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The Hermes Sac Roulis

Today I want to share with you what is (in my opinion) one of the greatest little bags that Hermes has introduced in the last few years – the Sac Roulis. The Roulis had been on my radar for a while, but literally almost a year went by, and I still hadn’t seen one in the local store in San Francisco. I was very interested in it because it was a new shoulder style, looked fairly “low key”, and was convertible (!!) from a shoulder to a cross body bag.

While we were in Paris in November, I had the opportunity finally to try on a few of the bags I had been debating between – a Constance (23/24 size), a Berline, and this Sac Roulis. I actually loved all three but a quick death glare from Mr. Feather ensured that I would only be taking home one. So in the end, the Roulis won!

Hermes Roulis

One of the reasons I was drawn to the Roulis was the back pocket. I love bags with this little pocket – perfect for a phone and little receipts/tickets. I especially like them on shoulder bags as they are extremely convenient.

Hermes Roulis Back

An idea of what the Roulis looks like on the shoulder. Mine is in Clemence, so there’s a softness and some “give” to the leather. In stiffer leathers and croc, the Roulis can seem quite a bit larger – I saw each of these in person – and there isn’t as much “squish” to the bag. It really depends on your personal preference.

Roulis Worn

As you can see above, the bag has two larger compartments. You can see more details below – in between the two compartments, there is a middle sleeve, as well as a small pocket sleeve against the back of the bag. Really organized! The interior areas are all lined with chevre.

On the right below, you can see the mechanism for how the Roulis transforms between a shoulder and cross body function. There’s essentially a “toggle” which allows you to either wear the strap doubled up, or just single. Ingenious and works very well!

Roulis 3

And an idea of how the bag looks cross body on me, worn. I am 5’1 (with a longer torso) and the Roulis hits around the middle of my hips.

Roulis Worn 2

And here’s what can fit into my Roulis, comfortably. I generally don’t like to overstuff the bag, as it then becomes quite boxy…it’s all personal preference though. I also do usually use a smaller wallet.

Hermes Roulis What Fits

Overall, I can highly recommend this little bag and if you happen to see one in a Hermes boutique – please go try it on! I really think it’s a bag one has to try on to see if they like it.

When I purchased the Sac Roulis in 2013, it was around 4400 euro, or ~$6000 USD before my VAT refund.

For a selection colorful convertible bags at different price points, I like this Coach Legacy at under $250, this Marc Jacobs classic at under $300, and a beautiful wine red Prada (that fits more than you think) at $1700.

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  • Cecilia Teh
    January 17, 2014 at 7:34 am

    You naughty girl! I already have decision issues between Lindy and Constance and you have to add one more to my woes!

  • Cecilia Teh
    January 17, 2014 at 7:41 am

    I got so excited over your new “toy” that I’ve forgotten to ask you about the weight for this bag. For comparison’s sake, is a Jumbo heavier or Sac Roulis heavier?

    • Katherine
      January 17, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      Hmmm…that’s a tough one. I would say very similar but when I’m back I can try and weigh them πŸ™‚

      • Cecilia
        January 18, 2014 at 12:36 am

        Thanks in advance! There is no need to weight them if they are more or less the same.

        I sold away my Jumbo as I found it to be too heavy for me. But I suppose it’s unavoidable since it’s lined in leather and not fabric.

        On a unrelated note, I was surprised to find out the Boy range are much lighter than they look.

  • Shirling Vanessatime
    January 17, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Thank you for your reviews Kat. I will try next time I visit Hermes store, I am thinking between Constante and Celine box, now I also consider Sac Roulis πŸ™‚

  • C.Michol
    January 17, 2014 at 10:40 am

    oh my gosh. OH MY GOSH.

  • Vanessa
    January 17, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Congratulations on that wonderful choice and thanks a lot for the detailed feature. Seems to be a great understatement bag. Can’t wait to see it IRL

  • bluepolkadotpjs
    January 17, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Thank you so much for the review! I don’t think i’ve seen a Sac Roulis review before. Super helpful! Hope you enjoy your bag! The red color is beautiful!!

  • Trang
    January 17, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    I have been curious about this bag, since a few ladies posted about it on tpf. Thank you for sharing this review. I have been considering the Constance and Celine box (my favorite thus far), but I think I’ll inquire about the Roulis at my local boutique. Incidentally, can you share a few thoughts on why you preferred the Roulis to the Constance?

