Not only is choosing your top Hermes color and leather combo important, but the hardware selection is equally significant.
Hermes hardware is a fascinating world full of intricate details that it’s no wonder it carries immeasurable significance among luxury enthusiasts worldwide. The brand’s hardware is known for its exquisite craftsmanship, extensive color options, and incorporation of iconic motifs, making it worthy of a dedicated post. In this blog article, we will take a closer look at what makes Hermes hardware so unique and explore the various elements that contribute to its allure.
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The Artistry Behind Hermes Hardware
With such a significant role to play in the overall aesthetic, it’s no wonder that the craftsmanship of Hermes hardware is often a major factor for many buyers. Not only does it add an extra touch of opulence to their coveted leather goods, but it is also a reflection of the brand’s commitment to impeccable artistry and attention to detail. Hermes hardware craftsmanship is renowned for its precision and attention to detail. Highly skilled artisans meticulously craft each piece, using only the finest materials to ensure longevity and durability. Hermes hardware is often made from brass, which is then gold or silver-plated to achieve a lustrous and long-lasting finish. The artisans employ various techniques, including engraving and polishing, to achieve the perfect finish, making each piece unique. It’s not only the functionality of the hardware that is essential to the brand but also the beauty and elegance of each component, making it an integral part of the brand’s DNA.
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Hermes Hardware Colors
Aside from the artistry behind Hermes hardware, the extensive range of Hermes hardware color options available is another reason to admire Hermes.
The brand’s shiny gold hardware (GHW) is particularly sought-after, plated with 18k gold for a lustrous finish. For more exclusive styles and special orders, 24k gold is used, further emphasizing the brand’s commitment to quality and luxury.
The shiny palladium hardware (PHW) is also part of the platinum group of metals, known for its durability and resistance to corrosion.
Seasonal Hermes Hardware
Hermes offers rare seasonal hardware options too, such as brushed gold hardware (BGHW), brushed palladium hardware (BPHW), and Permabrass (a champagne hue), which are largely seen on small accessories, jewelry, as well as the Constance and some Birkin bags.
Other unique hardware options include rose gold hardware (RGHW), Guilloche hardware, Ruthenium (a gunmetal color), and even diamond-encrusted hardware for the ultimate luxury statement. And if you’re lucky enough to be able to receive a special edition Hermes or submit a special order (HSS), the wide range of colors and finishes available make it a literal candy land when it comes to customizing and personalizing an Hermes piece to your preference.
Hermes Hardware Motifs
The artistry behind the crafting of Hermes hardware, combined with the extensive range of colors available, is only part of what makes these pieces so special; it’s also the various hardware motifs that are symbolic to the brand and add an extra layer of significance. Part of what makes Hermes hardware so special is how they’re instantly recognizable.
Hermes Kelly Turn-Lock
One of the most famous is the Kelly turn-lock, first introduced on the Kelly bag in the 1930s. There is so much to admire about the Kelly bag (here’s an in-depth anatomy guide if you’re interested in the Hermes Kelly bag). This elegant closure is not only functional but also adds a touch of sophistication to any piece it adorns, from the Kelly Sellier to the Retourne and more.
Hermes Padlock & Keys
Another classic Hermes hardware motif is the padlock and keys, which are often used on the brand’s popular Birkin and Kelly bags. The padlock and keys add a touch of whimsy to the bags while also providing an extra layer of security.
The Hermes horsebit is another beloved hardware motif inspired by the equestrian roots of the brand. This motif is often seen on belts, bracelets, and even shoes and has various looks. Learn more about building an equestrian collection here.
Hermes Chaine d’Ancre
The Hermes Chaine d’Ancre is another motif synonymous with the brand, often seen on Hermes bracelets and necklaces. The name translates to “ship’s anchor chain.” The concept of the “Chaine d’Ancre” was brought to life by Robert Dumas in 1938 during a seaside stroll.
Hermes ‘H’ Clasp
Finally, the iconic ‘H’ clasp is a signature element of the Hermes collection, adding a touch of elegance and sophistication to any outfit. You can spot these on belts and bags such as the Constance.
The incorporation of these iconic motifs into the brand’s hardware is a testament to the brand’s rich heritage and commitment to timeless design. Selecting the perfect Hermes item involves considering the leather, color, and hardware, which all play a crucial role in achieving the desired style and functionality.