Many of you know the procedures and steps it takes at Hermès to score the bag you are looking for, and if you don’t, let me give you a mini breakdown. While there have been rumors and stories swirling for decades on waitlists and spend thresholds to get the Hermès bag of your dreams, many times, it simply comes down to customer loyalty and availability. There is also a new setup revolving around how many Birkins and Kellys you are allotted per year. And let’s be honest, life is often also about relationships and luck, which plays a role at Hermès as well. It’s far deeper than that all, so I am merely sharing some surface-level musings that by no means define who is offered a bag and why.

I haven’t been shopping in Hermès as much since I had my kids; I took a pause and haven’t added a bag to my collection from the brand until last week. I went into the store to reconnect with the SA (sales associate) I had used this past holiday season to get my mom an Hermès Evelyne. After saying hi for a few minutes, she remembered me, and we got to chatting. She asked what I was looking for, and I said, “A Kelly.” She answered me honestly, let me know that it is pretty hard to get a Kelly right now, and then asked a bit more about colors, sizes, or other bags I’d be open to. I have a few Birkins, so my heart is set on a Kelly, but I am in no rush, so I shared that with her, and I wasn’t set on color either. I just shared that if she could keep me in mind, if she thought something came up that I might like, to let me know. We talked about how there are so few bags on the shelves right now or even readily available (in fact, there aren’t even Evelyne bags which were typically readily available).

Went for Shoes, Left with a Bag

I decided to look at shoes because I wanted a new pair of sandals for my upcoming tropical trip. When she went back to check on my size, she came back out and said they had just gotten a Mini Evelyne in and wanted to see if I was interested. I did not intend to buy a bag that day, definitely didn’t have my mind on a Mini Evelyne (which is properly called the Evelyne TPM which is 16cm). But there she was, a bag I had been seeing being carried more by friends and in the wild recently, small yet mighty, and instead of mulling it over, I said yes.

Did I need this bag? Of course not. Could I convince myself that I did? Clearly so. I will say that it has been one of my favorite bag purchases. It’s mini but still fits my phone, is easy to open and access, and is light with a long shoulder strap. It’s a bag I’ve quickly come to love, and I am so thankful (is that even the right word, probably not) that I wound up getting offered this bag on that day.

And so, that is the story of my latest Hermès acquisition. I am reeled back in, hoping that I get the call on a Kelly that I would really like one day, but in all honesty, this bag may be a far better purchase in many ways. The price is really reasonable by current-day luxury standards (even by luxury mini bag standards in my opinion): $1,900 before tax.

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Jules
Jules
4 months ago

Great bag! Would you do some modelling shots? I’ve been eyeing one of these for ages ans would love to see what you can ft inside.

charlottawill
charlottawill
4 months ago

I could have gotten a TPM in anemone in April 2020. Between being in lockdown and the stock market drop I decided to pass.They need to make one between this and the PM. I’d buy it in a heartbeat, assuming I could find one.

Chris1011
Chris1011
4 months ago
Reply to  charlottawill

Agree. The TPM is a tad too small, yet the PM looks like (well!) a horse feed bag flapping on my hips. It’s too large for my frame and looks ridiculous. Why doesn’t Hermes pay attention to what it’s clientele prefers? Oh, right: THAT would be far too pedestrian!

DanD
DanD
4 months ago
Reply to  Chris1011

Very close! The Evelyne was originally made to hold horse grooming instruments but I am sure you could use it as a feed bag also, especially at the PM size.

psny15
psny15
4 months ago

what a fun bag – megs, it is also so refreshing to hear a hermes story from you instead of the usual tales by your hermes writer – enjoy the bag!

Nan
Nan
4 months ago
Reply to  psny15

What does this mean “usual tales by your Hermes writer”?

Ollie Ollie
Ollie Ollie
4 months ago
Reply to  Nan

Maybe because Megs’s tone is a little bit less “this is how TRULY rich people behave” and a little more down to earth? NP is usually an amazing writer, but that last piece on fakes and what separates the “truly wealthy” from the, I guess, pretenders was….hmmm.

charlottawill
charlottawill
4 months ago
Reply to  Ollie Ollie

I get it. Most people will never own one Hermes bag, much less multiples. But that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy seeing and reading about them here.

Gayle
Gayle
4 months ago

This was my first hermes bag. Debated whether i get the pm or tpm. I love the back pocket of the pm bag. I decided to go with the tpm it was too irresistible for me. I have it in rose extreme color. Ive used it a lot during the pandemic. Easy grab and go bag for me. Enjoy yours!

ezp
ezp
4 months ago

I would have thought it was three times that price. I think it is adorable could be worn pretty much anywhere.

charlottawill
charlottawill
4 months ago
Reply to  ezp

It’s ridiculous how much Fashionphile marks them up, often as much as double the retail price.

Van Rog
Van Rog
4 months ago

Do you plan to use a bag organizer with it? I put one in my medium size Evelyn to protect it. That reduced the capacity, but the underside of the leather makes me nervous. Thoughts on that? Great article!

Gayle
Gayle
4 months ago
Reply to  Van Rog

I buy organizers for all my classic bags. Its an extra layer of protection inside the bag against stains and dirt. The extra pockets it has organizers my things too and it keeps the shape of the bag and not make it slouchy.

Patries
Patries
4 months ago

I just bought this bag a week ago! In gold. Waiting for my insert now. Love love love

Clisty
Clisty
4 months ago

I bought a TPM in bright blue (sorry, I’m not in the know about it’s actual shade.) I love the dang thing. I can carry an LV cles for a few cc’s, LV key fob wrap, lip gloss, pen and a pair of glasses in a drawstring bag. It’s just right!

Sara
Sara
4 months ago

Happy to know you are back to shopping Hermes! Enjoy your tpm! I have 2 mini Evelyn’s. Besides loving them, they are really practical!! Can’t believe how scarce Hermes bags currently are!!

Susan
Susan
4 months ago

Have both the TPM and the large one. Love them over my birkin and Kelly’s

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