The pandemic may perhaps have shut down galas, extravagant dining places and Caribbean family vacation places — but it hasn’t arrive between customers and their Birkin bags.

French purse maker Hermes mentioned Friday that its traditional Birkin and Kelly bags — which offer for $twenty,000 each individual on average — were warm extras through the holidays, serving to fuel a 12.3 p.c maximize in fourth-quarter sales to 2.1 billion euros, or $2.fifty four billion.

That’s even with the truth that shoppers have been sorely deprived of locations to demonstrate off their pricey extras. Certainly, some analysts say purses are benefiting as perfectly-heeled consumers now have less locations to expend their money.

In a topsy-turvy searching time, 184-yr-previous Hermes seems to be owning a second. In spite of the coronavirus shuttering boutiques around the world in 2020, Hermes mentioned its sales dropped just 6 p.c on a currency-modified basis. That’s compared to sixteen-p.c sales drops at Kering, the operator of Gucci and LVMH, whose billionaire boss Bernard Arnault failed in a 2017 endeavor to purchase Hermes in a hostile takeover.

“Gucci was owning the most remarkable manner second when men and women were out and about, there were situations, openings, premieres to go to,” mentioned luxurious expert Michele Ateyeh.

Though the legendary Italian label is regarded for its flashy shades and bold statement pieces, Ateyeh mentioned Hermes bags that have offered perfectly through the pandemic are “classics that never go out of style and that keep and even obtain benefit in the resale sector.”

Certainly, the best sellers have been traditional shades which includes gray, black, gold, off-white and caramel, in accordance to Judy Taylor, operator of Madison Avenue Couture. The boutique offered 30-p.c more Hermes bags final yr than in 2019, fueling the finest yr in its 11-yr historical past.

“From Mother’s Day on, our business was soaring,” Taylor mentioned.

Even a ten- to twenty-p.c value maximize for the retailer’s Hermes bags did not dampen demand. The average value for an Hermes bag cracked the $twenty,000 mark for the initially time final yr, Taylor mentioned.

Hermes also benefitted from some totally free marketing as perfectly, with rapper Cardi B. displaying off her closet complete of Hermes bags on Instagram in October and a article over the summer season in which she gave her two yr-previous daughter Kulture an $8,000 Birkin bag.

Actor Michael B. Jordan also disclosed that on Valentine’s Day he gave his girlfriend Lori Harvey shares in Hermes.

Hermes shares on Friday rose 3 p.c to near at $116.51.