The International Hermès Birkin Price Guide

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RUMORS ABOUT BIRKIN PRICES ABOUND, AND WE’VE SEPARATED THE FACT FROM FICTION

There is no designer handbag in the world as elusive as the Hermès Birkin. The legendary French leather goods house keeps a tight lid on everything about the bag, from the best way to get one to which colors and leathers might be available in a particular size or hardware type at any given time. Among the biggest mysteries around the Hermès Birkin, though, is its pricing structure, and we’ve done some digging to clear up Birkin prices as much as we can.

Beyond general Hermès secrecy, several factors make determining Birkin prices tricky. First, the bag’s price varies widely among Hermès’s extensive leather offerings, even before you start looking at exotics. There’s also much variation between international markets, and since Birkins are sought-after worldwide, understanding how currency and location can affect what you pay is important for the brand’s high-flying clientele. There are also frequent price increases to take into account–finding an Hermès Birkin price list from a year ago likely won’t give you an accurate picture of what the bag will cost now. On top of that, pop culture media loves to inflate the Birkins price tag to bring in readers looking to gawk at the wealthy–$30,000 is often the fake price tag used, and even Fortune claims the bags start at $12,000, which is patently false.

What we’ve set out to do is create an Hermès Birkin price list for three of the most common leathers–Clemence, Togo and Epsom–in the four sizes that are commonly used as women’s handbags. Right now, we’re focusing on the US, eurozone Europe, the United Kingdom and Japan, which are the four global markets for which pricing information is most available. Below, check out our findings, pulled from both our PurseForum and price lists across the web.

The information is incomplete, but we’ll be filling it in as much as possible as we find more information. If you know any current prices that aren’t represented below, please let us know in the comments!

[Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on July 21, 2006. If you have any price updates for us, please let us know!

Prices Last Updated: July 2016

 United States Dollars

SIZE CLEMENCE TOGO EPSOM
25cm $9,400 $9,400 $9,250
30cm $10,900 $10,900 $10,800
35cm $11,900 $11,900
40cm $13,200 $13,200 $12,900

 Euros

SIZE CLEMENCE TOGO EPSOM
25cm €5900 €6000
30cm €7000 €7000 €6950
35cm €7750 €7750 €7550
40cm €8450 €8450

 British Pounds

SIZE CLEMENCE TOGO EPSOM
25cm £5310
30cm £6100
35cm £6780
40cm £7360

 Japanese Yen


SIZE CLEMENCE TOGO EPSOM
25cm
30cm ¥1,260,000
35cm ¥1,340,000 ¥1,310,000
40cm

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Hermès’s Website Now Has More Bags Available for Purchase Than Ever Before, Including Exotics

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Win an Hermes Birkin

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Holiday Giveaway

To kick off the holiday season, we’ll be offering one of our best giveaways to date – an Hermes Birkin! What better way to begin the New Year than with the world’s most coveted accessory? This is truly the Holy Grail for us Bag Snobs. Bella Bag has generously sponsored the giveaway of a 35 cm gold with gold hardware (value: $9,250) that’s guaranteed to coordinate with pretty much everything in your closet, which is convenient because you’ll never want to put it down!


By participating in the contest, you’re agreeing to opt in to receive e-mail newsletters from Bag Snob and our sponsor, Bella Bag. To double your chances, follow the vintage bag retailer on Facebook and Twitter. The contest will end on December 31st at midnight when a random computerized drawing will select the winner. U.S. residents only, please. Thank you to Bella Bag for sponsoring such a gorgeous giveaway. The pre-owned bag purveyor has a showroom in Atlanta, but their website is just as much a mecca. Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent…it’s a treasure trove! And did I mention their Black Friday specials are still available?
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Auctions are some of the best places to find unique pieces, and Heritage Auctions, the “World’s Largest Collectibles Auctioneer” has more than a few exotic, noteworthy collectibles from the likes of much-loved brands Hermès, Chanel, and Cartier. It’s time to make your list for Santa – just make sure he knows the bidding ends on December 9th and 10th!
Hermès Crocodile Kelly Backpack ($4,000): An unusual Hermès is the backpack. With elegant croc texture, this is a far cry from the simple backpack you toted in high school.
Chanel Stingray and Black Leather Boy Bag ($3,000): Kelly and I can’t get enough of Boy bags, from the chained up to this basic black (but decidedly far from basic stingray paneling).
Hermès Lizard Constance Bag ($13,000): Red for the holidays! The lizard offers a nice dose of rich texture to the classic bag, making this a must-have whether you’ve already started your Hermes collection or are just beginning.
Hermès Birkin ($11,000): Who can resist the charm of a Birkin? This forest green version is just right for the season, although not so specific you can’t tote it every other time of the year.
Hermès Alligator, Ostrich, and Lizard Kelly ($32,500): Called the “Grand Marriage” for its masterful mix of alligator, ostrich, and lizard, this limited edition Kelly is not one 
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RIGHT NOW, YOU CAN BUY AN HERMÈS CARDBOARD BOX WITH UNKNOWN CONTENTS FOR $11,500

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If I told you that Hermès is offering an $11,500 one-of-a-kind piece that even hardcore Birkin addicts are having trouble justifying, would you believe me? $11,500 is barely more expensive than a baseline leather Birkin, after all–it’s a number that frequent Hermès shoppers wouldn’t be shocked by. Difficult to believe, right? Especially from a brand whose customers are known for their appreciation of exclusivity. What if I told you that the prospective buyer wouldn’t be told what they’re purchasing before it landed in their hot little hands? Suddenly, it all makes sense.

