The Brand New Hermès Halzan Bag

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Hermes Halzan Bag

Hermès is a brand with much of its appeal based on its heritage. No one expects it to innovate; instead, dedicated customers want Hermès to keep doing the things its always done in exactly the ways that the brand has always done them. Although the brand sometimes rereleases bags from the archives, it’s somewhat rare that a new Hermès bag makes landfall, which is why we took particular note when we found the Hermès Halzan Bag, which is brand new for Fall 2014 and in stores now.

The Hazlan debuted on the Fall 2014 runway, and its selling point is that it can be worn four ways–as a shoulder bag, a crossbody, a north-south tote or a clutch. Such a structurally versatile bag is a particularly modern endeavor for Hermès, and and the result is surprisingly simple and discreet. When worn as a shoulder bag or crossbody (which is how I expect most people to carry it), there’s not even any exterior branding.

Official details on the Hazlan are few and far between, but here’s what I’ve gleaned from searching the Hermès section of our PurseForum: The bag is made of soft, durable clemence leather with Palladium hardware, and it comes in several popular Hermès shades, including gold, blanc, bleu saphir, etoupe, rouge H, rouge casaque, etain and black.

In the US, the Halzan retails for $5,000, while it will go for 3300 euros on the European market. There’s some indication that it will be sold on Hermes.com in the near future (and it would be in line with the kinds of bags the brand sells online – functional leather basics at the lower end of its handbag price continuum), but for now, you’ll have to pick one up in stores if you’re interested.

For reference, I’ve included some detail photos of the bag from PurseForum member jyyanks–this is her brand new Halzan in rouge casaque.

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Heidi Klum and Her Birkin Write the Book on Chic Air Travel

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Heidi Klum Hermes Birkin

Here’s Heidi Klum, arriving at the airport in LA looking perfectly styled and coifed while carrying a tan leather Hermès Birkin. Heidi occasionally looks like a bit of a designer boho mess, despite the fact that she is a supermodel, so this is notable. You can see Heidi’s many air travel ensembles (and all of her best handbags, natch) in “The Many Bags of Heidi Klum.”

If you want more tips for jet-setting in style, you should look to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley; no one on the planet does air travel more stylishly than she. You would also be well served to study up on “50 Celebrities and the Bags They Carried to Fly out of LAX This Summer.”

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Rita Ora is the Latest Celeb to Graffiti Her Birkin

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Rita Ora Graffiti Hermes Birkin

Here’s UK pop star Rita Ora, out and about in London. Lately, celebs love to color on their Hermès Birkins because it is just so subversive, and Rita has apparently followed suit. Because sometimes it just isn’t gratifying enough to simply own a $10,000 handbag. Sometimes one just needs to scribble all over it, like it’s your 6th grade day planner.

Truthfully, this graffiti job looks a lot more profesh than the last one we saw on the arm of Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Nene Leakes. Lady Gaga was, of course, the probable initiator of this trend. You can see the rest of Rita Ora’s unvandalized designer handbag stash in “The Many Bags of Rita Ora.”

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Trend Forecasters Examine Data on Handbag Brands, Get Bizarre Results

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Handbag Trend Forecasting

Applying algorithmic logic to fashion is tricky at best; Google itself has failed publicly at predicting what stylish shoppers might like to buy, and a recent report from trendcasting duo Credit Suisse and NetBase makes me think they might not have quite figured it out either. According to them, Hermès is the brand with the worst online momentum for its handbags, and Ralph Lauren is the leader of the pack. Huh?

According to Vanessa Friedman at the New York Times, NetBase and Credit Suisse scoured data from online chatter about handbags (more than a little of which was from our PurseForum, I’m guessing) to see which brands’ bags were talked about the most, as well as whether the comments were negative or positive. The study makes no distinction between premiere designer and contemporary brands; Hermès and Chanel are ranked right along with Kate Spade andCoach, even though brands at such disparate ends of the price spectrum have very different customers who not only behave differently toward fashion in general, but use the Internet for shopping in very different ways. Some extremely important accessories brands, like Céline andGivenchy, are missing entirely.

The study cites the fact that 22% of the online comments made about Hermès are negative as source for concern, but for a brand with such a slim market, what does that mean? I see commenters and Forum members regularly ding Hermès for its high prices, which are a mark of exclusivity that actually attracts more customers from the brand’s target market. Presumably, that negative chatter got grouped as harmful to the brand, though, because there’s no indication that the data scientists had any method for determining whether or not the comments came from a member of the brand’s potential customer pool.

Similarly, it seems plausible that buyers of extraordinarily expensive handbags that are marketed as the finest in the world would have exacting standards for their purchases, far more so than someone might expect for a bag that cost a couple hundred bucks, which could cause great gnashing of teeth when a product or buying experience isn’t up to those elevated expectations.

And that’s just one brand of the many that Credit Suisse and NetBase tracked. Elsewhere, it found that Calvin Klein bags had among the strongest momentum, despite the fact that most bag consumers aren’t even familiar with its high-end line and the vast majority of major luxury retailers don’t carry it. You can check out Friedman’s full examination of the study, which is similarly dubious of the raw data’s findings. Statistics are great, but if they’re examined outside the context of the industry they’re meant to measure, a lot of the value ends up lost in translation.

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Tons of Gorgeous, Rare Hermès Bags Just Arrived at Moda Operandi

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Hermes Bags Moda Operandi 1

By now, what I’m about to tell you is well known to anyone likely to find her way to this little Internet home of ours. Hermès pieces, especially the bags, can be incredibly difficult to find, and although the brand offers a cursory selection of products on its website, the really good stuff is hidden in the back rooms of boutiques and generally offered only to clientele with whom the store’s associates are already familiar. The Internet, in its eternal resourcefulness, has brought together Heritage Auctions and Moda Operandi to allow us to circumvent the whole thing.

Heritage Auctions has long been periodically offering a selection of its finest pre-owned and vintage bags through Moda Operandi, and this time around, we’re being treated to Hermès handbags, luggage, silks and other little highly covetable odds-and-ends. Birkins start at $18,500 and range up from there to include exotics and limited edition pieces, including an ivory alligator Birkin that will set you back a whopping $99,500.

Check out our favorite pieces from the trunkshow below or shop the full selection via Moda Operandi through August 18.

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