• A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE KELLY BAG; A CLASSIC ICON BY HERMÈS

    A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE KELLY BAG; A CLASSIC ICON BY HERMÈS

    The history of the Kelly bag is as iconic as the handbag itself. To understand more about the Kelly, it is important to understand about Hermès. This iconic French house started out making harnesses and saddles for horses. So it comes as no surprise that the first version of the Kelly bag was much larger and intended to hold saddles. This version was introduced...
  • Hermès Birkin vs. Kelly: How to Choose the Right Hermès Bag for Your Personality

    Hermès Birkin vs. Kelly: How to Choose the Right Hermès Bag for Your Personality

    When it comes to choosing an Hermès Birkin vs. Kelly, what type are you? What do you like better? Which one best describes you? We tend to lump people into distinct classifications. Whether it’s liberal or conservative, downtown or uptown, Jennifer Aniston or Angelina Jolie, these categorizations are a relatively clear way to distinguish personality types and show outsiders one’s Modus Operandi. In regards...
  • Which is the best Hermès Birkin size?

    Which is the best Hermès Birkin size?

    Sizing up the differences between the 25cm, 30cm, and 35cm Birkin bag sizes Does size matter? When it comes to Birkins, it certainly does. Seen on the arms of countless celebrities and trendsetters throughout the decades, the Birkin has gained legendary status. The silhouette, expert craftsmanship and fine attention to detail remain consistent, making it a recognizable classic. But the fact there are a...
  • Reintroducing One of Hermès’ Smoothest Leathers Taurillon Novillo

    Reintroducing One of Hermès’ Smoothest Leathers Taurillon Novillo

    Behold Taurillion Novillo, a rich leather that has the advantages of both Togo/Clemence and Epsom. In limited production since 2015, it has now taken center stage in Hermès new fall line-up. Taurillion Novillo, made from bull leather is a natural finely textured grain, much finer than either Togo or Clemence. It is lighter in weight and more rigid than these other two leathers. Like...
  • Why Swift Leather Is Best for the Hermès Lover of Bold Colors

    Why Swift Leather Is Best for the Hermès Lover of Bold Colors

    The type of leather used in making a luxury bag dictates the vividness of the color and the overall look.  However, the most important factor comes down to your preferences and how you want your bag to perform. This is perhaps why Hermès has a far-reaching catalogue of leathers that all have their own unique qualities, offering a myriad of options for a multitude...
  • SO and HSS Bags from Hermès – The Most Coveted Hermès Bags (Well, Except For The Diamond Crocs!)

    SO and HSS Bags from Hermès – The Most Coveted Hermès Bags (Well, Except For The Diamond Crocs!)

    What is the significance of SO and HSS bags at Podium? Prior to attending semi-annual Podium, each store is allocated a certain number of so-called “Special Order” (SO) bags.  They are typically limited to Birkins, Kellys and Constances, and have a Horseshoe stamped next to the Hermès name on the front, hence being know by Hermès afficiandos as “HSS” bags.  Bags made in accordance...
  • The Ruling on Reselling

    The Ruling on Reselling

    In early June 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court legitimized the resale market when it decided in favor of Impression Products in the case Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark Int’l, Inc. The case revolved around a lawsuit of patent infringement brought by Lexmark against Impression Products, which took used Lexmark ink cartridges, refilled them with their own ink and resold them at a discount.  Initially,...
  • The Preeminence of Podium

    The Preeminence of Podium

    What is Podium exactly? About 1,000 of Hermès’s store representatives—from directors to managers—go to Paris twice a year (in February and July) to select and bid for goods to carry in their respective outlets. The events are usually held at a building, where a sea on of products are lined up and displayed in a tradeshow-style fashion. Here, new collections are debuted, and orders...
  • A Girl’s Best Friend

    A Girl’s Best Friend

    In its long, storied history, Chanel has built a reputation that few in the fashion industry can surpass. It continues to thrive in the saturated marketplace by keeping to certain motifs that its founder, Coco Chanel, instilled from the onset, reinventing them for modern times. These include boucle jackets, camellias and the ubiquitous little black dress. In the handbag category, quilted leather and chains...
  • How the Mini Kelly Bag Speaks to Modern Woman

    How the Mini Kelly Bag Speaks to Modern Woman

    “The best things come in small packages”—a proverbial phrase that is often attributed to things that sparkle, and whose value is determined by the amount of karats. Lately, however, one of the most iconic bags is getting in on the action, giving diamonds and other baubles a run for their money. Last fall, Hermès introduced a revamped miniature version of one of its most...
  • Welcome To Our New Blog

    We started Madison Avenue Couture almost eight years ago with a true love for the quality of Hermès and Chanel handbags and accessories and a recognition that the finest products of these brands are often hard to procure. Our mission was to simplify the process of purchasing ultra-luxury merchandise and enable those wanting an Hermès Birkin or Kelly or a Chanel classic to get...
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