“Rarity and Intrigue: The Hermès Horseshoe Stamp”
The French fashion house, Hermès, was founded in 1837 as an equestrian and carriage accessories brand by Thierry Hermès. Today we know and love it as one of the most expertly-skilled purveyors of luxury goods and apparel in the world… and leather still reigns. In 2016, half of the company’s revenue was derived from the sales of saddlery and leather goods. If you love Hermès, you probably know their story- but have you ever seen the horseshoe stamp?
Our Hermès fascination knows no bounds with its hard-to-reach exclusivity producing seemingly endless desire. Birkin bag, anyone? Still, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. A timeless marriage of craftsmanship and creativity, primarily in-France production and the dedication of one artisan per the production a single bag, Hermès earns its golden reputation- every stitch and strap along the way.
And if you thought the fervor surrounding Hermès bags- especially Birkin, Kelly, and Constance, couldn’t get any stronger, you may not have heard of the horseshoe stamp. Most “special order” Hermès handbags are stamped with a horseshoe symbol to the left of the usual Hermès interior stamp. These SO pieces are often referred to by Hermes connoisseurs as HSS bags. More than just an aesthetically-pleasing reminder of a bag’s custom design, its presence points to a seriously lofty value.
HSS Hermès bags are extremely rare; commissions aren’t available to the public. A few of the world’s top Hermès collectors are invited to place bespoke orders, with the permissible bag models, colors, strap lengths, materials and more changing each season. What’s more, turnaround times for approved bespoke orders range anywhere from six months to a few years.