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