Highly desirable among collectors, a super rare Rouge Vif 30cm Birkin in discontinued Ardennes leather. Vachette Grainee des Ardennes is a processed pressed leather crafted from a malf calf raised in the Ardennes region (Northern France to Southern Belgium). Ardennes leather is very sturdy and holds its shape surprisingly well, complete with thick pressed grains and a slight sheen. Vache Ardennes is quite thick and structured (it does not slouch or flop) and is water and scratch resistant. Hermes collectors consider this leather to be a "work horse" and can stand the test of time, very hard to find and is no longer in production. This example is in Good condition with visible swirl marks on the hardware signs of wear on the leather.
Material: Ardennes Leather
Color: Rouge Vif
30cm: 12" W x 6.25" D x 9" H
Collection: 2001, Square E
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.