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Hermes 35cm Birkin Etoupe Togo Taupe Gold Hardware Bag
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Etoupe Togo 35cm Birkin Gold Hardware Brand New in Box. Store fresh. Pristine Condition (with plastic on hardware). Perfect gift! Comes in full set with lock, keys, clochett...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

HERMES 35cm Crocodile Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
The Hermés Birkin bag embodies the quintessence of style and luxury due to its impeccable design, craftsmanship, and significance. Being that it is the most iconic and desired piece ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes 30cm Red Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
HERMES 30cm Red Birkin Bag with Silver Hardware 100% Authentic Hermes Birkin Bag COLOR: Red MATERIAL: Leather HARDWARE: Silver ORIGIN: France CONDITION: Good Includes: Dustbag, lock,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes 40cm Red Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
HERMES 40cm Red Birkin Bag with Gold Hardware 100% Authentic Hermes Birkin Bag COLOR: Red MATERIAL: Leather HARDWARE: Gold ORIGIN: France CONDITION: Good Includes: Dustbag, lock, and...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

HERMES Electric Blue 35 Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
Exceptional color of this electric blue Birkin bag in epsom leather. It is in very good condition, metal parts are perfect, you can see some little marks on the corners. The jewelry...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

  • HERMES Electric Blue 35 Birkin Bag
  • HERMES Electric Blue 35 Birkin Bag
  • HERMES Electric Blue 35 Birkin Bag
  • HERMES Electric Blue 35 Birkin Bag
H 9.85 in. D 7.09 in. L 13.78 in.
Hermes 30cm Blue Brighton Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
HERMES 30cm Blue Brighton Birkin Bag with Silver Hardware 100% Authentic Hermes Birkin Bag MATERIAL: Togo Calfskin HARDWARE: Silver ORIGIN: France INCLUDES: Dustbag, lock, and key
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

HERMES 40cm Barenia Leather Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
The Hermés Birkin bag embodies the quintessence of style and luxury due to its impeccable design, craftsmanship, and significance. Being that it is the most iconic and desired piece ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

HERMES 25 cm Brown Crocodile Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
100% Authentic Hermes 25cm Brown Corcodile Birkin Bag COLOR: Brown MATERIAL: Crocodile ORIGIN: France CONDITION: Pristine INCLUDES: Dustbag, clochette, lock, and key
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes 30 Ghillies Turquoise Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Hermès 30cm Ghillies Birkin in turquoise Togo and swift leather with palladium hardware. T stamp for 2015. Handle drop, 4"L. Excellent condition, used only a few times.. Comes with c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

  • Hermes 30 Ghillies Turquoise Birkin Bag
  • Hermes 30 Ghillies Turquoise Birkin Bag
  • Hermes 30 Ghillies Turquoise Birkin Bag
  • Hermes 30 Ghillies Turquoise Birkin Bag
H 8.5 in. W 6 in. L 12 in.
Hermès 40CM Clemence Palladium H/W Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Hermès 40cm Clemence Birkin Bag with Palladium hardware. Top handle straps. Tonal leather lining. Double slit pocket and zip pocket on interior walls. Turn-lock closure at front. Co...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes 35cm Crocodile Cacao Porosus Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
HERMES 35cm Cacao Shiny Porosus Birkin Bag with Silver Hardware 100% Authentic Hermes Birkin Bag MATERIAL: Crocodile HARDWARE: Silver ORIGIN: France INCLUDES: Dustbag, lock, and key
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

HERMES 35cm Porosos Crocodile Birkin Bag Bourgogne
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
HERMES 35cm Red Orange Crocodile Birkin Bag 100% Authentic Hermes Birkin Bag COLOR: Bourgogne MATERIAL: Porosos Crocodile HARDWARE: Gold Plated ORIGIN: France CONDITION: Pristine IN...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

