Where’s the H Stamp Gone?

Breaking NEWS – Hermes changes location of authenticity stamp on Birkins!

Where the H is the H stamp on my new Birkin?

Before you panic looking for the proof of authenticity, listen up… Hermes has moved its blind stamp date and craftsman markings from the reverse side of the strap to a hidden space inside the bag.

Since 1945 the stamps have been on the inside of the strap but have evolved in the way the information is presented.

Hermes aficionados have long known to seek out the imprint as means to trace back to the year of production, the craftsman and as an assurance that the bag is authentic. This stamp alone cannot guarantee a bag’s authenticity, but is used as one of the measures.

Imagine my horror when I couldn’t locate the stamp on my new Birkin just purchased from the mother ship in Paris (reveal to follow). Indeed, I nearly had a coronary. I called Hermes FSH in a panic to see what had happened? They confirmed the stamp has been moved…

I was told that the new method of identification is meant for internal purposes only and to identify the craftsman’s detail… As such, it has moved to a less visible place within the bag.

Where you ask? Left side inside back corner just near the back flap (at least on this one). Is this a permanent change? Will it be moved on all H bags? We can’t say, but Hermes has made a move.
I’ll keep you posted as we learn more details…

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Blind stamp on the inside of the birkin strap as we know it till date.

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New location: blind stamp in the upper back left corner of the birkin.

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Birkin blind stamp used for internal purposes. Picture courtesy PurseBop.com

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23 Responses to “Where’s the H Stamp Gone?”

  • I got my Kelly a few months ago from Dubai and was shocked to not find the stamp on the strap. I called the store and they seemed equally shocked so I called Hermes Paris and they told me that not all new Kelly bags have the stamp in the old location. They did not specify where the new location was, though… I’ll look for it inside the bag once I get home from work. Thanks PurseBop!

    • Thanks for chiming in… yes, I was very surprised to not find mine too ~ thought this news needed to be shared asap! Keep me posted on yours :)

      • Mine is still in the same place… Which probably means they called me to pick it up on the first days of the year but they received it still in December.. Don’t know… I’m just glad it’s here!!! Now I can start thinking on the new one. Might need your advice… ;)

        • The contemplation begins… thats the best part!
          Are you thinking neutral or bright? B or K? big or small?

  • My croc B30 purchases Aug 2015 has the stamp on the inside back corner but my B25 Togo purchased on 12/30/2015 still has the stamp on the strap ? Kinda confusing

    • From my understanding Hermes started moving the stamps on exotics much earlier. For leather bags it just began. Thanks for sharing…

  • Hi! I went to hermes this morning and I can confirm the new code’s position… even my sa didn’t know about this news. Someboby knows the correspondance of numbers relating to year/craftsman/..-?

  • I personally don´t think this change will affect in any way people´s thoughts on H bags, plus, it´s a great way to try to minimize replica´s. What mostly caught my attention in the post was “my new Birkin” “Reveal to follow” yaaaayyyyy already super excited to see your new baby! So happy for you!!! xoxo

  • Hi! I was wondering if somebody could possibly help me. I have been searching endlessly (and probably in all the wrong places) and I can’t seem to find the current price for a 35 Kelly Sellier in Epsom. If by any chance anyone knows this I would be incredibly grateful! Thank you so much :)

  • Is there also a change in the stamp placement for Jige clutches? I’ve noticed a few selling online on reputable sites without a “letter in square” symbol?

  • Thank you so much for this update, I just came home with my new Birkin and was shocked when couldn’t find the stamp on the strap. I called the store and they had no idea the stamp is now in a different place. Now i can finally go to sleep :)

  • Hi..in the picture at the top I see where the date stamp goes there is an HD instead of a number with a square..I noticed my birkin has a KF in the same spot and no number with a square either..what does this mean and why is there not a number with a square? Thankyou!

    • Hi, I have the GP in Negonda from 2010 and the date stamp is on the strip of leather that runs down the inside of the bag; the stamp is just below the Hermès Paris print and it’s very difficult to see it. Hope that helps

  • Hello everyone maybe someone can help me. I got a jige clutch and the code inside is COMM anybody know if it is original? I don’t know how to find out. Thanks