It is with great excitement that I introduce the ‘Kohinoor Diamond’ of my Hermes handbag collection to you…amidst New Delhi’s historic monuments.
PurseBop’s History Lesson
Kohinoor Diamond: Once considered the largest diamond in the world, the Kohinoor Diamond forms the centerpiece of the famed Crown of Queen Elizabeth. Fought over for generations by Indian rulers, the British took control of the gem in the mid 1800s. While no longer the largest, it is surely the most iconic diamond in the world.
Humayun’s Tomb: This epic tomb, completed in 1572, was constructed for the Mughal emperor Humayun. It was the first garden tomb on the Indian sub-continent. President Obama visited during his recent trip to New Delhi.
This grand war memorial commemorates the soldiers who fought in the undivided British Indian Army and died between 1914-1921 in the First World War. It is one of the most iconic monuments in the city of Delhi.
My Kohinoor is the Hermes shade officially called 5P PINK. After much investigation and expert advice from our BopTalk Celebrity Varvara (@evelinaesc), I learnt that the 5P PINK is also referred to as Bubblegum or Barbie Pink and is considered the crown jewel of all PINKS (no pun intended) by Hermes collectors…
In Varvara’s words: “It is the perfect pink, the holy grail of all pinks, THE legendary pink… This color is offered very rarely and usually only by special order.” It was offered at podium for special order this season.
My Kohinoor Birkin was a ‘SO’, a special order limited production for VIP clients. I squealed with delight when I found out! How does a girl get so lucky!?
Let me explain, an Hermes special order is a bag that a VIP client can specifically design using the available leathers and colors for the season. The special orders arrive with a little stamped horseshoe in the front center.
My treasure was likely a special baggie created by the company to keep as something special on reserve ‘when needed’. My birkin does not have the horseshoe as I did not personally custom design it with this leather, rare pink color, contrast stitching or the GHW.
I was however offered, ‘that special reserve’ and I could not be more delighted or honored.
The Kohinoor is a mini Birkin bag measuring 25 centimeters at the base, otherwise known as a Birkin 25. Of the Birkin sizes produced, the B25 is the smallest and rarest. We like to call it the “Irresistible, yet Unattainable: Hermes Bag“
My Kohinoor B is made of chèvre, a type of goat leather whose official name is Mysore Chèvre. Originally there were 3 Chèvre’s and “the Mysore Chèvre is medium thickness”, explained Varvara. The two other Chèvre leathers include Coromandel and Mangalore. Apparently, the Coromandel Chèvre was thicker and the spine was too prominent, bothering many aficionados. The Mangalore Chèvre was lovely and saturated which created a beautiful affect, but it went floppy very fast. It also had a fault of “waving”, and the skin was simply too flexible.
Mysore is between both and is the lightest and most durable of the Hermes leathers.
A very special thanks to the Delhi Hermes team for making my experience so memorable. I could not be more delighted with the exquisite mini Birkin you found for me.
Stay tuned for a more in-depth look at Birkin sizes and lots more eye-candy – or shall I say Bubblegum…
Till then, It would be my priveledge to share anything you would like to know about my experience with the Birkin25. I’m available on BopTalk… drop by to say HI! I would love to hear from you and have you share your thoughts. Click HERE to chat with ME…