes Vibrato Leather

Hermes Exotics

Crocodile Niloticus Matte and Shiny (Lisse)

Crocodile leather from Africa’s Nile River region in Zimbabwe.  It has a larger scale pattern compared to the Porosus.  Crocodile skins have small “pores”, which look like small dimples in each scale cell.  The dimples are sensory pores that assist crocodiles to detect change in water pressure, and locate their prey. Crocodiles have these dots throughout their bodies. The shiny (lisse) version comes from continuous buffing until it shows a gloss.  The Hermes symbol on the bag will include two apostrophes (‘’) to identify it as “Niloticus”.

Crocodile Porosus Matte and Shiny (Lisse)

This Crocodile is farmed in Australia and Southeast Asian countries like Singapore. Considered by many to be the premier Hermes leather and noted for its fine, symmetrical scale pattern. The shine comes from constant buffing of the skin with stone until it shines.  The Hermes logo will include the symbol ^ to identify it as “Porosus”.

Hermes Alligator Matte and Shiny (Lisse)

The Alligator that Hermes uses is “Alligator Mississippiensis” and is farmed in Florida. Alligator leather has an umbilical scar, which is an elongated irregular shape with a webbing pattern in it, which is often placed prominently on products to show the authenticity of the leather. This means that the patterning of the alligator scales is not as uniform. Alligator has small rectangular scales in the middle and smaller, oval-shaped scales down the sides (shown here). Alligator is commonly dyed in a variety of colors. The Hermes logo will include a square symbol to identify it as “Alligator”. Hermes Alligator Matte and Shiny (Lisse) Leather

Varanus Salvator Water Monitor Lizard

This stunning exotic is crafted from the hide of a water monitor. Owing to the size of the hide, it is mostly used in 25cm Birkin’s, smaller bags and small leather goods. The smaller scales give this leather a shine or iridescence. The Hermes logo will include an equal sign (=) to identify it was Salvator Lizard.

Varanus Niloticus Water Monitor Lizard

The small scales of this leather made from Monitor Lizard from Africa’s Nile River. provides a shiny look. The Hermes logo will include an dash sign (-) to identify it was Niloticus Lizard. Hermes Varanus Niloticus Water Monitor Lizard

Hermes Ostrich

Ostrich leather comes from Struthio Camellus, farmed in South Africa. This is a dynamic leather that will darken from contact with your hands and also lighten with exposure to light. Ostrich leather is known for its distinctive “polka dotted” look, which is caused by the plucking of quills. Ostrich is very delicate and rare. Hermes Ostrich

Hermes Peau Porc

Made of pigskin and very lightweight. The pores are small dots and this skin is commonly a caramel color that develops a patina over time. This is one of Hermes’ classic leathers but is no longer produced due to the controversy of using pigskin. Hermes Peau Porc

Other Hermes Materials

Hermes Linen

Woven linen in herringbone or chevron pattern. Used in dustbags and linings of certain bags. Hermes Linen

Hermes Toile

Linen, usually used in conjunction with a leather on the bags. Weave is similar in strength and appearance to fire hose material. Commonly used in Garden Party bags. Hermes Toile

Hermes Canvas

Canvas is a heavy weight cloth that is treated and is usually combined with other leathers. Commonly used in the Herbag. Hermes Canvas

Hermes Color List

This is an incomplete list of Hermes colors. Please note, colors are often seasonal or special ordered and are not released frequently, or have been discontinued entirely. Visit the Purse Forum for more information.
Naturals Greys Browns Oranges Reds
Alezan Ardoise Brule Capucine Bordeaux
Argile Etain Cacao Crevette Bougainvillea
Biscuit Fusain Cafe Feu Braise
Cannelle Graphite Caramel Mangue Brique
Craie Gris Agathe Chocolat Orange Geranium
Etoupe Gris Paris Cognac Potiron Rouge Casaque
Fauve Gris Perle Ebene Sanguine Rouge Garance
Gold Gris Souris Ecorce Rouge H
Kraft Gris Tourterelle Havane Rouge Imperial
Natural Plomb Marron d'lnde Rouge Indien
Noisette Marron Fonce Rouge Moyen
Parchement Miel Rouge Piment
Poussiere Moka Rouge Pivoine
Sabel Ocre Rouge Venitien
Tabac Camel Rouille Rouge Vif
Sienne Rubis
Terre Vermillon
Pinks Purples Blues Greens Yellows
Bois de Rose Amethyst Bleu Atoll Bamboo Cumin
Cassis Anemone Bleu Abysse Canopee Curry
Flamingo Cassis Bleu Azteque Chartreuse Jaune
Fuchsia Crocus Bleu Brighton Eucalyptus Jaune d'Or
Peche Cyclamen Bleu de Galice Granny Jaune Poussin
Pink Iris Bleu de Malte Kiwi Lime
Rose Confetti Mauve Bleu de Prusse Lichen Mimosa
Rose des Sables Parme Bleu Electrique Malachite Moutarde
Rose Dragee Prune Bleu France Menthe Soleil
Rose Jaipur Raisin Bleu Hydra Pelouse Soufre
Rose Lipstick Ultraviolet Bleu Indigo Pistache
Rose Sheherazade Violet Bleu Izmir Toundra
Rose Shocking Bleu Jean Vert Anglais
Rose Tea Bleu Lin Vert Anis
Rose Tyrien Bleu Obscur Vert Bengale
Rosy Bleu Ocean Vert Bronze
Rubis Bleu Orage Vert Caucase
 Tosca Bleu Pale Vert de Gris
Bleu Paon Vert Emeraude
Bleu Paradis Vert Fonce
Bleu Saphir Vert Olive
Bleu Tempete Vert Veronese
Bleu Thalassa

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