The ultimate status bag, the Hermès Birkin, is at the top of every girl’s wish list. But to truly appreciate the Birkin in all its beauty and to be worthy of its fabulousness is to be knowledgeable on everything about it. We all know Hermès bags are crafted by hand with the most amazing skins in the world. And by now even my housekeeper is aware of the secret blindstamp and craftsman ID on the strap. But it is not just the Hermès stamp and logo that makes one a “Bag Snob!” There is so much about Hermès bags that makes them the finest in the world. First, the tissue paper. I have had many conversations with various Hermès Managing Directors and they all love talking about the tissue paper. Apparently there are special tissue paper craftsman who spend their entire lives folding tissue paper for Hermes bags! They make little pillows for the Birkin to rest upon and layers of “blankets” to protect it. It is suggested that you keep the bag exactly as the day you opened it, sleeping on the little pillow will allow it to keep its shape for life!
The stitching on Hermès bags is also unparalleled. It is so sturdy you can carry rocks in them! (or if you are the Bag Snob, 10 pounds of baby necessities). The stitiching is usually the first giveaway between faux or real. The real deal should have a very uniform and slight tilt to it while the fake is crooked and uneven.
All of the exotic skins also come with certificates, which is handy when traveling. Now what other bag has its own passport? For the true aficionados, try to get an invitation to tour the private Hermès museum next time you are in Paris and get a complete history of all things Hermes!