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Hermes Sac a Depeche...what's the lowdown?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
The Hermes name aside and for the sake of argument (or non-argument) let's agree the price is extravagant, insane etc. I (the dog too) am interested in comments regarding craftsmanship, materials, leather (particularly Vache Trekking) etc. of the Sac a Depeche briefcase from owners, people in-the-know or window-shoppers. Thank you.

post #2 of 12
I got the version by Sutor Mantellassi. quite nice
post #3 of 12
I love mine. The leather is thicker than on similar cases that I've previously used. Mine is in sombrero leather, which I don't think they make anymore. In terms of craftsmanship, I'm not sure what I can say but it is a handmade product and if there were any issues, I would simply take it to Hermes. I don't think there will be. I didn't like the initialing they did for me and they simply replaced the leather piece with the initials and redid it at no charge.
post #4 of 12
I like the dog. Is he wearing a Hermes beanie?
post #5 of 12
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I like the dog. Is he wearing a Hermes beanie?

No, but he has a Hermes scarf (but he lets me borrow it).

post #6 of 12
Mine (in clemence) has held up well through the years, but I wish I got a quirius instead. I've come to dislike the lock as they've incorporated it as a design feature on shoes, boots.

Price must be ridiculous now, no?
post #7 of 12
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Mine (in clemence) has held up well through the years, but I wish I got a quirius instead. I've come to dislike the lock as they've incorporated it as a design feature on shoes, boots.

Price must be ridiculous now, no?

it is.
post #8 of 12
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.
post #9 of 12
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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.

post #10 of 12
^ I'm not particularly concerned about status. I wanted a hard briefcase and a soft case, and while I prefer to spend less, I wasn't particularly concerned about price. I'm going to use it for the rest of my life. I tried many many cases, and I didn't think there was much of a comparison between the leather Hermes uses and the leather everyone else uses for their soft cases. Valextra was a close second and I visited the Valextra store in Milan before I purchased my sac.
post #11 of 12

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.

post #12 of 12
I remember CM used to have a thread on April in Paris. Surprised she doesn't get more talk over here. She's doing well (and moved locations earlier this year).
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