Instantly recognisable by its evenly raised pores, Ostrich leather has a robust texture, ideal for maintaining a structured shape. This skin can be porous to moisture, so MAIA recommends wrapping an Hermès Twilly around the handle for added protection.
Formerly known as Gulliver leather, Swift is a soft handle leather with a micro flat grain and rich colour absorption, producing vivid, highly saturated shades. Due to its delicate nature, extra care should be taken to avoid scratching, however minor scuffs can be eliminated by lightly rubbing with fingertips.
With smaller, more symmetrical markings than its freshwater relatives, Porosus Crocodile is a highly sought-after exotic skin, with distinctive small dots defining each scale. The shiny finish is achieved with an extensive buffing process which creates an ultra glossy exterior. Porosus can be identified by a caret symbol (^) located next to the gilt-embossed Hermès logo.
An embossed fine grain calfskin, the Epsom is a highly durable leather with a rigid texture and subtly laminated appearance. Lightweight and easy to clean, this versatile skin has been a firm favourite since its introduction to the collection in 2003.
A close cousin of the Epsom, Veau Madame is a matte finish calfskin with an embossed, slightly more refined grain that creates a sturdy surface to help maintain a bag’s structure for years to come.
A recent addition to the Hermès stable, Veau Monsieur is a rigid leather with a subtly embossed grain.
From classic natural toned weaves to brightly patterned prints, Hermès combines the strength of the canvas’ woven structure with leather backing, to create a tactile surface designed to withstand the rigours of time.
With a larger weave structure than canvas, toile is a durable cotton textile offered by Hermès in unique colour combinations and signature H thread formations.
Similar in appearance to the classic Box leather (first employed by Hermès in the late 1800s) Tadelakt is a soft calfskin with a smooth, glossy finish and no visible grain.
A strong calfskin with pronounced veining, Togo is one of the most popular Hermès leathers. Ideal for larger weight-bearing styles, its naturally grained surface holds its shape well whilst concealing any scratches for easy maintenance and enduring appeal.
A premium matte calfskin, Veau Jonathan has a sleek, smooth veneer, similar to Swift, with a slightly firmer, stiffer feel.
Derived from freshwater alligators, this exotic skin has a stiff composition which holds its shape well. While similar to its close relative Nilo Crocodile, its scales are without the distinctive small dot markings. Its authenticity can be confirmed by a square symbol near the Hermès logo and a prominent umbilical line down the centre of the bag.
A durable exotic skin with distinctive large scales, Matte Alligator’s rich finish is created through an intricate process.
A recent addition, the lightweight Taurillon Novillo is a smooth, soft bull calfskin. Lightly grained with a subtle sheen, it’s favoured for its superb colour absorption.
A modern interpretation of the iconic Barenia calfskin, the Barenia Faubourg is exclusively developed by Hermès for a softer, more supple handle than the original saddle leather. Developing a rich patina with age, its smaller grain has a timeless finish.
As one of Hermès’ most delicate skins, Lizard requires special attention to avoid drying and peeling, thus it should be kept at a comfortable temperature. Identifiable by a ‘-’ sign next to the Hermès logo, this skin is generally used for smaller handbags and accessories due to the compact size of the African monitor lizard.