This article will simplify introduce all Hermès classic bags, hope it can help you choose bags.
1. Birkin(in 1984)
The Birkin bag has been around for nearly 40 years, and since its inception in 1984, the design has not changed. Each bag is made with two leather handles, a flap closure with two belted straps and a center turn lock that holds a padlock. The Birkin is secured by closing the flaps over the buckle loops, wrapping the buckle draw straps and then closing the lock on the front hardware. The keys are enclosed in a leather key holder known as a clochette, which is French for “small bell.”
More recently, Hermès has created and sold many different sizes, hardwares, types of leather and colors which all can impact the Birkin’s price.
Sizes for the Birkin range from 20cm, 30cm, 35cm, 40cm to the largest 45cm. Size details are as below.
Birkin Mini: 20.5cm x 13cm x 12cm
Birkin 25: 25cm x 20cm x 13cm
Birkin 30: 30cm x 22cm x 16cm
Birkin 35: 35cm x 25cm x 18cm
Birkin 40: 40cm x 30cm x 21cm
Birkin 45: 45cm x 30cm x 21cm
In general, BK30 and BK35 are the most popular sizes, but BK25 is more popular in Asia. BK40 and BK45 are fit for men.
The metallic hardware on a Birkin bag usually has one of two finishes: palladium finish or gold plated. However, there are also many rare finishes applied to custom bags and unique designs which can include 24K plated gold, ruthenium and burnished.
2. Kelly(in 1892): the earliest bag
Kelly bag is one of Hermes classic handbags. The prototype is inspired by a saddle mounted leather bag (HAC) in 1892. In the 1930s, Robert Dumas, the son-in-law of Émile Hermès, created this classic handbag and took over the operation of Hermes in 1951. In 1956, on the cover of the magazine life, Grace Kelly, Princess of Morocco, carried the largest size of Kelly bag which was made of crocodile skin and half covered her pregnant body, revealing her shining and charming female beauty. This unforgettable cover photo made Kelly bag go crazy. Therefore, Grace Kelly and the Kelly bag named after her were once the classic symbols of that era.
At the beginning, there were only 3 sizes: 28cm, 32cm and 35cm. By 1968, there were more Mini Kelly bags, but not many people bought them. After all, many people still want to pack more things. In 1980, a size of 40 cm was added, as well as 50 cm and 25 cm. There are totally 7 sizes now.
Size details are as below.
Kelly Mini: 22cm x 13cm x 7cm
Kelly 25: 25cm x 17cm x 7cm
Kelly 28: 28cm x 22cm x 10cm
Kelly 32: 32cm x 23cm x 10.5cm
Kelly 35: 35cm x 24cm x 12cm
Kelly 40: 40cm x 28cm x 16cm
Kelly 50: 50cm x 34cm x 25cm
(2) Kelly Derivative Series
Kelly Lakis, So Kelly, Kelly Pichette, Kelly Danse, etc.
3. Constance(in 1959)
The year was 1959 and Robert Dumas-Hermès was just about to complete his first decade at the helm of the luxury giant. In Mr. Dumas-Hermès’s employ was an illustrious designer by the name of Catherine Chaillet, who had just given birth to her fifth child, a girl by the name of Constance. To commemorate this celebratory event, Catherine decided to name one of her handbag designs after the child, a recently designed model with a flap top, adjustable shoulder strap, and an “H” buckle closure. Thus, the bag became officially known as the Hermès Constance.
What is the hardest bag to buy? I think it must be Constance. Because it is available in very limited quantities. Many Hermes official stores can get only 5 ,even less than 5 bags per year.
Constance is small and easy to carry, and the H logo is very eye-catching.
Constance14: 14cm x 10cm x 3cm
Constance18: 18cm x 15cm x 4cm
Constance23: 23cm x 17cm x 5cm
Constance25: 25cm x 14cm x 8cm
Constance29: 29cm x 25cm x 9cm
4. Lindy(in 2007)
If you want a casual and simple bag, you can choose Lindy. The Lindy made it’s official runway debut in Hermès’s Spring-Summer 2007 collection, alongside it’s kindred spirit the Kelly Flat bag. The inspiration of the collection was beach leisure, and the bags followed suit on the idea, all being designed and re-interpreted to be more portable. While the reception of the overall collection may have been mixed, the Lindy bag’s success was unmistakable.
Mini Lindy : 19cm x 12.5cm x 9cm
Lindy 26: 26cm x 18cm x 12cm
Lindy 30: 30cm x 19cm x 15cm
Lindy 34: 34cm x 21cm x 15cm
5. Herbag(in 1998)
If you’re haunted by dreams of owning a Kelly or can’t afford a Kelly, consider the Hermès Herbag. These two bags by Hermès are similar looking, but score really differently on price, material and adoration scales. Unlike the leather Kelly, the Herbag uses canvas for its body and leather for trim. The canvas body can be easily detached and the leather top can be attached to any other body. This way the same top can be used for differently colored and styled Herbag canvas bodies! It’s because of this feature that the Herbag is often called the Hermès ‘Two in One’ bag as well!
There are two kinds of Herbag, one is a backpack (called Herbag A Do, which has been discontinued) and the other is a one-shoulder backpack. It is generally made of cowhide and canvas.
Herbag TPM: 19cm x 21.5cm x 7cm
Herbag PM: 31cm x 25cm x 10cm
Herbag MM: 39cm x 31cm x 15cm
Herbag GM: 52cm x 36cm x 20cm
6. Evelyne (in 1978 Year)
It was in 1978 when the former head of the Hermes riding department, Evelyne Bertrard and her team, sat down to create a bag that would serve as a convenient carryall for horse grooming equipment. They came up with a design of a crossbody bag that featured a simple messenger-like silhouette, with a small belt closure and a removable shoulder strap. The bag was named the “Evelyne” after Bertrard. The defining feature of the bag was the perforated “H” design on the back, which allowed for aeration of the grooming tools while those were carried. Yes, you were supposed to carry the Evelyne with the the “H” facing the body!
Since the release of the Hermes Evelyne, there have been four versions of the bag: Evelyne I, Evelyne II, Evelyne III and Evelyne Sellier. Roman numerals (I, II, III) refer to the generation of the bag. We are currently on the third generation of the Evelyne.
- Evelyne I: It does not have an external pocket and adjustable strap like the current version.
- Evelyne II: The external pocket first appeared on this generation. All Evelyne’s II featured an external pocket, except the smallest version of the bag. No adjustable strap.
- Evelyne III: It features both the external pocket and the adjustable canvas strap.
Evelyne 16 TPM: 17cm x 18cm x 5.5cm
Evelyne 29 PM: 28cm x 30cm x 9cm
Evelyne 33 GM: 32cm x 30cm x 9cm
Evelyne 40 TGM: 40cm x 39cm x 10cm