HERMES 35cm Noir Togo Leather Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes 35cm Noir Togo Leather Birkin Bag with Silver Hardware. This Hermés Birkin bag embodies the quintessence of style and luxury due to its impeccable design, craftsmanship, rarit...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

HERMES 35cm Crocodile Poussiere Porosus Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
HERMES 35cm Poussiere Porosus Birkin Crocodile Bag with Gold Hardware 100% Authentic Hermes Birkin Bag COLOR: MATERIAL: Crocodile HARDWARE: Gold ORIGIN: France INCLUDES: Dustbag, lo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

HERMES 35cm Crocodile Dark Blue Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
HERMES 35cm Dark Blue Birkin Crocodile Bag with Silver Hardware 100% Authentic Hermes Birkin Bag MATERIAL: Crocodile HARDWARE: Silver ORIGIN: France INCLUDES: Dustbag, lock, and key
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes 35 Gris Elephant Clemence Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Hermès 35cm Birkin in gris elephant taurillon clemence leather with palladium hardware. Date stamp T for 2015. Comes with clochette, tirette, two locks, keys, dust cover.
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Violine Ostrich 35 cm Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Hermès Violine Ostrich 35 cm Birkin - excellent condition Hermès bags are considered the ultimate luxury item the world over. Hand stitched by skilled craftsmen, wait lists of a yea...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Hermès 35cm Blu Togo Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
This Hermès Birkin 35cm is crafted from blue togo leather, a highly popular hide due to its ability to retain its shape and near-scratch resistance. Its deep, The blue exterior is of...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

  • Hermès 35cm Blu Togo Birkin Bag
  • Hermès 35cm Blu Togo Birkin Bag
  • Hermès 35cm Blu Togo Birkin Bag
  • Hermès 35cm Blu Togo Birkin Bag
H 11.03 in. D 7.09 in. L 13.78 in.
Hermes 30 cm Green Leather Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
This lovely handbag is crafted of beautifully textured ostrich leather in dark green. The bag features rolled top handles, a crossover flap with a strap closure and gold hardware inc...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

  • Hermes 30 cm Green Leather Birkin Bag
  • Hermes 30 cm Green Leather Birkin Bag
  • Hermes 30 cm Green Leather Birkin Bag
  • Hermes 30 cm Green Leather Birkin Bag
H 9.06 in. D 3.94 in. L 11.82 in.
Hermès Rose Jaipur 40cm Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Hermès Birkin 40cm rose Jaipur clemence leather and palladium hardware. Dated N for 2010. Handle drop, 5"L. Excellent condition, plastic still on hardware . Includes clochette, tiret...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

  • Hermès Rose Jaipur 40cm Birkin Bag
  • Hermès Rose Jaipur 40cm Birkin Bag
  • Hermès Rose Jaipur 40cm Birkin Bag
  • Hermès Rose Jaipur 40cm Birkin Bag
H 13 in. W 8 in. L 15.5 in.
Hermès Limited Edition Harlequin 35cm Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Crafted in France from soft, clemence leather, this limited edition and highly sought over Arlequin Harlequin Birkin bag by Hermès is a true testament to the quality of the house's c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Tan leather HAC Birkin bag, size 45, c. 1998
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Hermes HAC Birkin bag, size 45. Tan Vache Natural leather with unpolished gold hardware. Made in 1998
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1990s Top Handle Bags

