The Hermès Archive

It’s well known among lovers of Hermes that getting your hands on a coveted Birkin bag is no easy task. Rumours have spread about lengthy waiting lists, a prior and extensive purchase history, and a lot of luck being required to even have a slight chance of purchasing a Birkin directly from Hermes. This is due to the artisanal craftsmanship process in creating the bags. Only artisans that have trained for three to four years can embark on making a Birkin. Furthermore a single artisan completes the process from beginning to end.

Michael Reid OBJECT presents The Hermès Archive, a curated selection of Hermès’ most iconic bag designs in rare and exotic leathers: The Birkin, The Kelly Cut, The Kelly Wallet and The Medor.

Birkin bags are chic, timeless and highly sought after making them the most popular of the designs. Over the years the Birkin has come in various sizes, colours and skins, changing and adapting seamlessly to the vogue of the time. It’s not just the Birkin that is the classic Hermes bag, the Kelly Cut has also shared the limelight – presumably due to its dainty size making it fantastically adaptable and easy to carry. Whilst the small size is more suited to a dinner or event such as a wedding, it is also ideal for luncheons to house the essentials you need to stay looking chic and sophisticated. If a clutch is what your heart desires, consider the Medor. With its signature pyramid studs this give a timeless rock n roll feel to any outfit.

  • Hermes Birkin 35 in sanguine Porosus crocodile with palladium hardware, 2011

    35 × 25 × 18 cm
    $55,000
  • Hermes Kelly Cut in shiny black porosus crocodile with palladium hardware, 2009

    30 × 13 × 3 cm
    $18,000
  • Hermes Kelly Wallet in shiny navy blue alligator with palladium hardware, 2015

    20 × 11 × 2 cm
    $18,000
  • Hermes Medor in shiny black Alligator with palladium hardware, 2016

    23 × 13 × 5 cm
    $31,000

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