Hermes handbag collections are as individual as the collectors themselves. While quintessential pieces should always be included when creating an enviable and wearable wardrobe, the trend towards exceptional and rare leads the charge for 2018.
The Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly, had it right all those years ago when she commissioned an assortment of the Robert Dumas designed ladies bag that now bears her name. Almost as legendary as the gracious handbag is the account of it’s rise on the international stage from finely crafted accessory to the royal moniker it has enjoyed since landing on the famed cover of Life Magazine. Extending its vision, Hermes’ artisans have crafted variations of the original 1930’s design, to include the modern Kelly Lakis, the enviable Kelly Pochette, and the edgy Kelly Cut. For 2018, The Kelly au Gallop continues the line extension featuring distinctive multicolor handles that exemplify and influence the passion for collecting.
Hermes Kelly’s to collect in 2018:
With an equally celebrated account and famously charming origin, the Hermes Birkin is among the most exclusive and talked about bags in the world. Named for the British model and actress Jane Birkin, this finely crafted handbag is the result of a wonderfully unexpected encounter between the English beauty and the Hermes Chairman Jean-Louis Dumas, on a flight of destiny. Mr. Dumas’ design, which has carried the Birkin designation since it’s inception in the 1980’s, has truly transformed the world of luxury collecting and turned Jane’s family surname into an eponym.
Birkin’s of Distinction for 2018:
A new neutral is re-emerging for 2018, and there may be no other perennial preferred palate that delivers an enduring staple to even the most varied of collections. Hermes has proven that no matter the size or style, a sophisticated neutral eternally elevates superior craftsmanship.
2018 will continue our fascination with the stand out vintage handbag, especially when crafted in rare and retired materials such as satin, suede, dalmatian and vibrato. While collections may range from essential to pinnacle pieces, from bags to be carried to those that are treasured, discovering a bag steeped in history is always an esteemed acquisition.
Knowledge is an essential aspect of collecting, so as your collection begins or grows, the best advice for 2018 may be to seek out a respected expert and curate together. Also, you can visit our luxury department to view upcoming auctions and to browse our auction archives.
Written by: Barbara Stone