The HAC Birkin, or Haut a Courroies meaning "belt top" in French, was the original design from which the famous Birkin bag sprung. The HAC was designed in the early days of Hermes as a large bag meant to carry a saddle. In the century of so since it's inception, the HAC has been issued in numerous sizes and materials, for a time often coinciding with similar Birkin bags being made at the time. This 32cm example from 1999, which has been kept in near-immaculate condition, is one such case: a handbag-sized HAC in Blue Jean Gulliver leather (The vintage equivalent of Swift leather - Gulliver's Travels was written by Johnathan Swift, see what they did there?), and matching blue denim canvas with Palladium hardware. Many Hermes aficionados prefer the smaller HAC Birkins to the regular Birkins because of their quirky proportions and deep bodies. The shorter handles lend a more lady-like appearance to the smaller sizes.
Material: Denim & Gulliver Leather
Color: Blue Jean & Denim
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.