The opportunity to Special Order a bag from Hermes 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 pure white Clemence leather offset with Brushed Gold hardware. The special status of this bag was not lost on its owner who has stored it in store fresh condition.
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.