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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Shopper: James

Store Location: Canada

Price: Hermes Constance Mini Bag (18 cm): $7750 CAD

The Hermes Eveylyne TGM is in the color Blue Orage. The Hermes Constance Mini Bag in 18cm is in Rose Jaipur Color and golden hardware, the leather is Epsom. Both fine and beautiful bag, lovely!

Thank you James for your contribution!





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At Bragmybag, whether the things are small or big, we’re going to feature it anyway. Because you never know how much impact a small adjustment has in the fashion world.

But anyway, here’s another stunning Hermes Bag with a little twist.

The Hermes Evelyne III Bag needs no introduction; everyone loves the perforated signature plaque. But just a few quick details for those that are new; the bag features an outside pocket and leather tab closure.

Usually the strap comes with the same color as the bag, but this time it doesn’t. In fact, the strap is made in bi-color and is striped, which makes it unique.

The strap can be adjusted from 36’ and 52’ inch, so you can wear it cross body.

Some info about this bag, the size is pm (Hermes Evelyne III 29 Bag) and is measured 11.25’ x 12’ x 2.5’ inches, its priced at $3125 USD via Hermes boutiques.




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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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