The ultimate collector's bag, the Hermes Birkin is considered to be one of the most luxurious handbags on the market, alongside it's sister bag, the Hermes Kelly Bag. Handmade by artisans in unique seasonal shades and leathers, this coveted bag carries with it a lofty price, and a long waitlist. For all of its allure, the Birkin Bag appears to be a minimalist classic offering, though broken down, its design is quite cleverly conceived. With numerous parts and pieces, all with a purpose, there's a lot to dive into on analyzing the anatomy of an Hermes Birkin Bag.
Structured in rolled leather, these handles will usually match the color/material of the bag but, for unique or custom pieces, that can be made using other colors/materials. The Hermes Twilly scarves are also extremely helpful in not only adding some playfulness to your bag, but also in preserving the leather over time and with use.
A simple and thin piece of matching leather used to loop the clochette around a handle of the bag for easy access, it is also tied to the keys under the clochette. This piece can be removed from the handbag and either kept in storage or inside the bag for a more minimalist aesthetic.
In matching hardware, these plaques are found on either Sangle, one of which will be engraved with “Hermes”, indicating it is to be stacked above the other when in place.
The “H” padlock will come either in the same color hardware as the rest of the bag or wrapped in the same leather/skin used to construct the bag. It can be used to lock the bag by placing it through the Touret and securing it in place.
A traditional staple for many luxury bags, this small bell-shaped accessory will be fabricated in the same leather/material as the bag itself and disguise the keys accompanying the “H” padlock.
This is the projecting piece that can be turned to either keep the sangles stacked in place or left open for a more casual look. It is also the piece where you would secure the lock to secure the contents.
These are the four feet in matching hardware that help the bag stand straight and protect the base leather from any hazardous surfaces.
Arguably one of the Birkin’s most important features, the flap is precisely crafted. that there is ample room for the front handle to comfortably sit when the flap is in use, while also narrowing in at the gaps to keep the flap as flat and anchored as possible.
These are thin leather straps that can be used to fasten the flap in place once secured over the Touret. There are matching hardware plaques at the ends of each Sangle. Usually these straps will be the same color/material of the Birkin overall, but for special pieces or custom orders, they can be made with other materials. Also, on the underside of one Sangle is where you will usually find the date stamp for your bag.
These thin, but sturdy brackets are used to fasten the Sangles in place atop the flap.
Hermes indicates the style name of the bag followed by the length of the bag in centimeters.
For all of its exclusivity, style, and well-thought out detail, the Hermes Birkin Bag will continue to be one of the most sought-after choices on the handbag market. If you'd love to get your hands on one, we encourage you to create an alert on our website to be notified the moment we get one in.