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A History of Hermes; a Timeline [Infographic]

The French house of Hermes has a history firmly established in saddlery and fine equestrian leather goods. From its 1837 beginnings in a small workshop in Paris, to creating the most exclusive handbag in the world, Hermès has certainly come a long way. Learn about the history of Hermès with this brief infographic, or dig deeper into the story of this French luxury house in the timeline below.

When searching for authentic, pristine and pre-owned Hermès bags and accessories, including Birkin bags, Kelly bags, CDC bracelets, scarves, and more, visit us at

Hermes Timeline

A History of Hermes Timeline ,starts with Thierry HermesThierry Hermès


1801. Thierry Hermès is born in Krefeld, Germany, to Thierry Hermès, a French immigrant father and Agnese Kuhnen, who was German. Krefeld is known as the Stadt wie Samt und Seide, or “City of Velvet  and Silk” in Germany, because of its textile industry. (1)

1827. Thierry Hermes moves to Pont Audemer, north of Paris, where he learns the trade of leather making, and begins making harnesses.

1831. Thierry and his wife, Petronille Pierrtant (1805-1896) welcome their first son, Charles-Émile Hermès (1831-1876).

1837. Thierry Hermès establishes the French house of Hermès, in a workshop in Paris’ 9th arrondisement.

1855. Hermes win the First Class Medal of the Exposition in Paris (4).

1859. Charles-Emile Hermes takes over the Hermes workshop.

1867. Hermès wins a first class medal at the Exposition Universelle (4).

1878. Thierry Hermes passes.

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Difference Between Birkin and Kelly bags; a fact sheet and infographic

We get asked about the difference between the Hermès Birkin and Kelly bags quite often, so we’ve decided to put together a handy guide and simple infographic to help you tell them apart. Although both bags come with their pros and cons, choosing one over the other is ultimately a very personal decision. However, we hope we can help you decide which bag bests fits your lifestyle.

The Kelly Bag

The difference between Birkin and Kelly

- The Kelly bag is the oldest of the two, and the easiest way to tell it apart from the Birkin is by the number of handles. The Kelly is a top handle bag, meaning it only has one handle.

See: Everything You Need to Know About the Hermès Kelly Bag

- The Kelly comes with a detachable shoulder straps, which allow for hands free carrying. This is a great bag for busy moms, or anybody who likes having their hands free.

- The Hermès Kelly bag can be dressed up or dressed down, depending on the ocassion. There are two types of Kelly bags: Sellier and Retourne; the Sellier is usually considered a dressier, more structured bag, but the Retourne looks great with any casual outfit.

See: The Kelly Debate; Kelly Sellier vs. Kelly Retourne

- Compared to the Birkin, the Kelly is not as wide, so it fits less.

- The Kelly bag also comes in two more presentations: the elongated Kelly Cut, also known as Kelly Clutch, and the mini Kelly Pochette, both on which can be found on PORTERO.

- Although we’ve seen some daring women carry their Kelly bags open, most women carry them close, since their contents could easily fall out.

Hermes Kelly bags available on PORTERO.comPre-owned Hermès Anemone Togo Kelly 35cm with Palladium Hardware $15,345. Pre-owned Hermès Soufre Epsom Kelly 32cm with Palladium Hardware $15,750. Hermès Blue Atoll Togo Kelly 32cm with Palladium Hardware $17,500. Pre-owned Hermès Black Lizard Kelly 28cm with Gold Hardware $28,000

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Holiday Gift Guide 2015; Luxury Gifts Under $1,000

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Time to give (and receive). From designer handbags and fine watches to vintage jewels, on you’ll be able to find whatever it is you’re looking for; whether you’re shopping for someone else, or for yourself.

In this occasion, as we assume you’re searching for a gift for someone else, we’ve selected from our large assortment of products, only items in pristine condition, which come with original boxes and/or pouches, and sometimes, authenticity cards, depending on the item. Be sure to read the entire item description, including the SHIPPING and RETURN tags, so you can see where an item is shipping from, and you can be sure to get it before the holidays.

