There are people with Hermes Birkin bags and then there are the rest of us. This purse, made by Hermes replica, the French luxury brand, averages $600. And it’s been the “it” bag for 30 years.
The strange thing about Hermes Birkin bags: They always seem to be mysteriously out of stock. This is no accident. Today on the show, we go on a quest for a Hermes Birkin bag! And we find ourselves in a world where the normal rules of commerce are totally upside down.
The value of Hermes replica handbags has increased by over 500% in the last 35 years based on findings from new research conducted by Baghunter. As a result this growth has placed Hermes replica handbags above diamonds as the ultimate status symbol for women.
Online luxury replica handbags retailer, Baghunter, has reported the findings of their latest research into the value and popularity of rare Hermes handbags. Hermes replica handbags are not only known as a coveted luxury item, but also as a sound investment opportunity due to the consistent rise in value of these bags as opposed to other luxury items such as diamonds and gold. Research conducted by Baghunter shows that this holiday season, Hermes replica handbags are set to overtake diamonds as the most desired luxury item for women and the most sought after investment for collectors.
“In the last 30 years diamond prices have seen their ups and downs”, said Baghunter CEO, Evelyn Fox, “As have gold, silver, stock markets, real estate and just about any investment with the exception of Hermes replica bags and in particular the Birkin and Kelly which have seen their values increase five-fold over the last 30 years!”
The increase in value of Hermes replica handbags is set to continue at an even faster pace, thanks in part to the rise of these bags as a status symbol among high profile women such as Kim Kardashian and NeNe Leakes who are rarely seen in public without their Hermes Replica Birkin or Kelly bags. Other contributing factors to the steady and predictable rise in value of Hermes replica bags is that they come with a lifetime warranty, are repairable for life, handcrafted by an expert craftsman, and only a limited number are made each year. In particular, the limited number of bags crafted each year means only very special clients are offered these bags at the Hermes boutique, but even some of these Hermes clients report waiting years before getting a call about a new Birkin or Kelly bag.
“The exclusivity of the Birkin and replica Kelly bags by Hermes, especially the increased scarcity of exotic skin Hermes replica bags and many more Hermes collectors entering the fray, has eliminated any stigma attached to purchasing ‘pre-loved’ bags,” said Evelyn, “Owning a pre-loved, rare Hermes Birkin or Kelly is as special as purchasing a new one directly from the brand. In fact a pre-loved Hermes Birkin or Kelly bag is a solid investment considering the steady consistent increases in value over the last 30+ years.”
Although the number of Hermes bag collectors and investors are increasing fast, the production of Birkin and Kelly bags remains the same. This has led to demand far outweighing supply and is steadily driving the value of Hermes replica bags higher than they have ever been before. For example, a Hermes Birkin bag recently consigned by Baghunter was purchased in 1980 for $200 and is now worth more than $100. In 2025, it is projected that the same bag will exceed a value of $200!
“The value of Hermes replica handbags is expected to keep rising.” said Evelyn, “The average Hermes Birkin bag is worth five times more today than it was 35 years ago and the trend is expected to continue. Based on historical data it is estimated that in the next 35 years some Hermes bags will increase in value by up to 10 times more than today’s market prices.”
From a teenage head buzzing with business ideas, through tragedy, to a successful entrepreneur and employer. Mike Hughes meets 25-year-old Freya Bass.
I walked into Freya Bass’s offices and workshop on the outskirts of Harrogate with my usual bag over my shoulder – a black canvas satchel sort of thing that my wife picked up for £1.99 at an Age UK charity shop. It holds everything I need, from notebook and digital recorder to five or six pens of varying quality, car keys, phone and, of course, enough sweet wrappers and car park receipts to wallpaper a small room. But I don’t make too much of a scene about my ‘manbag’, because this is The Handbag Spa, where £300 Hermes replica bags come to be made beautiful again.
Freya remembers her first customer brought in a £200 Dior creation, which her own little treasure had written on while it was still in the box. £1.99 at a charity shop? Close the door behind you. Thankfully, she is far too gracious for that and reveals a focussed and charming young woman with a business mind that is always on the go.
