One of the things that Hermes is known for is their beautiful and complex leathers. Here's a leather guide that goes through each leather and fabric that has graced the exterior of a Hermes bag. Knowing the characteristics, durability, and look of each finish is especially helpful when investing in a luxurious and expensive Hermes handbag.
The most popular Hermes leather is Togo. It is a soft, light-weight, grained leather that is quite scratch-resistant. Togo first started being made in 1997.
Clemence, also known as Veau Taurillon Clemence made its first appearance around the mid 1980s. It is another grained leather that is quite scratch-resistant.
Started in 2003, Epsom is a very durable leather. The pattern is pressed into the leather. This leather is very easy to clean, has a hard texture and keeps form very well.
Chevre de Coromandel, now referred to as Souple, is a soft goathide leather that is very lightweight and scratch-resistant. Goatskins are more expensive than calfskins.
Chevre Mysore is another goatskin with a beautiful soft grain texture that makes it scratch-resistant. This very lightweight leather was introduced in 2002.
Vache Liegee is the most durable Hermes leather and was first made in 2004.
Vache Trekking is a rigid calfskin first introduced in 2012.
Negonda is made from bullskin. What is unique about this leather introduced in 2007 is that it is extremely water-resistant.
Grain D'h was introduced in 2012 and is a somewhat shiny calfskin leather with an embossed pattern.
Ardennes is a rare highly-sought-after leather by many Hermes lovers. Hermes stopped production of this leather in 2003-2004. This thick and rigid leather is water-resistant, scratch-resistant, and can last a very long time. The color on Ardennes can fade however.
Evergrain is a rigid, grainy leather. It is not scratch-resistant, but scratches can usually be rubbed out easily on this leather.
Hermes stopped production of Courchevel around 2000 for bags. It is a scratch-resistant, easy-to-clean, lightweight embossed leather.
Veau Sikkim is a luxuriously soft and buttery leather that has very little grain and easily slouches.
Buffalo is from buffalo hide and is a water-resistant leather with a soft grain.
Peau Porc stands for pigskin. This lightweight leather is no longer in production. Peau Porc can also develop a honey-colored patina over time and use.
Swift, also previously called Gulliver, is a leather with a very soft grain. It is somewhat iridescent and very beautiful when the leather is in a vibrant color.
Veau Grain Lisse is a scratch-resistant, rigid, lightweight embossed leather that was discontinued in 2003.
Fjord is a very durable, heavy, water-resistant, anti-scratch leather made from bullskin. It's grain is extremely visible even from afar.
Box Calf is the oldest Hermes leather. It is a smooth and rigid leather. Over time and use, it can develop a beautiful sheen. This leather is very popular, as the leather can always be restored by Hermes.
Barenia is a smooth leather that can lose shape and develop a patina over time and use. It also scratches easily.
Vache Natural is smooth, untreated cowhide. This delicate leather will develop a patina over time and use.
Vache Hunter is another cowhide sometimes used on trim. It is a rigid leather that can scratch easily.
Tadelakt is a very smooth leather that can scratch.
Evercalf is a very soft, smooth calfskin.
Grizzly is a suede made from calf leather.
Chamonix is a smooth, rigid leather that is very common to the backs of many Hermes leather belts and bracelets.
Canvas is a heavyweight tight-knit fabric.
Toile is another heavyweight tight-knit fabric with a grid-like pattern.
Vibrato is expensive and rare and is made by layering leather.
Ostrich is a delicate exotic skin. Handling over time can cause the skin to darken, and exposure to sunlight can cause the skin to lighten.
Crocodile is a very coveted exotic leather for Hermes fans. A '' symbol or ^ symbol will accompany the Hermes stamp on crocodile skin bags. ^ symbol crocodile bags are especially valuable.
Hermes Alligator bags will have a ◻ symbol next to the Hermes stamp. Hermes Alligator skins can come in very beautiful bright vivid colors.
Lizard is a shiny skin with small scales. A - symbol will accompany the Hermes stamp for bags in lizard skin.
Thanks so much for reading. We hope you enjoyed this guide and find it helpful whether you are using it as part of an authentication process or in deciding the perfect material for your next Hermes bag investment.
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