Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Hermes Evelyne III 29 Review


I resisted the Hermès Evelyne bags for a long time. I noticed it in, probably, around 2015 or so. It was simple, almost too simple. Then four years later, something clicked. I fell in love with the simple elegance of it. 

Maybe old age? A change in taste? Whatever it was, I'm glad I made the change because I'm absolutely in love with crossbody bag. 

Since I purchased it from Fashionphile in January 2020, I've worn it almost daily when running errands and during my off-days. Obviously the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all our abilities to go out and about but it has still gotten a ton of use. 

History

The bag was created in 1978 by Evelyne Bertrand, the director of Hermès equestrian department. She originally designed the bag to carry riding equipment such a brush, comb, rags and other necessities. It was sort of an afterthought of a bag until it picked up some blog coverage in 2010. The New York Times even chronicled its resurgence. 

Now you can get it in a variety of gorgeous colors, ranging from white or yellow to bright red or deep blue. 

Hermes Evelyne I, II, III

The Evelyne has three different iterations. 
  • Evelyne I is the first generation and features no exterior pocket or adjustable strap. 
  • Evelyne II is the, you get it, second generation. While it has an exterior pocket, the strap is not adjustable. 
  • The Evelyne III has the full package: pocket + strap = crossbody perfect. 
Hermes Sellier
Hermès Sellier/Image vis Hermès.com

Hermes Sellier Evelyne

There are so many varieties and options I didn't even cover in the video. There's also the Sellier, which is made out of Hunter cowhide leather and features an Hermès Sellier mark on the outside of the back rather than a perforated "H". 

I don't like it as much as the Evelyne in the traditional Epsom or Clemence leather but, who knows, maybe that will change. 

Shop Hermes Evelyne Bags 

The great thing about Hermès Evelyne is that you can find at a friendlier price point. On the resale market at sites like Rebag or Fashionphile you can find them starting at $1500 or so for a gently-used bag. That's an incredibly good price point for an Hermès investment bag.