During the two previous season that new creative director Christophe Lemaire has shown for Hermes, the selection of handbags in the runway shows has left something to be desired. What’s there is beautiful, of course, but there’s just not much of it, particularly when you consider that Hermes’ brand identity is centered so heavily on the art of the leather bag. I can understand Lemaire’s apparent desire to imprint his DNA on the brand before venturing to heavily into the thorny subject of Hermes handbags, but I’m sure you can sense my impatience. The man has never sent a Birkin or a Kelly down the runway.

You can probably guess by now that there weren’t many bags to analyze in the Hermes Fall 2012 show, but the ones that were there were largely excellent. Well, except for one horror show of an 80s H-monogrammed attache case. Completely disregard that one and maybe we can just pretend it never happened. Other than that, the structured, brief-inspired shoulder bags were uniformly wonderful, not to mention a nice, if small, step forward for the Hermes leather goods aesthetic. I only wish there had been more of them to enjoy.

Images via Vogue.com

  • Avi

    Oh my, I see h’s everywhere- somebody is starting to go logo crazy at hermes. If they continue, they won’t have to be bought out by LV to be monogramed all over!

  • Louch

    Altough classic and classy, are disappointing.  Wish there were heaps more!!

  • farragio

    I love these sleek minimalist styles!

  • Su

    Hmmm…not s huge fan. To me you could almost buy real quality vintage pieces for the same feel/look and it would be more unique. They just look so…replaceable.

  • Nyorkeratheart

    I like not love them.. 
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    the fashion handbags. but the price too high. i think we can bought some design if the quality is

  • bir

    the bags that are shown in this collection do not do justice to a brand like Hermes in truth the collection is just…………. as always odd boxy lost !

  • Fashiondoesntexist

    Here we see that we really miss Gaultier…what are these awful bags? I mean Lemaire is a completely fool it’s clear, how someone could even think about these kind of bags for such an important brand as hermès??

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  • Sandra Rowley

    If you are going to pay Hermes prices you should get something fabulous.  While I agree that the Kelly and the Birkin are pretty great, it has always ended there for me.  This display is disappointing…

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