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Handbag Prices reduced to celebrate our sponsorship of the LAPADA Charity Party.

Lilac Blue London, one of the foremost specialist luxury handbag boutiques in London, is raising money for type 1 Diabetes and is dropping prices on key bags.

Every Monday for the next 3 weeks a new range of Hermes and Chanel bags will be offered at amazing prices.  This week: exotic skins: ostrich and crocodile Hermes, Kellies and Chanel.

Then join us on 17 September at LAPADA in Berkeley Square where we will be auctioning a brand new Black Birkin 35cm…..

The Brexit political turmoil has lowered the UK currency substantially.  So bags are nearly at prices you will find AT HERMES in some countries.

For the first time, you can choose exactly which bag you would like, at a price close to that at Hermes, without having to buy Hermes scarves, jewellery or cashmere…. AND enjoy the wonderful Lilac Blue customer service.

Buy one of these extraordinary pieces and know that 25% of our profit will go to the JDRF charity, to help find a cure for juvenile Type 1 Diabetes.

Birkin 25 in Black Shiny Crocodile with Silver hardware at £40,000

Birkin 30 Rouge Hermes and Burgundy ‘Ghillies’ limited edition in Matte Crocodile £38,000

Kelly 28 in Malachite Green Matte Alligator £46,000

HAC 50 Saffron in Ostrich – reconditioned vintage and a very unusual piece £40,000


Kelly Pochette in Aubergine Shiny Crocodile £21,000

Hermes Date Stamps – The Guide

Why check a date stamp?
Purchasing a genuine Hermes bag is a process which can be difficult – there are a lot of inauthentic bags out there, and the people making those bags are always looking at ways to deceive prospective buyers.  Hermes is unusual in that they do not issue certificates of authentication, unlike other leading brands like Chanel.  The Hermes use of date stamps is one way to help ensure that the bag you buy is genuine – it should not be used as the only method, but an understanding of how the date stamp works will help you.  It is always advisable to use an experienced and trusted reseller of Hermes handbags – Lilac Blue London has years of experience in identifying genuine bags and is always happy to help.

What is the date stamp and where is it found?
Each bag is marked with a date or blind stamps which are codes embedded in the leather indicating both the year of manufacture and the identity of the artisan who created the bag.  Between 1945 and 1971 it was just the letter on its own but from 1971 to 2014 the letters were enclosed either in a circle or a square.  These stamps were always located on the back of the closure strap but they can now be found close to the back flap, on the left side.

Stamps denoting exotic leathers
In addition to the date stamp, there are additional symbols to indicate different leathers, for example alligator is an empty square, porosus crocodile is ˄, nilocitus crocodile is ••, and lizard is.  If you are buying a Special Order bag this will be shown by a Horseshoe stamp next to the Hermes logo on the inside – hence the description HSS on some Special Order bags.

Examples of where to find the date stamp








The Exotic Skin symbols:





Horseshoe Stamp denoting a Special Order Bag:





Hermes Date Stamps since 1945: 

No Shape Circle Square No Square & inside flap
1945 A 1971 A 1997 A 2015 T
1946 B 1972 B 1998 B 2016 X
1947 C 1973 C 1999 C 2017 A
1948 D 1974 D 2000 D 2018 C
1949 E 1975 E 2001 E 2019 D
1950 F 1976 F 2002 F  
1951 G 1977 G 2003 G  
1952 H 1978 H 2004 H  
1953 I 1979 I 2005 I  
1954 J 1980 J 2006 J  
1955 K 1981 K 2007 K  
1956 L 1982 L 2008 L  
1957 M 1983 M 2009 M  
1958 N 1984 N 2010 N  
1959 O 1985 O 2011 O  
1960 P 1986 P 2012 P  
1961 Q 1987 Q 2013 Q  
1962 R 1988 R 2014 R  
1963 S 1989 S    
1964 T 1990 T    
1965 U 1991 U    
1966 V 1992 V    
1967 W 1993 W    
1968 X 1994 X    
1969 Y 1995 Y    
1970 Z 1996 Z  

If you require any help in understanding the Hermes date stamp, or would like some advice on authenticating a bag, then please get in touch with Lilac Blue London either via email: or telephone: +44 (0)845 224 8876.

images from Lilac Blue London, Bagsnob, Portero & Bags of Luxury


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