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The Hermes HAC

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So many sales going on – I’ll be updating, but wanted to quickly share that for those of you who loved the white Zimmermann dress I bought, it is now 40% off at Net-A-Porter (the biggest discount I’ve seen on this item).

Today I’m sharing a bag which I added last year which made no sense in terms of current practicality – but I’ve always loved and wanted the style so took the plunge – the Hermes HAC (Haut A Courroies).

I actually have a little story about the first time I saw this bag. It was when I was in college, and  went to the Hermes store by myself to go ask for a Birkin bag. It was one of my first times ever in that shop, certainly alone, and you can imagine the reaction to my super cool Abercrombie outfit and flip flops – “NO bag!”. There was a HAC in the display – a gold Togo colored one- but before I could even ask to see it, this man walked in.

This man was/is kind of a big deal (if I said the name you would probably know). And he pointed to the HAC and said he wanted to get it for his wife. And the sales staff were immediately like, “OH, well let us actually show you a Birkin from the back! Because a Birkin is what all the ladies want these days! It’s the popular bag!” (Yes…even though they had just told me there was absolutely no inventory…at this point I had ceased to exist).

Anyway, this guy just pointed to the bag again, and said, “She doesn’t care about what’s popular.” And then gave his credit card over and walked out to the car to take a phone call. His driver came in and finished the transaction. It was one of those moments that I’ll always remember…like from a movie. And whenever I see the HAC, I think that man and his wife (who is indeed very elegant, cause she’s kind of famous too).

Hermes discontinued the 28cm and 32cm size of this bag some time ago, so the only way to get it has been via the resale market. I was lucky enough to buy mine directly from a wonderful Hermes collector who has several other HACs. At the time I bought it, I had already said no more Birkins, but I really couldn’t resist, especially when I heard it was black box with palladium. I love this combination.

HAC 32 vs Kelly 32

The HAC 32 is in between the size of a Birkin 30 and Birkin 35, and the same width as a Kelly 32, but taller. You can see the comparison here. Of course since it’s a tote, it holds a lot more – I hope I can get more use out of it, once my children are all in the toddler stage and beyond!

A quick modeling shot (so you can see my preggo belly too! I’m close yet so far!). Another reason why I love the HAC is I think it just looks better on me proportionally than the Birkin 35 – it has to do with its vertical shape. Also, I was constantly bumping into things with the 35 size!

I also have the matching 7 Rue Paradis insert for the HAC – I was so happy to see when the company started making this special size just for the bag. It’s taller than the regular Birkin inserts, so helps keep its shape even better. I know many of you have asked me questions about bag inserts (you can read my review here) and I have to say that 7RP is still my favorite. I like mine so much that I usually rotate mine between my bags rather than use other inserts. You kind of bite the bullet once on cost, but it does make a big difference in how you enjoy/use the bag….and let’s face it, the bags are a lot more!

Another quick shot of the insert against the bag – you can get an idea of what fits inside the HAC as well, A4 papers fit nicely inside, as does a Macbook! The Economist is not representative of my usual reading by the way – actually the fact I always have it in my photos means it’s always sitting, nicely unread in my kitchen.

Anyway, I’m happy I could share with you one of my favorite bags today. It’s funny – this HAC isn’t my most practical bag (in fact I barely use it right now), but I love it and couldn’t imagine getting rid of it, unlike so many other items which have bit the dust. I hope that one day when my children are bigger it’ll get more of use…but for now, it’s one of the few items in my closet which I simply admire. I guess that’s when you know it’s true love!

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  • Michelle
    May 22, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Your HAC is beautiful, so is your baby bump! I hear ya about keeping items because it is love vs practicality – that is how I can explain the existence of my Birkins 😀

  • JANICE
    May 22, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Beauty. Both the bump and the bag. 😉

  • MOD
    May 22, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Who was the big deal man and his elegant wife??? You’re killing me!!! Hahaa 🙂

    • May
      May 22, 2017 at 10:13 am

      HAHAHA. This. I am a bad gossipy person. 🙂 I want to know too! Maybe we can get a photo instead of a name? 😉

      • CC
        May 22, 2017 at 12:53 pm

        David Beckham or Tom Cruise?

      • Oonagh
        May 24, 2017 at 9:00 pm

        Hear hear! Give us a hint at least!

  • Amy C
    May 22, 2017 at 10:46 am

    You have lovely taste, as always. I learn so much about Hermes from you! Still trying to get over the fact that you were shopping for a Birkin while a college student! Wow!

  • Susie Tunes
    May 22, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Hi Katherine,

    You have modelled a most elegant maternity look.
    It’s a lovely bag – I notice that you tend to favour black for your collection.
    By the way, 7 Rue Paradis only make the HAC insert in a 32 – was that specially for you…

    Take care,
    Xx

  • Jaime Stephens
    May 22, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Please do tell. At least provide initials!

  • Ava
    May 22, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Dearest Katherine,

    GORGEOUS BAG and GORGEOUS SHOT OF YOU! ;-*

    Hope you’re feeling well and not suffering too much morning sickness!

    xx
    Ava

  • Linda
    May 22, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Ok, I’ll admit, I’m dying to know too!

  • melmel
    May 23, 2017 at 1:27 am

    You are killing us all! Please provide clues!

  • Lilian
    May 23, 2017 at 8:11 am

    GUUUURL, you can’t just leave sistas hanging like that! SPILL. We won’t tell (his wife probably got rid of the HAC anyway 🙂 and neither of them will remember anyway!

  • Katherine
    May 23, 2017 at 9:03 am

    I’m always paranoid about writing things about other people because then I immediately start to think I’ve remembered something wrong, a detail, etc….did I imagine the whole thing? Am I crazy? Was it actually a complete other celebrity and I just had a brain fart? That said I completely understand the curiosity, ha! I’ll write the answer here for those curious and remove it in a week. Sting, baby!

    • Scholastican
      May 23, 2017 at 11:17 am

      Love the HAC, I also contemplated second hand market for it back when I thought I would never be offered anything by H. Thanks for sharing…and I just can’t deal…STING!!! I had to go back and reread the anecdote about him walking in and all, imagining how cool and classy he nonchalantly went about it. Gah!

      Wishing you well, Kat!

      • Vivian
        May 23, 2017 at 3:35 pm

        I’m sure I’m not the only one who just got the scene playing in my head now ….how cool is that!!!

    • Oonagh
      May 24, 2017 at 9:01 pm

      Haha, should have scrolled down! Thanks Kat!

  • Vivian
    May 23, 2017 at 11:59 am

    I admit I really want this bag!!!

  • Jaime Stephens
    May 23, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Never would have guessed!

  • Tracy
    May 24, 2017 at 2:38 am

    I call your bluff wearing Abercrombie back in college because didn’t you have a fur jacket back then? The flip flops though I totally buy 🙂

    • CC
      May 25, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      Kat, didn’t you work at A&F in HS or college? Or am I just totally imagining this?

      • Katherine
        May 25, 2017 at 3:07 pm

        LOL yes! And I did wear AF…I probably have some (very bad) photos to prove it. I’ve always had the problem of buying some fancy items for my imaginary life…and then there are the “real” pieces you are actually wearing!

  • Linda
    May 24, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Thank you for sharing who– such a NY story! And not who I would have guessed!

  • M
    May 24, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Ah, Mr “open marriage. Yep, you heard me. Maybe not back then, lol be definitely within the past decade.

    Congrats on the preggers #2 And being able to rock the HAC. I tried and failed miserably. The dimensions somehow looked wrong on me @ the boutique and trust me, I tried!