“I spent my years throughout Leeds Met University trying to think of the business idea I would leave there with,” said Freya. “Education is a funny thing. You spend a lot of time being shuffled along with this mass of students, and not always going in the right direction. I got funnelled into doing fashion, but the part of the course I had most fun with was setting up your own business, with its forecasting and business planning.
“Then I had seen the freedom my parents had with my dad running his own business in interior design and upholstery and my mum setting up a children’s clothes business when I was little. Alongside that feeling of freedom I get from running my own business, there are the scary elements like financing and finding the right market out there, but you wouldn’t make much of an entrepreneur if things like that stopped you driving forwards.
“We can clean, restore and refurbish replica bags that may have become damaged. They can just send us a photo of it on email, we’ll quote for the work and then either collect it by courier or they can drop into one of the dry cleaning shops we use as agents and we will pick it up from there.
“More women now have aspirations to own a replica designer handbag, so the second-hand market is very busy. But they want it to look perfect, so they will spend money with us having it refurbished. I found right from the beginning there was a gap in the market for that work because women would naturally go to a dry cleaning shop to ask about replica handbag repairs, but most of them aren’t equipped with the knowledge or expertise for the bigger jobs, so we come in and pick them up.
Freya and her mum Judy, who helps run the business, say there are three tiers of customer. The top tier buy that season’s bag or colour, then they sell them on to a second tier who always craved a designer replica bag but couldn’t afford a new one. Then the final tier are re-selling damaged bags needing refurbishment.
“The majority of the work is cleaning and colour touch-ups, perhaps because of scuffs on the corners,” says Freya. “One of the top accidents is ink leaking from a biro, but that is not worth chucking away a bag that you love, or that is an investment.”
Looking at the range of paints and potions in the workshop suggests the standard of finish expected by a client that values their latest purchase in five figures is very high, so the potential for the business is well-grounded.
“We have a five-year plan but the problem with them is that they always change,” says Freya. “You never know what tomorrow will bring. If I have had a low day I often say to myself on the drive home ‘business is a rollercoaster, so don’t worry, you will be going back up again soon’.
Low times can be as pivotal as the good times, of course, and the sudden death of Freya’s dad Andy during his daughter’s first year at university changed everything. She left to be at the side of her mum Judy and the two faced rebuilding their personal and business lives. Freya started working alongside her mum at her training provider LLT Leathercare, developed an interest and then a passion for the work and The Handbag Spa was born.
“It was so hard to deal with,” says Freya, “and I had the university to get through. But you have to keep going forwards and I like to think I was a support to mum as well.”
“I have always admired Freya enormously for her commitment and hard work from the age of 13,” replies mum Judy. “I see so much potential in her, and I think that comes from the joint genes. Right from the beginning I have given her as much free rein as I could to let her establish her own ideas and methods.”
Freya agrees: “I would undoubtedly have set up some sort of business on my own if I hadn’t started working with my mum. I don’t know what that would have been, but it would definitely have happened. I liked the idea of creating a platform for the designers coming out of university alongside me.
“I like developing ideas, even if it is someone else’s idea that I can help with. There are always fresh ideas, but sometimes we have to balance that with focussing on growing the business as it is. “That includes things like recruitment, which has been a steep learning curve. This time last year I had one member of staff and now there are six, which shows how quickly we have grown. It is not an easy business to recruit for, because it is unlikely you have the skills already.
“So we offer full training and watch as their skills emerge and develop their people skills. That is the process I learned at university. Personality is a huge thing for us, particularly when we work so closely together. You have to be careful who you pick to join the team, but it makes me proud when we can give a job to someone and give them a career path.
“Now that we are growing it would be easy to get overwhelmed – with the rollercoaster getting a lot steeper – if I had been on my own without my mum as a mentor or someone like Connect Gazelles, which is full of people in the same boat as me as well as others that have been there and made a success of it. I think it is really important for entrepreneurs to have a mentor somewhere that cares about you as well as your business.”
