You know Birkin and Kelly, but do you know Halzan, Lindy, and Constance? They’re officially the new cool girls in town. According to a financial report released by Hermès, the three handbag styles contributed to the the company’s 16.3 percent increase in sales this year in the leather-goods and saddlery category.
“The development was supported by the sustained pace of production and the increase in capacities at the three sites in Charente, Isère and Franche-Comté,” a statement from the company reads. At the constant exchange rate (the performance number without the effects of rate fluctuation), the company as a whole saw a 7.2 percent increase in sales in the first half of 2016, mostly due to handbags, but also thanks to recent cologne launches. In contrast, ready-to-wear showed a slight decrease.
Back to the bags: The Halzan made its debut on the fall 2014 runway. The bag rings in at $4,600 online and comes in black, navy, green, and classic Hermès orange. It’s a convertible style that can be worn as a tote, clutch, or shoulder bag.
A range of Lindys is available in stores and online, priced between $6,950 and a cool $30,100 (for an exotic-skin option). The bag’s silhouette is a bit floppier for a more laid-back feel than the structured, traditional Kelly.
The Constance was a longtime favorite of Jackie Kennedy’s and is a favorite of Diane Kruger’s. But the bag is available only in stores, as are the Birkin and Kelly. On the e-commerce site, when you attempt to search for a Birkin, there’s a page explaining the reason it is available in stores only: “A Birkin is a rare and precious thing. It is for sale only in our boutiques and we invite you to visit us and work with one of our sales associates to select the right one for you.” That sense of mystery and exclusiveness keeps it sacred and valuable, and apparently, the same is true for the Constance. So if you’re looking for your next investment bag, look no further.