Speaking of Hermès, a new handbag has arrived just in time for spring at Hermès stores nationwide. The Sac Soie Cool is made of silk and leather; not to hard, not too soft. I have to say, it is gorgeous. The silk portion of the bag is made from one of two Hermès classic scarves, the Brides de Gala or the Carré en Cravate. The drawstring bag looks elegant, colorful, and carefree. Unlike the Hermes crocodile shirt for men that cost $100,000 after taxes, the Soie Cool handbag is reasonably priced at $2,050.
We all know that Hermés is the crème de la crème of luxury fashion brands, so we shouldn’t be surprised that a $91,500 T-shirt exists. Should we? The black crew-neck T-shirt was discovered by a blogger at The Awl, while browsing at the Hermés boutique on Madison Avenue. According to The Awl, “Literally, the entire shirt is just luxurious, beautifully sewn swaths of crocodile“, and it was hanging inconspicuously on a shelf, slumming with the less expensive clothing. (The poor shirt probably doesn’t have a choice. How many 100k T- shirts could there be?) Unfortunately, the blogger couldn’t take a picture of the shirt, but managed to capture a picture of the price tag. The taxes on that beauty is roughly $8,000, and I think for that kind of money, that shirt should be your personal stylist and dress you in the morning.
The shirt showed in Paris last year for Hermés 2012 Men’s Spring collection, and I keep wondering “Where do you wear a crocodile shirt?” It’s not a breathable fabric, and it is probably heavy, so showing it off at the club is out. Really, everything is out because sweating will ruin it. Where these special crocodiles? Because no matter how beautifully the crocodile is sewn, $91,500 is ridiculous. Oh, and you know PETA is livid over the demise of the poor crocodiles that lost their lives to outrageously priced fashion.
Hermés is not the only fashion label to slap a ridiculous price on an item. The Row, the Olsen Twins upscale clothing line, collaborated with artist Damien Hirst and JUST ONE EYE, and created 12 limited edition crocodile backpacks for $55,000. The backpacks were sprinkled with prescription pills or dots and sold out in no time. If you missed out, you can still purchase the unadorned, alligator version for $34,000.
Believe it or not, the Hermés crocodile shirt is not the most expensive shirt in the world. Datta Phuge, an Indian millionaire, nicknamed the “Gold Man of Primpi” has a 22-carat shirt that cost $235,000. Phuge commissioned Ranka Jewelers to make the shirt as an investment to leave to his loved ones when he dies.
You wouldn’t expect a bottle of fingernail polish to cost more than Phuge’s gold shirt, but Azature’s Black Diamond nail polish contains 267-carats of real black diamonds, and will only set you back a measly $250,000. This couture nail lacquer is definitely for the one percent, like Kelly Osbourne, who flaunted her expensive Azature manicure at the 2012 Emmys.
I think Azature’s nail polish is absolutely stunning, and so is the price. Thankfully, Azature took pity on the 99 percent, and provided a less expensive version of the Black Diamond nail polish that also has real diamonds, comes in seven colors, and retails for $25. Can you tell the difference?