It seems the most valuable investment anyone can make these days isn’t in shares, but in a designer handbag — and specifically an Hermès Birkin.

Did you know that the highest price ever paid for a handbag at an auction was a whopping $379,261 for a rare Hermès Birkin? Clearly, demand for the Birkin has increased steadily. Moreover, a search for #birkin on Instagram also throws up over 5.5 million results — cementing its position as one of the most coveted and talked about fashion purchases of all time.

Hermès Birkin bags will cost more in 2023

Hermès Birkin bags are a labour of love, but should you wait to buy a Birkin bag? Perhaps not! A Birkin bag will cost much more in 2023. The prices worldwide are expected to increase between 5% and 10% in January 2023, as opposed to a 4% increase in 2022. For instance, a Birkin 25 in Togo leather, which currently costs €7,400 (US$7,200), will set you back €8,140. In addition, following the yen’s depreciation, the prices in Japan are likely to be higher than in the US, where the dollar is strong.

Image credit: Hermes

What makes Hermès Birkin bags so expensive?

The Hermès Birkin is one of the most extravagant handbags in the world. But, for a wearable leather accessory, one might ask: How does it fit together? The company took a conscious call to increase the prices due to higher wages and input costs in Europe. In addition, they craft their bags only with the most exceptional luxury leathers, prized for their scratch-resistance, durability and supple, buttery feel. Furthermore, Hermès works with gorgeous exotic skins like crocodiles, ostrich, and alligators which explains the hefty cost.

Birkin bag
Image credit: Hermes

Despite its exorbitant price tag, Hermes maintains its power pricing as wealthy shoppers are still ready to splurge on luxury goods. Quality craftsmanship never goes out of style— you won’t outgrow your bags like a piece of clothing or shoes. If you’re in the mood to splurge, do so on a bag that will be a power player in your wardrobe for seasons. 

(Main and featured images: Hermès)

This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong

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