HERMES white Clemence leather & Palladium JPG I SHOULDER BIRKIN Bag
By Hermès
Located in Zürich, CH
Hermès 'JPG I Shoulder Birkin' bag in white Taurillon Clemence leather with Palladium hardware. Lined in Chevre (goat skin). Has been carried with overall signs of use as you would e...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Black Togo Leather 40cm Birkin Bag GHW
By Hermès
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Hermes Black Togo Leather 40cm Birkin Bag GHW in excellent condition. Black togo leather exterior trimmed with gold hardware. Signature top double strap twist latch closure opens to ...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Raisin Chevre Leather 35 cm Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Raisin Chevre Leather 35 cm Birkin is in very beautiful condition. Hermès bags are considered the ultimate luxury item the world over. Hand stitched by skill...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Rose Tyrien Epsom 35 cm Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Rose Tyrien Epsom 35 cm Birkin is in excellent plus condition. Considered the ultimate luxury item, the Hermès Birkin is stitched by hand. Waitlists are com...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Blue Izmir Togo 35 cm Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Blue Izmir Togo 35 cm Birkin is in pristine condition, appearing never carried. Hand stitched by skilled craftsmen, wait lists of a year or more are common ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Tan Leather HAC 50 Gold Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
OMG ! What an amazing vintage bag Haut à Courroies 50 called HAC 50, from Hermes. This is a must to have to travel. Smooth Gold calfskin leather. Stamp S in a circle, year 1989. Got ...
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1980s Top Handle Bags

  • Hermes Tan Leather HAC 50 Gold Birkin Bag
  • Hermes Tan Leather HAC 50 Gold Birkin Bag
  • Hermes Tan Leather HAC 50 Gold Birkin Bag
  • Hermes Tan Leather HAC 50 Gold Birkin Bag
H 18.12 in. D 10.63 in. L 19.69 in.
Hermès Rouge Casaque Epsom 30 cm Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Rouge Casaque Epsom 30 cm Birkin is in pristine condition. Considered the ultimate luxury item, the Hermès Birkin is stitched by hand. Long waitlists are com...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Burgundy Crocodile HAC travel Birkin Bag, 1972
By Hermès
Located in Los Angeles, CA
HAC travel Birkin by Hermes from 1972 Burgundy croc skin with gold hardware Dimensions: 17.5"W x 9.75"D x 15.25"H 19.75" height with handles Condition: Excellent vintage condition
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1970s Top Handle Bags

Hermès 40CM Matte Alligator Palladium H/W Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Hermès 40cm Birkin in beautiful Matte Alligator with palladium hardware. Luxuriously rich Hermès orange colour with tonal top stitching. Year: Date stamp is a O in a square - 2011 p...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès 35cm Vert Porosus Crocodile Gold H/W Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Hermès Vert Smooth Porosus Crocodile 35 cm Birkin Bag with Gold Hardware. The most fabulous of all bags can be yours today! Luxuriously rich coloured with tonal top stitching. This B...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès 35cm Burgundy Porosus Crocodile Gold H/W Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Hermès Burgundy Smooth Porosus Crocodile 35 cm Birkin Bag with Gold Hardware. The most fabulous of all bags can be yours today! Luxuriously rich coloured with tonal top stitching. Th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes HAC Birkin Bag Noir Togo with Palladium Hardware 32
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Creasing on exterior, moderate wear on top flap edge, heavy cracking and splitting on handle and belt closure wax edges. Moderate scuffs and indentations in interior...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes HAC Birkin Bag Noir Ardennes with Gold Hardware 32
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Damaged. Repainted exterior edges, base trims and clochette. Creasing on exterior, large scuff on base, wear on flap edges and handles. Splitting on flap opening corner an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes HAC Birkin Bag Gold Courchevel with Gold Hardware 32
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Scuffs on exterior, handles and interior base, wear on base and opening corners. Slight cracking on flap closure and opening trim wax edges, minor wear in inter...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Brown Togo Leather 35cm Birkin Bag w/ Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Brown Togo Leather 35cm Birkin Bag GHW Made In: France Year of Production: 2013 Color: Brown Hardware: Gold Materials: Togo Lining: Chevre leather Closure/Opening: Double arm...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin Bag 35 Etoupe Togo Gold Hardware - 2021 Z
By Hermès
Located in Delray Beach, FL
HERMÈS Togo Etoupe Birkin 35 Etoupe togo with contrasting white top stitching detail Description Hermes 35cm Birkin Etoupe, always a favorite with the Hermes Collector, and one of...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Black Crocodile 30 cm Diamond Encrusted Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Black Crocodile 30 cm Diamond Encrusted Birkin is in pristine condition. Incredibly rare and specially ordered, this exotic Birkin is perhaps the most collec...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes 30 Birkin Bag Black Lizard Gold Hardware RARE
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Hermes Birkin 30 bag featured in rare Black Lizard. This exquisitely beautiful bag is sophisticated and elegant. Lizard only becomes more beautiful and supple w...
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2010s Tote Bags

