While today, Hermes is known for producing the most luxurious objects in the world, its equestrian heritage is well known to fans of the house. The material that connects most strongly to these roots is Barenia: a supple, smooth, warm tan leather that patinas like nothing else, and shows off the House’s quality of craft and materials to the highest degree. The calf skins used to make this heritage leather must be absolutely perfect, which makes larger bags very difficult to come by. This stunning and very rare 40cm Birkin is made entirely of classic Fauve Barenia leather, accented with the iconic double saddle stitching in natural linen thread, and warm gold hardware. For over 25 years this bag has been lovingly cared for, developing a fantastic patina that only time could create. It stands ready for another 25 years of adventures!
40cm: 16" W x 8" D x 11.25" H
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.