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06 . 09 . 10

As much as I like Chanel, my heart belongs to Hermès since we share an initial. Although these Crocodile suitcases that were posted on Luxist don’t have an H on them, they still have me seriously swooning! They were made in the 1930’s for Karen Blixen who wrote Out of Africa under the name Isak Dinesen. Hermès unearthed them in their archives and they think that since they were never used they must never have been sent to her in Kenya. The sterling silver and tortoiseshell pieces are engraved with a crown and the initials DBF which stands for Dineson Blixen-Finecke, a combination of her maiden and married names. If you also happen to have the same initials, word has it that they can be yours for the right price. I’d actually be willing to change my initials to own such beautiful specimens of craftsmanship! They certainly put most people’s beat up roller bags to shame. But, as we all know, travel is definitely not what it used to be. Le sigh.

“The entire being of a woman is a secret which should be kept” – Isak Dinesen

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  1. Erika ~TiptoeButterfly~ June 9, 2010 | 12:40 pm

    i LONG to be the proud owner of a Hermes Birkin – i told my boyfriend to just order me one now – there’s a 2 year waiting list – he can worry about paying for it when it’s ready :o)

    *kiss kiss*
    ~Tiptoe Butterfly~

  2. M.Lane June 9, 2010 | 1:17 pm

    I love vintage luggage and this is the best set I have seen. I almost fell over thinking the first photo was my dream bar set!!!

    I also long for the day when I can have luggage like this and be well enough off where it doesn’t matter to me if it gets banged about.

    Great post.

    PS. I also agree wholeheartedly with your quote from I.D.

  3. Nadine2point0 June 9, 2010 | 1:30 pm

    What a great quote!
    This set is so classy. I just saw a shoe-polishing set from the 20’s and it was so compact. We think we are getting so efficient these days, but I think we are going backwards sometimes!

  4. La Bonne Vivante June 9, 2010 | 1:44 pm

    Wow. This blows my mind; thank you for this! I love this so much, I had to link up to it from my perfume blog–hope you don’t mind!

  5. Carole June 9, 2010 | 2:39 pm

    Sigh….Even if I had the correct initials I doubt I could ever afford something this beautiful. I don’t even want to know the price!

  6. jones June 9, 2010 | 2:59 pm

    I think that I just died and went to Hermes Heaven. This set is so unbelievably gorgeous and in mint condition. Such an object of desire. Thanks for this super post. Mary

  7. Metropolis Girl June 9, 2010 | 3:14 pm

    All I can keep on saying is “Wow”.
    Considering the age, i’m amazed it is in such pristine condition. A testament to the quality of Hermes.
    I am absolutely in love with it and would give up my entire wardrobe to have it. And that is no small thing considering I’d be swapping it for something I can’t wear! LOL. I think I’d just stare at it all day. I just hope someone who truly loves it makes the purchase. Maybe they’ll even lend it to an exhibition or museum so the rest of us can get up close.

  8. Mademoiselle Frou-Frou June 9, 2010 | 3:53 pm

    that is just exquisite! i bet it would sell for around $200k!
    xox alison

  9. sandrajonas.com June 9, 2010 | 5:42 pm

    Fabulous post!! You find all the best things to post about. Enjoy reading your blog.

  10. David Toms June 9, 2010 | 5:57 pm

    I always think travelling cases are so elegant and full of savoir faire! I am in serious lust mode of this one!

  11. susan's buzz June 9, 2010 | 6:14 pm

    Gorgeous! Loved seeing it but it’s kind of sad that Isak Dinesen never actually received it.

  12. sharon June 9, 2010 | 7:23 pm

    Well Karen Blixen is the person I wish I had been! Do you think Hermes would accept that as a right to ownership? No, I think you’re right!
    Beautiful pictures, as always, thank you.

  13. Anzu June 9, 2010 | 8:06 pm

    I love this!
    I am a regular reader of your blog and am about to start decorating my place. I wanted to ask you what would you pick as your top ten wallpapers? I am open to different ideas, but am definitely looking for something unusual and possibly with a sense of humour for the bit in my corridor. Any tips would be much appreciated!

  14. Author June 9, 2010 | 8:35 pm

    These are lovely. Vintage luggage is also a favorite of mine, and these are truly first rate.

    Thank you for sharing them with us.

  15. pretty pink tulips June 9, 2010 | 10:16 pm

    From a bygone era – the craftsmanship is amazing. Love all the detailing.

  16. Anu@My Dream Canvas June 9, 2010 | 11:05 pm

    This is fabulous! I am so in love!

  17. Slim Paley June 11, 2010 | 6:26 am

    Heather! this is insane! I would be willing to do so much more than change my initials for this luggage! Just the provenance alone…why oh why did I have to lay eyes on this just before bed?? There’s no sleep for the covetous!! thanks alot. 🙁

  18. Alicia June 13, 2010 | 5:52 am

    Pray tell me they include a chic little Egyptian cloth to wipe up my drool??? 🙂