Has Hermès Changed the Way They Operate?

Hermès has established itself as a high-end luxury brand. The company produces some of the most sought-after handbags in the world. However, lately, there have been reports that it has become increasingly difficult to buy a Hermès bag.

All About Hermès

The designer brand started as a French company specializing in horse-drawn carriages and harnesses. In the early 1900s, it expanded into leather goods, and by the 1950s, Hermès had become a well-known name in the fashion world with their statement bag.

What Do They Sell?

Hermès is known for its iconic handbags, such as the Birkin, Kelly, and Constance Hermès. Celebrities and fashionistas highly covet these bags, but they come with a hefty price tag and an even heftier waiting list.

1. Birkin Bag

The Birkin bag is one of the most iconic and elusive bags in the world. Named after Jane Birkin, this bag has been seen on the arms of celebrities and everyday people (at least those lucky enough) alike. The bag is handmade from start to finish, using the highest quality materials and signature contrast stitching.

2. Kelly Bag

Each Kelly bag is handmade by a single craftsman from start to finish. Because of this, each bag takes 18-20 hours to create. Hermès only produces around 250 Kelly bags per year, contributing to the high demand and lengthy waitlist for Hermès clients.

3. Constance Hermès

The bag has a rectangular shape and features gold-plated hardware and an adjustable shoulder strap. The Hermès Constance is typically made from Hermès' signature leather, a durable yet soft material. According to most seasoned shoppers, the Hermès Constance bags are the most difficult to access, regardless of size.

Aside from bags, including the Mini Constance, you can also purchase the Hermès Constance long wallet, with its signature exterior pocket, and Constance slim wallet that comes with a belt loop, tonal stitching, and Palladium hardware. The brand's Constance wallet is made from Vert Criquet Epsom leather. 

Purchasing Your Own Hermès Bag

Getting the bag of your dreams might be a bit challenging in this instance. First, you have to join the never-ending waitlist. It takes much more than simply walking into the store or visiting the brand's website and adding a bag to your cart.

The company has implemented a new policy stating that shoppers must have an address in the same country as the store where they want to purchase. So, if you're in the United States and want to buy from Hermès' flagship store on Madison Avenue in New York City, you must have a U.S.-based billing address. If you want to buy direct from Hermès, it’s also a good idea to develop a relationship with a sales associate. This way, they may hold bags for you or notify you when a shipment is coming.

Is There a Workaround?

The easiest way to get your hands on a Hermes product is to buy it secondhand. If you're set on buying one, your best bet is to find a reputable seller, such as Decades Inc.

We specialize in new and pre-loved designer bags. With Decades Inc., you can be sure you're getting authentic bags and products because all of our products are authenticated by our team of experts before being sold.

As mentioned, the Hermès Constance bag is the most challenging to nab. Nonetheless, Decades Inc. currently has an available listing for the Hermès Vintage Constance Bag 23cm (1984). The company also has Hermès footwear, apparel, and accessories in our online shop. You can also consult with our team of fashion experts to find the best bag for your style.


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