Tote your tote with pride as Christie’s Hong Kong launches its spring digital-only handbag and accessory sale
As part of its spring online-only sale offerings, Christie’s Hong Kong launches its now-customary collaboration with Hermès, which this season features 190 lots. Under the theme “Power of Colour”, the expansive catalogue features handbags with an array of premium skins and finishings, appealing to a broad spectrum of collectors.
Those aficionados, much like experts in the field of haute horlogerie, are known for their encyclopaedic knowledge of materials, shades and models. To be an Hermèsian is to be fluent in a language in which phrases such as “Jaune Ambre Clemence K28” and “Matt Mykonos Alligator B30” represent something very specific, and in which the Hermès Himalaya Birkin is considered the Holy Grail. To such cognoscenti, there is no greater privilege than becoming the owner of a bag emblazoned with a horseshoe stamp, denoting that the bag was a special order.
Colour matters, too. The seasonal release of new product is always anxiously anticipated and results in comprehensive dissection by Hermèsians. Rumours of “rested” colours being re-released are regularly circulated. At auction, pinks and blues have tended to achieve the highest values. Shades such as Rose Azalee or Rose Sakura are known to command astronomical prizes, especially for small pieces such as the Kelly Pochette or the Kelly 25. Blue is also a highly coveted hue for Birkins.
Thus, among the online-only auction highlights are a Bleu Saphir Ostrich Birkin 30 accented with Gold Hardware (estimated at HK$130,000–HK$180,000). The Bleu Saphir is regarded as a classic Hermès shade and this bag has the potential to be a family heirloom for many years to come. There’s a Rose Lipstick Chèvre Leather Mini Kelly II with Palladium Hardware, a collector’s piece that transitions seamlessly from date night to gala event (HK$65,000–HK$80,000). And there’s the perfect pairing: one black and one blue Tadelakt Leather Kelly Twilly Bag Charm with Gold Hardware (HK$32,000–HK$40,000). So what are you waiting for? Tote that tote.
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