In The Bag

Rare Pieces Every Fashion Collector Needs

Danielle Gumina
Handbag aficionado: Award-winning handbag designer, content lover, and trend spotter

From vintage Louis Vuitton trunks to heirloom pieces like Rolex watches and Hermes Kelly bags, these rare and hard-to-find items are incredibly desirable. Here are some of the rarest pieces every serious fashion collector needs to add to their repertoire.

HERMES Matte Niloticus Crocodile Himalaya Kelly Retourne 28 White

The Himalaya Kelly is an exquisite piece of wearable fashion art and one that makes headlines selling at auctions for almost $400k… without diamonds. Just like the Himalaya Birkin, no two Himalayas are alike. In order to achieve the desired shading effect, a special dying process is applied to this skin (the niloticus crocodile) and is very time-consuming. The final result? A gorgeous and distinctive handbag that resembles the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas.

This special color treatment makes every Himalaya bag truly unique – not to mention, it’s only available to VIP clients. This handbag is more than just a desirable and elegant accessory. It’s truly a collector’s piece.

HERMES 18K White Gold Diamond Alchimie Very Large Bracelet SH

What’s not to love about Hermes? Clearly, the treasured French house is the source for some of the most sought-after pieces in the collector’s world. What falls under “rare and intriguing” not only includes the Hermes Himalaya Kelly bag (and even the Hermes Himalaya Birkin bag), but also Hermes fine jewelry – specifically, the White Gold Diamond Alchimie Very Large Bracelet SH.

This bracelet is crafted of 18k white gold and features various rows of iconic Hermes motifs: The ‘H’ logo, the Chaine D’Ancre, pyramid studs (often seen on Collier de Chein bracelets), and beautiful harnesses, buckles, and chain links. Each row is decked with sparkling diamonds weighing approximately 4.73 carat weight.

Does it get more luxe than that? Whether a gift for yourself or an investment you plan to pass down to the next generation, a unique piece like this holds value for years.

ROLEX Stainless Steel 40mm Milgauss Watch Black 116400GV Watch

Designer watches are incredible investments, particularly watches made from specialized and well-respected brands like Rolex. Every watch from Rolex is intended for a specific purpose, such as the Submariner for sea divers, the GMT Master for airline crew, and the Daytona for race car drivers. Of course, regardless of your profession, it doesn’t matter which Rolex watch you wear. They’re all designed to enhance the life of professionals. That’s what makes Rolex so great.

But another model worth mentioning is the Rolex Milgauss watch (ref 116400GV). The design of this watch is intended for scientists, with features that include antimagnetic capabilities; it can resist magnetic fields up to 1000 gauss (hence the name).

The orange lines on the 3/6/9 hour markers glow a distinctive blue that is different from other Rolex models. And the entire green crystal is tinted green ensuring that it will never fade or discolor over time. The crystals take several weeks to be created, and it took years for Rolex to develop them.

Rolex is known for its many patents; however, the brand claims a patent for this feature in the Milgauss is not necessary as it is so difficult, it’s impossible for another watchmaker to replicate it.

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