In 2007 I became utterly Hermesmerized™ I literally spent hours daily, daydreaming of Hermes bags and Hermes colour combinations.
As a horse owner, I was very much aware of the damage that sweat and dirt do to leather.
I've always been a bit OCD when it comes to carrying my bags, and I used to fold up a tissue and conceal it in the palm of my hand on hot, humid days, as a barrier against the oils from my hand and my handles.
I was desperate to find a way to protect my Hermes and Louis Vuitton handles, several of which were irreparably discoloured and oxidized.
I had already submitted a request (that was accepted) to Hermes for a bespoke purse organizer, so I went to work trying to design something to protect my handles.
I tried many designs, and some were admittedly crazy looking.
I experimented with leather and suede, even going so far as to cut up two of my Hermes scarves!
Unfortunately, while they looked pretty good, there was no way I could prevent the silk from fraying, and fraying, even more, when I washed it.
Now I have a pile of single-use Hermes scarf Love Handles.
When I use them I think of Linda Porter, who was married to Cole Porter. She reputedly only wore a pair of white gloves once.
I can't even recall the name of this scarf; but I love it on my Rose Tyrien Birkin 30
Brides de Gala en Finesse is such a beautiful scarf and looks so nice on my Vert Veronese Birkin 35
I wanted something that would protect my handles where my hands held it, and not hide the beauty of the leather.
I was hopeful that Hermes would be able to come up with a better solution than I could, and they tried.
They made many mock-ups; but in the end, they couldn't come up with a design that wasn't bulky and they felt it was too uncomfortable to carry. I even asked if they could make them in silk, and they replied; "silk is not possible as it would get very dirty when handled"
(above is the mock-up drawing to use one wrap for a Kelly handles and one wrap to go around both Birkin handles. I wanted one wrap for each Birkin handle)
I was very disappointed that Hermes was unable to figure out a way to make my "Love Handles" so I continued to make and use my own non-leather creation.
Since I had filed for a US Utility patent, I decided to offer them for sale and was very pleased to discover, that there are many women like myself who are interested in protecting their handles.
Love Handles are washable, easy to use handle cover wraps, that can help you maintain pristine handles. If you think Love Handles might help you, you can find them on my website www.nosacrificebags.com as well as my Etsy store; No Sacrifice Bags and limited colours are available on my No Sacrifice Amazon.com. store.