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The Hermes Constance – still going strong after all these years

At almost 60 years old, you’d think that the Hermes Constance handbags design might look a little out of date, or old fashioned but no, it’s still going strong and is going through a surge in popularity.  Over the last two years rumours of it being discontinued have abounded, (as they have for the famous Himalaya Birkin handbag), but instead of it being discontinued, we are seeing more models of it being designed and released.  Favoured by Jackie Onassis back in the 1960’s, the Hermes Constance can be seen carried by actress Diane Kruger, the socialite Nicky Hilton and the former Mrs Abramovich, Dasha Zhukova amongst several others.

The simple and elegant design of the Hermes Constance features the iconic H clasp on the front flap, and a long leather strap which can also be doubled to carry the bag in the hand.  The Constance has been the subject of a few minor redesigns  over the years, but the sleek lines and distinctive curves have been maintained and the bag has lost none of its appeal.  It is the most complicated of the Hermes bags to make, with an intricate design, and as a result the price is more than you would expect for a small Hermes bag, at €7,000 for a standard 24cm calf leather.

18cm Vert Titien Hermes Mini Constance in Ostrich with Gold Hardware

Particularly popular at the moment is the Constance Mini which measures 18cm by 15cm by 4cm.  It’s just big enough to carry all your daytime essentials as long as you travel light, and small enough to make a neat little evening bag.  Lilac Blue London currently have available a lovely selection of this cute bag – a bright Orange Poppy in Swift Leather with Gold Hardware. There’s an even brighter Bamboo Constance in Swift Leather with Palladium Hardware, an unusual Bleu Atoll in Veau Doblis with Palladium Hardware and a very chic Vert Titien in Ostrich with Gold Hardware.

Hermes Constance 24 “On a Summer Day”

The next size up is the 24cm by 15cm x 5cm, not much larger but possibly a little more practical as a daytime bag.  The amazing On A Summer Day is a Special Edition Constance featuring a super bright geometric design from Nigel Peake, an architect by training whose print has also featured in the Ready to Wear Collection from Spring/Summer 2017.  If you like carrying bags that get you noticed then this is certainly worth considering!  A little more sober, but no less unusual is the Origan Constance in Evercolour, a dark neutral shade teamed with Palladium Hardware which is very hard to find.

In 2010 Hermes offered  a slightly longer and slimmer version, the Constance Elan, measuring 25cm x 14cm x 8cm which has the look more of a clutch bag than a shoulder bag.  It’s particularly hard to find but there are occasionally preloved bags available.

Vintage Hermes Constance Elan in Black Silk with Gold Hardware

If you’re a lover of Hermes Vintage, then how about this absolutely beautiful Constance Elan in black silk with Gold Hardware?  Carry this and you will, without doubt feel like Jackie O!

Optique Constance in Black Veau Monsieur

A brand new model this month has the optique clasp, an enamelled multi coloured highly-textured clasp, which Hermes traditionally used on bracelets.  Another lovely aspect of this Optique Constance is the new leather being used for it: it’s called Veau Monsieur, which we are calling Gentleman’s Calfskin.  You have to love the translation.

Do get in touch if you’d like more information on the Hermes Constance, Hermes Birkin or Hermes Kelly, or arrange to come and visit our Mayfair Showroom, close to Bond Street, Regent Street and Piccadilly.

Please either email us at or call us on +44 (0)845 224 8876



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