Hermès Birkin and Hermès Kelly bag collector Jamie Chua, Singapore-based influencer and real-life Crazy Rich Asian, opens up her closet
- Singapore’s unofficial ‘Instagram Queen’ Jamie Chua has more than 200 Hermès bags to complement her luxury jewellery and footwear collections
- The socialite and YouTuber shows off her expensive collection of bags, which come in all sizes and are made of everything from calfskin to crocodile hide
Singaporean socialite and celebrity mum Jamie Chua loves to talk about her beloved collection of luxurious handbags. Videos on her YouTube channel show her excitement over unboxing trending branded bags of the season.
The bags that Chua has collected over time come with more stories than you might think. She accumulated a large collection of luxurious goods through collaborating with different businesses throughout her career.
Chua is said to own the largest and most expensive collection of Hermès bags in the world.
Hermès Birkin Rose Scheherazade Pink Crocodile
Price: about US$90,000
Rose Scheherazade Pink Crocodile is a Hermès Birkin 35 Retourne crafted from precious Porosus Crocodile (Hermès’ saltwater crocodile hide) in Rose Scheherazade. Its bold pop of colour was explicitly created for Hermès crocodile leather.
The colour of the bag has an uplifting pink hue. It also has a glossy surface and palladium-plated silver hardware, which is a collectable that is hard to come by.
Hermès Birkin White Epsom Leather
Price: about US$12,000
This Hermès Birkin is in white Epsom (calfskin) leather with palladium hardware and has tonal stitching. Aside from that, this bag has two straps with toggle closure, a key clochette, and double-rolled handles.
The bag’s interior has a white Chèvre (goatskin) leather lining, an engraved zip pocket and an open pocket on the other side.
Hermès Kelly Cut Clutch Rose Tyrien Shiny Porosus Crocodile
Price: about US$150,000
This bag is the holy grail for luxury bag collectors. It’s an intimate luxury accessory with Hermès’ timeless appeal and sophistication.
Porosus Crocodile is the most luxurious exotic skin from Hermès. The 18k white gold hardware includes plaques and a turn lock with 129 brilliant round diamonds. The flap opens to a goatskin leather interior with a flat pocket.
Hermès Mini Kelly Bag
Price: about US$8,000
The availability of the Hermès Mini Kelly bag is extremely limited. This bag is a 20cm version of the beloved Hermès Kelly Bag.
The Mini Kelly comes in many classic leather options, including Epsom, Box (firm calfskin), and Chèvre. The bag is so much better with gold-plated and palladium-plated hardware.
Hermès Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile
Price: from US$45,000 to US$65,000
This piece serves as one of the most expensive bags that Jamie Chua added to her collection. The word “Himalaya” in the bag does not imply the bag’s origin but the delicate gradation of the colour. The smoky grey fades into a pearly white, resembling the majestic, snow-capped Himalayas.
The process of dyeing a crocodile hide is time-consuming. It is exponentially tricky as the shades lighten. Creating the immaculate white of the snow is challenging, and the gradation to rocky grey requires great skill and a fine eye for detail.