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The Price of an Hermes Birkin

      

Can you afford the ultimate handbag? If you are too shy to drop by an Hermès boutique and actually ask for a price list, don’t worry – we have done all the embarrassing parvenu work for you.  Below is a meticulously compiled little record showing how much the Hermes Birkin costs depending on the leather, size, and hardware used.

Many Hermès boutiques in the US and UK stock entry-level 35cm Birkins in more common colours for a starting price of about $8,300 (£5,000). Yes – you can walk in and buy a bag outright if they have it in stock. The recession seems to have caused a surplus in inventory, making these handbags a little more accessible.

Unfortunately, you can’t always just walk in a store and buy a Birkin. After all, this iconic purse is handmade for weeks, and in most cases, and the supply simply can’t keep up with demand. For a higher price, you can purchase these bags brand new from reputable resellers – fashion experts who have made a career out of wheeling their way into the Hermès backrooms and finding the best and the latest for their rich and impatient clients.

Mike Tonello, the author of the best selling book, “Bringing Home the Birkin,” is one such expert. He peddles 100 original brand new arm candies (direct from boutiques) in his website, travelling to Europe to source "same day" Birkins to cater to wealthy women who simply don’t want to be in the “wait list.” His prices are a bit higher than the store prices, but the bags are also far from basic. They’re mostly hard-to-get colours and exotic skins that are not normally stocked in the stores, unless you’re extremely lucky. This price list is a summary of the items that were available in his website in 2011. The values of may have gone up even further by the time you read this, but these figures should give you a pretty clear idea how much they cost after taxes and duties, as resellers do have to clear customs.

Here is a summary of the price list, from the cheapest to the most expensive. To see the entire table complete with hardware and colour details, go to the end of the article.

SIZE  (CM)

LEATHER
 

SPOTTED IN THESE COLORS:

USD / GBP/ EUROS

35

Togo, Epsom,
Taurillon Clemence, Leather

Gold,  Mykonos Blue, Orange, Kiwi, Rose Tyrien, Blue Indigo, etc.

$18,500

£11,500

€13,000

40

Togo and Taurillon Clemence Leather 

White, Rogue Vif, Blue Jean, and Black

$19,000

£11,800

13,500

25

Lizard Skin

Ombre and Blanc Casse 

$25,000

£15,500

€17,500

30

Epsom Leather

Gold Veau and Kiwi

$26,000

£16,000

18,400

 

Ostrich Skin

Naturelle, Bleu Roi, Mykonos Blue, and Black

$30,000

£18,600

21,200

 

Niloticus Crocodile Skin

Shiny Honey

$42,000

£26,000

29,800 

25

Niloticus Crocodile with  84 Pavè diamonds totaling 3.67 ctw

Elephant Gray

$52,000

£32,100

36,400

30

Porosus Crocodile Skin

Matte Fauve  and Shiny Fuchsia

$52,000

£32,100

36,400 

35

Porosus Crocodile Skin

Graphite, Shiny Bleu, Rouge H, Bougainvillea
Abysse, etc.

$75,000

£46,300

€17,700

 

Niloticus Crocodile

Blue Brighton,
Amethyst

$75,000

£46,300

17,700 

40

Porosus Crocodile Skin

Matte Fauve

$75,000

£46,300

17,700 

So, can you afford an Hermes Birkin? Here’s the gist:

 

  • Do you have an extra $8,000 (£5000) to $10,000 (£6000) lying around? Try your luck and go into an Hermès boutique to ask if they have an entry-level Birkin on stock. You just might snag a 25cm Blue-Jean in Clemence leather.
  • If you have a credit limit of at least $18,000 (£11,000), you can get the Hermès Birkin 35cm with palladium hardware in Togo, Clemence, Barenia, and Epsom Leather in rare colours like Purple Iris, Kiwi, Bougainvillea, and Mykonos Blue. from top resellers.
  • About $30,000 to $50,000 (£18,000 to £30,000) can buy you exotics from a cheaper 30cm Ostrich to a more expensive Niloticus Crocodile in the same size.
  • If money is no object, then go ahead and splash out on a Crocodile Birkin with Diamond hardware for $85,000 (£52,000) and up. That’s the price of a luxury car (or a down payment on a modest house), but if you can afford it, why not?

Before you max out your credit card on one of these coveted handbags, make sure you are buying original. Don’t be fooled by fakes! A brand new Hermès Birkin, no matter what size, comes with a lock and key, a clochette (the bell-shaped leather cover for the key), a “sleeper” or dustbag to keep the bag in, and an iconic orange box with a ribbon.  The words “Hermès-Paris” should be embossed on the inside of the bag. The ink used should be the same colour as the hardware; if the hardware is silver palladium, the mark should be silver, and of the hardware is gold, the mark should be gold. The same “Hermès-Paris” mark is embossed on each of the four “feet” on the bottom of the bag. Look for the stamp and the craftsman ID number. All sizes come in exotic skins like Ostritch, Alligator, Lizard, and Crocodile, as well as cheaper classic leathers like Togo, Clemence, Epsom, and Barenia.

