Hermes Sac a Depeche...what's the lowdown?
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Prices for beatup, used ones are crazy. Lets face it, it is a status piece. A good looking one and well made. But like many things from Hermes, if you are looking for value (i.e. a balance of quality and price) it isn't there. If you are looking for quality and status and price be damned, it is an excellent place to shop for a leather bag to carry your papers.
It's a very beautiful piece (I've handled a lot of them, but I don't own one) - it's doubtful that you'll find a better bag anywhere, in terms of workmanship and materials. I also really like the Valextra version, which is less spendy, though if you are shelling on in the thousands for a briefcase, it's already pretty silly to be talking about being spendy. My preference though, is for Valextra's zip around portfolio. I carry one when I'm playing dress-up. It carries a computer, which, honestly, is probably tougher than the case, and more waterproof (a Panasonic toughbook), and often a snack. Sometimes a little travel toothpaste and toothbrush, because you may as well feel fresh if you are carting around a few grand worth of computer in a few more grand worth of sewn together leather.
I don't think that it's worth even worth talking about "value" when we start to talking about luxury goods. They are exactly that, luxuries.
I'll probably have my bags for as long as I live as well, and they'll probably stay in decent conditions since I actually use them so seldom. I just think that they are beautiful items. If I suddenly have $6K or whatever that I need to spend for some reason, I may get a sac a depeche just to have one. Or if someone gives me one (it's happened, though not with a sac a depeche).
They are really beautiful bags.
I own one and it is one of my proudest purchases. Buying the absolute best of something is an incredible feeling. It just makes me happy to look at it, handle it, use it, and to support artisans who operate at the highest level of their craft. You can't put a price on all that.
Of course, it is a stunning work of art, beautifully and lovingly made, and will last a lifetime. It is a reward to myself for hard work. I don't think of it as a status item, since frankly I honestly don't care what anyone thinks of it - or of me - when I carry it. But it makes ME feel great and that is priceless.