Saturday, 9 August 2008
The Material Boy #141
Hermès Steve 38 Pouch In Ebony Baobab Buffalo
I was chatting with Jay, one of my readers this Saturday morning when he asked me this question about the price of the Hermès messenger bag he saw in the shops. To be honest, although Hermès being the holy grail of bags, this brand is totally alien to me. I know nuts about pricing and range of the products they offer.
So to fulfill my own curiosity as well as to answer Jay's question, I made a trip down to Hermès DFS Scottswalk to get a feel of 'how big a hole' my wallet is going to suffer if I made any purchase there:-P And I was not 'disappointed'. The prices were over the top. The bags are almost 'unattainable' unless I stop shopping for a few months with no taxi rides or fancy meals. That will be a tall task.
But nevertheless, window shopping is just as fun. I saw the Steve 38 Pouch in Ebony Baobab Buffalo in the glass showcase in the shop. The price tag was proudly displayed in front of the bag. Well, no surprise, the messenger bag is a darn beautiful piece of craftsmanship, but the price tag lives up to that standard as well. At a hefty SGD $10,000, you will be able to bring this baby home. For a five figure price, you are not even paying for exotic leather. Just the finest of calf leather. No special design, frivolous hardware and details, just a classic style that will last you many lifetimes. It's your call, to determine if this will be a sound 'investment'.:-P
No wonder Hermès is the holy mecca of the world's most coveted and yet priciest bags. Because, only the select few or 'debt ridden' fanatics can afford these beauties. I tell myself I have to wait. One day....:-P
(The pale yellow smaller version is called Steve 35 Pouch in Dust Clemence Bull Calf, all the fancy names:-P)
Retail price: SGD $10,000. Where to buy: Hermès Boutique at DFS Scottswalk