Gold, S&P 500, or Hermes Birkin

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What will you do with the money if you win the Powerball tonight? Perhaps you want to know what to do with that end-of-year bonus and tax refund. Purse aficionados considering stashing assets in gold or the S&P 500 might want to think again. It turns out the “safest and least volatile” investment of those three may be in the bag…the Hermes Birkin bag.

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As reported in racked.com, the Baghunter compared investment returns on gold, the S&P 500, and the Birkin over the last 35 years, and the Birkin was the clear winner.  In that time, the Birkin increased in value more than 500% and has never decreased even in times of recession and economic difficulty. Baghunter says the Birkin averaged annual value increases of 14.2%, significantly higher than either gold or S&P 500.

Baghunter founder Evelyn Fox told luxurydaily.com “As a whole, the study findings show how stable the ultra-luxury industry has been over the past 35 years when compared to more traditional investment opportunities.”  According to Fox, “There is a difference between luxury and ultra-luxury. While the luxury market suffers during worse economic times the ultra-luxury market is impervious to economic factors that can affect other industries such as high-street retail and stock markets.”

Fox expects this trend to continue in 2016, pointing to the Birkin’s high retail prices and limited availability along with a strong secondary market from resellers.

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Diamond Exotic Birkin, Hermes Paris

Do you consider your Birkins (or other bags) investments?

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From Mini to More: Hermes Birkin Sizes

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We have been thoroughly investigating the Hermes mini craze, and the obsession has indoctrined PurseBop into to the Birkin 25 club with her “Kohinoor Diamond”.

The investigation continues today to help us get a sense of just how small H minis can be. Let’s take an in-depth look at the Hermes Birkin Sizes with great comparison pictures!

We have adopted the term “mini Hermes” or “Hermes minis” to lovingly refer to smaller Birkins and Kellys, specifically the B25, K25, K20 and K15 range.

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Mini Review

Let’s recap from the “Irresistible, yet Unattainable: Hermes Mini Bags” article to grasp why H minis have become such a hot topic:

#1 Mini is the Mantra
The handbag industry as a whole has downsized bags, and consumers are applying the mini mindset to Hermes.

#2 Joining the Club
Celebrities and social media forces have put tiny B’s and K’s on the radar in a huge way as of late. There’s more desire and urgency to get your hands on a mini H, even though doing so is more easily said than done.

#3 Preference Wins
A huge part of picking the “right” Birkin used to be based off choosing the right “fit” size wise. With waves of mini and oversized trends, fit is all relative. Mini bags make a unique statement.

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Every Size, Shape, and Color!

To many, the Birkin represents a quintessential, classic bag or even the ultimate Holy Grail Bag. While the Birkin style is iconic and instantly recognizable, the bag itself does not fit one certain look. The Birkin is available in so many different sizes, leathers, colors, and hardware options that each bag is diverse and a rare commodity of its own. Hermes releases Birkins in such limited quantities that some bags are truly one of a kind and never produced again. Exotic leathers and smaller sizes tend to be more rare, and are usually only available to elite clientele. Likewise, VIP clients are sometimes offered Hermes “Special Orders” (SO), and can customize almost every aspect of their Birkin from size, color combos, leather, and hardware.

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Sizes

Birkins come in many different sizes and are referred to by their length. Many aficionados refer to a Birkin’s size in short hand with the letter “B” in conjunction with the length in centimeters (ie; “B35”). Birkin handbags come in 4 different sizes – the Birkin 25 cm (B25),  Birkin 30 cm (B30), Birkin 35 cm (B35), Birkin 40 (B40). Birkin travelling bags come in 2 sizes Birkin 50 cm (B50) and Birkin 55 cm (B55). Of the handbags, the Birkin 25 is the hardest size to find.

While there is no official rule to choosing the “right” size Birkin, traditionally, many people tend to pick sizes that fit well with their stature or storage needs. However, as mini bag and oversized bag trends phase in and out, more and more people are choosing size based simply off of preference or for desired occasion.

Dimensions Smallest to Largest (L X H X W cm):

Birkin Size Dimensions
Birkin 25 25 cm x 20 cm x 13 cm
Birkin 30 30 cm x 22 cm x 16 cm
Birkin 35 35 cm x 25 cm x 18 cm
Birkin 40 40 cm x 30 cm x 21 cm <br />

Size Comparisons

Birkin 35 – Red (aka Lady Vermillion B)
Birkin 30 – Green
Birkin 25 – Pink (aka Kohinoor Diamond)

Length Comparison – Birkin 35, Birkin 30, Birkin 25

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Height Comparison – Birkin 35, Birkin 30, Birkin 25

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Width Comparison – Birkin 35, Birkin 30, Birkin 25

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Handle Comparisons – Birkin 35, Birkin 30, Birkin 25

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Top Length Comparisons – Birkin 35, Birkin 30, Birkin 35

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Size Contrasts

Moving down the line, the bag stature and space decreases significantly despite only a 5 cm length difference. Up close, the contrast between a B30 versus B25 is noticeable. Theoretically, the Birkin 35 is even large enough for the B25 to “nest” within the bag.

