You know Kelly and (Jane) Birkin, but have you met Evelyne? The essential Hermès crossbody, once relegated solely to the equestrian section of the French atelier’s wares, rose to fame only a few years ago as a result of the recession and its recession-era style.
The history of this bag goes 42 years back. Evelyne Bertrand, head of Hermès Riding Department, created her namesake bag in 1978 as a carry-all for horse groomer’s tools. Perforating one side so brushes and sponges could dry on the go. Though the perforated side is intended to be worn against the body, the H logo has become a coveted design element for luxury lovers.
The white Evelyne in different sizes - Pinterest
The Hermès Evelyne bag comes in four sizes: TPM, PM, GM and TGM (which stand for Très Petit Modèle, Petit Modèle, Grand Modèle and Très Grand Modèle). The bag’s signature H will always have 63 holes.
The different sizes of the Evelyne - Pursebop via Pinterest
There are three generations of the Evelyne:
- Evelyne 1 (first generation) has no external pocket and a non-adjustable strap.
- Evelyne 2 (second generation) has an external pocket and a non-adjustable strap.
- Evelyne 3 (third generation) has an external pocket and an adjustable canvas strap.
With its simple silhouette, adjustable long strap and more affordable price point, it’s no surprise that the bag has seen a resurgence in popularity. Today, the bag is more likely to be found on the everyday woman or man needing a stylish yet functional bag. The crossbody style is the perfect bag for keeping hands free, running weekend errands and even bringing on your next vacation. Got excited? We have a variety of preloved Hermès Evelyne bags in stores and online. Click here to check them out. Because, who doesn’t love to carry a classic it bag after all?
Written by Brechtje Helderweirdt