More investment advice!

More investment advice!

The idea of using something other than stocks and shares, property or gold for investment purposes has become positively main stream this days.  When once we looked no further than these classic investments, people searching for a good return are venturing further afield, in particular looking at luxury items such handbags whose value reliably increases even during times of economic trouble.  The status symbol of the Hermes bag, its limited availability and the quality of every piece means that they are always in demand which in turn means that their value is on an upward curve.  Henry Bodkin, writing in The Daily Telegraph recently expands on this theory here. 

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Constance “On A Summer Day”

The Constance may be one of Hermes oldest designs but this summer a new Special Edition has been revealed and it’a amazing! An illustrator and designer, Nigel Peake originally trained as an architect and it certainly shows in this fabulous bag.  Look closely and you’ll find buildings and trees in this multicolour Constance.  The same design has also appeared on selected RTW items and silk pieces but in our opinion it’s on this bag that it has the most impact.           If you love the design but prefer something a little less bright then don’t worry – it’s also available in Black, on Black with Black...

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How to Choose an Investment Piece

How to Choose an Investment Piece

If you have decided on making an investment in a handbag, the next issue will be how best to buy a piece, and where. Our advice is spend time and money in an Hermes boutique, dress and accessorise to impress, and be prepared to return every day for a week. Or two or three weeks. And be aware that if you do get the chance to buy a Birkin or Kelly, you will be given one option only; you cannot choose your colour or leather. Should you declare the bag unsuitable for you, there is little likelihood of being offered another model in. So the alternative is to buy from a well reputed reseller or auction house. When choosing the ideal investment, the first consideration should be the timelessness of the piece. You need a size and a model that is always going to be...

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You can’t go wrong with Hermes for Valentine’s day.

You can’t go wrong with Hermes for Valentine’s day.

Here’s some ideas for Valentine’s day, whether you are Mr Right but you have no idea of what to buy or you’ve simply forgotten that Valentine’s day is today … either way, have a look at Lilac Blue London latest showcase at the Dorchester. You can’t go wrong with these iconic Hermes items: this birkin 25cm goes with everything in the classic colour etoupe (and especially with the Hermes watch just above with its bracelet in matching colour!) But if you want to go for jewellery, what don’t choose that Collier de chien in black, another famous Hermes item… The mini black Vespa and parchment Kelly cut are also good options with colours very easy to wear. And if you are still not sure, why don’t you go with this idem belt: it’s...

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The Handbag as an Investment

The Handbag as an Investment

February 2017 Last year in Miami a handbag sold for $298,000 (approximately £205,000).  A simple handbag.  Hailed as the most expensive handbag ever to sell, it was a Hermes Birkin made in bright red shiny crocodile with white gold straps encrusted with 10 carats of diamonds.    It was purchased in 2008 for half the price but never worn.    What was once considered an attractive accessory has turned into one of the world’s most lucrative investments.     Even ten years into the phenomenon, the trend continues to amaze people. There are a number of reasons for the phenomenon.   If you consider other relatively new investment vehicles – wine, watches, and classic cars – they are all now accepted as alternative investment pieces, and are...

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A Kelly in a shop window?!

A Kelly in a shop window?!

We always keep a keen eye on Hermes shop windows, and walking passed the Bond Street store the other evening, I was amazed to see a Kelly in the shop window – what a rare sight!   It would definitely surprise me to find one in an actual shop so even more in the vitrine! Then I realised what really caught my eye was the minimalism of the display: it looked so empty, almost unfinished, with just a couple of shoes, a sport bag… And the Kelly.   I thought of the Hermes shop window in Dubai: very colourful and lively, but with almost no Hermes items in it.  When I went back to Paris last weekend,  I went to Hermes rue de Sèvres and again, I noticed that their vitrines were very abstract, with some artistic display and no products at all…which is a huge...

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