Hermès has been running a program called Petit h Surprise since mid-2015, in which customers order monthly mystery boxes from its website with no clue what’s inside them. In the past, the boxes have included things like leather charms and small scarves from the brand’s Petite h line, which uses material scraps from the manufacture of the brand’s other accessories to make whimsical, relatively inexpensive trinkets. Usually, the boxes sell out relatively quickly, and thankfully for the curious among us, they’re fully refundable if you don’t like what you got.

The mid-March boxes include two one-of-a-kind releases, though, along with a less expensive box that Hermès made available like normal. The least expensive box sold out, but the two one-of-a-kind options, at $4,525 and$11,500, respectively, are still available. On our PurseForum, Hermès fans have jokingly put out a call for a kind soul with a high credit limit to order one of them and let the group know what it is. As of now, that request has not been fulfilled–both boxes are still available on the brand’s website.

It’s difficult to speculate what either option might be–Hermès has a vast product line, and much of its wares are extremely expensive. Both product descriptions indicate the contents of the boxes are appropriate for both women and men, so it’s somewhat unlikely that either is a bag, even though both prices would be appropriate for one of the brand’s purses.

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Hermes Reports Lowest Growth in Six Years

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From this week’s news, it looks like the BEAR chasing the rest of the luxury industry is hot on the heels of Hermes too…
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The company’s growth in its home market over the last 3 months was significantly lower than the previous two quarters, largely the result of decreased consumer activity following the horrificterrorist attack in Paris: 1% vs 8% and 10% respectively. Hermes had originally targeted 10% global growth in 2016 but with these numbers out of France, that seems almost impossible. While handbag sales in large foreign markets like China remain strong, sales of lower priced accessories and scarves were down 7% last quarter. Hermes shares dropped over 5% on the news, the largest intraday drop since December 2014. Revenue in the quarter grew at the slowest rate in six years.

What’s fascinating to me is how little control luxury brands like Hermes can exert over their success in today’s economy. In a fully globalized world, they blow in the wind just like other less prestigious brands. A decade ago, Hermes seemed immune from the vicissitudes of the global economy. Although that is no longer the case, Hermes does have one distinct advantage the others don’t: legacy. No brand is more respected or loved. How it leans on this storied history to propel growth in the upcoming years is the million dollar question…

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For Love & Lemons Holiday 2015 Lookbook: Golden Hour Getaway

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“Golden Hour Getaway” perfectly sums up the For Love & Lemons holiday 2015 lookbook, so the brand couldn’t have chosen a better title. The hauntingly lovely Siberian model Vika Falileeva sported the newest looks, perfectly embodying the target ‘70s vibe the brand wished to portray.

For Love & Lemons Holiday 2015 Lookbook

For Love & Lemons really dug deep into the ‘70s for their new looks, and didn’t stop with the garments, but ran full-on with the styling as well. Some of the garments are a breath of fresh air, with their nod to the culture and fashion, while the hair and accessorizing seems to be pulled straight from the fashion era and stuck on a modern woman. This transition didn’t quite work, and seemed to lack the bridge that would have connected Seventies and modern day fashion trends.

There are some great things being one with the dresses, however. The brand stayed true to their holiday getaway theme, as many of their garments are perfect for a cozy get-together or holiday party. And, of course, the lovely Vika breathed life into the dresses. This addition of her unique on-camera personality added a new dimension to the lookbook.

The For Love & Lemons holiday 2015 dresses are distinctly feminine, as can be expected with the Seventies inspiration, making for an interesting holiday collection. When you think of free-flowing dresses, you’re often inclined to think of the warm, breezy months, but For Love & Lemons has reinvented that idea and gone outside the box to create these light and airy garments for the cold months.

For Love & Lemons Holiday 2015 Lookbook

For Love & Lemons Holiday 2015 Lookbook

For Love & Lemons Holiday 2015 Lookbook

For Love & Lemons Holiday 2015 Lookbook

The vast use of prints and colors is the most striking aspect about this simple lookbook. The fabrics even appeared luxe at times, with the perfectly heavy appearance and crisp prints. The white lace dress is one of the most appealing pieces featured, because it portrays the youth and spirit the collection is trying to achieve. But that could just as easily be said about the other dresses in the collection. There is no real misstep with the dresses, and for that we can appreciate the work put into the portrayal. That, along with the casting of Vika Falileeva, was the ultimate saving grace of this lookbook as a whole.

The footwear shown in the photoshoot is hit or miss in this case. The boots were spot on for the time of the year, but the incorporation of socks and sandals erred on the side of cliché. This is a look that doesn’t have much ground in the fashion industry, as it’s a look that can’t be taken too seriously. There’s a childish quality that’s a step below youthful and into the adolescent realm. It’s clear the designers had a vision and a set goal in mind, but the execution could have been taken to a more mature level. This would have helped maintain a level where the line could have been taken a bit more seriously.

For Love & Lemons Holiday 2015 Lookbook

For Love & Lemons Holiday 2015 Lookbook

For Love & Lemons Holiday 2015 Lookbook

For Love & Lemons Holiday 2015 Lookbook

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