Hermès Rouge H Togo 30 cm Birkin Bag- Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Hermès Rouge H Togo 30 cm Birkin- Pristine overall condition Hand stitched by skilled craftsmen, wait lists of a year or more are not uncommon for the Hermès Birkin. They are conside...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Gris Elephant Porosus Crocodile 35cm Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
This Hermès Birkin is a truly spectacular, one-of-a-kind item and a must have for any serious collector. Crafted in a Gris Elephant Porosus Crocodile Leather and accented by silver-p...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès 35CM Burgundy Porosus Crocodile Palladium H/W Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Luxuriously rich burgundy coloured with tonal top stitching. Condition - In excellent post Hermès Spa condition. Only lightly used. Has been carefully kept by collector owner in its...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

HERMES 30cm Tressage De Cuir Veau Swift Epson Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
The Hermés Birkin bag embodies the quintessence of style and luxury due to its impeccable design, craftsmanship, and significance. Being that it is the most iconic and desired piece ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30cm Rouge Casaque Birkin Bag Red Epsom Gold Z Stamp, 2021
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 30cm Rouge Casaque Birkin Bag Red Epsom Gold Z Stamp, 2021 Brand New in Box. Store fresh. Pristine condition (with plastic on hardware). Just purchased from Hermes stor...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 40cm Black Togo Gold Power Birkin Bag NEW RARE
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 40cm Black Togo Gold Hardware Power Birkin RARE Brand New in Box. Store fresh. Pristine Condition (with plastic on hardware). Perfect gift! Comes with lock, keys, clo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes HAC Birkin Bag Bleu Indigo Ardennes with Gold Hardware 50
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Odor in interior. Heavy wear and discoloration on base corners, exterior edges and handles, moderate creasing, wear and scuffs on exterior and in interior. Peeling a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin Bag Tiny Miniature Micro Kiwi Epsom Limited Edition
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic rare Hermes Tiny Miniature Birkin Limited Edition. Fresh Kiwi Epsom leather with palladium hardware. Worn as wristlet, shoulder bag, top handle or draped on on l...
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2010s Evening Bags and Minaudières

Hermes Birkin 35cm Blue Nuit Deep Navy Togo Palladium Birkin Bag Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 35cm Blue Nuit Navy Togo Palladium Birkin Bag Y Stamp, 2020 The perfect navy Birkin 35cm has arrived for spring summer! Just purchased from Hermes store; bag bears new ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Ultra Violet Togo 30 cm Birkin Bag with GHW
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermes Ultra Violet Togo 30 cm Birkin is in excellent condition. Hand stitched by skilled craftsmen, wait lists of a year or more are not uncommon for the Hermes Birk...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Bois de Rose Togo Leather 35 cm Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Hermès Bois de Rose Togo Leather 35 cm Birkin- PRISTINE; never carried with the protective plastic intact on the hardware. Hand created, Hermès bags are highly sought after and can ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Anemone Swift Leather 30 cm Birkin Bag with Palladium
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Hermès Anemone Swift Leather 30 cm Birkin- Pristine condition, appearing never carried with protective plastic on much of the hardware. Hermès bags are considered the ultimate luxu...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30cm Rouge Casaque Togo Birkin Bag Red Gold Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Rouge Casaque 30cm Birkin Lipstick Red Togo Gold Hardware Y Stamp, 2020 Finally, the most perfect and coveted red from the house of Hermes is made in Togo, and we have the onl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès Birkin Bag Pendant for Necklace Bracelet or Charm in Silver RARE
By Hermès
Located in ., FR
Adorable Authentic Hermès Pendant "Birkin" Bag shaped Can be hung by the handles of the bag or by the removable ring Made of Sterling Silver (925/1000) Colorway: Silver- Tone "H...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pendant Necklaces

