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Bag comparison: Hermes Birkin 30cm and 35cm vs. Chanel Jumbo

I’ve received quite a few emails and questions about how much a 30cm Birkin can fit versus a 35cm, and whether each fit more or less than a Chanel bag, etc. A sweet reader (hi Andrea!) suggested that I do a post showing how much could fit in my two Hermes bags, and I thought that was a great idea! Here goes, and I hope this is helpful. A disclaimer that I tried to show a true representation of what I fit into each bag, and I tend to just “throw” my things into my bags – I’m not one of those people who do some kind of Tetris puzzle solution to try to fit the maximum amount of stuff. I’m sure if you were were organized than me, you could fit more.

left to right: 35cm Hermes Birkin, 30cm Hermes Birkin, Chanel jumbo bag

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Standing upright

In case it isn’t self explanatory, the 35cm and 30cm for the Birkins refer to the length of the base of the bag – the 35 looks and is a LOT bigger though!

Chanel (single flap) Jumbo

So I thought I would do a progression of items – this is what I usually fit into a Chanel jumbo. My makeup bag, iPhone, little notebook, mints, long wallet, and sunglass case.

Hermes 30cm Birkin

The same fits comfortably into a 30cm Birkin…but I also add a large scarf/wrap/cardigan usually, and a magazine to read. Here, it’s The Economist because I am *ahem* Highly Intellectual. You could also probably fit an iPad or something similar and a bottle of water.

Hermes 30cm Birkin

Lots of room to spare – I don’t like filling to the top, the bag looks like a big stuffed rectangle then and it’s easy for pickpockets to grab your stuff.

Hermes 35cm Birkin

Now the 35cm…you can see I have everything that was in the 30cm, plus a beverage (love sparkling apple juice!). And I’m not actually an intellectual who reads The Economist – I’m actually a poser because I much prefer reading Bridget Jones Diary..!! The 35 fits an extra book easily. It could also probably fit a laptop and more.

Hermes 35cm Birkin

As you can see, there’s TONS of room to spare. The bag can easily fit in addition – papers for work, a laptop/tablet, and some snacks too. That’s what I usually add to it for travel/work. But the bag is way, way heavier! Even empty the 35cm probably weighs 2-3 lbs more than the 30cm – the 35 is not only larger but also made of a heavier leather. Here are a few more pictures of the bag with a laptop inside.

Hermes 35cm Birkin

Hermes 35cm Birkin

The laptop still fits inside (this is a 12′ laptop). So you can see, the 35cm fits a lot…but weighs a TON if you put this much inside.

You can see the 35cm on me in this post, and the 30cm on me in this post.

I also get asked a lot whether I would recommend a 35cm or a 30cm size Birkin, if I could only choose one to have. For me, my answer would be 30cm because that size is much easier to take from day to night. Here are some pros and cons

Hermes Birkin 30cm:

1. Easily goes from day to night

2. Lighter than 35cm (could be by pounds)

3. Some like the proportion better.

4. but…it doesn’t fit as much

5.  It isn’t as handy for travel…or work, if you need to carry a bunch of stuff with you

6. Some think that it looks too “tiny” on taller people (I think it looks fine).

Hermes Birkin 35cm:

1. Great size for travel and everything else – shopping, work, it will be used on many occasions

2. Some people prefer the proportion/size.

3. Again…it fits so much more!!

4. but…some shorties think that the 35cm overwhelms them 

5. Slightly more expensive than the 30cm

6. Can be quite a bit heavier! It makes a difference, trust me.

I hope this helps you all! Let me know if you have any further questions in the comments and I will try to answer.

PS: Looking for an easy tote but aren’t fully on board for the Birkin? My favorite under the radar but still totally luxury tote is by Bottega Veneta – beautiful and will last forever in black! 

At under $250, this Michael Kors tote will last a long time and is sleek and work appropriate. 

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  • B.Inspired
    July 22, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    THANK you for doing this posting! I can definitely get a better idea of which Kelly size to get, 32 or 35…3 cm doesn't sound like a lot but there is definitely a difference! Love all 3 bags!!!

