Hermes, pronounced “er mez,” is a French company specializing in luxury consumer goods including handbags, leather goods, perfumes, clothing, and accessories. Some Hermes items are highly sought after and can sell for thousands of dollars on eBay, even in used condition. Hermes ties are considered the cream of the crop in men’s neckties, right up there with Gucci, Ferragamo, and Armani.
Established in 1837 by Thierry Hermes, a German, the company began manufacturing harnesses and bridles for horses. The company’s target market was the European nobility. After moving into saddles, the company began manufacturing leather clothing, leather handbags, and eventually clothing.
Hermes ties are made of 100% fine silk, the best silk in the world. Certain patterns of Hermes ties are often produced in limited number making them rare, collectible, or just hard to find. Animal ties fall into this category.
Be careful selling Hermes ties found in thrift stores or at estate sales. There are many fakes. Fake Hermes ties may have any of these characteristics:
Edgy patterns and shiny silks. An authentic tie will be soft to the touch.
Horizontal or vertical ridges across the tie. The ridges on authentic Hermes ties run from 11:00 to 5:00 on the diagonal.
Black interior lining is a sign of a fake. The interior lining should match the main background color on the front of the tie.
Embroidered with “Hermes Paris” is also a sign of a replica tie. An authentic Hermes tie is always embroidered with the standard horse and carriage logo. The only exception is a scarf pattern tie, which may have the words “Hermes Paris.”
Hermes ties are great sellers on eBay and it isn’t uncommon to see them sell for over $200. This timeless Hermes Wall Street Bulls & Bears tie sold for $199, with $11.25 shipping. The seller is located in Buena Park, California, where median home values are $450,000 – so there are probably some good picking in the thrift stores and consignment stores in the area. (An eBay seller’s dream.)
Add Hermes ties to your BOLO (be on the lookout) list if you are an eBay picker. Always authenticate high end designer items. eBay can suspend your account if fake items are listed. The excuse “I didn’t know” is not acceptable.