Birkin 30 versus Birkin 25

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Birkin 35 versus Birkin 25

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Mini Purposes & Advantages

  1. Smaller Birkins are adorable! As we’ve already established, Hermes minis are irresistible!
  2. Above all, the B25 isn’t impractically mini. Due to its rectangular shape, the Birkin bag can comfortable hold (a reasonable) amount of essentials without feeling “stuffed”.
  3. The Birkin is sophisticated enough that it can be pulled off with a variety of looks. However, the B25 size is mini enough to the point where it could be appropriately dressed up for more formal occasions.
  4. The Birkin 25 has a very ladylike presence, especially since it is more comfortably carried by hand rather than in the crook of the arm like other Birkin sizes. The bag still has a cute factor without looking gimmicky.
  5. The B25 is a great investment for a collector. Due to the scarcity of the size and the demand, the bag will hold its value. More importantly, a Birkin 25 is unique compared to other bags and even other Birkin sizes. The B25 is versatile, but has unparalleled, distinct charm.
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It’s safe to say, I’m simply enamored with my Birkin 25 Koohinor Diamond. She’s my crown jewel pink and a truly exceptional bag. With each H addition to the PurseBop family,  I never fail to appreciate the unique craftsmanship that goes into each bag even of the same style.

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The age old question…whats your favorite Birkin size?

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HERMES BOLIDE DOUBLE BOTTOM BAG

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The Hermes Bolide Double Bottom Bag is an extremely iconic piece that will surely please bag aficionados and starting bag collectors alike. This new take on the design is something that catches the eye, and we’re about to elaborate more about this development.

The Bolide has a long history – it was first created in the year 1922 when the wife of Hermes’s owner, Emilie-Maurice Hermès, wanted a new bag to carry in while she went out for a ride in a car (which was also a new invention at that time). The Bolide was called a ‘Bugatti’ at that time, and was the first bag to ever incorporate some zips.

Lightweight and easy to carry, this piece is really something new! Never has Hermes shown the Bolide with a double bottom, that’s why it’s really a joy to have. It’s a swift calfskin with gold-plated hardware and zip fastening, with two flat inside pockets for organization. What else would you ever need? Surely, this baby will never go out of style.

Measuring 24cm x 27cm x 10cm (L x H x D), you can get your very own Bolide Double Bottom Bag for €6,400 EUR or £5,850 GBP via Hermes e-store.

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Hermès Ghillies Kelly Long Wallet

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hermes_ghillies-kelly-long-walletTrust Hermès to come up with something so adorable that only they can get away with. From the world of Hermès comes Kawaiiii!, the French luxury house’s take on the cutest of animated characters to promote (and I’m guessing) their latest additions which include bags and SLGs in new colour combinations.

Most naturally, the first thing to catch my eye is this: the Hermès Ghillies Kelly Long Wallet which has to be prettiest thing I’ve seen in a long while, especially when presented in the softest of pinks that’s simply irresistible. Priced in the SGD4000 toSGD5000 range (I honestly can’t keep up anymore with all the annual price increments), while it’s not the easiest wallet to get into (and use), it is by far one of the most gorgeous yet.

And before I go on non-stop about how much I need such a wallet in my life, check out the cute animation for yourself (it also features the Constance, the Plume and other bits and bobs) online via this link. Kawaii!

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Hermès Virevolte In Swift Calfskin

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hermes_virevolte-swift-calfskinIntroducing the Virevolte, a new bag offering from the house of Hermès which I can’t yet quite pronounce. Measuring 29 cm across by 42.5 cm (from top to bottom), it’s a casual enough of a sling-messenger that’s great for the weekend, in a soft slouchy leather that should hug the side of your body with ease. Finished with a leather shoulder sling that allows you to adjust the length, the bag’s most interesting feature is perhaps its counterweight fastening mechanism in natural Hunter cowhide, which besides weighing the bag, also keeps it secure from prying hands.

Priced at GBP3430 (or around SGD7000 after conversion), it’s a welcome addition to the French house’s bag inventory where most of its other bags are either handheld or too boxy. This one, on the other hand, could be just right for those looking for something casual and relaxed.

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HERMÈS PETIT H LAUNCHES INTRIGUING MONTHLY SURPRISE BOX

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At Hermès, recycling gets a whole new meaning through the luxury house’s Petit H line of products. The line utilizes waste materials left over after the creation of other Hermès goods to create fun and quirky items that are as endearing as they are unique. The brand has added an additional air of intrigue to the label by launching a monthly Mystery box.

Other brands usually use this promotion on a subscription basis, but Petit H has chosen not to take this route. The brand describes the promotion saying: “Each month, we surprise you with a new selection of items from Petit h, our laboratory of imagination and reconstruction.” Everyone is a winner with this surprise box.

Luxurydaily reported that the mystery box was available in three price tiers. The PM box for $240, suitable for both genders, a MM box best suited for women with a price of $440 and the GM option, available for $580 is also intended for female customers.

Though Hermès gives no hint of what the boxes could contain, it is most likely that they will be small leather goods, jewelry or similar trinkets.

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