  • Mangoblüte
    July 22, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    I LOVE your etoupe birkin!
    http://www.mangobluete.com

  • homestilo
    July 22, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I really like how you arranged the bags with the items. This is so well done.

  • Yaya
    July 22, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks! This was so helpful!!

    http://www.atelier630.com

  • K
    July 22, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Fabulous post! So very informative – you should probably "sticky" this post if you can, as I'm sure a ton of readers, both present and future, would highly appreciate this kind of resource!

    Do you own any Kellys? If you do, I would love a similar post for the Kelly, as I'm more of a Kelly girl myself. (Shoulder strap = Hands free = Essential for me.) 🙂

    Thanks again, Katherine! Your blog is definitely one of my favorites! 😀

  • Sarah M.
    July 22, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Fantastic post! I want every one of those bags 😀 And as commented above, you're great at arranging the items against the bags. I adore the taupe colour of your big Birkin!

    xx from Montreal,

    Sarah
    http://semplicemente-sarah.blogspot.com

  • Ruth
    July 22, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Oh to afford such finery! I would LOVE to own a Chanel quilted purse and a Birkin, but unfortunately my student budget doesn't allow for such luxuries – thankfully ASOS does some lovely lookalikes! 🙂
    xx

    http://www.flossyblossom.blogspot.com

  • Aesthetic Alterations
    July 22, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Hi! I've been loving your blog.

    This post is much appreciated. While not interested in a Birkin in the future (I'm betting either would feel too heavy for me, since I like shoulder bags like the Trim or Marwari), I'm thinking to acquire a Chanel flap as my next bag. The comparisons help greatly to understand the size.

    The color of your flap is incredible. I *long*. 🙂

  • Make Mommy Chic
    July 22, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Hi Katherine, I echo everyone's comments about how informative this post is. I have decided on the smaller birkin. I'll use this post to show my husband what a great investment this bag is. And I know exactly what he'll say 'wow, how much is that bag, like $500 bucks?' thanks for the post!

  • Annette
    July 22, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Not that I'll ever be able to afford Hermes anything for a very very long time (IF EVER)… but I still love the pictures in this post! The progression is really fun 🙂 I lug around a lot of stuff and need all the room I can get, and that 35cm sure would look good on my arm in my dreamland alternate universe!

  • amy b.s.
    July 22, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    wow, this is a great post. now, if i could just afford the bags…

  • SomeKindOfStyle
    July 22, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    interesting, now which one is more heavier? 😉 they are all beauties! xoxo

    http://some-kind-of-style.blogspot.com/

  • Julia
    July 22, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Great post. Now I know I would need 30cm for everyday use. I gotta lots of stuff to transport from home to wherever I go:-)

  • B. in the Know
    July 22, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    All are beautiful, but I love the Hermes Birkin 35 cm in gray – gorgeous!
    Much love,
    B

  • lauraloo
    July 22, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Great post!! I had to sell my 35cm Birkin because the weight was just too much for me and I never put very much in it at all. But it was such a stunning bag, just like yours!!

  • Lydia
    July 22, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Thanks for sharing the information. Very useful, not that I could afford to buy Hermes anytime soon (lol). I always love bigger size in a bag. Love the color of your Hermes (taupe?) and of course the classic Chanel jumbo in red! Swoon! Have a great weekend!

  • Nelah
    July 22, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Thanks for doing this post, very informative. I don't think I will ever get to see one in real life so this info gives me some ideas of the size. Size 30cm seems like a nice size. I guess 25 is probably very small.

  • Melissa
    July 22, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Wow, great post, really interesting!! I am still too young/financially stretched to really invest in bags as nice as yours yet (especially because I am bad about shoes!!) but it was still a really interesting read!
    xxMelissa

  • Anh
    July 22, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Love this post! I adore your 35mm Birkin, the color is just fabulous!

    And I have the same 12" Thinkpad!

