Metamorphosis, an Hermés story. This is how the Hermes Fall Winter 2016 Ad Campaign begins, a simple painting, with no fancy background or special effect. Then we have the supermodel Othilia Simon on the front, sitting and posting a photo with a cute brown horse next to her.
A dusty environment, which is a great way to introduce the new bag from the Spring Summer 2016 Collection. What is Othilia Simon holding? Oh it’s the Hermes Oxer Top Handle in newest leather. You know, when Hermes introduces a new accessory, it’s a big thing. A lot of their bags remain hot, some like the Constance are very limited and we haven’t even mentioned theBirkin totes yet.
The Hermes Oxer Top handle in new leathers will be released in the Fall Winter 2016 Collection, adorned with Mat Crocodile leather, Taurillon Celemence or Barenia Calfskin. If you need a guide, please go to Hermes Leather guide 2.0.
The bag you see on the painting is clearly the Oxer bag in brown mat crocodile, it’s very elegant, ideal for work as well as casual. It comes with a shoulder strap too, which can be removed easily. The bag is quite spacious, just like a regular sized tote, which can contract very easily when you don’t have too many things to carry, it’s quite flexible.
The horse is on the painting for a reason, the Hermes Oxer Top Handle Bag is inspired by the Hermes Horse Saddle. The colors that will be available are white, green, black, fauve, white and brown. The medium size is measured 15’ x 7’ x 11’ inches, currently priced at $10,600 USD or €6500 euro’s at Hermes boutique.
Hermes is a luxurious French fashion brand that is known for its opulent and upscale fashion pieces such as bags, accessories, and ready-to-wear. Never going out of style for it always considers the needs of modern and millennial women, this French brand thought of solving a woman’s number one pet peeve: a disorganized and messy bag.
The formula created by Hermes is in Fourbi 25 but it is no ordinary bag organizer as the same is effortlessly fashionable and trendy in its “Carre en Cravates” printed silk. Its flamingo/fawn color is sure to brighten up your mood. Say goodbye to an unkempt bag (like a bomb’s hit it) with Hermes Carre en cravates insert bag.
What’s more exciting about this insert bag is that it is removable so that you can stow your things such as your essentials, make ups, smart phones, wallet and car keys before putting them all in one time inside your bag, thus making stowage a lot easier on your part. It has the following dimensions: 25 x 20 x 10 cm (L x H x D) and retails for €805 euro or £710 GBP via Hermes boutique.Other Brands
There hasn’t been a new bag for men I’ve liked from Hermès for a long time, so you’ll forgive me for being so excited about the Cabacity45. Measuring some 45 cm across by 37 cm by 18 cm, it’s actually a bag in a bag, which also means you’ll be getting two bags for the price of one.
The first is the tote, which is also the one you’re seeing in the image that’s shown above. Made of Hunter cowhide, it’s a no-nonsense bag with 2 short top handles, with buckles on each side that presumably allows one to extend its capacity, hence its name. Then there’s the other bag, the one you see with the ruched top, which is actually a drawstring leather sling that comes with its own long handle. Made of Cristobal bull calfskin, you can use it on its own, or attached to the main tote, what with its snap button closures and leather cut-outs on each side, which you can then choose to buckle through into the tote.
Finished off with palladium-plated hardware and matching metal feet, it comes embossed with the tiniest of logos on one side of the bag, which is perfect because a bag like this needs no other distraction. The one thing, however, that might stop you (and me) in our tracks is the price, which is currently at GBP5400 the last time I checked, making it about SGD11,300 after conversion, a pretty penny indeed for this stunner of a bag.
But if the price doesn’t faze you (because you know, you can use it as a carry-on, a workhorse and even a gym bag), you’ll find it in at least two colours so far, inBlack/Lead and another in H Red which is just Hermès-speak for a gorgeous shade of burgundy. Love.Other Brands
Today is a great day for all of the Hermes fans here in the community because we’re giving you the Small Kelly Wallet! Feast your eyes on this iconic Hermes baby…which is zapped to perfection as a miniature piece (with a larger-than-life appeal).
Measuring 10.5cm x 15.5cm, you cannot underestimate this powerful take on one of the most coveted bags in history. This Kelly is a combined wallet in Epsom calfskin, which is fastened with straps, silver and palladium plated hardware (which shines beautifully against the textured material). Talk about an eye-catching piece we’ve got over here!
Inside, it’s even better – it has a zipped change pouch, five credit card slots, a flat pocket and a billfold compartment, and yet the piece is so compact and streamlined! Such an unexpected feature from such an attractive wallet. Small leather goods never had it this fancy.
Priced at €2,200 EUR or £2,030 GBP, you can get your very own Small Kelly Wallet via Hermes e-store.
Take the Pliplat, a leather clutch from Hermès that can be worn at least 2 different ways, silkscreen it with one of their most iconic prints and you’ll have the Pliplat Clutch in Brides de Gala, a beautiful addition to the S/S15 collection that’s a collectible in itself.
