Many do not realize it, but the Hermès brand did not get its start in the luxury handbag market. Thierry Hermès was a leather worker and made custom harnesses and bridles for luxury carriages for the elite of Paris, France. The one thing that the Hermès of the 19th century and the Hermès of today have in common is the use of the best leathers on the planet. The company also offers more varieties of fine leathers than any other luxury bag company in the world. Understanding all of the different leathers, the names and which leather would be best for you and your handbag is a challenge, especially if you are not exactly 100 percent certain of anything to do with the Hermès brand. This is where HermesSale.ee is your trusted partner. We have painstakingly matched the same leathers used on the authentic bags. This means you get a replica bag that looks, feels and matches the original bag closely. Only someone trained in looking for the differences will be able to tell.
Here was have looked at each of the original leathers and made notes. We carefully examined the texture, weight and particular durability of each leather as we cold. Hermès can be very secretive with their leathers, but we at HermesSale.ee feel confident we have covered the choices closely. Let’s take a look at each along with a picture of the leather choice.
Box calf is popular because of the smooth and glossy look. It is, however, very susceptible to scratching. A bit of buffing will work those scratches into the leather and provide patina-like look and feel. It is an actively produced leather, but customers find the leather more in the vintage bags. Do not take this bag out if rain is in the forecast.
Chevre de Coromandel
Chevre means goat in French. The leather is soft, light and scratch-resistant. It also is one of the more long lasting leather choices.
Hermès uses a good number of leather choices. The Clemence is one of the most popular and commonly chosen. It is made from the hide of a baby bull cow. Matte finish, flat-grained, heavy yet soft yields a slouching but casual look. Again, watch for rain. You don’t have to worry much about scratching.
Stamped-grain, lightweight and one of the easier leathers to care for. It is not a soft leather, so this is something to consider if feel is important to you.
This is one of the more popular exotics. The Hermès lizard comes from African water monitors and is sustainable leather. This is Hermès most delicate of their leather line and will dry out if not cared for regularly. The scales are an epicurean part for a glossy finish. The small amount of leather produced means the majority of lizard leather products are accessories and small handbags.
Delicate and very expensive. Hermès uses alligators farmed in Florida, and a matte bag usually costs a bit more than a shiny one, although alligator usually costs less than crocodile overall. Should be kept away from water.
Shiny (Lisse) Alligator
If imperfections on your bag bother you, but you are set on an exotic leather, Lisse may be the choice for you. Lisse has a delicate and shiny finish because of the smaller alligator scales. You can tell the difference between alligator and crocodile because of the ‘pores’ on the crocodile scale. Again, strangely, no water.
Matte Niloticus Crocodile
Niloticus means ‘of the Nile River,’ and this leather comes from Zimbabwe. The matte finish is more expensive than the shiny but less expensive than the Porosus crocodile. Crocodile is durable, but again, no water – the spots will not fade on the leather.
Shiny Niloticus Crocodile
This is the choice is you are interested in a shiny look. Again, stay away from water and rainy days.
Matte Porosus Crocodile
This is an Australian farmed crocodile. Again, the matte is more expensive than the shiny. Porosus is also the most expensive choice of Hermès leathers. Water will leave stains – something you do not want on such fine leather.
Shiny Porosus Crocodile
This is the companion to the matte finish. Glossy, the water stains will show up easily and not go away.
Those who are looking for something durable yet water-resistant will find the ostrich a solid choice. The leather will darken over time as it is exposed to skin oil. It is something to consider if you are thinking ostrich.
If you look at Hermès bags before 1999, this leather was called Gulliver. Swift is a fine grain and takes well to dying. Those who worry about scratching should consider this choice – scratches buff out easily.
Most people who choose a Hermès Birkin will have Togo leather. It is calfskin, fine grain and scratch-resistant. Lightweight, the leather tends to hold its shape better than other leather choices.
HermesSale.ee matches the leather of the authentic Hermès line as closely as possible without sacrificing the standards of quality and craftsmanship of a high end replica bag. Customers who shop with us report excellent satisfaction and are pleased with their bag for years after purchase.
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