  • Janice Liao Shiao
    July 22, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Kat, awsome information. It's helping a bunch with my Hermes research for a new bag. I'm leaning towards the 35 b/c i have knickknacks of my 4y.o to carry around, but the weight intimidates me. Do you know much about the 32?

  • kim.chi
    July 22, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    very helpful! thanks a bunch!
    i'd love to see a chanel flap comparison too! (med/large vs jumbo vs maxi) =)

  • marishberry
    July 22, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Thank you so much for so helpful post!
    Could you explain a little bit about the leathers, please? Which one is the most durable (ford, togo?) and which is the lightest? For my first (and maybe only) Birkin I'm planning to get 30cm in Eutope in some sturdy but preferable light leather…

  • Samantha
    July 22, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Thanks Katherine! This is such a helpful post!! And love looking at all the eye candy! :o)

    xo,
    sam

  • Leona
    July 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Great post! I have a 35 & really should have bought a 30. My 35 is basically empty 90% of the time, but I snatched it up while I had a chance!

    Leona
    http://fromlolascloset.blogspot.com/

  • alison*elle
    July 22, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    LOVE this post, Kat! It's so informative 🙂 The 35 looks like it can fit sooo much stuff but all that extra weight to carry around is a lot.

    xo, alison*elle

  • Plami
    July 22, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Very interesting post! I love the comparison! Although I'd rather not to choose and just have all of them!

    XoXo
    Plami

    http://fashion-thrill.blogspot.com/

  • couturecoco
    July 22, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Thank you SO MUCH for this comparison post. It's perfect timing for me because I am in the middle of researching the Birkin and my instinct was to go for the 30cm but wasn't sure how it would be in terms of space in reality.

  • Lisa
    July 22, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    loved this post kat!! thanks so much for showing us exactly what you can fit inside each!!

  • PetiteLittleGirl
    July 22, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Your handbag collection is to die for! Thanks for doing this comparision post =)

  • Edwina
    July 22, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Love your bags!!!! They're so beautiful 🙂 I wish I can own a Birkin one day!!

    I think I prefer the 30cm since I'm on the shorter side heehee, but I prefer the texture of your 35cm.

  • newpetite
    July 22, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Fantastic Post!

  • DSK Steph
    July 22, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    This is such a great post!! 🙂 I love your bags so very much! <3 <3 <3

  • Anonymous
    July 22, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Fantastic post. I love your sense of color. Seeing all three of your bags lined up makes me think of beautiful autumn trees! Very inspiring.

  • roseandthistle
    July 22, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Oooh fascinating I always love seeing what people carry around with them! Pretty restrained I'd say, mine would have a ton of useless stuff in it too 🙂 I love your Hermès notebook/planner (not sure which!), it's gorgeous.

  • Altera
    July 22, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    The Economist. Hah! That cracked me up.

  • Nicole Angela
    July 23, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Hi I really loved your information. Could you please tell us how much the Herme Birkin costs the 30cm and 35cm please. Thank you. If my mind serves me right the Chanel Classic jumbo is now 4200? Meduim 3900 and maxi is 4900? I know the prices just recently increased. But I have no idea about Herme. Your bags are gorgeous!

  • Eve
    July 23, 2011 at 12:35 am

    i can only imagine really how heavy the birkin 35cm with laptop and all those stuff inside!seriously!
    anyway i was staying in Evason Phuket, if you are going to Phuket, you should definitely stay there!
    Or somewhere else so you let me know if its better than Evason!:D

  • Anna
    July 23, 2011 at 2:10 am

    I've been eying the Birkin for a while now – did you have to go on the wait list? I heard awful things, like it takes 1-2 years to even see the bag you ordered.

    The bags are, obviously, gorgeous. Are you going to expand the collection?

