French fashion house Hermès has just released a 57,000 Singaporean dollars ($41,000) leather mahjong set for Chinese aunties who like to play in style.
Called Helios, the mahjong set’s tiles are made of palissander wood and printed on Sift calfskin, according to Mashable. It comes in deep, dark brown with a white undertone color called ébène, much different than the traditional white and green color.
Designer handbags, especially Hermés Birkin Bags, are known to cost into the six digits, but one record-setting sale had a pricey handbag selling for the price of a decent house in Los Angeles.
After an intense 10-15 minutes bidding war at a Christie’s auction in Hong Kong last Wednesday, a Hermés Birkin handbag was sold to an unnamed buyer for a whopping HKD $2.94 million ($380,000), according to SCMP.
A Hong Kong collector has set a fashion record after bidding for “arguably the rarest, most spectacular, and most jaw-dropping Birkin to ever be made” at Christie’s Auction house on Monday.
The Himalayan Nilo Crocodile Birkin, which was designed in 2008, is encrusted with 245 diamonds and an 18-karat white gold clasp. The purse itself is crafted from the skin of an almost-albino pale crocodile specially bred for Hermès to give it a “white Himalaya” color.
The most exclusive purse in the world is a more solid long-term investment than gold or the stock market.
According to a values research study conducted by Baghunter, an online marketplace for buying and selling high-end bags, the average annual return rate for a Hermés Birkin handbag has surpassed that of the S&P 500 as well as the value of gold for the past 35 years.