Investing in Hermès

Investing in Hermès

Investing in anything always involves risk, however some investments are more of a “sure thing” than others and if you’re looking for somewhere to grow your money then it would be advisable to look at Hermès bags, and the Birkin in particular. A recent study published by Baghunter has proven this beyond doubt.  The company compared the performance of the S&P 500, Gold and the Hermès Birkin over a 35 year period and the results were startling.  The average annual return for the S&P 500 was 11.66% (nominal), 8.65% (real); for Gold the return was 1.9% and for the Hermès Birkin it was 14.2%. For the full report check out the Baghunter study, it makes very interesting...

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New Year = New bag!

New Year = New bag!

Happy New Year!  I know it’s still winter and in the UK the weather is dark and damp, but now that 2016 is here our thoughts are turning to spring.  One of the new colours from AW 2015/2016 was this pretty shade of pinky purple which is very accurately named as Glycine, or Wisteria in English.  We have a lovely 25cm Birkin in Glycine Evercolor with Palladium Hardware – the Evercolor leather is soft but holds its’ shape well which is great for this size bag.   If you like the 25cm size but prefer it in a Kelly then there is a gorgeous Rouge Pivoine Kelly in Taurillon Clemence leather with Gold Hardware – Rouge Pivoine provides a real burst of colour, it is a pink but with hints of watermelon and it will brighten up these dark days...

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Christmas Specials

Christmas Specials

If you’re looking for something to buy for the one you love (or yourself of course) then have a look at the lovely Hermes bags we have available right now. There are some truly amazing and rare Hermes bags out there right now; how about a Horseshoe stamp 2 tone Croc Kelly in Bordeaux and Sanguine?  We have one.   The elusive Arlequin Birkin in 6, yes 6 colours?  We have one of those too.    This Arlequin comes in Ultraviolet, Bleu Obscure, Bleu Lin, Etoupe, Etain and Gold and is quite possibly the last unworn Birkin of this type in the world,  only a few were made and it is an incredibly highly prized bag. If you like something a little more subtle then take a look at the  unusual Limited Edition Ghillies Birkin in Matte Alligator  In a combination...

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The Allure of Vintage

The Allure of Vintage

Before the early 2000’s vintage was just another name for secondhand – old stuff from your grandmother’s cupboard and out of charity shops.  However in recent years it has become a “big thing” and is now all the rage amongst the fashion pack.  To count as vintage, clothing should be  anything over 25 years old and bags over 10 years.  Vintage style is timeless, whatever your style you can wear a vintage piece and be bang on trend.   Collecting vintage fashion has become a clever and interesting way of investing money, particularly when it comes to luxury bags and Hermès in particular.  Vintage accessories and bags are a very good way to dip your toes in the world of vintage. They are far less intimidating than clothes and...

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Irresistible Ostrich

Irresistible Ostrich

Of the several exotic skins used by Hermes, Ostrich is one of the most desirable.  There’s something about the texture, the way it takes the colour dyes and how it ages that make any Hermes Ostrich bag incredibly sought after. The leather darkens in contact with skin oils and becomes lighter with exposure to the light so the appearance gradually changes over time.  Add to this the benefit that out of all the exotics Ostrich is the most water resistant and you have a bag with so many qualities that it’s not surprising they are hard to find. Hermes are very strict about how many bags they make using Ostrich and 35cm Birkins are no longer offered so any bag that comes on to the market rarely stays available for long.  Lilac Blue currently have a...

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Hermes Exhibition

Hermes Exhibition

We had a fantastic few days at the Belgraves Hotel with our Exhibition of Hermes bags and Champagne Reception during London Fashion Week.  For three days we had more than 20 Hermes bags on display, including the incredibly rare Gris Cendre Himalaya Birkin, some of the highly desirable small Kellies and several beautiful vintage bags. On Monday evening guests were invited to an exclusive Champagne Reception and given the opportunity to get close to and handle these amazing bags.  Antoinette, owner of Lilac Blue gave a talk on how to tell a real Hermes from a fake with several essential tips, and Helene spoke about the increasing popularity of Hermes bags as an investment and the allure of the vintage bag.  Rocky Mazzilli from Year Zero London was also present...

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Discover the World’s Most Coveted Handbags

Discover the World’s Most Coveted Handbags

During London Fashion Week Lilac Blue London will be hosting a fabulous event at the Belgraves Hotel, Chesham Place, London SW1 8HQ which should be a “must visit” for all Hermes fans. From Sunday 20th September until Tuesday 22nd September there will be the opportunity to see (and buy) some fabulous bags and we would love you to join us if you can.  We will be hosting private tea parties on all days and in the evening of Monday, 21st September there will be a champagne reception featuring experts talking about “Vintage Bags: The Fashion and It’s Allure” and “How to Tell a Real From a Fake”.  In addition Rocky Mazzilli from YearZeroLondon will be demonstrating his amazing art of customisation – have a look at his...

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