  • audrinajulia
    July 23, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Thanks again Katherine for this post! As a bag aficionado as I am it will be a great clipping (again) for future use. As of this time I know I can't afford to have one.But who does not want chanel and birkin, right? But I still look it as an option, an investment or heirloom hehe for my daughters soon.But I bet this is a good comparison to what I'm struggling right.I'm torn betweenthe size of lv speedy 25-30.Somehow you gave such a great idea regarding size of a 5 foot inches gurl like me in which size to prefer..and maybe you can help me give your vote in which to prefer.:)

    I know i'll be coming more often to this article for comments and your reply to feedbacks.Oh and I forgot to ask, is chanel heavy too like herme's birkin? Thanks!

  • SMS Style
    July 23, 2011 at 8:48 am

    I have the 35cm and use it all the time! Love the colour of yours though, mine is black. Thanks for visiting my blog too 🙂

    Love from London, UK
    Anna xxx

    http://www.southmoltonststyle.com

  • Laceface
    July 23, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Those bags are amazing! Glad I found this blog:)

    <3lace
    Sing Along Forever

  • Tara @ Haute Lunch
    July 23, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    What a fun idea! I love all three bags, and it is fun to see what you can fit in each of them!

  • Latkes and Dim Sum
    July 24, 2011 at 1:49 am

    Loving this post, and your beautiful bags! 🙂
    ps – I can't figure out which I enjoy more, the FT magazine or the WSJ one. Always look forward to both 🙂

  • NicoleAngela
    July 24, 2011 at 3:28 am

    Hi does anyone know the prices and would be so kind to share please! ;o). Hermes Birkin 30, 35 and 40. Thank you in advancy!

  • Alyssa
    July 24, 2011 at 6:32 am

    Those bags are lovely! I was thinking what an amazing bag the 35 cm Hermes bag would be for school. However, you said the weight definitely takes a toll on you ha. Very helpful and informative post!

    Check out my new posts!
    beautyandfashionmashup.blogspot.com
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  • Kalmo
    July 24, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Wow what a beauty collection of bags. Beautiful.

  • suki pooki
    July 24, 2011 at 9:27 am

    First of all, drools over these bags! They're all definitely on my "wish list"! But of course, I could never afford these on my student budget T_T I think this is a great post for those curious and wondering! I personally love large bags, Im of those "must have everything" girls LOL It's so bad, I know but I just NEED to have my camera, agenda, scarf, makeup bag, a book, ds…..yes, I carry bricks LOL You have a beautiful collection of bags!

  • Marjolein Hoekendijk
    July 24, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Love your stuff !! 😀

  • cheryl denise
    July 24, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    gorgeous bags! i hope to have just ONE of these beauties one day!!
    love your blog 🙂

    cheryl
    a peek of chic

  • Choiii
    July 24, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    such a thorough and helpful post
    beautiful bags, i love the 30cm birkin 🙂

  • sugar sugar
    July 24, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    the bags look absolutely amazing! *drools

  • Sienna
    July 24, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    you have stunning bags belle

  • Mi_Mi
    July 24, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    WOW i love this collection soo pretty^^…i love the first one..na i love all of them^^
    Mi_Mi
    x
    mi-miworld.blogspot.com/

  • Katherine
    July 25, 2011 at 1:03 am

    @Nelah25 to me is really small but a lot of ladies like it…try it out, a boutique should have a sample size for you to see 🙂

    @marishberryof course! I will add that to my "to do post" list – for now the lightest leathers are box/chevre/vache liagee but the leather most easily purchased that is still light is Togo….Clemance is second heaviest and heaviest is Fjord for me..

    @KI wish I owned a Kelly! One is definitely on my list. I own a mini one but don't think that counts 🙂

    @SomeKindOfStyle OMG, the 35 is definitely the heaviest!

    @Janice Liao Shiao do you mean the 32 HAC bag or a 32 Kelly? 🙂

  • Katherine
    July 25, 2011 at 1:09 am

    @audrinajulia The Chanel jumbo is not so light but compared to the Birkin it is like a feather! Are you in the mkt for one? I might recommend trying to find a single flap Jumbo pre-loved, they are lighter and cheaper 🙂

    @NicoleAngela Where do you live? 30/35/40 are all around $10k, give or take a thousand or so in the US – plus tax

    @Anna Anna there is a list but for me that is usually for special ordered items – usually I let the SA know what I am looking for and they call me when things come in.