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Sterling Silver

Hermes Sanguine Orange Red 30cm Togo Birkin Bag Gold Z Stamp, 2021
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Sanguine Orange Red 30cm Togo Birkin Bag Gold Z Stamp, 2021 Just purchased from Hermes store! Bag bears new interior 2021 Z Stamp. Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. Pristine Cond...
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Late 20th Century Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin Bag 25 Vert Vertigo Emerald Tone Swift Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Hermes Birkin 25 bag featured in emerald toned Vert Vertigo Swift leather. Exquisite with Gold hardware. Comes with lock, keys, clochette, sleepers, raincoat and...
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2010s Tote Bags

Hermes Birkin Bag 35cm Brown box Leather Togo Gold Hardware 2005
By Hermès
Located in Montreal, Quebec
COLOR: Café-Chocolat MATERIAL: Box calf Leather ITEM CODE: I Square 2005 MEASURES H 9.5” x L 13” x D 7” COMES WITH: Dust bag & original box CONDITION: Very good - some minor marks on...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes NEW IN BOX 35cm Red Clemence Leather 35cm Birkin Bag PHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes NEW IN BOX 35cm Red Clemence Leather 35cm Birkin Bag PHW Made In: France Year of Production: 2013 Color: Red Hardware: Palladium Materials: Clemence leather Lining: Chevre le...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

NEW Limited Edition Hermes Toile de Camp Dechainee Canvas Black 35cm Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in Philadelphia, PA
NWOT Limited Edition Hermes Toile de Camp Dechainee Canvas Black 35cm Birkin Bag in excellent condition. Black box calf leather with Toile de Camp Dechainee Canvas knotted rope print...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Haut A Courroies Travel Birkin Bag HAC 45cm Vache Natural Leather Vintage
By Hermès
Located in Port Saint Lucie, FL
This iconic and extremely rare 45cm travel tote was made by Hermes Paris in 1985. Made from Vache Natural leather, Hermes saddle leathers are some of the most sought after due to t...
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1980s Duffel Bags and Carry-On Bags

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Birkin Bag For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact vintage or contemporary birkin bag you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. Black is a pretty popular color, but we also have Brown, Red, Gray and more in stock now. If you’re looking for a birkin bag from a specific time period, our collection is diverse and broad-ranging, and you’ll find at least one that dates back to the 20th Century while another version may have been produced as recently as the 21st Century. When shopping for these accessories, you’ll find that there are less available pieces for men or unisex today than there are for women.

How Much is a Birkin Bag?

Prices for a birkin bag can differ depending upon size, designer and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $184 and can go as high as $399,925, while, on average they fetch $21,510.

hermes Biography and Important Works

For Hermès, what began as a maker of leather equestrian goods for European noblemen would eventually grow into one of the most storied fashion labels in the world. In 1837, German-born French entrepreneur Thierry Hermès opened a saddle and harness purveyor in Paris. Gradually, the house extended into accessories and luggage for its riders, and today, in paying homage to its origins, the family-run luxury brand resurfaces horse motifs in everything from clothing and modernist jewelry to pillows and handbags.

The first top-handled bag ever produced by Hermès was the Haut à courroies, which made its debut in 1892. A tall bag secured with a folded leather flap (fastened with bridle-inspired straps), it was designed to transport riding boots and a harness. As the world made the switch from horse to automobile, the bag adapted, becoming a multifunctional travel satchel instead of a designated saddlebag. Today, 120 years later, the HAC remains in Hermès’s line — and its distinctive flap and clasping straps have laid the groundwork for some of the house’s other iconic bags.