Read: How to Find the Perfect Gift on PORTERO

Luxury Gifts Under 500 available on

Charlotte Olympia Princess Pouch $225. This is a fun makeup or travel pouch for the gal who likes to wear an invisible crown.

Prada Face Clutch $399. Another fun makeup pouch or small clutch, from Prada’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection.

Hermès Scarf by Zoe Pauwels $429. Ladylike Hermès scarves are a fun way to showcase your personality in a corporate office. They’re so beautiful, it’s like wearing a work of art around your neck.

Pink Hermès Bolide Toiletry Case $445. This gorgeous fuchsia bag is very useful as an every day cosmetics case or a small travel/beach pouch because it’s waterproof.

Luxury Gifts Under $800 available on PORTERO

Christian Dior Mini Lady Dior Cannage Makeup Key chain $525. This miniature leather Lady Dior Cannage Tote on a key chain is a limited edition novelty, and a great gift  for any Dior collector. This key chain is sold out everywhere, and you can find it on

Pink Valentino Rockstud Clutch $550. Punk meets pretty with this pink Valentino Rockstud Clutch. This bag is dual-colored with a bright pink front and signature red Valentino back.

14k Yellow Gold White Shell and Diamond Earrings $750. Beautiful and modern earrings for the most elegant of ladies.

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Hermès Wallet Classique Blue Grey with Palladium Hardware $803. Although this Hermès wallet is a beautiful blue heu on the outside, its real charm is in the inside- lined in beautiful silk, this wallet will keep the owner smiling every time they open it.

Miu Miu Vitello Shine Bag $899. Bordeaux is always a great color for Fall and Winter, and this Vitello Shine handbag will keep you on trend.

 Chanel Black Caviar O Case $900. Mix it up a little and leave the Flap Bag at home, and bring out this Chanel O Case. Can be used as a clutch or to store a tablet.

 Hermès Tosca, Blue Izmir, and Orange Small Rodeo Charm $950. For the Hermès bag lover, a rodeo charm, a nod to Hermès’ equestrian beginnings,  is a must.

Blue Hermès Collier de Chien with Gold Hardware $998. Another Hermès must-have is the Collier de Chien, or CDC. This beautiful blue tone looks great on all skin tones!

Everything you need to know about the Hermès Kelly Bag

Everything You Need to Know About the Hermès Kelly Bag

In honor of Grace Kelly’s birthday, we’re taking a look at the history of the iconic handbag named after her: the Hermès Kelly bag.

The History

The original Grace Kelly BagThe original Hermès Kelly handbag, in exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Photo: REX FEATURES


The very first prototype for the Kelly bag was introduced circa 1892, as a bag to hold saddles; Hermès does have a equine background, after all, which was called “Haut à courroies.” In 1923, Emille Maurice Hermès redesigned the “Haut à courroies” bag for his wife; it was smaller, but still big enough to hold saddle. It wasn’t until the 1930s when Hermès’ son-in-law, Robert Dumas, remade the “Haut à courroies” into the “Sac à dépêche,” a simple yet  stylish bag, with a trapezoid shape, closed with two straps, and four studs on the bottom, allowing the bag to remain upright when placed on a flat surface.

Hermès Kelly bags available on PORTERO.comBlack Togo Kelly 28cm with Gold Hardware $19,750. Blue Paradis Swift Kelly Pochette with Palladium Hardware $24,500. Vintage Orange H Kelly 32cm with Gold Hardware $7,300. Craie Swift Kelly Cut with Gold Hardware $14,995.


The Princess

Grace Kelly Bag

Grace Patricia Kelly (1929-1982) was an American Hollywood actress, best known for her roles in films like High Noon, To Catch a Thief, and High Society. In 1956, she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco, and Grace Kelly became Princess of Monaco, a sovereign state in the French Riviera that, although independent from France, speaks the same language and maintains a similar joie de vivre. The story of the American actress turned princess captivated thousands across the world, and nobody could deny her beauty, elegance, and style.

