With Jean-Paul Gaultier stepping down from his own label after 50 years at the helm, the legacy this giant of design has had on the fashion industry is growing ever apparent. His tenure at Hermes is considered by many as the brand’s golden years. The So Black collection was released shortly before the designer’s departure; a solemn symphony of black, every aspect permeated with dark theatricality. These So Black bags have become some of the most desirable and collectible Hermes bags on the market. The 35cm Birkin in black calf box leather with black PVD coated hardware is the standard bearer for the whole collection. This example is perfect for someone who loves the So Black look and wants to use a very special bag regularly. This bag has been used just enough to come down from frighteningly flawless while maintaining its original sophistication and cool, giving it an enticing je ne sais quoi.
Material: Box Leather
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.