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22 Jun

How To Buy An Hermès Bag: A Buyer Advises For Kelly 25 Retourne

Here I tell you how to buy an Hermès bag if you were thinking of Kelly, Birkin or Constance

This article has all the answers!

An instruction on how to buy Kelly or Birkin from Hermès by yourself

So how to buy an Hermès bag? I’ve got my Kelly 25 Retourne from a store in Lisbon (which I agree with you, it’s not Paris…but hey! it’s Hermès! It doesn’t matter which country it is located in). It is eqaually hard to get where it is in France or Portugal, etc.

I assume that before reading this, you already tried your luck at least at one of the Hermès store out there. Most likely you did not succeed during that interview (and yes, your visit to the store is not just any visit – it becomes an interview).

One thing before we start: Make sure that you know how to pronunce Hermès correctly because you don’t want inconvenient situations with your seller.

Hermès is a French brand so you should pronounce it with a French manner: “ehr-mez”.

The H letter is silent and S is pronouced as ”Z”. To be 100% sure, make a call to the official store and you will hear their ringtone pronuncing Hermés correctly.

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Why Lisbon is the best location for getting Hermés bags

The official Lisbon store is located at Chiado, not far from the central shopping mall Armazém do Chiado. Of course, in comparison to all the others, it’s tiny in terms of the store size as it only has two tiny rooms—one entrance with their famous Brasilian silk scarves at the very entrance, which directs you to other leather goods, jewellery and makeup items space and the other one with shoes and a huge mirror.

Nevertheless, the staff is more welcoming, friendly and helpful than everywhere else in the world (this is why I love them and will always give my preference to them).

But before you decide to visit the store, please mind that there are a couple of rules that you might want to follow.

Prepare your outfit before going to buy an Hermés bag

Please note that it’s better that you choose a very classic or neutral colors, such as black, grey, white or beige (my favourite one).

The seller needs to have a specific impression of you.

That is why you need to represent yourself as a confident, classy woman that can afford everything in the store without looking pretentious and as if you spent a lot of time preparing for the store visit.

It needs to look effortless (of course in accordance with your personality).

The look should not show that you were trying too hard (consider something that would be casual chic).

On that day, I wore beige palazzo pants, a simple monotonous white linen shirt, and a brown leather jacket, white loafers and a thin belt of the waist.

What could be your perfect variant for the Hermés interview?

Top preferences for Hermés interview

If you don’t know where to start, please check in your wardrobe if you have a classy a white cotton/linen shirt or a silk blouse (in case you don’t have it, you can check something affordable like Massimo Dutti or any other mass-market store (what’s important is to wear good quality basics).

In that case, I would ask you to leave your beautiful ruffled top, striped pattern blouse, see-through lace designs, etc…Trust me, this is not the place where you need to show off your funny summer gems.

Ok, so we have a white shirt…now we can build your impeccable outfit.

If that is too hot for you to take a blazer or a leather jacket you can stay like this;

If not, please find a simple black/white or a beige blazer (again, no summer patterns, no bright colors, no flowers or butterflies.

If you truly know your seasonal color palette that fit your skin, eye and hair color perefecly – feel free to use other colors than just basics.

For example, I am allowed to use emerald green, electric blue, deep red and other bright colours as my basics.

Here you can learn about your seasonal color palette.

Bottom preferences for Hermés interview

To make this look more classy-casual, you need to have jeans or pants (palazzo pants in my case) that would look just perfect on you (once again, please, no distressed style and no holes.

Preferably you trousers are of basic colors like navy blue, beige, black or white.

A design could be different: flared, high-waisted, straight, cropped, or skinny. Whatever looks better on you.

A dark pencil or light weight over the knee length slip skirt would also be great if you want more class.

Choose perfect your shoes

And now choose your shoes. I would recommend something with a pointed toe to make it all classy.

If you feel comfortable in ballerina shoes feel free to choose those (I chose loafers as those have more structure as I don’t like feeling the ground through the flat sole).

The most desirable choice would be classic pumps on a mid-heel or a kitten-heel.

How to choose a bag for luxury shopping at Hermés

Now…ideally would be to pick a very classy and classic looking bag, (if you can you should wear a bag that is no less than 2000$ if that is a recent release from other luxury brands like Luis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel, etc.

One big advice: If you own an Hermès bag, it’s the best idea to visit the store with it! That will give you much more credibility!

However, you can also take something less eye-catching like a mini with no visible logo, (no visible name) of any price.

It’s better if the bag is made of genuine leather and looks presentable enough.

Jewellery preferences for Hermés interview

Darling, please don’t forget that you are a beautiful woman and want to emphasize that with some tiny golden earrings like studs or my favourite piece – a pearl necklace.

Finish that with a simple makeup like one coat of mascara, a bit of a blush, and a pinkish lip balm would do.

Make sure that your hairdo is fresh and fits the style you chose.

Now you are ready to buy your Hermés bag!

Remember, confidence is your best makeup and outfit!

Smile and be polite, ask for help, and ask constructive questions.

Try perfumes, check other things in the store, and don’t look for prices because they might not always be there.

If a seller gives you their business card, you can relax a bit!

You will probably be asked for your contact and name for the waiting list.

Finally! All you have to do is wait a bit.

I got my Kelly within two months (and believe me, it’s a short time since people have been waiting for years!)

By the way…

I found a way to avoid this Seller-Buyer Hermés game if nothing works for you.

Of course, it’s a reseller, and one of my best recommendations is Vestiaire Collective

They work directly with sellers on sourcing the luxury items on the website. Private buyers trust the network to source authentic and highly in-demand items.

The items can be new, hardly used to worn previously. 

I use their service and can heartfully suggest it. 

Take a look around!

Iryna Fedorchak

Throwing my fashion & color philosophy like confetti ;)