HERMES 30cm Tressage De Cuir Swift Epsom Birkin Bag in Red.
This Hermés Birkin bag embodies the quintessence of style and luxury due to its impeccable design, craftsmanship, rarity and significance. As one of the the most iconic and desired pieces from the Hermés handbag collection, its value only increases. In addition, this particular HERMES 30cm Tressage De Cuir Swift Epsom Birkin Bag features a mix of the Swift and Epsom genuine leathers.
Swift is a fine-grain leather that exhibits incredible saturation as it relates to color. This skin a favorite among those who love intensity in tone since it translates color best when compared to others in the Hermés repertoire. That said, the red color in the Swift leather is a fitting choice. For those who know Birkin, a similar skin with the name of “Gulliver” was discontinued in 1999. In 2005, however Gulliver resurfaced due to popular demand under the new name “Swift”. Swift is soft in touch, and reflects light exceptionally well despite the fact that it simultaneously absorbs color. We recommend regular professional conditioning to properly maintain this skin; especially after any first scratches appear.
This bag also includes Epsom, which is an embossed or “pressed” fine-grain leather that does not follow the texture of its original skin. Compression into a tight minimal pattern is one reason why this leather holds its shape in almost any circumstance. In addition, the material is arguably the most scratch-resistant of all calf leathers, therefore requiring the least maintenance. That said, Epsom is plausibly the best combination of beauty and function for Birkin calfskins that exists. As always, we recommend professional conditioning of any leather, although maintenance for Epsom is not as intense in comparison to other calfskins.
As for pattern, there are a few terms floating that describe the “Tressage De Cuir” look – including “chevron” and “hexagone”. Whichever you use to classify this checkerboard motif, the well-chosen color combinations create a reserved contrast to an already stately handbag. Color of bag and pattern is Rouge (red) with Rouge/Noir accents.
The Birkin Bag became an instant icon – introduced to the brand in the 1980’s and named after English actress/singer Jane Birkin. Apparently, Ms. Birkin had a mishap on a plane – when she tried to fit her ubiquitous straw bag into an overhead compartment. The bag’s contents spilled all over the floor, which made Birkin verbally express frustration about not being able to find THE perfect stylish yet practical travel bag. Ms. Birkin coincidentally sat next to the Axel Dumas, the CEO of Hermés . As complete strangers, they sketched the perfect bag together for the duration of the trip. One year later Mr. Dumas presented “The Birkin Bag” whose chic sophisticated design was also spacious for every day use.
The design has since been crafted in various sizes, and continues to be incredibly sought after many decades. The long wait lists to purchase the style added mystique in acquisition among admirers and collectors alike.
Condition is Pristine. This collectible bag includes dust bag, clochette, lock and key. Signed “Hermés“.