In the 1930s, Robert Dumas (son-in-law to Émile-Maurice Hermès, Thierry’s grandson) designed a smaller, trapezoidal take on the flap bag with a handle and two side straps. Later, actress Grace Kelly, then engaged to Prince Rainier of Monaco, is said to have used one of these bags to conceal her pregnancy during the 1950s. Because she was photographed constantly, the coverage catapulted her handbag to international popularity. In 1977, Hermès officially renamed the model for her, and the Kelly bag was born. Each Kelly bag takes between 18 and 25 hours to produce, and its 680 hand stitches owe solely to one Hermès artisan.

Robert Dumas was also responsible for another one of the brand’s most iconic offerings: the launch of its first silk scarf on the occasion of Hermès’s 100th anniversary in 1937. Based on a woodblock designed by Dumas and printed on Chinese silk, the accessory was an immediate hit.

Today, vintage Hermès scarves, typically adorned in rich colors and elaborate patterns, serve many functions, just as they did back then. Well-heeled women wear it on their heads, around their necks and, in a genius piece of cross-promotion, tied to the straps of their Hermès bags. Kelly even once used one as a sling for her broken arm.

In 1981, Robert Dumas’s son Jean-Louis Dumas, then Hermès chairman, found himself sitting next to French actress and musician Jane Birkin on a plane, where she was complaining about finding a suitable carryall for the necessary accoutrements of motherhood. After the two travelers were properly introduced, Birkin helped design Jean-Louis’s most famous contribution to the Hermès canon: the Birkin bag, a roomy, square catchall with the HAC’s trademark leather flap top and the addition of a lock and key. Owing to the brand’s legendary commitment to deft, handcrafted construction, the Birkin is an investment that is coveted by collectors everywhere.

While the Kelly and Birkin may be standouts, gracing the arms of everyone from royal heiresses to hip-hop stars in the past few decades, the handbags are but a small part of Hermès’s fashion offerings. Since the 1920s, the brand has produced some of the most desirable leather goods in the world. There’s the Constance bag, a favorite of Jacqueline Kennedy, the recently relaunched 1970s-era Evelyne and, on the vintage market, a slew of designs dating back to the 1920s.

Good design never goes out of style. Find a variety of vintage Hermès handbags, day dresses, shoes and more on 1stDibs.

Finding the Right Top Handle Bags for You

Usually characterized by simplicity and sporting a classic and beloved silhouette, top-handle bags can easily find a place among your wardrobe staples. From the Haut à courroies — Hermès’s original top-handle bag, created in 1892 — to the smaller and timeless Sac à dépêches that inspired both the Kelly bag in the 1950s and the Birkin in the 1980s, the discerning shopper has had no shortage of options to choose from.

Small and mini designer top-handle bags, including vintage top-handle box bags and micro clutches, offer an alternate dynamic and usually feature sleek lines and modest features to perfectly complement your evening look. Styling with jeans and a comfortable sweater works, too — the classic top-handle bag is an ideal accessory to pair with casual attire. For a personal touch or pop of color, add a key chain, a patterned scarf or a handbag chain.

On 1stDibs, you can find vintage top-handle bags from Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci and more. The numerous styles of this universally loved accessory that we have available also include the Louis Vuitton Monogram Vernis Alma GM handbag, Fendi Baguette purses and modern leather handbags by Longchamp.

Questions About Birkin Bag
  • Chicjoy
    ChicjoySeptember 24, 2020

    Yes, Crocodile Birkins are made from real Crocodiles. Niloticus croc is sourced from the Nile river; while Porosus croc is sourced from Asia or Australia. Niloticus scales are generally larger than Porosus. Niloticus is marked with a “..” diaeresis mark in foil; while Porosus is denoted by the “ˆ” (carat) mark in foil. Generally speaking, Porosus is more sought after and has greater resale value due to its smaller and more symmetrical scales.