During our interview I find myself having to regularly remind myself that this woman is 25 – an age when many of her peers will be starting off on their corporate careers after three or maybe five years at university. Rapid progress is a huge bonus, but the most impressive thing about this latest BQ entrepreneur is how her business brain has grown as well.
The insight and awareness she has gained from her mum and dad is there in every sentence and you feel she could stand her ground in a conference hall of seasoned business leaders. But for now there is still much work to do in Harrogate and as her dye-blackened hands demonstrate, Freya is certainly not afraid of hard work
“I have very high standards and find it very hard to step away from the day-to-day element completely. In some people’s ideal world they would be overseeing completely but I like to keep involved and make sure I am up to date with everything.
“I took a course my mum was running at her company, but I had been around the workshop for a while, so I picked up things like colour mixing quite quickly. The future is as bright as a £300 replica Hermes, with levels of excitement running high as a new, larger, unit nears completion just a short distance away and the business can retain the ability to expand again.
“We have invested a lot of time in our staff and don’t want to lose them, so it was important to stay local so they could stay with us as we grow,” says Freya. “We could have set up in Barnsley or Burnley and it would have been half the price, but it is important for your staff and for the business to have that Harrogate home.”
But that Yorkshire bond doesn’t stop her looking further afield, with a franchise already operating in Singapore through a dry cleaning agent, another planned for the Middle East and Freya tempted by the possibility of taking the business to America, The Handbag Spa and its 25-year-old boss are already international operators.
“Wherever we are, I want to be the reliable, trustworthy business that people keep coming back to. We had to build up our reputation from scratch by doing the work well and letting word of mouth do the rest. If you make one lady happy, she is likely to have five friends she will tell. That is how we grow.
“It shows how important every single job is because it can be the difference between winning ten clients or losing ten.
“I am also a strong believer in the digital strength of a business. Online can still be a scary place for some people, but it can be more beneficial to a business than a shop front on a high street. I want to invest time and money into our online presence.”
Remember – 25. “I don’t feel I have missed out on any carefree years. I decided I wanted to do it all now and drive the business forward so I can have the relaxing time when I’m actually tired! You can’t do that if you haven’t got the money to enjoy it. “I want to build my own Huf Haus home, so I certainly won’t be pausing until I am in a position to afford that. I always feel that I haven’t done enough or done it quickly enough.
“The Handbag Spa will always exist, but eventually, multiple businesses would be great. My boyfriend and I are always thinking about what the next big app might be that is missing from our phones.
“As a business manager, that means either finding another ‘you’ or structuring the business in such a way that it can be a run by a team of people. That’s where we may be heading.”
It is crystal clear that Freya herself is heading in only direction – upwards. She should be a module in schools and colleges to pass on the enthusiasm and drive that will soon be bursting out of the workshop below.
If you’re looking for something to buy for the one you love (or yourself of course) then have a look at the lovely Hermes replica bags we have available right now.
There are some truly amazing and rare Hermes replica bags out there right now; how about a Horseshoe stamp 2 tone Croc Kelly in Bordeaux and Sanguine? We have one. The elusive Arlequin Birkin in 6, yes 6 colours? We have one of those too. This Arlequin comes in Ultraviolet, Bleu Obscure, Bleu Lin, Etoupe, Etain and Gold and is quite possibly the last unworn Birkin of this type in the world, only a few were made and it is an incredibly highly prized bag.
If you like something a little more subtle then take a look at the unusual Limited Edition Ghillies Birkin in Matte Alligator In a combination of Gris Perle & Beton the Ghillies brogue detail adds extra interest to an already beautiful bag.
For evenings out there’s a lovely 28cm Kelly in Vert Anglais with Gold Hardware, the most amazing Etrusque Mini Kelly in Lizard, a jewel like Vert Emeraud Kelly Pochette in Shiny Croc or the more subtle Kelly Cut in Graphite Shiny Croc.
I could go on, but it would be a very long list so why not check out our website and see all the lovely things we have that you could buy for yourself, or someone you love this Christmas!