|Love at first croc! ;-)|
The holidays are a near and I don't know how all y'all are feeling, but I am VERY excited! I love the holiday spirit and the happiness it evokes in people, and just the general feel good atmosphere. I find that the only thing wrong with the Christmas season is that we are so focused on treating others that we forget to treat the most important - ourselves! Sound selfish? I think not; at least in my case I feel I am always on the giving side for the most part (handbags and fashion are my only indulgence) and thought hey maybe in the midst of all the shopping we ladies ('n gents) should take a moment to stop and treat ourselves! So yes maybe this is a justification for handbag I have been itching to purchase, but oh well, life is short after all! Which handbag? Hermes.
I don't even know where to begin when it comes to Hermes, but all I can begin off by saying is pure elegance exudes from these bags. They are not just a designer bag, but ultimately every fashionista's dream, and in my opinion the ultimate designer bag. When you have a Hermes in your collection it almost completes it in a sense! Anyways I already had a smaller black Kelly, but I thought it was a bit blah and boring, so I decided to go for something a little, no ALOT more special. So I did some research, and ended up finding Hermes Reflection, which seems to be THE spot to buy a replica Hermes if you want one that is extremely well done. Now well all know these crazy crocodile Birkins go up all the way over 100k plus for the authentic versions, and they are still rare to find! This has created a big gap in the market where buyers (including those with deep pockets) are left looking elsewhere. There seems to be a rainbow of quality when it comes to Hermes handbag copies, and the Crocodile edition seems to have many qualities as well. I have personally seen the super cheap models that make me literally shudder they look so fake, and I have also seen models that are so close you'd need an expert to make the call.
The Hermes I bought is much closer to the latter. When I purchased from HR they gave me two options: croc embossed, or real croc - as it they would kill a croc on their croc farm to make you a full out Birkin. I chose the former because I didn't want to spend over $10,000 on a bag (although i can definitely see why others would pay so much when you compare it to the original bag's price tag) and must say that although it is a bit more matte, it is still an awesome bag. The model I paid for was $799 since it was only embossed, but I LOVE it. The bag came packaged in a beautiful Hermes box complete with ribbons and all! I picked a grey tone croc pattern, and love it so much I think I will eventually (maybe as an anniversary gift in 2015?) ask them to recreate it for me in the authentic farmed croc leather! It is definitely a bold bag and an attention grabber, so it's definitely not for a girl who like the subtle look!
When I was on their site they also had the option of custom hand making a bag with imported French leather according to Hermes' official handbag blueprint, and I am now seriously contemplating going for a Birkin in a fun color in togo leather. What do you guys think? Should I give myself a second Christmas gift? ;-)
Well here are the photos, let me know what you think in the comments below!
|The feet of the bag are super helpful in keeping dirt away - one thing you'd definitely want to keep away from your Birkin!|
|A close up of the texture!|
|A close up of the accessories that came with the Birkin!|
|A bag that's definitely ready for it's closeup :)|
|Another texture pic :)|
|The hardware has its wrapping on here so it looks a bit messy - I took it off once to wear it out but put it back on to help preserve the hardware!|
|Another closeup of the hardware - don't mind the plastic!|
|Full leather interior of the Birkin|
|There was nice plastic air bag to prevent damage during shipping!|