The Himalayan Birkin, named for its evocation of the famous snow-capped mountain range that crowns the world, itself crowns the range of Birkin bags in Hermes' oeuvre. Within this crown, there are a few jewels even more precious than the rest. The Gris Cendre Himalayans are particularly special examples that are produced on a level of magnitude less than the already extremely rare White Himalayans. These bags ombre from light to dark gray and typically have much more even and smooth coloring than their more heavily contrasted counterparts. What really makes the Gris Cendre Hima special is the Fauve Chevre leather interior, which adds a touch of earthy warmth to the ash-inspired bag, otherwise chilly with the cool Palladium hardware. This example, a 30cm Birkin from 2013 is in exceptional condition, and though it is far more rare and special than a White Hima, it is also far more subtle and usable, a truly rare combination.
An Investment Bag opportunity
Color: Gris Cendre Himalaya
Material: Niloticus Crocodile
30cm: 12" W x 6.25" D x 9" H
Collection: Q 2013
Where used in this sale 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 coloured finish (e.g. gold, silver, palladium). The terms "Gold Hardware", "Silver Hardware", "Palladium Hardware" etc. refer to the tone or colour of the hardware and not the actual material used. If the bag incorporates solid metal hardware this will be referenced in the lot description.
Store Fresh - No indication of wear, all plastic on hardware, never worn, essentially as new.
Pristine - Little to no indication of handling, usually with all plastic on hardware and most likely never worn.
Excellent - Very minor evidence of handling.
Very Good - Evidence of wear and handling, with no major flaws.
Good - Moderate wear and is fully functional.
Fair - Moderate wear and has condition issues that may or may not be repairable.