Some things never change even more when we’re looking for something big while still having value for our style, especially when it comes to classic bags. Hermes has some handbags that never go out of style.
So, you want to buy your first Hermes bag? We are 100% with you in this choice. After all, Hermes handbags are in a class apart in terms of unrivaled quality and luxury, status, exclusivity, and style. There is simply no other designer like Hermes. Unlike other designers, the term “entry-level” does not apply to Hermes handbags.
In terms of the simple price range, the entry-level at Hermes would be a scarf or a belt. For handbags, Hermes offers only the expensive and the luxury. However, this price difference is not due to the difference in quality: the more expensive bags are priced as such because of their rarity and exclusivity (ie a $5,000 Evelyn bag is no less quality than a $50,000 Birkin, instead of Evelyn it is more common and accessible).
The real differentiating factors between Hermes bags are their purpose and function. This is the beauty of Hermes: the brand only offers high luxury and quality products, but guarantees that these products are used as much as they are beautiful.
So which Hermes bag should you buy first?
It is important to analyze two factors: function and purpose.
The function: no matter how pretty it is, a bag is good for carrying your belongings. The first question you should ask yourself is: what am I going to take in my Hermes bag? Are you carrying a laptop, books, or makeup? Are you carrying lots of supplies for a long day of chores? Or do you need to travel light and carry your phone and some credit cards?
In its line, Hermes offers several bags, clutches, bags, messengers, handbags, and shoulder bags. Your preference is, of course, another consideration: Are you a big organizer who wants multiple pockets inside your purse? Or do you prefer a big, open space inside your bag? It seems that Hermes has taken everything into account in the design of their bags, as there is a Hermes bag for all tastes and styles.
Objective: Where are you taking your Hermes bag? Are you a businesswoman in need of something luxurious and durable, more subtle enough for the professional space? Are you about to go out for a nice dinner or event and need something incredibly modern to carry your essentials? Or are you looking for a daily transport you can trust to get any job done? This is where style and material choice come into play.
Some Hermes bags are made with clou or feet on the bottom so you can rest the bag without damaging the leather. Hermes also offers several material choices, with some like Clemence and Epsom leather exhibiting much more durable and water-resistant qualities than other leather options, making these bags perfect for everyday transport.
Your needs should directly influence the style and construction of your first Hermes bag. Below, we’ve broken down some of our favorite Hermes bags, discussing how and why they fit into different situations and lifestyles, usability, and price.
- Hermes Birkin
No bag comes close to Birkin in terms of luxury, quality, status, and exclusivity. Like Kelly, Birkin is named after a cultural icon: singer, actress, and model Jane Birkin. The Birkin bag is the finest leather product offered by Hermes, with a unique silhouette, solid leather construction, and heavy precious metal hardware.
- Hermes kelly
Perhaps one of the finest Hermes handbags to date, the Kelly is incredibly beautiful and elegant. Named after the late actress, fashion icon and princess of Monaco Grace Kelly, this bag is both a cultural icon and a fashion statement, instantly elevating the status of the wearer. Even if it errs on the more expensive side of the Hermes line of handbags, the Kelly is surprisingly usable and appropriate in a variety of environments.
- Hermes Jige Elan Clutch
A beautiful and romantic bag, the Jige Elan embodies perfection in its small size. Without a doubt Hermes, the clutch features the H leather clasp with signature flap. The bag was actually a gift from Jean Guerrand, son-in-law of Emile Hermes, to one of his daughters-in-law, and bears the creator’s name, Guerrand’s initials, hence the name ‘Jig.
- Hermes Garden party bag
The Garden Party is an essential staple in the Hermes tote line, being the casual do-it-all tote bag. While the GP isn’t a huge bag, its wide, cavernous interior can carry almost anything you want. Available in three sizes: S / 30, M / 36, and L / 39, there is a Garden Party for all women.
- Hermes Evelyn Messenger
Modeled after a horse saddlebag, the Evelyn is infused with Hermes’ special heritage. Made just to carry your contents securely and slung over your shoulder, this bag is perfect for those on the go who want to travel lightly and in style.
What is your dream bag?