“If my house was burning down, this Himalayan Birkin bag is the one bag I would try to save,” is what the multi-talented Love Marie Payawal Ongpauco once said. Professionally known as Heart Evangelista, she said this while showing some of her favourite bags on her YouTube Channel in a video, in 2021.
Not just that, the First Lady of Sorsogon also revealed that the bag was an ‘investment piece’, as the price, which pops up on various websites, is thrice the amount she paid when she bought it. In 2016, Time magazine, quoting Baghunter, even went on to say that an Hermès Birkin bag was a better investment than gold.
This is why Hermès is one of the most sought-after luxury brands, and its handbags are as much a status symbol. Read on for the best Hermès bags to invest in today.
a quick history of Hermès
Thierry Hermès started the Hermès brand in 1837, on rue Basse-du-Rempart in Paris, in a workshop. The finesse in his work and the endurance of the products resulted in the brand receiving an award at the Universal exhibition in 1867.
Thierry’s son, Charles-Émile Hermès, took over in 1880 as he shifted the workshop’s location and opened a store, which sold harnesses and saddles. This made the brand a household name throughout Europe.
In 1922, Émile Hermès got the exclusive rights to zips and zippers. He later introduced men’s ready-to-wear garments, jewellery, watches, ties and sandals.
Émile had four daughters, so according to the traditions of that time, he gave the reins of the family business to his sons-in-law in 1951, one of whom was Robert Dumas. It was under his leadership that the luxury brand took the shape of what we know today. Dumas was the brain behind Jeu des omnibus et dames blanches, the famous silk scarf.
He was also behind the Kelly bag and the Chaîne d’ancre bracelet.
Robert Dumas’ son, Jean-Louis Dumas, started heading the high-end brand in 1978, and it was under his leadership that the iconic Birkin bags were introduced. In 2005, Pierre-Alexis Dumas took over as the artistic director and was succeeded by his nephew, Axel Dumas, who is the CEO of the brand currently.