 

You should see: Hermes on Sale

The Birkin never goes on sale, but you can find discounted garden totes, beach bags, travel bags, small accessories, and apparel from luxury resellers like BlueFly, mostly from a couple of seasons ago. Click on the link above to see some of these marked-down items.


One last tip…

If you are not an EU resident and happen to be in France, you can try your luck in any of the many Hermès boutiques and simply ask if they can sell you a Birkin. Not all boutiques do. The airport stores, for example, only carry summer bags. If lady luck is on your side and you actually get your hands on the holy grail of purses, take advantage of the tax refund (detaxe). Don’t forget to fill out the form (bordereau de détaxe) before you leave the store so you can get your money at the airport, before you go home.

Here’s the full price list complete with details on hardware and colours, if you’re not yet dizzy:

SIZE  (CM)

LEATHER
 

SPOTTED IN THESE COLORS:

USD / GBP

25

Lizard
Palladium

Ombre
Blanc Casse

$25,000

£15,500

€17,500

 

Niloticus
Crocodile
Palladium  

Shiny Fuchsia

$42,000

£26,000

29,800

 

 

Matte Niloticus Crocodile
Diamond 
*84 Pavè diamonds totaling 3.67 ctw

Elephant Gray

$52,000

£32,100

36,400

 

30

Epsom Leather
Gold  Hardware

Gold Veau

$26,000

£16,000

18,400

 

 

Epsom Leather
Palladium 

Kiwi

$26,000

£16,000

18,400

 

Ostrich
Palladium 

Bleu Roi
Black
Mykonos Blue
Naturelle

$30,000

£18,600

21,200

 

Niloticus Crocodile
Palladium 

Shiny Honey

$42,000

£26,000

29,800

 

Porosus Crocodile
Palladium 

Shiny Fuchsia
Matte Fauve

$52,000

£32,100

36,400

 

35

Togo Leather
Palladium 

Gold 
Orange
Black
Mykonos Blue

$18,500

 

Epsom Leather
Palladium

Kiwi
Rose Tyrien (Hot Pink)

$18,500

 

Taurillon Clemence Leather
Palladium  

Purple Iris  Gristorturelle  Orange
Blue Indigo 
Blue Jean
Gris Torturelle Bougainvillea  Ciel (Pale Sky Blue)
Etoupe

$18,500

£11,500

€13,000


 

 

2 Tone Lagoon Swift Leather and Toile H

 

$18,500

£11,500

€13,000

 

 

 2 Tone Natural Vache Leather and Blue Jean Toile

 

$18,500

£11,500

€13,000

35

Porosus Crocodile
Gold  Hardware

Matte Fauve

$75,000

£46,300

€17,700

 

Shiny Crocodile
Palladium 

Cocoa Brown
Black

$75,000

£46,300

€17,700

 

Porosus Crocodile
Palladium

Grey "Graphite"
Rouge H
Shiny Bleu Abysse
Bougainvillea Braise (Bright Cherry Red)
Black
Miel "Honey"
Fuchsia
Vert Anis

$75,000

£46,300

€17,700

 

 

Niloticus Crocodile

Blue Brighton
Amethyst

$75,000

£46,300

€17,700

40

Togo Leather
Palladium

White

$19,000

 

Togo Leather
Gold Hardware

Rogue Vif

$19,000

£11,800

13,500

 

Taurillon Clemence Leather
Palladium

Black
Blue Jean

$19,000

£11,800

13,500

40

Porosus Crocodile Skin
Gold

Matte Fauve (Caramel)

$75,000

£46,300

€17,700

Published December 07, 2011 by Ingrid Cudia

 

 

Hermes Bag Price Comparison
Images of the bags are from www.createursdeluxe.com 
Hermes France Office
The Hermes factory in Pantin. According to Le Parisene, the adjacent industrial building has been taken over by the brand and will become an extension to the atelier by 2012. The company now occupies 4 buildings (over 29,000 sqm). How does all this affect the Hermes Birkin price? 
Hermes Leather
The Hermès group has about 1,050 employees. 
Hermes Bag Cutting Done
Despite having outsourced its apparel production to China, its leather goods are still made in France. This is one of the many factors affecting the price of Birkins. 
Hermes Bag Parts
The factory is located in the northeastern suburb of Pantin, about 6.4 km from Paris. There are supposendly only 200 expert leather workers in the atelier, which is why Hermès bags take long to produce. 
Hermes Bag Stitching
The quantity of Birkins produced is very much dependent on the the availability of materials and certain leathers. 
Hermes Bag Corcodile Creation
Exotic bags cost as much as $70,000, depending on the hardware. 
Hermes Bag Creation
An average Birkin takes as long as 48 hours to finish, according to sources. 
Hermes Bags For Shipping
Unlike Louis Vuittons and other prestigious handbags, Birkins can command resale prices not far their original price tags. Exotics can even be resold at a profit. 

 

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