It’s available online for the first time, and in gorgeous alligator

Even if you’re not an Hermès fanatic, it probably won’t surprise you to hear that the brand doesn’t put its new bags on its website for sale as soon as they’re available. Usually they show up at least a couple months after they’ve debuted in stores and found their ways into the hands of the true addicts—then, when the dust has cleared, those of us online get a chance. And not just a chance to shop, but a chance to inspect the interior and details of a bag we might have only otherwise seen on a runway or in street style photos. That’s the case with the Hermès Cinhetic Top Handle Bag, which just arrived on the brand’s website in the past couple days.

We previously took an up-close look at the clutch version of the Cinhetic six months ago, so the lag in getting the day bag version of the line onto the website suggests it has been popular with shoppers. The only version that’s not available on the website is an ultra-expensive version in fuchsia alligator, which is so exquisitely finished that it nearly shimmers.

The alligator extends to under the bag’s top flap, where it meets the tonal leather interior, which is boxy and open except for two twin pouch pockets at the rear, perfect for a phone and something else you’ll need to grab quickly, like keys. The gussets don’t give at all and maintain a consistent width from top to bottom, which gives the compact-looking bag an unexpectedly roomy interior.

On the bag’s exterior, the rear holds a full-width slip pocket (also perfect for a phone, should you have many phones or, maybe, simply be a person who desires phone storage options), while the front features the signature Cinhetic hardware closure that the bag shares with the clutch. In this case, the geometric H is fully plated in palladium.

As you’ve likely already guessed, this version of the Cinhetic—the only top handle from the line currently available on Hermès’s website—is eye-wateringly expensive because of the alligator leather. It’ll cost you $30,700, and also the day off from work to wait at home for the UPS guy, since it would be a significant disaster if someone stole this package off your porch.

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