When Jean-Paul Gaultier took the helm of Hermes, he injected the brand with a large dose of its own heritage. From his first runway show, it was clear JPG would produce designs that were all at once innovative and exciting, as well as classic, luxurious, and undeniably Hermes. The House’s equestrian roots permeate his collections. Gaultier’s simple, elegant design for an equestrian inspired vest grew slowly during his tenure, landing on the final perfected design, with sleek hip pockets and covered buttons, in 2007. In the fall show that year he showed a number of examples including this matte Havane brown crocodile version with a wool & cashmere knit back. The design pops up in many of his shows after, but never again in crocodile until a black version walked in his penultimate fall 2010 show. Hermes crocodile clothing is always paired with extreme retail prices, and at the time, this vest would have retailed for upward of $20,000. This vest is a size FR38 which translates to a US 6. The lining is 100% Silk and the back is 70% Wool, 30% Cashmere. This vest is luxurious, sturdy, and presents as unworn.
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.