I’ve been mulling over this one for a long time… Exactly how and when will I share the continuing story of my Special Order journey with you?
Everything dates back to my very first Special Order. Remember how I described my vision of emulating someone I saw disembarking from the first class section of my aircraft in front of me? She was carrying what seemed to be a black Birkin 30 with gold hardware and peeking from the interior I could see some shade of vivid red. (Read: Couples That Special Order Together Stay Together).
Even as a relative newbie to the orange world at the time, I knew that this gem had to be a Special Order. I wondered whether I someday would be granted the opportunity to do a one, and planned that, if so, I would create a bag just like hers.
A Little Special Order Stroll Down Memory Lane
Well, as you all well know, my first special order did not turn out black with a shade of red. My husband and my SA (and pretty much everyone else I consulted) urged me to pick something more exciting as my first. Black with a pop of interior would not mark the very significant “first” occasion with pompous flair.
As many of my long-time followers and readers know, my first special order was a Blue Hydra Chevre Birkin 30 with a Rose Jaipur interior topped with brushed gold hardware. (Read: PurseBop’s Special Order Birkin Reveal).
My next special order—nearly 20 months in the making—was intended to satisfy my initial lustful craving of black with a pop interior. However, it came in a Kelly 25, Noir Chevre, with illuminating Rose Pourpre lining, contrast stitching and brushed gold hardware. The general color theme of my object of desire was finally satisfied. Or so I thought! Read: When you Win the Hermès Lottery: My Horseshoe Reveal.
Sometime within these 20 months of the Kelly’s incubation, I was granted another Special Order opportunity. As my black Kelly still had not arrived, my craving for that anonymous passenger’s Birkin felt yet unsatisfied. The only other noir Hermès bag I owned was my B25 in Swift (more proof that I would get tons of use out of another black).
If I may digress for a moment, my black mini Swift B25 has taken more trips around the world than any other bag I have ever owned. In fact it might be ready for the spa or an upgrade at some point!
Most people start their collections with neutrals like Noir, Étoupe, Gold, and the like. I started with Orange, Anemone, Bamboo, Blue Paradis and Bubblegum Pink, ha! I love color, that’s no surprise to anyone here, but in the Midwest fall-winters, black is our wardrobe staple. That may be even more accurate for me than others as I rarely wear gray or beige. Black serves as my base for pop colors on bags, lips, and nails.
Back to this reveal… finally, I have a bag inspired by that traveler. Yes, the new SO is indeed a Noir Chèvre B30. Mine has Rose Extreme Chèvre lining. The stitching is tonal rather than contrasting (perhaps a bit boring to some, but for me makes the bag a forever classic). And, it is the match of my dreams. Chèvre is my favorite leather thanks to its rich sheen and the fact that it holds structure remarkably well, especially in a Birkin.
Why Rose Extreme? Well, I simply love reds and pinks. Since Rose Jaipur and Rose Pourpre are linings on my other bags, there weren’t many other ‘pinky’ options. Also, I liked that Rose Extreme is highly saturated and somewhere between magenta and red. If it were a lipstick color, I’d likely live in it.
My Hermès collection now consists of three noir bags: a Birkin 25 in Swift; a Kelly 25 in Chèvre with Rose Pourpre lining and contrast stitching with BGHW; and a Birkin 30 in Chèvre with Rose Extreme lining and tone-on-tone stitching. Is this noir family complete? Who knows—but I’m certainly content for now.
I wish I could take a group photo of the threesome, but as I write this from the plane, it’s clearly not possible. This is certainly the most unconventional reveal location at 30,000 feet above the Swiss alps.
But sometimes, you just have to go with your gut. This B30 is the bag that inspired many a travel fantasy and the time to share it is now.
I gave you a sneak peek of my new Special Order on instagram before this official reveal. Did you catch it? A few of you did pose the question as this beauty was the only B in tow on this 2 week travel adventure.
Tell me, fellow Hermès lovers—what is your dream Special Order?
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