Jean-Paul Gaultier’s tenure at Hermes was a time of unmatched creativity. One of the French master’s most celebrated interpretations of the Birkin bag is the Shadow Birkin, a limited edition initially produced in 2009 and 2010 featuring the iconic Birkin design embossed onto smooth Swift leather and rendered into a open-top tote bag perfectly proportioned with the original creating an incredible effect: the hint of a Birkin. This past year Hermes has re-released an extremely limited number of these Shadow Birkins in 35cm. This example, in Black Swift leather, is in pristine store-fresh condition. The simple embossed clochette on the rear of the bag completes the design, along with snap-ended sangles that slide inside the front of the bag to allow for a bit of extra security. These bags hold a special place in Hermes collections, as they’re the only ‘Birkins’ that have a completely different structure from any other Birkin bags.
Material: Swift Leather
35cm: 14" W x 7.5" D x 10.75" H
Collection: 2019, D
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.