    Thank you everybody for the sweet comments!!

  • Anonymous
    July 25, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    @lauraloo thanks for the comment You definitely made up my mind to go with a 30cm.

  • Anonymous
    July 25, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Thank you for this post! Very helpful! I don't want my bag to be heavy already when it's empty so I have a problem with the 35cm. 30cm is my choice but i am on the fence about a birkin because not sure I want everyone knowing how much I spent on a bag. It makes me feel uncomfortable. I wish they were under the radar because the quality is TDF!

  • Fashionable Rose
    July 25, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    very informative post! brilliant idea!! Thank u for sharing 🙂 X

  • Pablo
    July 26, 2011 at 12:15 am

    I absolutely love this post! =)

    http://bloobreyplace.blogspot.com

  • NicoleAngela
    July 26, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Hi Katherine thank you for getting back to me so sweet. I live in New York. I just got back from the westcoast las vegas and the Herme store in the city center mall was closed and I didnt see any birkins in the window. This would be my first birkin. My bag collection is Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton and Chanel so I am very excited to get a Herme bag. I am 5'8" so I think for me the 35 would be awesome. When I went to Herme in Americana Mall in Manhassett Long Island NY they did not have any birkin out or kellys or anything. I do know I want the birkin black in togo 35mm ( silver or gold hardware) I really appreciaite your help because I can not find prices or information. Thank you in advance. Blessings and Peace. ;o)

  • your native heart
    July 27, 2011 at 7:17 am

    great post! i'm that girl in designer stores you see trying to fit all her shit into a bag just to test it's capacity for crap and giggling with the store assistants. but i'd never have the guts to do that at hermes so this is totally useful for me

  • Alterations Needed
    July 27, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Love your 30cm Birkin! I got to prance around a Hermes store with a 30cm on my arm for a few minutes one day (the store had just opened, so the SA's hadn't snobbified enough to mind my destitute little self touching their merch just yet). It's been on my wish list ever since…maybe for the big three-(uh)oh. 😉

    What year is your red Chanel? The color looks an awful lot like my m/l from fall 2009! Gorgeous!

  • Tanya
    August 1, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Great post! Not that I will ever own a birkin, but I liked living vicariously through you. mmmmamazing bags!

  • Nayla Milena
    August 2, 2011 at 2:13 am

    I agree with everyone is a great post! I love all three bags … I love the design of the birkin, I know they are a bunch of different companies that try to imitate the same design such as Aldo's and they are about $40 which is not bad.

    I am excited to see more of these post from you 🙂

    http://naylamilena.blogspot.com/

  • nena de chocolate
    August 7, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    @Mangobl�te
    that Birkin is noy Grey, is Khaki colour

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    November 2, 2011 at 7:50 am

    great nice blog with interesting product information, very detailed and i hope to find something i like!

  • max
    December 2, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Handbags are an extremely popular accessory used mostly by women. They come in a variety of styles, shapes, colors and are made out of different materials. Thanks a lot for sharing such an interesting post.
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  • material mommie
    December 9, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Love this post!

  • jo
    January 10, 2012 at 1:02 am

    I love all three bags. Just wondering, was there I long waiting list? Where did you purchase yours?

  • Anonymous
    April 30, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I knw this is an old post bt i jst read it I got a BIRKIN BIGGIE and man it gets HEAVYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY i use it for travelling mostly i think i can fit my 2 year old also in it lol!!I think I can use it only in travelling and not daily because the forehand starts paining carrying it frankly speaking.

    Recently I have been cribbing to by hubby that he gifted be a bag wch is TOO BIG!So i have moping around alot lately to get me a smaller one.

