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Gallery Rare Singapore – for Hermes Birkin and Kelly luxury bags

Ladies, you will be happy to know that you now have a perfectly legit reason to go get a Hermes bag!

According to Time Magazine, the Hermes Birkin bag outpaced the prices of both gold and the stock market in the last 35 years so if you are wondering where to put your money in the long-term, put it on the bag! The artisan-crafted, limited edition bags cost between US$10,000 to US$200,000 and are not advertised. So, if you decide to just sail into your nearest Hermes store tomorrow to pick up a Birkin, chances are you will be told to get on a waiting list of a waiting list. And the wait could be a year. Or two.


We in Singapore are now in luck! Gallery Rare from Japan, which specialises in Hermes Birkin and Kelly bags, has decided to open up its first overseas boutique in the heart of Orchard Road. As a pioneer in the pre-used luxury goods retail industry with more than 30 years behind them, Gallery Rare’s professional appraisers ensure that all of their items are in pristine condition.  Gallery Rare has a well-established Hermes VIP network throughout Japan and also procures through auctions. Thus they are able to get constant stock and keep prices down, as they deal with sellers directly. New shipments arrive in Singapore once every two weeks. While the bags are pre-owned, most of them are new and almost new.

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Stepping into Gallery Rare on the second floor of Mandarin Gallery is like entering a candy store. The showcase of multi-coloured Hermes bags calls out to you from afar and you will be drawn in like a bee to honey. It also helps that the staff are extremely friendly and helpful. Helmed by experienced and approachable Managing Director, Mr Yoshihiro Sugiyama, who hails from Gallery Rare Tokyo, customers can expect great advice, the latest Hermes information and personalised service from him and his team. In addition, if there is a Hermes you have your eye on, which is not available in-store, it is possible to make enquiries through him and he can keep a look-out for your item through their Japan networks.


Mr Sugiyama hopes to continue providing Gallery Rare’s philosophy of satisfaction, sincerity and smile to customers, employees and trading partners.

He says, “We are really happy to have such a wonderful boutique in Singapore and from here, we hope to also get closer to customers in the region”.

So, if you are sourcing for a Hermes Birkin or Kelly, do pay a visit to Gallery Rare Singapore. Oh and if you are dragging along husband, boyfriend or male companions, they could be occupied with the large collection of pre-owned watches from Rolex, Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe that are also on display.


Gallery Rare Orchard Boutique

333A Orchard Road

#02-22 Mandarin Gallery

Singapore 238897

Tel: +65-6235-1975

Business hours: Monday – Sunday 11:30am to 8:30pm


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How to unwrap onigiri from konbini

So after we amassed all these onigiri from the konbini (Japanese convenience store, of which there are more than 40,000 in Japan o_O), we eagerly tore through the wrappers like the barbarians that we are. Only to discover, many onigiris later, that there is actually a super ingenious METHOD to unwrap these triangular morsels delicately. The reason why the triangular onigiri is wrapped as such is so that the seaweed does not touch the rice and so is kept crisp and fresh until you unwrap it. The instructions are actually at the bottom of the wrapper; but who looks at the bottom anyway when one just needs to sink one’s teeth into seaweed and rice immediately?

So, for the uninformed and clueless, here is a step-by-step guide on how to unwrap your konbini-bought triangular onigiri. Enjoy ;).