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Hermés Shiny Miel Porosus Crocodile 35cm Birkin Bag with Gold Hardware, 2008.

US$69,995

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Extremely Rare Hermés Shiny Miel Porosus Crocodile 35cm Birkin Bag with Gold Hardware, 2008. Originally introduced in the Late 20th Century, the Birkin bag was created during a chance encounter between two iconic figures, actress Jane Birkin and Hermès chairman Jean-Louis Dumas. On a flight from Paris to London, Birkins' tote bag fell from the overhead causing much frustration on her part that Dumas took notice to. By the end of the flight, the two had brainstormed on a flight sickness bag the perfect accessory for the modern day woman, to what we now know as the holy grail of handbags, the Birkin. Since it's creation, the Birkin has gained world recognition for its exclusivity and most recently became the number one collectible investment for 2020. Each Birkin is done entirely by hand by a highly skilled and trained Hermés craftsman over the course of an 18 hour period and is offered in a wide variety of colors and skins, creating the ultimate symbol of luxury, quality and sophistication. This extremely rare and highly sought after Birkin was handcrafted in France from shiny porosus crocodile in the limited "Miel" coloration with matching chevre (goatskin) lined interior and decorated with gold plated hardware. Adorned with "Hermés Paris" and "Made in France" embossment to front of bag as well as caret "^" symbol indicating the use of porosus crocodile. Blind stamped with “L” in square, indicating the year made (2008) and also has "82.5" craftsman stamp symbolizing the section of the atelier where the bag was constructed. Comes with certificate of authenticity, lock, clochette dust bag, clochette, two keys, overall dust bag and box. In great pre-owned condition with light signs of wear. Full specifications and detailed condition report listed below: Measures: 14” L x 10” H x 7” D / Strap Drop: 4' Condition: GRADE: 2. Great pre-owned condition with overall bag showing minimal signs of use. Most signs of wear is concentrated to edges of sangles and corners from storage. Scuff resistant feet are in excellent shape, hardware shows very light marks throughout. Small creasing has occurred due to natural wear to underside of top flap and lower left has small areas of creasing. Clochette exhibits signs of wear with rubbing and brushing to the single piece of leather. Plastic is still in tact on bottom base. Bag has recently been cleaned and detailed. Year Made: 2008 Authenticity Details: Stamped L in Square – Date Mark: 2008 Material(s): Porosus Crocodile, Chevre (Goatskin) Interior, Gold Plated Hardware. Grading: GRADE 1: This item exhibits no signs of use or wear and could be considered as new. There are no flaws. GRADE 2: This item exhibits minor flaws and could be considered nearly new. It may never have been used or may have been used a few times. There are only minor condition notes, which can be found in the item’s specific condition report. GRADE 3: This item exhibits visible signs of use. Any signs of use or wear are minor. This item is in good condition. GRADE 4: This item exhibits wear from frequent use. This item either has light overall wear or small areas of heavy wear. The item is considered to be in fair condition. GRADE 5: This item exhibits normal wear and tear from regular or heavy use. The item is in good, usable condition but it does have condition notes.

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  • Dimensions
    Height: 10 in. (25.4 cm)Depth: 7 in. (17.78 cm)Length: 14 in. (35.56 cm)
  • Place of Origin
    France
  • Period
  • Material Notes
    Porosus Crocodile, Goat Skin, Gold Plated Hardware
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Banner Elk, NC
  • Reference Number
    Seller: HA921/31-ONEEE1stDibs: LU1912213643341

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About the Design

Birkin Bag

Designed by Hermès
Since its 1984 debut, the Birkin bag has become a coveted status symbol as much as it has an exclusive collector’s piece. The handbag is among the most expensive in the world, and the appetite for the accessory is well-known inside and outside the fashion industry. Its history owes to a chance meeting on a flight from Paris to London in 1981, when British actress, singer and model Jane Birkin found herself describing her ideal handbag to another passenger. The two travelers hadn’t properly met, so it wasn’t immediately clear that she was practically brainstorming a future product with Hermès chairman Jean-Louis Dumas. When the latter identified himself, he told the star that Hermès was prepared to produce the accessory of her dreams. A discussion followed that involved rough sketches on an Air France airsickness bag, and the Birkin was introduced three years later.A spacious and symmetrical rectangular bag that features dual handles as compared to the trapezoidal single-handle frame of the company’s popular Kelly, the Birkin has amassed a rabidly enthusiastic fan base since its inception. Because it is so pricey and coveted, the goatskin-lined Birkin has frequently been targeted by counterfeiters, and its modest aesthetic and understated branding prevent it from being easily discernible from fakes. An array of metallic hardware fixtures, most often produced in gold or palladium, helps distinguish this dynamic handcrafted tote, and likely assisted the French police officers who broke up an international counterfeit Birkin operation in 2012.Among the characteristics that are integral to determining a Birkin’s authenticity as well as rendering it a truly desirable collector’s item are the signature lock and accompanying keys. The latter are tucked inside a lanyard made from a single piece of leather and draped around one of the handles. There are scuff-resistant base studs, too — a defense system to shield the durable leather exterior from damage should its owner park it on a gritty sidewalk. The studs are hammered in and can’t twist off, so there isn’t any danger of the bag losing its feet.Each tote is hand-sewn according to Hermès’s centuries-old saddle-stitching technique, and the exotic leathers — a variety that includes ostrich and crocodile — are subsequently painted and polished by house craftsmen in France. Owing to the artisan construction effort behind this globally adored accessory, it may take up to several days to produce a single Birkin bag.Jane had to wait for hers, too.
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