In the 1995 Alfred Hitchcock film, “To Catch a Thief,” Grace Kelly, who played a millionaire’s spoiled daughter, carried Hermès’ “Sac à dépêches,” and instantly loved it. After marrying Prince Rainier, Grace used her Hermès bag to hide her growing pregnant belly from the paparazzi. Soon, the public started associating this handbag with Grace Kelly and began calling it the “Kelly Bag.”  However, it wasn’t until 1977 that Hermès officially rebaptize the Sac à dépêches as the Kelly bag.

Hermès Kelly bags available on PORTERO.comLimited Edition Kelly Flag 32cm White and Blue Thalassa $19,999. Green Bamboo Kelly 28cm with Palladium Hardware $13,999. Rose Confetti Epsom Kelly Pochette $17,600. Pre-owned Berenia and Rouge Toile Couvertures Horse Print Kelly 32cm $24,999.


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A French Connection; French Fashion Designers

What is it about the French that exemplifies elegance and sophistication? Is it something in the water, or the eau, is it the French air that makes French designers so effortlessly chic? French design is instantly recognizable by the clean silhouettes, and minimalist approach. The French truly believe that “Less is More,” after all, it was Mademoiselle Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel who first said “Before you go out, always take something off.” Get to know our Top 5 French Fashion Designers and maisons (in alphabetical order).

1. Cartier

CartierPre-owned Cartier Small Tank Francaise Watch $2,460. Cartier Ballon Bleu Watch with Diamonds $49,500.  Pre-owned Cartier Pasha C Watch $3,700. Pre-Owned Cartier Trinity Ring $8,200.

The “Jeweler to Kings and King of Jewelers,” Cartier was founded  in 1847, when Louis-François Cartier inherited a jewelry workshop in Paris from his master. However, it was his grandsons, Louis, Pierre, and Jacques, who are responsible for making Cartier a world-renowned brand. In 1904, Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont complained to his friend, Louis Cartier, how unreliable pocket watches were when flying. And so, Cartier designed a flat watch that could be worn around the wrist, with a distinctive square bezel, and Cartier’s first men’s wristwatch was born: The “Santos.”

Cartier timepieces are the pure definition of sophistication. From the sleek elegant lines of a Cartier Tank to the masculine details on the Cartier Roadster, each Cartier watch model is a true classic.

In addition to creating iconic timepieces, Cartier has created some of the most coveted jewelry of all time, including the iconic LOVE collection.

Read: The Story Behind the LOVE Collection.

2. Chanel


Pre-owned Chanel Classic Flap Bag $2,100. Chanel Purple Leather Bracelet $699. Chanel Diamond Watch $8,120. Chanel Pink Ombrè WOC $3,200.  Gold ChanelBoy Bag $7,500.

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel had a very humble start in life, but now she is one of the most important people in the history of fashion. She began her business in 1909, when she opened a hat shop in Paris, which was very popular among ladies of society. A year later, she opened a bigger hat shop at 31 Rue Cambon, and two years later, Coco was selling pret-a-porter women’s clothes. Tired of the unnatural and uncomfortable fashion of the time, mademoiselle Chanel introduced a revolutionary line of clothing made out of jersey and other comfortable materials, that allowed women ease of movement.

Chanel further liberated women’s hands by creating the first bag with long straps, for toting leisure, when she created the Flap bag, one of the most recognizable handbags in the world. Today, the Chanel maison thrives under the direction of Karl Lageferld, continuing to surprise its devotees season after season, but while still keeping the elegance and sophistication first envisioned by Mademoiselle Chanel.

Also see: How to Care for your Chanel bag.

Read: Five Things to Know When Buying Vintage Chanel.

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Red Coral- Hottest Hue in the Vintage Market

Red Coral


The hottest color in the secondary market right now is red coral. Although corals can be found in different hues, like pink, black, white, and yellow, red is the most sought after color. Red coral has been used in decorative items for thousands of years. It is believed that red coral has healing properties, prevents bad fortune, strengthens the circulatory system and nourishes blood cells. In addition, the color red is highly stimulating visually, lifting the mood and protecting from depression and anxiety. Whether or not you believe in the healing properties of red coral, one thing cannot be denied: its beauty.

