Bryanboy's Hermès Twilly Index

When my dad used to work for a multinational firm when I was a child, he often came home with the latest issues of IHT and The Economist magazine. I remember him forcing me to read these publications instead of my beloved Sweet Valley Twins/High/University (Team Jessica Wakefield!) paperbacks. Anyhoo… one of the things I love about The Economist is their "Big Mac Index". It kept track of the price of McDonald's Big Mac in all these countries as well as currency exchange rates etc. Clever eh?

It occurred to me a few days ago that maybe it's time for the fashion-obsessed minions out there to have something similar. Armed with my mobile phone and the Hermès store directory from their website, I placed a few phone calls over the past two days (even as far as New bloody Caledonia) to check how much their beautiful silk ribbon (aka the Twilly) costs. I chose the Twilly because it's Hermès' #1 entry-level product and many people can afford it compared to a Birkin or a Kelly bag. I originally planned on doing Chanel and the classic 2.55 quilted lambskin bag but I chickened out in the end… in these crazy economic times, the last thing I wanna do is deal with far too many zeroes. After all, if you have to ask then it means you can't afford it. Hah!

So ladies… may I present you the Twilly Index.

PS. I love the lady in Toulouse, France. She was so super helpful. Same with the gurl in Copenhagen.