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Top 10 Most Popular Hermès Leathers and Skins

A guide to the Top 10 Most Popular Hermès Leathers and Skins (in alphabetical order)

By Elizabeth Bernstein, PORTERO.com‘s Senior Director of Handbags and Accessories

1. Alligator

Hermès alligatorHermès Bleu de Malte Matte Alligator Birkin Bag (SOLD OUT). Hermès Bordeaux Shiny Alligator Kelly Pochette $33,000

 

Not to be confused with Crocodile, Hermès’ alligator skin is available in both Matte and Lisse (shiny). Physically, the main difference between alligator and crocodile is that alligator has a type of webbing pattern in the scales, and the scales are less uniform (see crocodile below).

2. Box Calf Leather

Hermès Box Calf LeatherHermès Brique Box Calf Kelly $7,500

 

Also known as veau leather, Box Calf is Hermès’ oldest leather. Box Calf is very smooth with a glossy finish. It’s a very structured hard leather that holds shape well. It can blister if it gets wet, so be cautious around water, and be sure to use a raincoat. Be careful not to make large scratches to the leather as it is smooth and will detract from its beauty. If the leather does get scratched, the item can be taken to the Hermès boutique for servicing, which will reduce the appearance of scratches and blemishes.

3. Clemence

Hermès Clemence Leather Hermès Blue Paradise Clemence Birkin $21,500. Hermès Plomb Clemence Kelly $18,500

 

Clemence is a soft, buttery calfskin with a nice even grain. It will not show scratches as a smooth leather would because of the grain, which is smoother and softer than other grainy leathers, with a nice light weight. Over time, if a Clemence leather bag is overloaded with heavy items, it can become slouchy, so be sure not to overload your bags.

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A Bright Start to the New Year

Out with the old and in with Pantone’s color of the year: Radiant Orchid! We’ve been inspired by the endless hues of this year’s enticing and confident color.  From Hermès to Nancy Gonzalez, you can spot 2014’s color in an array of gorgeous totes, shoulder bags, clutches, and jewelry at Portero.com.

Shop our inspired collection here: http://bit.ly/19XvCfH

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Just in: Classic Black Hermès Birkin

Right out of the box — one of the pristine black Birkins that you can find on Portero.

Shop Birkins here.

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Win a Hermès Kelly bag!

Win your dream bag! We’ve partnered with PopSugar and ShopStyle to giveaway this pre-owned red Hermès Kelly. The bag has been around since 1935. Originally known as the Sac à Dépêches, it was renamed the Kelly in 1956 after Princess Grace Kelly carried it to discreetly cover her pregnancy.

Enter the sweepstakes here.

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Labor Day: Travel with a Birkin HAC

The Hermès Birkin HAC is short for Haut à Courroies, which means high belts in French. These Birkins are slightly taller with shorter straps. Designed in late 1800s, they were designated for transporting riding gear. Today, the larger bags are ideal for travel. Bon weekend!

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Finish summer with a white hot statement

A vision in white: A Hermès Bolide in leather and toile.

 

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Vintage Cartier meets its match

Toughen up a vintage watch — such as this Cartier Tank — with a Hermès leather bracelet. (This one is a Double Tour Rivale.)

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Electric Hermès!

We though you could use a mid-week pick-me up: This Hermès scarf can brighten up any doldrums. Wearable art, for sure. (Spotted in Milan by our director of handbags Elizabeth Bernstein.)

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Style crush: Balenciaga + Hermés

A red Balenciaga bag with an orange Hermès Cuff de Chien (CDC) — the ultimate rockstar look.

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The Hermès orange box

These Hermès horses signal something divine is about to gallop into your closet. Giddy up!

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