Hermès Birkin 35 HSS Black & Parchemin Togo Leather Palladium Hardware - 2009, M Square
The opportunity to Special Order a bag from Hermès is only offered to the next level of VIP clients, a rare treat for those who have already managed to purchase a number of Birkins and Kellys from the House. These bags, which since 2006 have had the iconic horseshoe stamp, or HSS as many call it, are unique as they can be ordered with multiple colors otherwise not produced together. This 35cm example is one such HSS Birkin, done in two stark contrasting neutrals; Black and Parchemin Togo leather offset with Palladium hardware. The special status of this bag was not lost on its owner who cared for it and used it gently and sparingly over the last ten years, maintaining its excellent condition. Over a decade after its production, this bag is just as timeless and sophisticated as any HSS Birkin produced today, or ten years from now.
The term "hardware" refers to the metallic parts of the bag, such as the buckle hardware, base studs, lock and keys and/or strap, which are plated with a colored finish (e.g. gold, silver, palladium). The terms refer to the tone or color of the hardware and not the actual material used. If hardware is composed of precious solid metals this will be referenced in the description.
No indication of wear, all plastic on hardware, never worn, essentially as new.
Little to no indication of handling, usually with all plastic on hardware and most likely never worn.
Very minor evidence of handling.
Evidence of wear and handling, with no major flaws.
Moderate wear and is fully functional.
Moderate wear and has condition issues that may or may not be repairable.