The Top 11 Hermes Handbags that Should be in Your Collecting Plans for 2018

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:

Hermes 32cm Matte White Himalayan Nilo Crocodile Retourne Kelly Bag with Palladium Hardware. R Square 2014
Hermes 32cm Matte White Himalayan Nilo Crocodile Retourne Kelly Bag with Palladium Hardware
R Square, 2014

 

 

Hermes Limited Edition So Black Calf Box Leather Kelly Cut Clutch Bag with PVD Hardware. N Square, 2010.Hermes Limited Edition So Black Calf Box Leather Kelly Cut Clutch Bag with PVD Hardware
N Square, 2010

 


Hermes 32cm Rouge Vif Salvator Lizard Sellier Kelly Bag with Gold Hardware
N Circle, 1984

 

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:

Hermes 30cm Matte Rouge H Nilo Crocodile Birkin Bag with Gold Hardware. E Square, 2001.
Hermes 30cm Matte Rouge H Nilo Crocodile Birkin Bag with Gold Hardware
E Square, 2001

 


Hermes Special Order Horseshoe 35cm Shiny Blue Electric & Alezan Porosus Crocodile Birkin Bag with Gold Hardware

 

Hermes 35cm Matte White Himalayan Nilo Crocodile Birkin Bag with Palladium Hardware. T, 2015.
Hermes 35cm Matte White Himalayan Nilo Crocodile Birkin Bag with Palladium Hardware
T, 2015

 

 

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.

Hermes 35cm Matte Poussiere Alligator Birkin Bag with Gold Hardware.
Hermes 35cm Matte Poussiere Alligator Birkin Bag with Gold Hardware

 

Hermes 35cm Etoupe Swift Leather Kelly Lakis Bag with Palladium Hardware. P Square, 2012.
Hermes 35cm Etoupe Swift Leather Kelly Lakis Bag with Palladium Hardware
P Square, 2012

 

Hermes 35cm Matte Beton Alligator Birkin Bag with Gold Hardware.
Hermes 35cm Matte Beton Alligator Birkin Bag with Gold Hardware

 

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.

Hermes 32cm Curry Box Nepal & Vibrato Leather Sellier Kelly Bag with Palladium Hardware. D Square, 2000.
Hermes 32cm Curry Box Nepal & Vibrato Leather Sellier Kelly Bag with Palladium Hardware
D Square, 2000

 

Hermes 20cm Black Veau Doblis Suede & Pleated Satin Sellier Kelly Bag with Gold Hardware. Circa 1990's.
Hermes 20cm Black Veau Doblis Suede & Pleated Satin Sellier Kelly Bag with Gold Hardware

 

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

Posted by Heritage Editorial

This article was written as a collaborative effort by multiple experts within the category at Heritage Auctions.

  1. What’s worth more? Alligator or Crocodile?
    Thank you.

    Reply

    1. Hi Sue,

      Thank you for reaching out to us. When it comes down to which is worth more it all depends upon the preference of the buyer. Some like the small, square, and symmetrical look of the crocodile scales. Others like the large and patterned look that of alligator scales. Based on the feedback we have received crocodile is the most desired exotic skin of the two. With that being said, we have seen alligator handbags sell for higher prices than crocodile bags and vice versa. If you have some example photos or handbags you would like us to look at please feel free to contact us at bid@ha.com and one of our experts would be happy to assist.

      Thank you,

      Heritage Auctions

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