COLOUR OF THE WEEK; MICA the colour that started it all

In 2009 I was fortunate to be able to be offered a Hermes Himalayan Birkin.

 *Note*If you're not a fan of leather or legal exotic skin handbags; please read no further.

I used this bag often; but not daily, throughout the summer of 2009; which was moderately humid.      I'm casually careful with my bags, but I was a little more mindful of this one because of the light colour and skin.

At the end of the summer, I noticed the handles were looking a little yellowish and dark.    it looked like nicotine stains on my handles, and I don't smoke.

I started to fold up a tissue and place it in the palm of my hand, whenever I carried this bag, hoping to prevent further discoloration.

I tried securing cornstarch filled paper towels around my handles at night, trying to soak up any oils deposited by my hands.    It didn't work.

I decided I would have to try and request a bespoke product from Hermes to use on my handles, so I set to work to come up with a design idea.

I tried all sorts of crazy designs, cutting them out of leather pieces I had, trying to secure them to my handles with snaps, and even Hermes ribbon.  They not only looked ridiculous; they didn't work.

After much trial and error, I managed to make a few designs that were not too bulky or noticeable.   They provided more protection on the underside of the handles where it's needed most, and they stayed put.

 After filing a patent application with USPTO I sent a sample and a request for a bespoke order to Hermes Paris.    I gave them a list of bags and colours I wanted to protect and waited to hear from them.

I  then went to work on creating my protective handles wraps to use in the meantime.

I started with my most important bag first, and after discovering that Ultrasuede® brand micro fibre was outstanding for my purposes, I chose the closest colour match to my bag; Mica.