The Pre-owned Hermès Herbag: A Great Place To Start Your Hermès Collection
by Reece Morgan | May 09, 2016
Striding through the streets with a Hermès dangling off the shoulder is a level of swag that very few are ever likely to reach. For the past couple of decades, Hermès has been the undisputed king of the luxury market, and its specialty has been unattainability. Hermès bags, if you can endure the waiting list, will usually set you back upwards of £10,000; yet there is one option, with all the style of the Hermès Kelly, that can be found for as little as £600 on the vintage market.
When I say it has all the style of the Kelly I really mean it. The Hermès Herbag is often dubbed, “the Kelly’s little sister”, and it’s very similar looking. Like the Kelly, the Herbag has a subtle trapezoid shape, with a slightly wider base than top, and it comes with a handle, strap, and similar closing set-up with a flap and straps. It also has the same clochette and padlock. The key difference being that the body is made from canvas.
The Hermès Herbag is often dubbed, “the Kelly’s little sister”
The upper section of the Herbag is made from Vache Hunter leather, a superb quality hide that’s thick and durable. This whole part is removable, fixed on by palladium Hermès hardware, which means the canvas part can be swapped for different sizes and designs. The Herbag is often modelled with a Hermès Twilly wrapped around the handle, which gives it zingy dose of colour.
The canvas section can be swapped for different sizes and designs.
This model pictured, the Herbag MM, H32 cm W38 cm D14 cm, is a little smaller than the largest Kelly. For someone 1.6 m tall it’s best to wear it off the shoulder, hanging perfectly over the hip; or it can be worn across the body, but it hangs a little short for my liking. It can also be carried by the handle. The Herbag range comes in three different sizes and there’s even a backpack version.
The Hermès Herbag was discontinued in the mid 2000s and reintroduced in 2009, under the name the Herbag Zip. The new model comes with a removable wallet on the inside and a back pocket on the outside, but other than that it’s pretty much the same deal. A Herbag Zip pre-owned will cost about £1,000, but a late ‘90s Herbag in flawless shape can be found for as low as £600 on the vintage market.
The thick, hardwearing canvas makes the Herbag an ideal travel bag and its tan leather matures with a vintage look. For me, at under £1,000, the timelessly chic, superbly made Hermès Herbag is an ideal place to start on the Hermès ladder.