    I think i better stop doing that.BIRKIN BIGGIE is jst fine then

  • Anonymous
    April 30, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Same anonymous as above :o)

    Forgot to mention Thanks for the informative post :o)

  • Katherine
    May 2, 2012 at 7:02 am

    BIRKIN BIGGIE will help work out your arms! Enjoy and maybe later you can get a smaller size (or a Kelly??) 🙂

    • Anonymous
      May 15, 2012 at 5:10 am

      Oh yeeahhh im behind him for the KELLY I want a Kelly i need a Kelly oh how i love the kelly…..bt seriously Im scared of the HERMES because I love it so much!I fear what if my kid scratches it,God knows what will happen when a kelly comes.

      Recently a Mulberry Bayswater of mine got scratched by my toddler :o( bt i guess its ok – things do wear and tear once they are in use….the BIGGIE BIRKIN is so precious to me i freak out whenever i take it out of its cover to use even while travelling…I sometimes just sit there staring at that BAG as if its divine,yeah call me a fool but the BIGGIE BIRKIN is the Chief Guest of the collection of bags i own.I will get a Kelly one day God willingly when that FEAR of mine subsides :o) bt it will come! ;o)

      Oh yes huge work out with Biggie Birkin my forehand feels stronger and musclar Lol!!

      Please do write more about comparisons of these Divine Precious Ones – awaiting more info

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  • gem
    May 11, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Thank you very much for this post- it’s been very helpful!!! I love your bags! These bag pictures and yourself carrying both helped me decide to order this time an orange 30 as I already have a black in 35 -both birkin. At first I was thinking to get the same size but the boutique manager suggested a 30 to have a variety, and since they do not have birkins on display, I have to resort to the internet to find a topic about this- and there goes your blog which is awesome!!! Thanks again and more power!

    • Katherine
      May 12, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      No problem! Update us on what you get 🙂

  • yooba99
    July 8, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Hey, thanks for the comparison! When you put it next to that chanel the Birkin 30 looks small 🙂 I have been trying to hunt down a size 40 which is reasonably priced (I’m a big lady).. no such luck. Just came across a size 50 (http://www.theluxurycloset.com/tabbed-view/hermes-birkin-travel-bag-black-togo-leather)

  • karen
    July 25, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Hello! I recently got an Hermes Garden Party in Etoupe. I noticed that your Birkin is also Etoupe. I was wondering if it is difficult to keep clean? I am terrified that the handles will darken. Please advise. Thanks.

    • Katherine
      July 25, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      Hi! That’s a beautiful bag. It is not difficult to keep clean at all – I haven’t used mine in a while but I usually clean off the handles with baby wipes every few weeks or so – keeps it looking good 🙂 I have a lighter color Birkin that I’ve had for six years and it still looks good using this treatment.

  • karen
    July 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Hello Catherine! Thanks for your quick response. Do you recommend a particular brand of baby wipes? Sorry for bothering you with so many questions…

    It was actually your post which inspired me to get a Garden Party!

  • karen
    July 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Sorry–I spelled your name with “C” instead of “K”. Terribly sorry!! 🙁

    • Katherine
      July 25, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      No problem, it happens 🙂 I don’t really go for any brand but try to get the sensitive skin ones – the ones without scent and that are alcohol free. Don’t over do it with the rubbing either – a light swipe should do, and not too often. Enjoy!

  • karen
    July 26, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Thanks for your help, Katherine! I consider you the Hermes expert!

    By the way, is your Birkin 35 Togo or Clemence?

    • Katherine
      July 26, 2012 at 9:35 am

      Mine is Togo 🙂 But already getting a little “slouch” like clemency!

  • Anonymous
    July 26, 2012 at 8:36 am

    In regards to colour (and not style), which do you find is easier to match? Gold or Etoupe? For me personally, I wear mostly grays, blues, black, and the occasional red. Thanks for your help!

    • Katherine
      July 26, 2012 at 9:34 am

      If you have a cool palette I would say maybe etoupe. Although honestly gold and etoupe are two of the most versatile neutrals that H makes – today I am wearing all grays and could have worn either my gold or etoupe bags (I went with etoupe today!)

