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Hermès Explores Its Casual Side with Its Spring 2019 Runway Bags

Don't worry, casualness at Hermès still includes exotics

In sports, it’s hard to overstate the value of a deep bench. If you’re not a sports person, a “deep bench” refers to the quality of a team’s non-starting players—when the second- and third-string lineups are stronger than those of an opponent, you have a real competitive advantage over the length of a game or a season, when starters can get tired or hurt and the team’s fortunes increasingly depend on players who might not be as well-known to fans. In a slightly different way, that’s also true in the high-end accessories world, where a popular design or two might sustain you for a few seasons, but it does not a long-term business make. On the Spring 2019 runway, Hermès looked down its lineup to demonstrate it understanding of exactly that concept.

Like Resort 2019, the Herbag figured prominently on this runway, with its stripped-down (but still quintessentially Hermès) feel and casual, lightweight canvas body. The traditional Birkins and Kellys were conspicuously absent, and instead, the rest of the collection was filled out with bags that felt largely less formal than those two ultra-famous pieces, including slouchy fold-over totes and minimalist folded flap bags on chains.

For me, the standout piece of the collection—and the best representative of its sporty, functional, everyday feel—was a new version of the formerly ultra-formal Verrou Bag, which is a sharply tailored flap shape fastened with a sliding lock not unlike a much richer-looking version of those commonly found on bathroom stalls. (I say that with affection, I swear.) For spring, Hermès paired it with a wide, thick, brightly colored web strap instead of the delicate chain it now comes with, which gave the bag a new context in which it might be a fun daytime mini option. Check out the full collection below.

[Photos via Vogue Runway]

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Bryan Lepe
Bryan Lepe
5 years ago

I love little square bags. I love the herbag I just need them to make a 25 ugh

Lori
Lori
5 years ago

I love the big slouchy fold-over bag.

Eve
Eve
5 years ago

Of all the possible door locks why did they choose public toilet stall locks for those bags?

Sparky
Sparky
5 years ago
Reply to  Eve

Must have accessory when using the luxury toilets at Harrods…

Jerri R
Jerri R
5 years ago
Reply to  Eve

They forgot the detail of a stranger staring at you through the unreasonably wide gap while you are doing your business 🙂

psny15
psny15
5 years ago
Reply to  Jerri R

the ugliest style/hardware of them all

Sofia
Sofia
5 years ago
Reply to  Eve

I’m sure my friends would tease me mercilessly if I wore that

YaLiedGirl
YaLiedGirl
5 years ago
Reply to  Sofia

ah-ha! i don’t have friends so i’m definitely gonna cop!

Jerri R
Jerri R
5 years ago

I’m totally digging the comfortably wide shoulder straps!

FashionableLena
FashionableLena
5 years ago

I’m not a fan of bucket bags, but these are gorgeous. Number 7 is my favorite.

WEST LEE
WEST LEE
5 years ago

The brand brought back herbag in a big way. Love it!

Vicky
Vicky
5 years ago

Not bad. I like the huge double zen(?) with crossbody strap the most follow with a coated canvas Herbag.

Lorchik
Lorchik
5 years ago

Love love love the herbag even though I have never been a fan before

Kenzie
Kenzie
5 years ago

I feel ambivalent towards the contrast-color stitching…
Looking for other people’s opinions…

Lynn
Lynn
2 years ago

I have a herbag 31 with the waterproof canvas. It is black with a contrasting inside. I turned it inside out for a few days and when I turned it back out to the black side it is wrinkled and bunched. Any advice how to fix this?