Saturday, 13 April 2013

My First Hermès Birkin and Kelly

I have always secretly wanted a Birkin and/or a Kelly from Hermès but was never gutsy enough to walk into an Hermès boutique and ask for one despite me being a very good customer of theirs. There was something about receiving the first Birkin or Kelly as a special gift from someone that I could not get over - and I am still waiting for that special one. A very nice salesperson I know in a particular store had always said to me if I want one I can just walk in and ask him but I never did. It wasn't until recently when one of my friends asked me whether I could get her a bright coloured Birkin or Kelly the fire of my love for Hermès was relit. 

So there I was in the store (knowing they had a delivery the previous day and the salesperson I was speaking to had put one on hold for me) shopping for a Birkin! In front of me was this lovely 30cm Birkin in Argyle colour Veau Tadelakt leather! All I felt was a rush of blood towards my head and all I could think of was I WANT IT. Walking it home was like parading the streets of London feeling like I was the luckiest girl in the world at that moment. Shame my friend didn't like it as it is not a bright colour - I am still considering whether to keep it or sell it.

What I found really special about this particular Birkin is the hardware on the bag. The salesperson told me that he had never seen a buckle like this as this could be a new style the workshop had produced. It is called guilloche and from my limited ability of Google research I have only found another one of the same hardware on a Kelly in the same colour leather! This is another reason I am thinking of keeping this Birkin.

The colour of this bag is so versatile I personally don't think you can go wrong wearing anything with it and it is the kind of colour you would wear no matter what your age is. To stress again, I am completely in love with it!

Talking about being in love with it, I would call my next Kelly a beautiful encounter and am in complete awe of its essence. So there I was with a friend catching the early shopping hours in a particular department store the day after I bought the Birkin. Casually strolling towards Hermès and what 'hurt' my eyes was a woman looking at this lovely 50cm Kelly luggage bag. She was considering buying it so we walked over with a slight hope of her not buying it. My eyes were locked onto the bag like a tiger locking onto its target. And like any women shopping for the same thing, the tension of wanting it grows when someone wants the same thing in your hands. She begged and begged her boyfriend (who was standing there with disbelief)  to buy her this Kelly but he was firm and kept saying no. I thought to myself the moment they walked away, this is my lucky day! I had no second thoughts as soon as I got my hands on this gigantic Kelly and said to the salesperson, 'I will get it' with the firmest voice you could hear from me. So it was bought and brought home and I could not wait to try it on!!!

This Kelly is in a lovely colour called Rose Jaipur, the exact colour I would associate with the 'Pink City' - Jaipur in India. I don't usually do pink but this shade of pink has won me over completely. You may say, what an impractical size but for me - a person who travels a lot this is a more than perfect bag for me!

On a last note to my amazing two days' encounter with these two sensational bags, I do realise that I am in a very lucky position to be able to walk into Hermès boutiques and purchase these bags and I have a feeling my hunt for Birkins and Kellies is not going to stop here... I do hope that I can share with you my future experiences with these bags.