Top 10 Most Popular Hermes Leathers

Top 10 Most Popular Hermès Leathers, Reviewed

Would you like to buy a Hermès handbag, but not sure which leather to go for? Look no further, as in this article I’ve featured the top 10 most popular Hermes leathers. You already knew Hermes had quite a few leather options, right? Well, in case if you didn’t, let me tell you real quick.

Hermès handbags not only come in a wide range of leathers, but the brand also continuously introduces new leathers, to give us even more options to choose from! And as you can imagine, this choice can be pretty difficult to make. Quite frankly, this is exactly why most Hermès lovers tend to stick to the tried and true list of leathers.

Featured below, the top 10 most popular leathers among Hermès aficionados.

Top 10 Most Popular Hermes Leathers
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1. Togo

Hermes Togo Birkin 25 Etoupe
Hermès Togo Birkin 25 Etoupe. Media Credit: Fashionphile

It’s difficult to find a Hermès lover who hasn’t heard of Togo. And truly, Togo is probably the most popular leather for Hermes handbags. Introduced by Hermès in 1997, Togo leather has rapidly gained recognition for its natural look and exceptional durability. Made from the hides of baby calves, it’s defined by a distinctive pebbled grain, matte finish, and a soft, supple feel. Togo leather is also highly resistant to scratches, making it a practical choice for daily use bags.

2. Clemence

Hermes Clemence Evelyne TPM Gold
Hermès Clemence Evelyne TPM Gold. Media Credit: Fashionphile

Often confused with Togo due to being made from the same animal, Clemence is another really popular leather choice from Hermès. Introduced by the brand in 1992, the Hermès Clemence leather is characterized by a larger and more irregular grain pattern than Togo, as well as an overall heavier feel, which makes the bags in Clemence appear more slouchy and casual. For reference, please see Hermes’s Lindy and Evelyne bags.

3. Epsom

Hermes Epsom Constance 18 Vert De Gris
Hermès Epsom Constance 18 Vert De Gris. Media Credit: Fashionphile

Introduced in 2004 to replace the discontinued Hermès Courchevel leather, the Hermès Epsom leather quickly became a favorite among Hermès lovers for its exceptional durability. A heat-printed calfskin leather, Epsom is characterized by a distinctive cross-grain texture and a semi-matte sheen which gives it a clean and modern appearance. Today, this leather is most commonly used in manufacturing of Sellier Birkins and Kellys, as well as classic Hermès belts.

4. Box Calf Leather (Heritage)

Hermes Box Calf Kelly 28
Hermès Box Calf Kelly 28. Media Credit: Fashionphile

A timeless classic that has stood the test of time, the Hermès Box Calf leather is an icon in the world of luxury. Renowned for its glossy finish and smooth, even grain, this is the oldest of all Hermès Heritage leathers to date, created in the 1890s and named after the English shoemaker Joseph Box. Utilized by the brand to this day (mostly for handbags), Box Calf leather is beloved by Hermes collectors from all around the world for its ultra-luxurious look and its ability to hold its shape well. However, some criticize it for being fairly delicate (pieces in Box Calf are prone to scratches and scuffs).

5. Swift

Hermes Swift Birkin 25 Rouge Casaque
Hermès Swift Birkin 25 Rouge Casaque. Media Credit: Fashionphile

Formerly known as Gulliver leather, the Hermès Swift leather was introduced to the market in 2005 – 6 years after Gulliver was discontinued (actually, here’s a fun fact: both names are a homage to Jonathan Swift, the author of Gulliver’s Travels). Made from calfskin, the Hermès Swift leather is characterized by a smooth, fine-grained surface, which gives it a luxurious and polished look. It also takes dye incredibly well. Hence why Hermès often use Swift for bags and accessories in vibrant, eye-catching colors.

6. Chevre Mysore

Hermes Chevre Mysore Kelly To Go Wallet Etoupe
Hermès Chevre Mysore Kelly To Go Wallet Etoupe. Media Credit: Fashionphile

With its smooth texture and subtle gloss, Chevre Mysore leather offers a delicate balance between durability and elegance. Derived from the hide of goats, this luxurious leather was named after the Indian city of Mysore. Originally introduced by Hermès in the 1990s to replace the brand’s Chevre de Coromandel leather, right now Chevre Mysore is the most popular Goat leather at Hermès, used frequently for the interior lining of Hermès handbags, as well as smaller items like wallets and card holders.

7. Tadelakt

Hermes Tadelakt Mini Kelly Black
Hermès Tadelakt Mini Kelly Black. Media Credit: Fashionphile

Introduced by Hermes in 2007, Tadelakt leather is a soft, but structured leather, derived from calfskin. Often confused with the Hermès Box Calf heritage leather due to its smooth and glossy finish, Tadelakt leather is renowned for its ability to beautifully reflect light and colors. Today, it’s most frequently used in small leather goods. Though it’s also not uncommon to find Tadelakt used in smaller Hermès handbags, such as Mini Kelly.

8. Evercolor

Hermes Evercolor Mini Jypsiere Beton
Hermès Evercolor Mini Jypsiere Beton. Media Credit: Fashionphile

Introduced in 2012 as a more durable version of the Hermès Evercalf and Evergrain leathers, Evercolor is a pressed calfskin leather, characterized by a tight, regular grain and satin appearance. Initially employed exclusively for the brand’s small leather goods, today Evercolor is used for production of a wide range of Hermes accessories and handbags, incl. Kelly, Constance and the highly-coveted Mini Jypsiere.

9. Barenia Calfskin

Hermes Barenia Picotin 18
Hermès Barenia Picotin 18. Media Credit: Fashionphile

Originally used for Hermes saddles, in the 1970s Barenia leather found its way into Hermes’s leather goods department. A Heritage Hermès Calfskin, Barenia leather is renowned for its natural softness, as well as an exceptional resilience to wear and tear, which makes it a favorite among longtime Hermès collectors. That’s right, most scuffs and marks can be removed by simply rubbing on the leather. Not even to mention that Hermès Barenia leather develops a beautiful patina over time.

10. Crocodile

Hermes Matte Niloticus Crocodile Birkin 35 Black
Hermès Matte Niloticus Crocodile Birkin 35 Black. Media Credit: Fashionphile

I could probably write an entire article on the Hermès exotics. However, for the sake of this article I will keep it short and mention just the most popular Hermès exotic leather – crocodile. Hermès currently utilizes three types of crocodile skins: Porosus, Niloticus and Moreletii. Porosus and Niloticus crocodile skins are available in two finishes: matte and shiny. Whereas the finish on the Moreletii croc appears to be somewhat in between.

I hope this article was helpful! Leave your favorite Hermes leather in the comments below!

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