Hermes Special Order Bags

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What are the current choices for "a la carte" Special Order bags?
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What is an Hermes Special Order?
Each year Hermes gives select clients the opportunity to customize a classic bag in a made-to-order a la carte process. This thread is only for bag A La Carte orders (please use the separate threads for watch SOs and shoe SOs). "A la carte", "SO" (special order), and "HSS" (horse shoe stamp) are used interchangeably on this forum.

When is the Special Order season?
Currently, there is one SO season each calendar year, opening around the beginning of February and closing when slots run out or the end of December, whichever occurs first. New SO menus are typically leaked in February and remain constant until the following calendar year. Individual stores have complete discretion on when, within this window, they offer SO appointments to their clients.

Which specs can I customize?
Hermes defines which specs can be customized and these specs can change each SO season. Generally these specs include: leather type, leather color, and hardware color. At your SO appointment, your SA will present you will the limited menu of choices including bag types and sizes (Birkin 25, Kelly 28, etc), pre-set combination designs (line, verso, multico, etc), leather choices, leather colors, hardwares, and a map for which options can be selected for which bag type and size. Not all leathers and hardwares are allowed for all bag types and sizes.

Can I make physical changes to a bag definition during SO?
Sometimes clients would like to change a physical aspect of a bag, like increase the handle drop or add a pocket or a strap. Unfortunately, Hermes does not allow any type of alteration to the bag definition during SO. For extensive changes like these, a client would need to pursue a “Horizon order” which can be read about here.

How long will my SO take?
There is no way to predict how long a SO will take from placing the order to receipt of the finished product. Although Hermes has recently put forward efforts to fulfill a la carte orders within a year, it isn’t uncommon for bags to arrive in just a few months or also much longer than the year estimate.

Can my SA give me status my existing SO?
Unfortunately, the info that can be seen by SAs at the local store is very limited. They can generally see if the order is still outstanding (ie hasn’t been cancelled) but do not get status updates beyond that. Some stores will update clients when they get notice that a bag has been shipped from Paris but other stores wait until the bag is physically in store before alerting the client.

Do I need to place a deposit for SO?
In most regions of the world, a deposit is not required for SOs. However, some Asian and Middle Eastern locations do seem to request at least a partial deposit. Deposits may also be required in other regions if the SO selections are very personalized (ie if you have your personal initials hot stamped onto the bag) such that selling the bag to a different client, if the original client declines the bag, would be difficult.

Do I receive confirmation of my SO after placing my order?
In most regions of the world, the client gives their specifications to their SA and that is the last they hear about it until the bag arrives. Paris stores seem to be an exception to this and send the client a confirmation email within a few weeks of placing the order.

Is there a premium for a SO bag?
No, there is no premium price for SO bags. Their price is the same as any other standard stock bag of the same specifications at the time of delivery.

Is my SO a quota bag?
SO bags are generally counted toward a client’s two-bags-per-year limit at the time that the bag is received and paid for. If a client has already maxed out their quota bag allocation for the year, some stores will allow an exception to purchase your SO as a third bag for the year while other stores will require the customer to wait until a new calendar year before receiving the bag. These policies are subject to be changed per store at their convenience so it is always wise to check with your specific SA.

Where can I get ideas for my SO bag?
This thread shows unique combination bags and this thread shows contrasting stitching bags. Please consider posting your bag there once it arrives!

Where can I see historical SO menus?
2023 on post 19,874 page 1325 Feb 3, 2023
2022 on post 17,729 page 1182 Sept 13, 2021
2021 on post 15,439 page 1030 Aug 16, 2020
2020 on post 13,222 page 882 Aug 8, 2019
2019 on post 10,472 page 699 Sept 10, 2018
2018 on post 7,687 page 513 Sept 15, 2017
2017 on post 4,749 page 317 Sept 26, 2016
 
I was offered a SO order, and am deciding between a MK and a k25.

I have several b25, k25, b30 etc., but do not have a MK. I can't decide if it is worth getting a MK as I think they will go out of style in the next few years and I am tall and sometimes think they look a little like SLGs, but then also feel like I need one for my collection. Here are my current selections for a MK or a K25 (for reference, I prefer matte exotics and recently got a b30 matte noir poro with PHW, but wonder if a lisse MK would be interesting). I don't love high contrast interiors and much prefer neutrals in general (very much dislike pinks, reds and oranges).

MK
Matte Vert Rousseau alligator w/ permabrass w gold interior
Matte or Lisse noir alligator w/permabrass
Lisse Graphite w/ noir interior w/ permabrass
Gris Meyer epsom w/gris perle w/permabrass or brushed phw

K25 sellier
Matte noir alligator with noir interior, maybe gold BPHW or permabrass
Gris meyer epsom w/gris perle interior and permabrass

I don't like ostrich, so that is definitely out.

Would love some input
I am not much of a MK fan either as I am quite tall. If I was allowed an exotic SO and not just a regular one, I would prob get a KP or K25R in matte. I don’t think K25S is avail in matte this year. HTH
 
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I was offered a SO order, and am deciding between a MK and a k25.

I have several b25, k25, b30 etc., but do not have a MK. I can't decide if it is worth getting a MK as I think they will go out of style in the next few years and I am tall and sometimes think they look a little like SLGs, but then also feel like I need one for my collection. Here are my current selections for a MK or a K25 (for reference, I prefer matte exotics and recently got a b30 matte noir poro with PHW, but wonder if a lisse MK would be interesting). I don't love high contrast interiors and much prefer neutrals in general (very much dislike pinks, reds and oranges).

MK
Matte Vert Rousseau alligator w/ permabrass w gold interior
Matte or Lisse noir alligator w/permabrass
Lisse Graphite w/ noir interior w/ permabrass
Gris Meyer epsom w/gris perle w/permabrass or brushed phw

K25 sellier
Matte noir alligator with noir interior, maybe gold BPHW or permabrass
Gris meyer epsom w/gris perle interior and permabrass

I don't like ostrich, so that is definitely out.

Would love some input
I had the same dilemma — was deciding between MK and B25. I asked my SA to bring out a sample MK from the back and while it was cute, it felt like a toy to me (I know this is a hot take and belongs in the Unpopular Opinion thread…) so decided to go with B25. And even my SA told me I shouldn’t get what’s rare or hard to get — I should get what I want and will use.
 
I had the same dilemma — was deciding between MK and B25. I asked my SA to bring out a sample MK from the back and while it was cute, it felt like a toy to me (I know this is a hot take and belongs in the Unpopular Opinion thread…) so decided to go with B25. And even my SA told me I shouldn’t get what’s rare or hard to get — I should get what I want and will use.
Best advice for any purchase. (Ahoy ye mateys!)
 
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Hi! I just did my SO mini Kelly in blue Celeste verso with blue sapphire inside, inverted stitching and Prema brass hardware.
This sounds so beautiful. I’m thinking of doing a Kelly pochette I already own two b25 a MK and b30. Thinking of doing KP gold verso with lime and permabrass Hardwear. I really love the KP probably even more then the MK