I thought since we have all these wonderful references on size, style, color, prices, etc we should have a thread to understand what goes into making Hermes bags. I know Hermes only takes the top 2% of the leather in the world...and I know it goes thru many quality passses (anyone know how many) and if Hermes doesn't like the leather.....they just stop making it for awhile..... I don't know exactly how long it takes to make a Kelly or Birkin or how many stitches. how long does someone train to be able to make a Birkin or Kelly? Also, gold hardware is what karat and is it just plated? What about [SIZE=-1]Palladium[/SIZE]? Anyone know any facts? What can we add to understand the Making of Hermes!