We have some beautiful coral and red coral items on Below are some of our favorite ones:

1. Vintage Cocktail Earrings $3,495. Bold and elegant, these vintage estate earrings (circa 1940s-1950s) are beautifully crafted in 18 karat yellow gold, coral, turquoise, sapphires, and round brilliant cut diamonds, embedded into a whimsical leaf-inspired cocktail mount.

2. Vintage Coral Branch Necklace $695. This vintage coral necklace is finished with a 14k yellow gold clasp. The long strand, measuring 39 inches, can be worn as one long necklace, or wrapped as a double strand. The branches of coral give any outfit a wonderful look.

3. Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Ring $4,400.  This delicate vintage coral and diamond ring by Van Cleef & Arpels (circa 1990) is set with one round brilliant diamond, weighing approximately .05 cts. The coral Alhambra ring is particularly rare to find, and due to the rarity of coral, it’s no longer produced by Van Cleef & Arpels.

4. Hermès Bougainvillea Clemence 40cm Birkin $18,500. This Bougainvillea Birkin 40cm in Clemence leather is an extremely rare find. Produced in 2009 as a limited edition color, this bag is no longer available in stores, but can be purchased on The 40cm size makes it perfect for travel. The beautiful red coral color will surely compliment any wardrobe.

Shop for the perfect red coral accessories on!

How to Find the Perfect Gift on

Buying the perfect gift is not easy, there are many factors to consider and there’s always the fear our loved one will end up disliking our gift and never use it. But there’s no need to fear anymore- with thousands of items on, ranging from small luxury accessories to luxury travel trunks, you are bound to find something your loved one will cherish forever.

We’ve put together a little guide to make the gift selecting process a lot easier.

1. Look at the CONDITION

Pristine Louis Vuitton Damier Petite MalleLouis Vuitton Damier Ebene Petite Malle $6,750


On PORTERO we have both pristine and pre-loved luxury items, ranging from Pristine to Good Condition. Pristine items will be in “like new” condition with no signs of wear, and will, in most cases, come with all accessories and box; exactly as it would come if you had purchased it directly from the store. Items in Excellent condition have very little wear, and any imperfections will be listed in the description. Very Good items will be in very good condition for their age, and Good condition will appear mildly to moderately worn.

Be sure you review the item completely to make sure it’s what you’re looking for.

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The ABCs of PORTERO- Part 1

Get to know, your online source for authentic, pristine and pre-owned luxury handbags and accessories.

A is for Alexis Clarbour, director of

Alexis Clarbour, Director of

A born and bred New Yorker, Alexis began her career in finance, working as a Nasdaq trader, before making the move to the luxury market. One of her first luxury splurges was a Tod’s bag, many years ago. Most recently, she purchased a Damier Azur Louis Vuitton Neverfull, “Perfect for summer,” she said, from PORTERO. If she could travel anywhere in the world, she would go to Bali, but without her phone! Alexis loves spending time with her son, and the most prized thing on her desk is a note from him, when he was four.

Alexis’ favorite item on the site is a Blue Atoll Kelly 35 in Togo Leather.


B is for Birkin bags

Shiny Crocodile BirkinShiny Crocodile 30 cm Birkin $82,00o


Many consider Hermès Birkin bags to be the holy grail of all handbags. With the high demand and low supply, it can take years to acquire a Birkin from a boutique. is one of the only online destinations where you can find authentic, pristine and pre-loved Hermès Birkins, without having to get on a waiting list. This explains why sometimes you will see higher prices on the newer bags; because instead of waiting, you can get one immediately, sent right to your door.

C is for Chanel

Classic Chanel Flap Bag available on PORTERO.comVintage Chanel Jumbo Classic Flap Bag $4,600


Chanel has immortalized itself as one of the world’s most chic and classic brands, completely in tune with modern times, while keeping its classic and timeless appeal. At PORTERO you can find everything from the Classic Chanel Flaps, to Chanel Boy Bags, to beautiful Chanel  jewelry.