  • Kelly
    August 14, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Hey Kat!
    I just wanted to know if your Kelly 32cm fits an Ipad. I am 5′ 1” and I am not sure if the 35cm is too large for me.

    – Kelly

    • Katherine
      August 14, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      Hi Kelly…it doesn’t 🙁 A 35 might be large on you but it all depends on how you pull it off! Have you thought about another bag style to fit your needs?

      • Kelly
        August 16, 2012 at 5:00 pm

        Thanks for the input! I love the Kelly, I think I’ll just get the 35cm 🙂

        • Katherine
          August 17, 2012 at 7:42 am

          No problem, I think it will look very chic on you! Let me know how it works out!

  • Sarah
    August 20, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    I was researching up the birkin, and I’m so glad you had made a post about it. To be realistic, I would love to own a birkin, but my local hermes store says that they won’t sell it to anyone unless they are “regular”, meaning my few purchases of H clics were not enough. If you could recommend, what would be the best way to purchase a birkin? I had looked up malleries/ online resellers but most were inflated by $4000 up, and used.. there are also very few resellers for the 30cm.. would you suggest to go to europe/paris and try your luck? I think your quite knowledgable and I would love your input! thanks =)

    • Katherine
      August 20, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      Honestly I might try Europe (not sure where you live)…but if I were you I wouldn’t get super fixated on just that one bag (though I know it’s lovely!). I might just wait my time out, believe me your B will come and in the meanwhile don’t stress…enjoy a nice trip to Europe. Hope that helps Sarah!

  • Sue
    December 23, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Hello Katherine,
    I have been contemplating the 35 for a long time, and now am keen especially after seeing your gorgeous bags – I am however taking the weighty comments seriously. Would you have an accurate measure of the weight of the 35?
    Thank you for your help!

    • Katherine
      December 23, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      Hi Sue, I don’t right now but if you Google it you might be able to find something (or check Purse Forum). I don’t have a scale but if I do later I’ll be sure to update the post 🙂

  • Anonymous
    April 12, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Love this blog! Thank for sharing!

  • Kiki
    June 27, 2013 at 6:00 am

    This was so helpful! I appreciate it so much. It’s hard to find honest, realistic, and
    Info about birkins! Thank you!

    • Katherine
      June 27, 2013 at 8:17 am

      You’re welcome Kiki, glad you find it helpful!

  • mimi
    September 20, 2013 at 10:06 am

    have you ever thought of a getting black birkin?

    • Katherine
      September 20, 2013 at 11:16 am

      Yes! If I started from scratch I might get one, at this point I don’t think I will be adding it though. One of the most versatile bags you can get in my opinion!

  • Tian
    June 23, 2014 at 1:04 am

    These purses are amazing! But can you let us know what color are they?

  • Ombretta
    December 3, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Hi Katherine ! Could you tell me color and kind of leather of the Birkin 30? Because it seems lighter than gold, but darker than natural sable.
    Thank you 😉

  • Gurly
    June 16, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    what is the color of hermes 35?? amazing!

    • Katherine
      June 17, 2015 at 4:33 pm

      Etoupe!

      • Z
        August 9, 2016 at 4:58 pm

        Hi, My personal assistant at Hermes reached out to me to see if I was interested in a Birkin size 30 in Etoupe colour. I already have the 35 Birkin in Tosca.
        My question is I’m 5’1 and I thought the 35 was perfect for me, do you think it’s better to have a variety in different sizes? I have not gone into Hermes to see it, because it’s in a different country. Also would you say the Etoupe is more of a grey colour?
        Thanks appreciate your advice

        • Katherine
          August 9, 2016 at 9:28 pm

          I would definitely get the 30 in Etoupe! A beautiful addition and great for your height.

  • Alexis
    August 5, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Katherine. Can I also ask about the color of your 30? Gorgeous! The etoupe was in reference to the 35, no? Thank you and have a great weekend!

    • Katherine
      August 6, 2016 at 7:42 am

      It’s gold in vache liegee – unfortunately Hermes doesn’t make this leather for Birkins anymore. Hope this helps!