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Hermès Date Stamp Guide

Established in 1837 by Thierry Hermès as a harness shop, Hermès was born to fit the needs of the equestrian world. It was from these roots in making saddles, bridles and other leather horse riding gear that Hermès honed its incredible craftsmanship. Over time, Hermès widened its selection of products, expanding into leather bags “Haut à Courroies” for saddles in 1900 and then accessories and clothing in the 1920’s. The fashion house of Hermès has designed many iconic pieces, most of which come with a great history. When buying a vintage Hermès bag, you can easily find out how old it is using the date stamp. The brand that is known for being one of the most secretive of luxury houses is actually the most transparent when it comes to the production of its products. Every Hermès piece is handmade and therefore has its own intricacies based on the craftsman and leather.

hermes birkin bag

Birkin Bag Sizes

  • 25cm: 10" L x 5" W x 8"H
  • 30cm: 12" L x 6.25" W x 9" H
  • 35cm: 14" L x 7.5" W x 10.75" H
  • 40cm: 16" L x 8" W x 11.25" H
  • 45cm: Travel Brikin 17” L x 7” W x 11” H
  • 50cm: Travel Birkin 19.5”L x 9.5” W x 15” H
  • 55cm: Travel Birkin 21” L x 10” W x 17” H
hermes kelly bag

Kelly Bag Sizes

  • 20cm: 8" L x 3.5" W x 6"H
  • 25cm: 10”L x 3.5”W x 7.5” H
  • 28cm: 11" L x 4.5" W x 8" H
  • 32cm: 12.5" L x 5" W x 9.5" H
  • 35cm: 13.75" L x 5" W x 10.25" H
  • 40cm: 14.75” L x 6” W x 10” H
  • 50cm: Travel Kelly 20” L x 8.5” W x 14.5” H

Hermès color list

  • Neutrals: Alezan, Argile, Biscuit, Cannelle, Craie, Étoupe, Fauve, Gold, Kraft, Natural, Noisette, Parchement, Poussière, Sabel, Tabac Camel
  • Greys: Ardoise, Etain, Fusain, Graphite, Gris Agathe, Gris Paris, Gris Perle, Gris Souris, Gris Tourterelle, Plomb
  • Browns: Brûlé, Cacao, Café, Caramel, Chocolat, Cognac, Ébène, Ecorce, Havane, Marron d’lnde, Marron Fonce, Miel, Moka, Ocre, Rouille, Sienne, Terre
  • Oranges: Capucine, Crevette, Feu, Mangue, Orange, Potiron, Sanguine
  • Reds: Bordeaux, Bougainvillea, Braise, Brique, Geranium, Rouge Casaque, Rouge Garance, Rouge H, Rouge Impérial, Rouge Indien, Rouge Moyen, Rouge Piment, Rouge Pivoine, Rouge Venitien, Rouge Vif, Rubis, Vermillon
  • Pinks: Bois de Rose, Cassis, Flamingo, Fuchsia, Pêche, Pink, Rose Confetti, Rose des Sables, Rose Dragée, Rose Jaipur, Rose Lipstick, Rose Sheherazade, Rose Shocking, Rose Tea, Rose Tyrien, Rosy, Rubis, Tosca
  • Purples: Amethyst, Anémone, Cassis, Crocus, Cyclamen, Iris, Mauve, Parme, Prune, Raisin, Ultraviolet, Violet
  • Blues: Bleu Atoll, Bleu Abysse, Bleu Aztèque, Bleu Brighton, Bleu de Galice, Bleu de Malte, Bleu de Prusse, Bleu Électrique, Bleu France, Bleu Hydra, Bleu Indigo, Bleu Izmir, Bleu Jean, Bleu Lin, Bleu Obscur, Bleu Océan, Bleu Orage, Bleu Pale, Bleu Paon, Bleu Paradis, Bleu Saphir, Bleu Tempête, Bleu Thalassa, Céleste, Ciel, Cobalt, Colvert, Lagon, Marine, Mykonos, Turquoise
  • Greens: Bamboo, Canopée, Chartreuse, Eucalyptus, Granny, Kiwi, Lichen, Malachite, Menthe, Pelouse, Pistache, Toundra, Vert Anglais, Vert Anis, Vert Bengale, Vert Bronze, Vert Caucase, Vert de Gris, Vert Emeraude, Vert Fonce, Vert Olive, Vert Veronese
  • Yellows: Cumin, Curry, Jaune, Jaune d’Or, Jaune Poussin, Lime, Mimosa, Moutarde, Soleil, Soufre

Every Hermès piece is handmade and therefore has its own intricacies based on the craftsman and leather.

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