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Advise on Hermes mens wallet

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by takashi78, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Well-Known Member

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    well if that was his reason for getting the wallet you'd have a point, but I don't see anything like that in his post.

    Maybe he just likes a nice wallet?
     
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  2. dreamtripper

    dreamtripper Well-Known Member

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    You might try calling the NYC shop and asking one of the associates a few questions. You should be able to get most of your questions answered without a visual. I recently bought one at the NYC shop and there is definitely a much wider range there than on the website. It's easiest to pick from something that is in stock, but If you are not in a hurry you can probably do a custom order. I ended up getting one in stock - mostly because I found a colour l liked (I think it's called rouge, a reddish brown). The Hermes marking is very discrete and on the inside of the wallet so you won't be impressing anyone other than yourself, but I suspect you know this already. Personally I think for a frequently used everyday item, a little indulgence is ok whether your other items match or not. Good luck and I hope you get and enjoy your wallet soon!
     
  3. Asian Afro

    Asian Afro Well-Known Member

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    You can have a wallet custom-made to your specs and it will probably cost less than what Hermes charges. There are SF members (e.g., HLow) who make small leather goods.
     
  4. mafoofan

    mafoofan Well-Known Member

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    The premise underlying much of this discussion is that it is only worth spending money on things other people will see. Honestly, I find that notion repugnant--and it is completely antithetical to real style.
     
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  5. Willin

    Willin Well-Known Member

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    I think the true question is whether it is worth spending susbstantial sums of money for essentially a logo. To splurge and pay thousands of dollars for a folded over piece of leather which has a singular purpose of holding a few pieces of paper and plastic seems illogical. I think when people buy such things they are really doing it as an exercise in brand whoring but they lack the efficacy to recognize such traits in themselves.

    That's just my opinion though - different strokes for different blokes. At the end of the day I don't really care because it's not my money.

    :foo::nodding:
     
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  6. mafoofan

    mafoofan Well-Known Member

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    What function does a jacket serve other than to keep one warm? And what exactly does a tie or a pocket square do? If it is illogical to pay more for things whose functions can be served less expensively, than very little discussed on this forum makes any sense at all.

    Now, you could argue that jackets, ties, and pocket squares are things that other people regularly see. But that is neither here nor there, unless one is merely image-driven. Instead, consider that some people may like to enjoy nice things on their own, regardless of whether others appreciate them. I like my wallet because it feels nice to me and because I like looking at it. I approach clothing more or less the same way.
     
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  7. Texasmade

    Texasmade Well-Known Member

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    Obviously never seen the episode of Cribs with Shaq in it.
     
  8. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Well-Known Member

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    You should post a new picture of yours. How is the patina coming along? Anything notable?
     
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  9. GBR

    GBR Well-Known Member

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    Off you go then.

    You should understand that spending a large sum of money on a wallet will bring this quite reasonable reaction. If you want one then check their web site for styles and then go out and get it, You do not need permission
     
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  10. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Well-Known Member

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    Or get a bespoke one the way you want it.
     
  11. Trompe le Monde

    Trompe le Monde Well-Known Member

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    how unfortunate
     
  12. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Well-Known Member

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    How about a really expensive haircut?
     
  13. Dino944

    Dino944 Well-Known Member

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    Wow. I never thought wallets could be such a controversial topic.

    Hi Takashi,

    I did briefly consider an Hermes wallet a few years ago, but I decided it was too much money for a very small piece of leather, although I do appreciate that they use a double saddle stitch which is very strong and durable. For me it wasn't simply the price that caused me not to buy it, it was the fact that it was only leather and not croc , aligator or something exotic for that money. Also, as someone that worked at stores that sold leather goods (hand bags, wallets, and briefcases), wallets are one of the least durable items a person can buy. Often times people overstuff them, stretching the skin and stitching, and they look like junk in 3 years. If you are going to use it everyday, its just not going to last very long. In the end, I saw a beautiful Ralph Lauren alligator wallet, and the inside panels of the wallet were also lined in aligator (many times crocodile/alligator wallets use calf skin on parts other than the exterior surface). It was originally more expensive than the Hermes calfskin wallet, but it was on sale, and RL had sent a coupon for an additional discount and it ended up costly me about $200 less than the Hermes.

    I don't use my RL alligator wallet everyday. For everyday use I have a Porsche Design wallet with a pebble grain finish (in dark green) that has held up quite well. Pebble grain hides scratches pretty well and tends to be a bit more rugged/durable than smooth calfskin. I bought the RL because I wanted a nice wallet for evenings out with my wife, or if I'm very dressed up. I don't want to be wearing a nice suit and have a ratty looking everyday wallet when I go to pay for things. To me its a little like wearing a cheap watch or cheap cufflinks with a nice suit. My watch and/or cufflinks are under my shirt sleeves most times so they only gets appreciated when I specifically check the time, but I know they are there and I know they are good quality. I've owned lots of wallets over the years (several were gifts) LV, Gucci, Prada, Porsche Design, and I've generally found most brands if used everyday rarely look good beyond 3 years.

    I really like Hermes leather goods. I think they make some of the best leather goods, and my wife has 3 of their handbags. Their hand bags are considerably more expensive than most offerings from LV, Prada, Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Ferragamo etc, but a hand bag is larger, requires more matterial and you can see more of the workmanship on a handbag than on a wallet, hence I think it makes more sense for people to buy their handbags than their wallets.

    Below is a quick photo of my alligator wallet.
    Best regards,
    Dino
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    Quick inside view showing alligator inside rather than calf
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  14. Made in California

    Made in California Well-Known Member

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    All jokes aside, I would urge you, if you're still there OP, to read that thread linked earlier on that everyone keeps referencing and see if you still *want* a wallet from H (see how annoying that single letter abbreviation is?). The company has a general attitude that comes across only too clearly in Matt's exchange, which corroborates the stuff you'd read in Bringing Home the Birkin. It's not a company I'd be happy to support or look forward to a "relationship" with. This is likely where a lot of the attitude comes from in other people's responses, also.
     
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  15. davesmith

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    What are the details on those cufflinks, simply awesome!

     
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  16. takashi78

    takashi78 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Dino for the reply!

    Yup i read mamoofan's thread and was one of the first few i read on this forum. I do agree to an extent on what happened to him.

    Fact is, i live in Malaysia so i do not have access to small artisans which makes these products for less, even if i do order from online, it will end up getting taxed heavily when it reaches me.

    I am however traveling to San Francisco in a yrs time so maybe i will check out some shops there and April In Paris that a lot of you are speaking highly of.

    Reason i am posting here is also the Hermes website has little to none pics of the wallet.

    But i am also open to other ideas.
     
  17. plei89

    plei89 Well-Known Member

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    I use a crocodile card holder, and don't ever carry more than $30 with me... haha, I don't know why people don't switch to plastic.
     
  18. plei89

    plei89 Well-Known Member

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    +1 on those cufflinks :slayer:
     
  19. teddieriley

    teddieriley Well-Known Member

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    You must be new here. NOOB.
     
  20. MikeDT

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    Hi takashi78, mind me asking, do you know this guy? www.sohighfashion.blogspot.com I believe he's a fellow countryman of yours. He goes by the name of Hermes Man on SF. A self confessed brand whore, describes himself as "Chinese Alpha Male".
     
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