    • Katherine
      January 17, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      The Constance is a BEAUTIFUL bag and I’d love to add one one day. That being said, the Roulis fits more…is a little more discreet (without the H) and also the price was something like 1-1.K less. I also liked the back pocket.

  • TC
    January 17, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    If the choice is between the Roulis and Constance, the Roulis will always win for me: it doesn’t have the big honking H for one and it is significantly cheaper for another. Correct me if I’m wrong but I believe the Berline is not crossbody unless it’s the mini size, and then it’s just too small. My only issue with the Roulis is that the closure is not very secure. You should have gotten this sooner πŸ˜‰ it has gone up by quite a bit since it first came out.

    • Katherine
      January 17, 2014 at 7:42 pm

      Yes I tried on the mini size! I hadn’t really thought of it too much but our SA brought it over. I actually really love it but like you say, it’s a bit too small. How much was the Roulis when it first came out? I like to torture myself sometimes with this type of knowledge…lol.

      • TC
        January 21, 2014 at 8:23 am

        It was €4000 in 2012. I remember seeing it on the French H.com site; I was trying to figure out how I could get it. I was in London at the time and it was Β£4000 on the UK site which was significantly more when converted to $.

        • Katherine
          January 21, 2014 at 10:39 am

          Oh my! I’ve noticed that sometimes they do that parity with pounds and euros – sometimes even with euros and dollars. Once I actually emailed the site about that (a bracelet was the same in euro as dollars), and they actually emailed back saying that it was a mistake and then changed it on the site.

  • Sonita
    January 17, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Love your Roulis, Kat! Thanks for the very useful review.

    Saw one in mint and gris on the Hermes.com France website a few days ago, but they’re now gone. Also, I don’t think Hermes.com would deliver to another country.

    I asked my SA at my local Hermes store to be on the look out for me. Wish me luck! πŸ™‚

  • Lesley
    January 17, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    I can’t thank you enough for reviewing this. It is an absolutely gorgeous purse! I don’t own an Hermes but if and when I do, this will be it. I definitely will never be able to afford a Kelly or Birkin, but will be happy with this. Love the convertible strap function. Is it about the size of the Jumbo? I have a Maxi and want something a bit smaller but not too small. Ahh I’m totally drooling!

    • Katherine
      January 18, 2014 at 9:22 am

      Hi Lesley! I would say it is about the size of a Jumbo but because it’s not just one big section inside, probably holds a wee bit less due to the divider. I hope that makes sense!

  • Juju
    January 18, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Gorgeous bag. What is the size as I thought this was a smaller bag.

  • Michelle
    January 18, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    This looks really good on you Kat! Thanks for the review. I prefer squisher bags so the Berline gets my vote.

    • Katherine
      January 20, 2014 at 12:15 am

      Hi Michelle! Do let me know if you get the Berline, I love that bag!

  • Marlene
    January 20, 2014 at 5:41 am

    This is like waving an entire cake at a person who’s trying to stay on track with her diet program! I’m trying to beat my Hermes addiction and you’re not helping, Katherine.

    • Katherine
      January 21, 2014 at 10:40 am

      Marlene you must at least try it on πŸ™‚

  • Elna
    January 23, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    It is indeed lovely πŸ™‚

  • DSK Steph
    January 24, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Awesome review & photos!! <3

  • Sonita Lontoh
    February 5, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Kat,

    Want to let you know that because of you, I really fell in love with the Roulis. Was able to get one from the SF boutique. Rouge H in clemence with silver hardware. Love your brighter Rouge Casaque better, but thought the Rouge H will do. It looks a bit brownish in real life. Here are some pics: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152223112649919&set=a.10151150211634919.491355.626899918&type=3&theater

    • Katherine
      February 5, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      Oh no, unfortunately I can’t see the photo for some reason! A Rouge H sounds divine though. I’m so glad you like the bag πŸ™‚

  • J
    March 8, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Just got the matte croc today, we are bag twins! Love your informative posts.

    • Katherine
      March 9, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Is it that tan croc? It’s GORGEOUS! Enjoy in good health!

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