I like to think that I keep myself fairly well-updated on upcoming releases from Hermès, but this time I was caught completely by surprise. Scrolling through Instagram a few weeks ago, a friend posted her latest acquisition, and I practically squealed when I saw it:

The Pochette Backpocket in etoupe togo sits flat and neat across the back of a 25cm Birkin, also in EtoupeBirkin togo. Photo courtesy of Instagrammer @sclim2320

The Pochette Backpocket in etoupe togo sits flat and neat across the back of a 25cm Birkin, also in Etoupe Birkin togo. Photo courtesy of Instagrammer @sclim2320

This new bag accessory – the “Pochette Backpocket” – drops down around the handles of a Birkin and sits flat against the back of the bag, adding a functional pocket. It’s similar in theory to the “Birkin Pochette”, a piece Hermès showed in its recent Autumn/Winter 2021 runway show, which, while also bearing openings to be placed around the Birkin handles, looks like it is instead meant to sit inside the bag (not the outside, like the Backpocket) and face the front (rather than the back). The Birkin Pochette also contains items with a flap; the Backpocket utilizes a zipper.

I love things that are both attractive and functional, and quite honestly between the two accessories, based on this first look I would prefer the Backpocket: it’s got a slim profile, which does not appear to add much bulk or weight; it sits outside the bag (therefore not affecting the look of the bag or what you can carry in it); and has the more secure zipper rather than a flap.

I am told that the Backpocket will be available in various sizes to match the Birkin’s many sizes, but of course the trick will be finding the right color combo to match your bag. However, I can see this being used on other bags with straps or handles that fit the opening, or even just slipped inside another bag. 

As of this writing I do not have exact prices for the various sizes, but the 25cm size cost the approximate equivalent of $1,170USD, so it’s not inexpensive.

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Lori
Lori
1 year ago

I wonder if they will make on to fit my Jyspiere? It would make getting the phone in and out of it much easier. And when will someone add a strap to this and call it a bag?

alisa.g
1 year ago
Reply to  Lori

I’ve been wishing for a long time that they’d offer a short strap to give the Jypsie a hand-carry option when you don’t want to go crossbody or shorten the regular strap. Sometimes I need both functions 🙂

Notorious Pink
Notorious Pink
1 year ago
Reply to  Lori

That would be a terrific idea!

Justice
Justice
1 year ago

Does it come in 40cm?

Notorious Pink
Notorious Pink
1 year ago
Reply to  Justice

So far I’ve only heard of 25, 30 and 35 but will ask around! ?

Justice
Justice
1 year ago
Reply to  Notorious Pink

Thank you. I would love to add this to my B40!

kkonaroll
kkonaroll
1 year ago

looks easy to swipe

Beth
Beth
1 year ago

You wrote “the trick will be finding the right color combo to match your bag”, but it might be interesting to utilize other colors different from the bag. I would consider it depending on how it looked.

Sunny
Sunny
1 year ago

I love a bag with external pocket which is why the birkin/Kelly has never appealed to me. This pochette is functional but still looks a little out of place imo.

lulilu
lulilu
1 year ago

I think it cheapens the look of the birkin, especially with the big zipper. Maybe if it was on a different color or size bag? IDK But flaps and pockets make me think cheap.

RavenE
RavenE
1 year ago

I don’t like it.

BR
BR
1 year ago

I’m not sure what you would even put in that outside pocket. Certainly not sunglasses or keys as they would be too bulky. Perhaps an iPhone, but I feel if you zipped it up after it would pull. While I like the idea of an outside pocket to hold things you may want quickly, I’m just not sure this one is so functional. And if it’s not functional, that big zipper is a no for me.

Itsallabout thebag
Itsallabout thebag
1 year ago

This would be fantastic for a Kelly (or as someone else mentioned a Jypsiere) quick and relatively easy access to a mobile maybe. Realistically though who actually does up their Birkin? The most I do is pull the flap over in the rain and they’re not exactly short on storage space!

Susan
Susan
1 year ago

dah, Hermes, how about a strap???? It’s a TOTE bag!

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