Mixing together decades of design experience with a fresh view on art can result in the most unique collections – just like the SS17 ‘On a Summer Day’ collection from Hermès, with the artistic touch of Nigel Peake. Besides beautiful silk scarves, this collaboration gave us the famous Constance handbag with a playful and architectural influence, making it one of the most outstanding pieces of the season.
About the Hermès Constance
While the Birkin and Kelly are the brand’s iconic larger tote bags, the Constance shares the same popularity and fame as a smaller shoulder bag. This elegant design was created in 1969 by in-house designer Catherine Chaillet, the same year as her 5th child, Constance was born. The unique H clasp represented the Hermès aesthetic and heritage, and with the shoulder strap and practical design, the Constance was a more modern, rebellious masterpiece alongside the likes of Chanel’s 2.55 Flap Bag. The bag instantly caught the eyes of celebrities and fashion royalty, such as Jacqueline Kennedy, and has become one of the most-loved shoulder bags of its time.
Today, the Hermès Constance bag comes in various sizes and endless unique designs. The choice ranges from the Constance Micro and classic 24cm to the Constance Mini and Elan, a narrower and more rectangular shaped silhouette compared to the original square designs. The Constance is currently available in a variety of different colours, including classic black, emerald green, bold red, turquoise, orange and pink. With gold, silver or palladium hardware finish, each bag takes up to 14 hours to create.
Free yet Ordered: Nigel Peake x Hermès
Nigel Peake was already familiar with Hermès. The artist has collaborated with the luxury brand on various projects in the past, including shopping windows in Japan and creating a modern interpretation of the Double Horse pattern – but the SS17 collection showcased a new side of Hermès.
The collection consists of various scarf designs and a limited edition Constance bag, all featuring a mix of abstract shapes and daring colours ranging from bright red and royal blue to muted pinks and yellows. At the time of the launch, Hermès described the collection as “a light breeze of a summer day that makes everything move imperceptibly. This geometrical and poetic composition, free yet ordered, leads us into a world that is both strange and real.”
The colour palette and design perfectly captured the playfulness of the spring and summer season, while adding an urban, architectural edge to the collection. The ‘On a Summer Day’ Constance bag features all the main colours of the collaboration: a white and red base with touches of blue, green, baby pink and yellow. To keep the light flow of the design, all the details of this gorgeous, pre-loved Constance bag have been chosen consciously and carefully. The bag is crafted from swift calfskin leather with palladium hardware, matching adjustable straps and a vibrant blue leather interior.
No wonder this bag immediately catches the attention of handbag collectors. As the handbag auction sales are constantly rising (as well as the value of the luxury and fashion industry), people are discovering more and more about wearable art and the importance of limited edition, artist collaboration designs – which also make a wonderful, low-risk investment.
When it comes to such as unique pre-loved design like this, we can’t help but experiment with all the different styling options in our heads. Keeping it simple is always a good go-to for a pre-loved luxury handbag, especially when lots of colours and shapes are involved. This empowering handbag would go beautifully with an all-black or head-to-toe red outfit, as well as a mix of architectural silhouettes such as structured blazers, midi skirts or sharp off-shoulder blouses.