The Hermes Soie Cool Bag

Hermes Soie Cool Detail

Today I wanted to share with you a review on one of my favorite new bags for summer – the Hermes Soie Cool. This is one of those items that was always a bit on my radar, but which I had never really given much thought about. That is, until I found myself sandwiched between two packs of very eager groups of shoppers during one of my last visits to my favorite Hermes boutique while in Paris. Usually I can stand crowds quite well and have a decent tolerance to being jostled (I have extensive experience waiting in line at many an Asian restaurant) but I found myself really tired and ended up retreating into a comfortable corner to cower and wait for our favorite salesperson. Actually, I didn’t know it at the time – but I was already pregnant! So maybe that is why I was so tired.

Anyway, I was sitting down and staring aimlessly into the abyss, when my eyes happened to settle onto this bag in one of the display cases. And really…as soon as I saw it – I fell in love! If any of you have read The Godfather, I was basically struck by the thunderbolt. I just kept staring and staring at the bag…and when my salesperson came, I said I had to see it immediately.

Hermes Soie Cool

I think this bag is just so cool. The braided straps, the easy bucket shape, the way you can wear it on your shoulder or as a backpack, everything. Plus, I really just fell in love with this particular combination – both the barenia leather (other versions may have clemence or fjord), and the print and color of the scarf. I have always admired the “Brazil” print that Hermes does, and this was my first item with the design.

The silk used in the bag also appears to the be thicker version used in the “Silk In” wallets and the like. Our salesperson recommend it over another bag which I’ve always admired – the Silky City – because she said it would be stiffer and keep some shape.

See how easy this bag is to wear? I really think it’s the perfect summer bag.

Hermes Soie Cool Modeled

And of course, the Soie Coie fits quite a bit due to its simple shape. You can see the tiniest peek of its orange lining here – I need to get a better photo of that. And, it’s crazy light (especially for those of us used to heavy leather bags), because of its silk fabric and minimal hardware.

Hermes Soie Cool What FIts Inside

All in all – the perfect summer bag. I love it, and think that this is a highly underrated bag from one of my favorite brands.

Hermes Soie Cool Brazil

My Soie Cool is in the “Medium” size, though the small is REALLY tiny, just so you know. It’s available at Hermes and priced between $2200 for the regular clemence version, and a little more – $2425 – for the Barenia. I love both leathers, but I have to say that the Barenia is luscious!

If you have any more questions or comments about the Soie Cool – feel free to leave a comment. Thanks for reading!

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  • Grouptink7
    April 22, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Is that a latest picture of you? You look really good. You are wearing pregnancy well.

    • Katherine
      April 22, 2015 at 3:58 pm

      THank you! This is from like a month ago and the angles are very strategic here LOL 🙂 Feel like my bump has exploded since then!

  • Belen
    April 22, 2015 at 9:04 am

    What a beautiful and unique bag. The size looks perfect on you and I love the color combination you picked.

    I’m into backpacks lately as well, after realizing that a $20 dollar Mickey Mouse nylon backpack made my life a lot easier than my nice black leather crossbody on out latest trip to Disneyland. All the weight that was killing my left shoulder was suddenly gone when I dumped the contents of my purse into the cheapest backpack I could find.

    • Katherine
      April 22, 2015 at 3:58 pm

      Thanks Belen! Yes nylon/silk/fabric – soo much lighter!

  • Danaya
    April 22, 2015 at 9:08 am

    I’ve always admired the Brazil print as well. I was leery about this bag due to the silk. Is it durable? I’m so afraid I would stain or tear it. Thank you and always enjoy reading your posts!

    • Katherine
      April 22, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      It’s quite durable! Actually the Barenia is more delicate than the silk, just cause of the natural of the leather.

  • J
    April 22, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Cool bag – love the Brazil print! What do you think of the Faure Le Page pouch? How does the material compare to Goyard? Would love to hear your thoughts!

    • Katherine
      April 23, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      I love the FLP pouch and the material is even hardier than Goyard in my opinion. I’ll try to get some kind of comparison up later on!

  • Anonymous
    April 23, 2015 at 6:28 am

    Did you recently get that hapi bracelet? Do you like it? What made you decide to get it in addition to your CDC, because I remember you did a post on costume jewelry before? 🙂 Thanks! And love your whole outfit with your pretty bag here!

    • Katherine
      April 23, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      I’ve had it for a while…I love it! It’s a nice price for Hermes (I forgot but I remember I was happy) and it’s really comfy to wear.

  • tata
    April 23, 2015 at 8:46 am

    absolutely beautiful. love it so much. i would be scared to use it though since it looks a little bit more fragile than other bags i’ve owned. but i’ll be happy to just stare at it in my closet regardless. really nice purchase.

    • Katherine
      April 23, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      Thanks tata 🙂

  • abby
    April 23, 2015 at 9:49 am

    where are your espadrilles from please?

    • Katherine
      April 23, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      Jimmy Choo!

  • Sarah
    April 23, 2015 at 11:56 am

    These are lovely bags, especially for those of us who wear a lot of neutrals. I still hanker after a pic nic kelly that ugh for Summer dressing… Or just a plain straw basket

    • Katherine
      April 23, 2015 at 2:42 pm

      A straw basket is super chic in summer, especially in London 🙂

  • S
    April 25, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Hi, your whole look in this post is really pretty and though I never felt sure about the Soie Cool bag, you make it look very chic. I am now considering getting one !!!! Thank you for a lovely post.

    • Katherine
      April 26, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      Thanks so much! I think it’s an underrated bag that deserves a second look for sure 🙂