Fashion trends come and go, but what well-nigh when you want to stick with the old? Hermès small handbag aficionados may find themselves facing this dilemma. Despite a nearly decade-long malleate obsession with small and smaller, lately Hermès shop offerings seem to be growing larger. 
Perhaps you’ve noticed the increasing prevalence of these worthier handbags on social media, on the stovepipe or influencers, and in stores. Although the “return of the big bag” has been predicted and examined repeatedly over recent years, with many luxury brands including oversize offerings in their bag lineups, Hermès tons tended to remain small. Or, at least, the demand for small tons persisted. Just consider the mini Kelly (and now Birkin 20) obsession of so many, withal with the popularity of the 25 cm models. 

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During the height of the pandemic, predictions of the big bag boom, well, boomed, particularly as our daily necessities expanded to include squatter masks, shields, gloves, sanitizer, etc. Yet, the small bag trend unfurled to surge. Now, with the return to office (RTO) trend and travel resuming, one cannot ignore the functionality and practicality of the larger handbag.

Apparently, Hermès idealism clients are no exception. You couldn’t miss that uneaten large exotic Birkin 50 Kim Kardashian toted on the streets of New York City recently. Or the similar, but slightly smaller version her mother Kris Jenner carried. Plane Julianne Moore, Victoria Beckham and Karlie Kloss are loving the big bag trend.

Kris Jenner walking from a private jet in December 2023.

A Hermès shift to larger tons arguably represents a return to the original models that brought tout and demand. Jane Birkin’s original Birkin bag, designed by Jean-Louis Dumas, was 35 cm and was first released in 1984. It is considered the archetype size Birkin. The original Kelly bag, named Sac à Dépêches at the time, was used by Grace Kelly in the mucosa To Catch a Thief released in 1955. She loved the bag so much she wished to alimony it. Two years later, without marrying Prince Rainier III of Monaco, she used the bag, a size 32cm, to imbricate her growing pregnant belly. In 1977 Hermès finally reverted the name to the Kelly bag.

Grace Kelly with her Kelly bag, long surpassing the Birkin was invented
Bigger Tons on Tap for Hermès
Recent Hermès runway collections and go-sees combined with in-boutique availability seem to indicate that, for Hermès bag buyers, your current options may be worthier bags.  Whether you want them or not.

At its Fall/Winter 2023 Show in Paris Hermès showcased a variety of tons in a range of sizes, including many larger bags. In this regard, “larger” refers to anything worthier than the über-popular 25 cm size. 

Capturing sustentation at the show were the Birkin 35 Anate in Noir with Fringe in Evergrain leather, the Kelly Danse Anate with fringe in Biscuit, Kelly 28s in Box leather, and a Kelly 32 with an embroidered jungle design.

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Kelly 35 at F/W 2023 Resee
Based on polity members’ reports and reveals on social media, there are signs that Hermès may be urging larger sized Birkins and Kellys rather than petite. Many Hermès clients say that they are stuff offered Birkin 30s and Kelly 28s in response to requests for sizes 25 and 20. They often are told there are no size 25s available. Could this be true? It is nonflexible to believe. Yet, as discussed below, reveals on social media do full-length increasingly larger scale tons than in the past. 

Regardless, there does towards to be a growing shortage of Birkins and Kellys in the 25 cm size. At the very least, supply is nowhere near meeting demand, despite Hermès efforts to increase leather production capability. Some suggest there is an intentional suppression of the small bag availability in favor of large, but to date, there is no real evidence.

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Influencers Are Carrying Larger Bags

To anyone pursuit social media for the latest malleate trends, you may be seeing a unstipulated shift in Hermès bag sizes as well. As influencers and others share the sizes and types of handbags received at Hermès, a trend is emerging. There are many increasingly larger handbags on view.

Top influencers such as @leoniehanne, @tamara, @iamhearte and increasingly have posted their new larger Hermès and other designer tons recently. Interestingly, nearly all of the luxury houses include oversized tons in this season’s line-up. Have you seen Chanel’s newly released XL flap bag from 24C which replaces the XXL flap bag released previously. YSL, Louis Vuitton, Dior, and Celine have oversized totes in their lineup, and have been subtracting spare sizes for their most popular bags.

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Beyond specific influencers, there are fewer mini bag reveals on social media than in the past. We can’t help but wonder why. Of course, mini Kellys have unchangingly been difficult to obtain at the boutique. Despite this petite purse’s popularity, the supply does not seem to overly increase. The Birkin 20 is plane increasingly unattainable. And the Kelly Pochette, although not technically a quota bag in many jurisdictions, has wilt so popular that some SA’s teach it will be virtually untellable to get one. 

But Hermès keeps us wanting. Without all, we can only purchase what we are offered. And in part, perhaps that not knowing what to expect keeps us coming when for more. 

Will You Go Big? If So, How Big?

So, if Hermès only has big quota tons available, is that what you will be ownership at the boutique? Big bag or no bag may be the nomination for now unless you are willing to wait indefinitely.  The only other option is to go to the secondary market. Surpassing you decide though, let’s consider (or reconsider) the potential advantages of a non-mini bag. 

Obviously, worthier handbags unbend increasingly of your necessaries. For those who can’t quite pare it all lanugo to mini Kelly size, that may be a real wholesomeness to upsizing. Adding a larger-sized quota bag to your hodgepodge would add versatility. It definitely holds more. A luxury bag that can double as a work and travel bag moreover brings lanugo the forfeit per wear. 

And not all worthier tons are unquestionably big. Admittedly, a Birkin or Kelly 35 can finger large and heavy. But consider the Birkin 30 or Kelly 28. Would you reject those if a 25 wasn’t offered? Without all, there is a reason why the increasingly midsize, but still not petite, Birkin 30 is arguably the most popular size Birkin available. It is the perfect everyday size that has a substantial topics yet still small unbearable for scrutinizingly all soul types. Likewise, the Kelly 28 is the malleate girl’s weightier friend. It is chic, transitions well from day to evening, and can hold all essentials with room for more.

Final Thoughts

All of this raises an interesting question, though. Are big tons coming when into vogue considering fashionistas demand them or considering brands want us to want them. Put flipside way, is this supposed shift stuff imposed by Hermès or as a response to demand? It’s not entirely clear.

Certainly, malleate trends shift often. What was once popular may wilt less so and be replaced with something similar, perhaps from the past. Nostalgia runs deep and younger generations typically seek inspiration from yesterday eras. One need only observe the repeated resurgence of the 1990s and Y2K styles. And this can feed a movement. In this instance, as larger tons wilt increasingly widely used, excitement may surround them. They are unmistakably a top nomination for travel. And for everyday use it is rhadamanthine increasingly wonted and popular. 

There is a reason the Birkin 35 started the craze when in the early 2000’s. The proportions are archetype Hermès. Yet, there was a time not that long ago when it seemed everyone was rehoming size 35’s in favor of the smaller sizes. If the larger sizes really are rhadamanthine increasingly popular, then collectors who held onto their original Birkins are probably feeling thankful. Carrying a mini Kelly is very stylish and trendy. But there is something very tony well-nigh toting a Birkin or Kelly 35.