Today I want to share a quick review of one of the bags I purchased while in Paris – the Hermes Evelyne.
The Evelyne is a bag that has long been on my radar, but which for one reason or another, I put off trying it out for years. Lately however, I’ve been walking much more – walking to work, on errands during my lunch break, and of course walking around lots whenever we travel. A cross-body bag is so much more convenient when you’re running around, and I thought that the Evelyne would be a perfect candidate.
While we were in Paris – I tried on a few sizes – PM, MM (which I’m told is a little more rare and hard to find), and GM. I came home with the PM size, which I found to be the most ideal size for my needs and frame. The bag comes with one large interior compartment..
…and a smaller compartment on the side. There is no zipper close, just a leather tab that clips from one side to another on the bag.
Here’s a snapshot of all the items I usually carry in my Evelyne on a day to day basis – a water bottle, cosmetics case, sunglasses, long wallet, Kindle, journal (plus a phone and keys, which aren’t pictured). Sometimes of course the contents are swapped – no water bottle but some ballet flats to change into, etc.
With the contents below inside my Evelyne, it’s quite filled but by no means “overstuffed ” – everything fits neatly inside and I can still reach in comfortably and sift through my items.
One aspect of the Evelyne that I really liked when I tried it on was the thick canvas strap. I know that some don’t like this strap because it makes the bag more “casual”, but to me the Evelyne is a casual bag and so the strap fits in well. It’s also very comfortable to wear. Here are the two ways I wear my Evelyne the most – as a longer shoulder bag, and across the body.
The particular model of the Evelyne that I purchased (Evelyne III), came with both the outside leather pocket, and an adjustable canvas strap. One beef I have is with the strap’s length – you really can’t adjust it to hang much lower than the hip or right below the waist, depending on how tall you are. In both of the photos above, I’d adjusted the canvas strap to be at the shortest possible length.
Overall, I love my Evelyne and have had a bit of a hard time not using this bag since I got it – it’s such an easy to wear, comfortable size and style – a total “grab and go” bag. If you’ve been thinking about this bag, I’d recommend stopping into an Hermes shopping and trying it out!
PS: I paid something around $2600 or so for my Evelyne. For some more wallet friendly options, I would recommend this option by M Z Wallace (love the front pockets, and it fits more than you might think) for under $300, and this Marc Jacobs convertible bag, in all leather, for under $500.
For a bit of a splurge (but still more than $1K less than an Evelyne), there’s also the Chloe Marcie, which comes in a range of lovely colors at $1400.