Last week, fashionistas the world over celebrated World Handbag Day. Coincidentally, the HermÃ¨s Himalayan crocodile Birkin bag, priced at a staggering $432,000 (RM1,414,951.20) also dropped at around the samedateâ€”thought to be the most expensive Birkin ever offered for sale.
RM1.4mil. for a luxury handbag?
What about this particular Birkin sets it apart from other valuable HermÃ¨s bags?We got the first dibs via style.com’s interview with Hermes reseller authority Jane Finds for the low-down:
The material: The 30-centimetre diamond Himalayan Birkin is possibly the rarest and most desirable handbag in the world. This bag is made of Nilo crocodile, rendered in a subtle colouration that is meant to evoke images of the majestic Himalayan mountains.
The exterior:This dyeing process is painstaking and takes many hours to completeâ€”the lighter the hue, the more difficult the process. The colour pairs perfectly with 18-carat white gold hardware, which is itself studded with white diamonds. The cadena lock alone is comprised of 68.4 grams of 18-carat white gold and encrusted with 40 white round brilliant diamonds, totalling 1.64 carats.
The structure: On the bag, three different structural elements of the Birkinâ€”the Touret, the Pontets, and the Plaques de Sanglonsâ€”feature more than 200 diamonds for a total of 8.2 carats. This is arguably the rarest, most spectacular, and most jaw-dropping Birkin to ever be made, and it is likely the only time a bag of this calibre will be offered on the luxury resale market.
The price: The retail price of the bag was nearly $300,000 (RM982,605.00). The difference takes into account a resale premium, but largely reflects the fact that itâ€™s exceedingly rare. This bag is no longer available with or without diamonds.
The target consumer: This bag was offered to a highly respected VIP client. HermÃ¨s only very rarelyâ€”and very thoughtfullyâ€”creates unique pieces of this calibre.This is without doubt a collectorâ€™s piece that belongs in a true collectorâ€™s home. Itâ€™s a timeless piece of art, will be in style forever, and is something a woman will cherish her entire life and then pass on to future generations.MYNEWSHUB