There is probably no other luxury brand more revered and coveted by discerning and powerful women in the Philippines than Hermès. Each bag is expertly handcrafted and shaped, taking up to 24 hours to produce. As a result, quantities every year are extremely limited and the Hermès branch in Greenbelt is known to keep a very lengthy wait list of patrons willing to drop half a million and above for a status-defining investment piece. Waiting times of more than a year have been known to pop up. The most coveted of Hermès bags among Filipino buyers is most likely the Birkin. Named after English actress Jane Birkin, a chance encounter with designer Jean-Louis Dumas led to the bag's birth.