When you hear ‘Vintage’ a number of images are conjured up. Anything ranging from Oxfam thrifty store fun to chic Portobello shopping arcade. What may not necessarily come to mind is 'investment'. There is, however, a growing trend to purchase vintage fashion, in particular luxury handbags, as investment pieces. This is fashion that is beautiful and wearable, but also will appreciate in value each year. If the bag is in good nick and even better from a limited collection this will ensure it will be in demand and thus also valued in the ever expanding vintage accessory market.
Maia specialises in Hermes bags that you can no longer order at the fashion house itself. Whether it is the size, the colour or the style that is discontinued, the bag is essentially very rare and thus highly prized. For instance the Kelly 20cm Vert Fonce shiny croc with gold hardware (link below) is extremely rare and sought after and no longer made by Hermes.
It is an incredible investment piece and will only soar in value.
When you purchase at Maia you can avoid trawling through the bags that aren’t top condition, rare and highly valuable. The bags Maia offer are better than what you might find at an annual Christies auction and one can ‘win’ without the hassle or the stress of the auctioneering bidding war. No need to leave the comfort of your iPad!
Whilst Maia has already assessed every bag they offer, here is our list to follow whenever you are buying vintage Hermes. This is a checklist to ensure that your Hermes bag is not only adding luxury style to your wardrobe but also it is adding real value.
Always check the authenticity before buying your first Hermes handbag:
• The shape of the bag and the quality of the leather or skin
• The bag can stand up on its own four feet
• Perfectly spaced tight slanted stitching (always going in the same direction)
• Kelly & Birkin bags have embossed markings on a closure strap showing year of manufacture.
• Gilt markings located on the front face under the flap
Use our Hermès Authenticity Guide for a more comprehensive (and illustrated) guide of the key things to look out for.
Any vintage Hermès bags worth investing in should be in top notch condition. So with no scuffs and bad odor.
Consider the colour well. Generally best to invest in the brighter colours as these are harder to source or then go for a discontinued colour. Use our Hermès Colour Chart to view a selection of the colours available.
Ostrich, lizard and croc are extremely hard to find in excellent condition so these are valuable items if found.
FINDING YOUR PERFECT BAG
If you can't find the bag you are looking for on our site or you need advice on what bag to buy as your vintage Hermes heirloom please use our sourcing service. Our experts can call on a network of collectors and clients throughout the world, each offering an exceptional selection of authentic Hermes bags and accessories for you to choose from.