Hermès Constance 18 Gold Metallic Chevre Gold Hardware
The Hermès Metallic bag is a rare artifact, an elusive find that elevates the concept of collectibles to an unprecedented tier. Hermès began dabbling in the creation of metallic bags back in the 1990s, crafting several unique pieces primarily for the illustrious window displays of their flagship store in Paris, under the creative direction of Leila Menchari. However, these early iterations, made from Agneau Lambskin, proved too fragile for commercial retail.
Undeterred, Hermès forged ahead, refining their technique over the following years. In 2005, they unveiled an exceedingly limited collection of Metallic Chevre leather bags in Gold, Silver, and Bronze, triumphing over the initial challenges.
Among these, the metallic Gold 18cm Constance stands out as the rarest variant of this legendary shoulder bag. Its aesthetic appeal is elevated by the congruous gold hardware that pairs flawlessly with the metallic sheen of the bag. This unique lustre is the result of painstakingly layering multiple applications of metallic pigment on the leather.
However, this treatment is known to wear off with extensive use, leaving its mark on the bag's look. Remarkably, this particular specimen shows no such signs of use, preserving its exceptional condition. This resilient trait further underlines its rarity and heightens its desirability among collectors.
Condition: Very Good
Color: Gold Metallic
Collection: 2005, I Square
Measures: 7.5" L x 5.5" H x 2" D
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 colored finish (e.g. gold, silver, palladium). The terms refer to the tone or color of the hardware and not the actual material used. If hardware is composed of precious solid metals this will be referenced in the description.
No indication of wear, all plastic on hardware, never worn, essentially as new.
Little to no indication of handling, usually with all plastic on hardware and most likely never worn.
Very minor evidence of handling.
Evidence of wear and handling, with no major flaws.
Moderate wear and is fully functional.
Moderate wear and has condition issues that may or may not be repairable.