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The Hermes Constance – still going strong after all these years

The Hermes Constance – still going strong after all these years

At almost 60 years old, you’d think that the Hermes Constance handbags design might look a little out of date, or  old fashioned but no, it’s still going strong and is going through a surge in popularity.  Over the last two years rumours of it being discontinued have abounded, (as they have for the famous Himalaya Birkin handbag), but instead of it being discontinued, we are seeing more models of it being designed and released.  Favoured by Jackie Onassis back in the 1960’s, the Hermes Constance can be seen carried by actress Diane Kruger, the socialite Nicky Hilton and the former Mrs Abramovich, Dasha Zhukova amongst several others. The simple and elegant design of the Hermes Constance features the iconic H clasp on the front flap, and a...

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The Mini Bolide – The Perfect Introduction to Hermes?

The Mini Bolide – The Perfect Introduction to Hermes?

A lot of people are intimidated by the idea of buying the better known Hermes Birkin or Kelly bag, but there are other beautiful bags too which are the perfect introduction to the brand.  Amanda Mull has written a blog on the Purse Forum singing the praises of the Mini Bolide – The Mini Bolide.  If you think you like the look of this little bag then we have TWO available here at Lilac Blue London.  One in bright and summery Orange Poppy, and the other in Fauve. If you’d like to know more about either of these lovely bags then get in touch via +44 (0)845 224 8876 for more...

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The Kelly Picnic – Good enough to eat?

The Kelly Picnic – Good enough to eat?

I was researching material for our Instagram feed recently – Lilac Blue London – and came across these fabulous images from an Hermes campaign created to celebrate their new Kelly Picnic. The Limited Edition Kelly Picnic, a typically quirky Hermes design is, if you are unfamiliar with it, a twist on the traditional picnic hamper.  The body of the bag is made from woven wicker whilst the flap is made from Barenia leather; the Palladium hardware and closure is the same as that of any Kelly.  Although I don’t recommend you actually use it as a picnic basket, it’s still a great bag and adds a little fun to a summery outfit – if you can find one that is! ...

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Handbag Review: Gold Fjord Birkin 35cm worn by Anne Hathaway

Handbag Review: Gold Fjord Birkin 35cm worn by Anne Hathaway

We bought this bag from a British businessman, and examined it in the dimly lit Starbucks on London’s Holland Park Avenue – these were the early days before our Mayfair showroom.  I opened the box and looked at the bag, accepting his word that it was brand spanking new, but once we had bought it and received the receipt from Hermes it was clear the bag was already 3 years old. Oh the silly novices that we were!! It had not, however been worn and was the first officially pre-loved bag we had ever bought. So a great bag with which to start our reviews. And also, and we are excited about this: this bag was used by Anne Hathaway when filming the new “Dirty Rotten Scroundrels” in Autumn 2017. It has become one of my favourite Birkins: because the...

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Looking forward to Spring

Looking forward to Spring

Why not cheer yourselves up on these long winter days with thoughts of new bags and new colours for next season?   Hermes have introduced a lovely soft yellow shade called Ambre and another fabulous pink – Magnolia – alongside the re-issue of a couple of old favourites and some more recent colours.  As ever blue features heavily in the palette with Bleu Brighton, Celeste, Azur, Bleu Saphir and Bleu de Malte all making a reappearance, whilst Toffee and Cardamome join Ambre. Other colours available include the newer Rose Pourpre & Gris Asphalte, Rouge Casaque, Capucine and Beton so there’s plenty to choose from, although sadly there are no greens this time. We have been unable to source a reliable image for Ambre (as soon as we find one...

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A piece of Hollywood history

A piece of Hollywood history

Christie’s Paris have recently held one of their renowned Handbag & Accessories Auctions and the results show that the allure of the Hermes bag has not diminished one bit, even in these more uncertain economic times.  If you buy an Hermes bag, not only are you making a sound financial investment but you also possess an item that is both beautiful and usable – what’s not to like? The Times and other newspapers picked up on the sale, mostly due to the inclusion of a Mini Kelly once worn by none other than Hollywood legend, Elizabeth Taylor.  Made in 1991, the Yellow Mini Kelly in Courchevel leather with Gold Hardware was originally sold in the “Collection of Elizabeth Taylor” sale in New York in December 2011 for $20,000.  This...

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