A Horse is a Horse, Of Course, Of Course—Unless It’s Hermès, Then It’s a $133k Art Piece



The longer you spend working in or writing about the luxury industry, the more desensitized to its absurdities you become. Luxury is maximal by definition—if not by appearance, then by some sort of abundance. Moderation is its natural opposite, so once an idea of abundance is taken to its logical extreme, a further logical extreme must be invented. Today, we’ve found a new one: an Hermès leather horse statue that measures 4.5 feet long and rings up at a steep $133,000. Even if you’re medium-rich, it’s probably enough to make you empathize with how all those French peasants felt about Marie Antoinette.

Marley the Poney, as Hermès is calling her (him? Marley’s gender is unclear), is a one-of-a-kind upholstered mini-statue that answers the question, “How do we continue to get the ultra wealthy to spend their money with us when we have already sold them a half dozen versions of literally everything they already realized it was possible to need or want?” Apparently, you construct a barnyard animal out of leather and then give it an all-over leather mane that makes it look like if Cousin It were a horse, but also, spiritually, a handbag. And then you assign this monument to upholstery a six-figure price tag, because what does money even mean anymore? It’s 2017, baby. We’re through the looking glass.

As always, it’s instructive in these situations to do the math on what else one might buy with Cousin It Handbag Horse money. Mostly, that means tallying up the modest new cars or other leather handbags one might buy, but in this case, Marley’s whopping price tag will get you two well-equipped BMW X5 SUVs, a small collection of Hermès’s ultra rare crocodile Birkins or Kellys, or, in many parts of the US, your first starter home. For people who already have all that stuff locked up, well: it gets you a large (but not, like, impressively large) leather horse in need of a haircut, which is either useful for intimidating visitors to your country estate by letting them know you have more money than God or an incredibly dumb way to let grifters, hustlers and scammers of all types know that you’d be an easy mark. Your choice, really.

Potentially, the funniest part of all of this is that Marley is part of the Hermès petite h program, which was created to put to use the leftover leathers and silks that are a biproduct of the brand’s existing accessories businesses. It’s unclear if that’s indeed Marley’s material origin, but if that part of the petite h ethos applies here, then someone’s literally going to pay six figures for recyclables.


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Hermes has a long list of classic handbags and they don’t create new ones very often. But when they do, you will always be the first one to know at Bragmybag. Now introducing the Hermes Opli Clutch Bag for the Spring Summer 2017 Collection.

The Opli Clutch Bag is designed in single colors with a futuristic appeal. The lines are perfect, the edges are sharp and it looks minimal. It’s made with a front flap that can be opened with a hidden snap closure. If you take a look at the sides, you will notice that the leather has been folded to create the interior, which is a clever idea.

And because the interior is foldable, it can expand when you open the clutch. Inside you will find one large compartment (quite big for a clutch bag) to help you carry your essentials. This large compartment looks like the inside of a small box. There is also a smaller interior front pocket for mini accessories.

Overall, the Hermes Opli Clutch looks easy but it’s all about the structure of the design. This bag is made from goatskin, which is a strong and durable leather. Measuring 8.3’ x 4.7’ x 3.1’ inches, priced at $3225 USD via Hermes boutiques.

So what do you think? Is it stunning or…?





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Hermès: Béarn, Dogon & Silk’In; The Three Best Wallets?



Before I start this post proper, first let me say this. No one needs an Hermès wallet, especially when you realise how frighteningly expensive they can get. But everyone wants an Hermès wallet, which brings us to my next point. Of all the wallets I’ve ever come across from the French luxury house, this trio are in my honest opinion the best money can buy. Though in this case the money bit probably means eating plain white bread for the next 6 months while you pay it off.

So what are the 3 I should go hungry for, you ask? Well, from left to right we’ve got the Béarn, the Dogon and the Silk’In, and besides the fact they are more or less the same size, they are also long wallets, which is the way to go since you’re already spending that much anyway.

First up, the we’ve got the Béarn. Measuring some 17.5 cm by 9 cm, it’s your standard flip-wide-open wallet which comes with a zip compartment on one side and 5 credit card slots on the other. Sharp, smart and streamlined (until you stuff it fuller than taxidermy specimen, that is), it’s priced at GBP1640 for the ones in leather, and upwards ofGBP4000 for the ones in precious exotics. Yes. Gulp.

Next, and also my personal favourite, the Dogon. Besides also being known as the workhorse in the family of Hermès wallets, the 20 cm by 12.5 cm wallet packs multiple compartments on the inside, along with an additional zipped pouch that’s also removable. Great for those who have too much to carry around, it’s also well-priced, coming in a tad lower than the Béarn at GBP1360. Also available in exotic skins, some even come with contrastingly coloured insides, great for those who love a bit of colour when it comes to their wallets.

Last, but by no means least, the honour of being the prettiest of the trio goes to the Silk’In, another long wallet that’s all leather on the outside but silk on the inside. Using the same printed silks that are also made in scarves, the interiors of these wallets are soft to the touch and often come in the most dazzling of prints, all guaranteed to make you fall at first sight. Measuring some 20 cm by 11.5 cm, these are also the most affordable of the lot, coming in at just GBP740 a piece. And only because they are silk (and not leather) on the inside.

So there you have it, the (in my opinion) three best wallets money can buy from Hermès. Do you agree? Or do you have a contender you wish to add? Comment away. And remember this. Nobody needs an Hermès wallet. But everybody wants one.


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Have we ever had a serious conversation about the Hermes Medor Clutch Bag?


Then perhaps it’s about time.

It’s one of Hermes’s Classics and even Celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Victoria Beckham are carrying it. This clutch is absolutely qualified to be your evening companion; it will help you steal the lights and the night.

A simple clutch with beautiful curvy shape. You can grab the Hermes Medor Clutch Bag with one hand. The front is made with a sophisticated clasp. It’s designed with four gorgeous studs on it.

The bag opens and closes with the front leather strap. The interior is made with one large compartment for all the evening essentials (obvious!) and there is an extra pocket for other items like your credit cards.

For those that are interested, the Hermes Medor Clutch Bag is available in two sizes:

Hermes Medor 23 Clutch Bag
Size: 23 x 11 x 5 in cm (W x H x D)

Hermes Medor 29 Clutch Bag
Size: 29 x 15 x 5 in cm (W x H x D)

The larger size 29 has been discontinued for some time, the only way to get it is through resellers.

The one on the top is crafted from smooth mississippiensis alligator leather and is priced at $20600 USD. But the Hermes Medor Clutch Bag is also available in calfskin or in gold and silver hardware.

Let us know what you think?



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Hermès fans have something to look forward to as the brand has announced new scarf designs featuring the work of Ardmore, which is African art collective consisting of Zulu, Zimbabwean and Sotho potters based in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

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Ardmore founder Fée Halsted was approached by Hermès two and a half years ago submitted six designs of which two were selected. The selected designs are titled The Savana Dance and La Marche du Zambèze and prominently feature Hermès’ 2016 theme: La Nature.

Both designs were created by painter Sydney Nyabeze who is originally from Zimbabwe. La Marche du Zambèze (90 cm x 90 cm) features a majestic elephant, giraffes, crocodiles, a zebra and a leopard with intricate designs and borders. It is available in 10 colorways and is priced at €345 or $375.

The Savana Dance (70 cm x 70 cm) shows a leopard in hot pursuit of a monkey amidst protea flowers. This vintage silk scarf comes in eight color ways and retails for €265, or $288.


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