Hermes Birkin Bags are extremely hard to come by, but there’s one unique feature that makes a Birkin bag even rarer: a horseshoe stamp. But what does the horseshoe stamp mean?
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Hermes Birkin Bag vs Kelly Bag: How to Know the Difference
Hermes Birkin (left), Hermes Kelly (right)
So, you’ve decided you want to buy an Hermes bag. Will you buy an Hermes Birkin or an Hermes Kelly? What’s the difference? This blog post is designed to provide you with all the information you need to decide between a Birkin and a Kelly.
The Hermes Birkin Guide
The Hermes Birkin is the most sought after, impossible to find and collectible bag ever made. The standard Birkin design we know now and love was created jointly between Hermes CEO Jean-Louis Dumas and the actress Jane Birkin. Jane complained that her Kelly bag was not very practical and Jean-Louis Dumas suggested he come to their workshop and make her a custom bag. Jane’s Birkin bag was modified from an existing Hermes design, the Haut À Courroies (more on that later) to be shorter and smaller, but with handles for toting over the arm. Jane Birkin was gifted the first 40cm Birkin bag in 1984, and the rest is history.