The Hardest Hermès Colors To Find

When it comes to Hermès hues, everyone has their preference. However, these are some of the hardest Hermès colors to find.

Hermès pink Kelly bag

When it comes to shopping for Hermès products, there is a whole spectrum of colors to take into consideration. However, you don’t always get offered your first choice. These are the hardest Hermès colors to find.

We all know how difficult it is to source an Hermès Birkin or Kelly firsthand, but there is more to it than that. Another complication when it comes to buying from Hermès is getting access to the colorway that you are interested in.

How Many Hermès Colors Are There?

The artisans at Hermès have created over 250 different hues and are renowned for the complexity within their shade range.

Hermès has many strong suits, one being the ability to hit the nail on the head when it comes to niche colors, whether it’s a specific shade of brown or a vibrant purple. The house also has its core shades which are: Noir, Rouge, Etoupe, Orange H, Gold, Rouge Casaque, Craie, Etain, Blanc, and Bleu Nuit.

Other colors are introduced on a seasonal basis. These shades may remain part of the line-up for years or be taken out of production for a period of time. Although some of the colors that are not always in production may be rarer, that doesn’t necessarily make them the most sought-after. This means the rarer colors might not actually have the best resale value.

When we talk about the hardest Hermès colors to find, we are referring to which are hardest to find at resale. Because when it comes to sourcing directly from Hermès, customers are rarely given their first color choice unless they are one of the lucky few.

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The Top 3 Hardest Hermès Colors To Find

1. Hermès Gold (06)

Hermès Gold is nothing like the metallic shade you might be expecting. It is actually a warm brown hue with caramel tones. The Sac à Dépêches (now known as the Kelly) that Grace Kelly wore to cover her baby bump was in this color.

2. Hermès Noir (89)

Another neutral shade, Hermès Noir is proof that sometimes classic is best. Black bags are always timeless, which is probably why black Hermès bags are often the hardest to source. 

3. Hermès Craie (10)

A chalk-white color, Craie is one of those white that manages to be complex in tone and devoid of any yellow or blue hints.

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Other Hard Hermès Colors To Find

  • Bleu Brume
  • Étain
  • Rose Azalée
  • Bougainvillea
  • Mauve Sylvestre

How To Source Rare Hermès Shades

The easiest way to get your hands on the Hermès shade of your dreams is to look to the secondhand market. Often, Birkins and Kelly bags are kept in pristine condition to maintain a high value. Hermès bags are investment pieces, after all.

Waiting to be offered a particular shade can take years (even decades) and could also never happen. The only sure way to guarantee you get the color you’ve been hoping for is by purchasing pre-owned Hermès. 

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