Measuring some 33 cm by 21 cm, you can use it as a clutch in its folded form or unfurled and used as a much larger clutch, you’ll have to wait a little longer before I’m able to find out when it will be launched in Singapore as well as its suggested retail price. So for now, just sit back and enjoy the beautiful print.Other Brands
Hermès is known for, among other things, its use of fine leathers, and it offers more varieties than any other major bag brand on the planet. Figuring out what all the names mean, how those leathers differ and which one might be the best for you can be a daunting task for even those moderately well-versed in the ways of Hermès. For newbies, I'm sure it seems possible. We're here to help.
Below, we've catalogued as many of Hermès's current handbag leathers as we could find, complete with a close-up for each and notes on texture, weight and durability when available. Because Hermès likes to play things close to the vest, we might have missed something; if so, please let us know in the comments.
[Images via Heritage Auctions, which has a huge assortment of pre-owned Hermès bags for sale]
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Originally used for Hermès saddles, Barenia is a smooth calfskin that is resistant to both scratches and rain.
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Box calf is smooth and glossy, and although it is susceptible to scratches, they can be buffed into the leather's texture over time. Often found in vintage bags and neutral colors, but still actively produced today. Leave it at home on rainy days.
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A pebbled, soft, water-resistant leather made from the hides of water buffalo. Dye tends to gather at the center of the pebbles, sometimes resulting in a spotted appearance.
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A matte counterpart to box calf that does not scratch easily. It is not, however, water-resistant.
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CHEVRE DE COROMANDEL
Soft, lightweight, scratch-resistant, long-lasting goat leather.
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Similar to Chevre de Coromandel, but with a smaller, more visible grained texture.
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Clemence, one of Hermès's most popular leathers, is made from the hides of baby bulls. It's matte, flat-grained, soft and heavy, which gives otherwise structured bags a slouchier, more casual look. Resistant to scratches, but may blister when exposed to rain.
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Traditional suede; scratches can be buffed out, but it should be kept away from moisture.
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Popular stamped-grain leather that is lightweight, durable and easily cared for. Not particularly soft.
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Similar in appearance and behavior to Box Calf, but softer to the touch.
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A version of Evercalf with a finely grained stamped texture. Soft to the touch, and scratches are easily rubbed away.
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Soft, heavy, flat-grained matte cowhide which is very durable, scratch-resistant and water-resistant. From a distance, the leather often looks like it has vertical veins running through it.
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Lizard is an exotic leather made from the hides of African water monitors. The brand's most delicate leather and prone to drying out if not cared for properly. The scales add up to a glossy finish; because of the size of the animals, lizard is most commonly found in accessories and smaller handbags.
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Delicate and very expensive. Hermès uses alligators farmed in Florida, and a matte bag usually costs a bit more than a shiny one, although alligator usually costs less than crocodile overall.
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SHINY (LISSE) ALLIGATOR
Delicate, but a shiny finish on the small alligator scales can help disguise imperfections. Alligator is visually distinguishable from crocodile because it lacks the dot-sized "pores" that mark every crocodile scale.
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MATTE NILOTICUS CROCODILE
Niloticus crocodiles come from the Nile region of Zimbabwe. As with other exotics, matte Nilo is more expensive than its shiny counterpart. Less expensive than Porosus Crocodile. In general, crocodile is somewhat durable, but it should be kept away from water to prevent water spots that do not fade.
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SHINY NILOTICUS CROCODILE
The glossier version of matte nilo.
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MATTE POROSUS CROCODILE
Sourced from crocodiles farmed in Australia. Matte is more expensive than shiny, and Porosus is generally more expensive than Nilo, making Matte Porosus Croc Hermès's most expensive leather. Should be kept away from water to prevent non-fading water marks.
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SHINY PROSUS CROCODILE
The glossier, slightly less expensive counterpart to Matte Porosus.
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Ostrich leather is the most durable exotic Hermès uses and is water-resistant, but will darken over time with exposure to skin oils.
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Very soft and buttery; similar to Swift leather, but thinner and lighter. Susceptible to scratches.
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Soft, smooth, relatively new calf leather with a matte finish. Susceptible to scratches.
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Called Gulliver in bags manufactured before 1999. Swift is soft and fine-grained, and it picks up bright dyes particularly well. Scratches easily, but most can be rubbed out.
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A smooth, grain-free, semi-glossy calfskin. Very similar to Box Calf, but softer. Most commonly found in small leather goods, but sometimes also used for small bags.
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Soft, visibly grained and most commonly found in men's leather goods.
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Togo is the most popular leather for Birkins. It's fine-grained, scratch-resistant baby calfskin that is relatively lightweight but still holds its shape.
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Stiff, structured, durable cowhide with a natural grain and a touch of sheen. It is Hermès's thickest leather.
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Smooth, untreated cowhide leather that is very delicate and darkens to a patina with time and use.