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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,‘s Senior Director of Handbags and Accessories

1. Alligator

Hermès AlligatorHermès Bleu de Malte Matte Alligator Birkin Bag (SOLD). Hermès Bordeaux Shiny Alligator Kelly Pochette (SOLD) $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).

Hermès Alligator Bags available on PORTERO.comBlue Saint Cyr Matte Alligator Birkin 25cm with Gold Hardware $88,000. Orange Poppy Shiny Alligator Mini Constance 18cm with Gold Hardware $37,400. Ficelle Shiny Alligator Kelly Pochette with Palladium Hardware $32,750. Bordeaux Shiny Alligator Mini Constance 18 with Rouge H Lizard H $35,200.


2. Box Calf Leather

Hermès Box Calf LeatherPre-owned 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 Box Calf Leather bags available on PORTERO.comPre-owned Raisin Box Kelly 32cm with Gold Hardware $10,500. Vintage Black Box Calf Kelly 32cm with Gold Hardware $4,850. Vintage Dark Brown Mini Kelly 20cm with Gold Hardware $3,850. Vintage Navy Blue Box Hermès Constance 23cm with Gold Hardware $9,000.


3. Clemence

Hermès Clemence Leather Hermès Blue Paradise Clemence Birkin  (SOLD) $21,500. Hermès Plomb Clemence Kelly (SOLD) $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.

Hermès Clemence Leather handbags available on PORTERO.comCapucine Clemence Etribelt bag $4,600. Pre-owned Brown Ebene Clemence Picotin PM $1,080. Orange Poppy Clemence Birkin 30cm with Gold Hardware $21,500. Pre-owned Etain Clemence Evelyne 3 PM $3,980


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Popular Birkin colors

The 10 Most Popular Hermès Birkin Colors

In the House of Hermès, purple is not purple, but Anemone, or Parme. Blue is not blue, but Blue Atoll, Mykonos, or Ciel. When it’s time to shop for a Birkin you can choose different leathers, different hardware, and of course, many different colors. But what are some of the most popular ones out there? Our Senior Director of Handbags and Accessories, Elizabeth Bernstein, gives us handy guide to the most popular Birkin bag colors.

Please note colors look different on all computer screens. Lightning and photography equipment also play a big part. 

Read: Top 10 Most Popular Hermès Leathers and Skins.


Black Birkin


The classiest of colors. If you’re a first-time Birkin buyer you can’t go wrong with black; it goes with everything!

Black Birkin bags available on PORTERO.comPre-owned Black Birkin Troika with Gold Hardware $12,360. Black Togo Birkin 30cm with Palladium Hardware $21,950. Black Togo Birkin 25cm with Gold harware $22,000. Black Porosus Shiny Crocodile Birkin with Palladium Hardware $52,000


Gold Birkin bag


Gold is actually the Hermès’ signature camel color, not to be confused with gold metallic. This color is one of Hermès’ oldest and classiest. It goes with everything as it’s a perfect neutral camel color.

Gold Birkin bags available on PORTEROGold Togo Birkin 30cm with Gold Hardware $21,500. Pre-owned Gold Togo Birkin 35cm with Palladium Hardware $9.785. Gold Togo Birkin 35cm with Gold Hardware $26,775. Vintage Gold Ardennes Birkin 55cm $11,995.


Orange H

Orange H Birkin bag


Orange H is the most famous Hermès color. It is their signature orange, which is highly representative of Hermès because of their orange boxes. Surprisingly enough, this color is also a good neutral to be paired with tan, brown, blues, greens, reds, etc. Hermès adopted the Orange H in the 1960s, when they were inspired by the Orient and their mysticism.

Orange H Birkin bagsPre-owned Orange H Clemence Birkin 35cm with Palladium Hardware $9,940. Orange H Togo Birkin with Gold Hardware $19,995. Orange H Togo Birkin with Palladium Hardware $16,999.

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