With all that has been said before, in order to produce Hermès replica bandbags, one needs to fastidiously create a pretension of the original as if was as the original one, if not better. We may think it is a simple handbag to create but it is actually very difficult to do so. The quality and hand feel of the leather, the correct dying to get the same variation of colors offered by Hermès, the saddle stitches, the correct cutting of the leather, the correct assembly so that the replicate leather molds and drapes over time as the way the original does, these numbered procedures have to be taken carefully into consideration before attempting to make one.
When you can get a bare callout table replica for 10% of the original bag price. Really it is a no brainer unless you can afford the real thing and can justify the price tag. As for an example, a JUC costs on average 2k. It’ll be made from real gold and diamonds, so essentially you’ll pay only for the materials, not for the immense markup branding that adds up to the retail price. What makes a luxury good so expensive is not only the material or the craftsmanship but the name/fashion house carries its exclusivity.
Don’t you feel bad paying for the materials and not for following the legal procedures of manufacturing including skilled labor although we know of the illegitimacy of that kind of business? What about renting? What about the cost of the tools that made the jewelry? What about the consumables products? What about the cost of the internet to facilitate your purchase? Or the time the seller needs to take high quality pictures that will be posted on their website for you too look at with envy whilst answering any question you may have? What about the bills that running a business incur? Why does anyone think they only ever have to pay for materials and that the rest of the cost of an item is only for making profits?
Essentially the price difference between a replica Hermes bag and any other replica bag can be attributed to materials. In Qatar, an 18k gold bracelet that weighs about 22 to 26 grams would range from 4500 – 5000 QAR, converted to USD would be around 1250 to 1300. An 18k love bracelet from TS would roughly be around USD 1650 weighing 22-26 g. Hence there is a lot of profit to be made (USD 300 – 400). A retail Cartier would cost about 6,150 USD plus tax.
Workers do not genuinely benefit from the profits made from the bags they make. When we pay for these bags, we do not pay for labor, we do not promote a healthy working environment where good working conditions are the norm. All of that makes sense, except that what we discuss above to said: “essentially only for the materials” which doesn’t include the following factors such as labor, rent, overheads, consumables, etc. This is completely separate from the markup/profit margin. The profits go to the owner of this ‘malicious’ business. We fund their lavish lifestyle. Take the example of a Hermes bag. Top grain leather for a whole cow that can make 2 Birkin bags for a retail cost of $700, factories get it cheaper. We are enriching the brand, not the craft makers. We are still looking for a craftsman that owns houses all over the world and private jets.
The fact that the bags should be hand stitched probably plays a part in the retail cost. From a business owner selling replicas of high-end fashion Hermès replicas can be more expensive because much more detail needs to put into consideration during the production process to be passable as an authentic.
With authentic Hermès, QC issues might slip past rarely and as long as we are talking about something handmade there will always be a human-caused error. But for the most part, these are leather masterpieces. How can anyone charge this much? Why would someone spend thousands on it? Usually, the answer is as simple as “they can, so they will,” and there isn’t much else to delve deeper into than that.
It is labor intensive to sew all that by hand, not to mention the hardware of installation and the cost of supreme quality leather from the best tanneries. The actual materials cost between $600 and $800. The leather is imported, so it’s more expensive. I’m particularly surprised at how much good leather can cost and the variance in each piece that needs to be taken care of (mosquito bites, fence cuts, and other issues with the hide). The worst part is that in end, for many, the leather “looks” the same in the end if heavily processed but can be vastly different in its properties.
There aren’t many replica factories producing top tier Hermès replicas unlike Louis Vuitton or even Chanel. We have looked at the reviews for different replicas where the color is off, the leather isn’t up to par, there’s messy stitching, loose threads, etc.
Few bag crafters have the required skills. Artisans will need to train for years before they can accomplish every fine detail. Bags can take 30 days to several months to complete. After all, is said and done, a lot of the markup still goes into branding and prestige. Because of the brand positioning in the world of fashion, an authentic Hermes will hold its value incredibly well.
Bags are no different from most things we purchase. Wines, cars, homes, clothes, shoes, haircuts, food… they come in different shapes, sizes, and price ranges. So for a quality friendly replication of the original, this piece of drama must cost.
It might seem as there’s an upcharge for the replica of Hermès bags just as there is for the authentic ones. Let’s face it, besides the quality you’re paying for the brand. Hermès means different things to different people. You’ve got the Kardashians who wear it as a status symbol, a way of imposing themselves as the new era of people to be admired. You’ve got traditional wealthy families who have passed down pieces from mothers to children. You’ve got the new rich people who want quality expensive Hermès bags that they can pass down to their children.
It’s up to the final consumer to determine if the product is worth the price. Most of it is luxury defines the perception of oneself notion of self. Our psychology defines the world in which we want to live.