Just the mention of Hermès' coveted bags evoke the sense of high-quality luxury goods. We know they're priced at a ridiculous amount, and regardless of whether you have the money to bag it, you'll have to be très important, or have the patience to spend months or years on their wait-list. So why are Hermès bags so expensive and nearly elusive?
A 2011 documentary "Hearts and Crafts" tells a story of the daily life inside a Hermès factory in France where leather saddles for horseback riding, bags, glass goods, and drawings are crafted.
Directed by documentary filmmaker Frederic Laffont, the video reveals Hermès staff producing about 15 hand-crafted bags of different styles and textures. The price of these bags range from $10,000 to $150,000 depending on the size and material used.
The company said last year that they were hiring 400 people to keep up with the demand. And because it took so long to produce, there emerged the wait list for the popular Birkin bag.
Hermès has come a long way since its beginnings in a Paris workshop in 1837. Take a look at this video to see how Hermès goods are made.