Equally buttery are the French calfskins that Hermes uses and Lord & Taylor has at the main floor boutique. All of the Hermes appointments are handmade, the choice is wide. One gem is a simple calfskin portfolio, flat-folded, zipper-closed, with handsome brass lock. It is $38 plus tax.
A traveling handbag in the customary Hermes shape is extra deep to accommodate a jewel box which can be removed for deposit in a hotel safe upon arrival. It has a ruby velvet lining and zipped closing. The largest of three sizes is 32 inches and $94. Its matching jewel case is $77, both plus tax. They come in three colors: acajou (wine), black and natural.
A smaller gift in the same fine calfskin is an agenda book with two separate sections for appointments and addresses. It is packaged with a year's supply of refills dated in three-month sections (to cut down on bulk). Gold-leaf-edged pages are $3 per pack; a sterling silver pencil, $2 plus tax, and the notebook itself $11 plus tax.