A brand with more than 150 years of history in the luxury accessories and designer goods market, Hermès has become somewhat of a go-to for those seeking high-end, high-quality, and high-value staples for their wardrobe and investment portfolio.
Renowned for its focus on quality leather goods, which stemmed from the founder’s interest and passion for horse harnesses, over time the Hermès brand has expanded to encompass and produce some of the best bags in the luxury market – one of which is the mini Evelyne, which we are reviewing in today’s post.
History of the Hermès Mini Evelyne
The Hermès Evelyne as a broader collection was launched in 1978, initially as an equestrian product which empowered riders to carry all of their necessary grooming items and tools in a crossbody, saddle-style bag. The epitome of functional style, this meant that the Evelyne was not originally intended as an everyday bag and as such did not receive wide recognition until well after its release.
Once it was found that the Hermès Evelyne was in fact an example of practical style and the very height of sophistication, the brand released additional sizes and finishes – with the mini Evelyne also known as the Evelyne 16 or the Evelyne TPM. This bag is considered ideal for travel among buyers and, thanks to the broad selection of colours and finishes now available, is arguably the most popular of all the Evelyne bags.
What makes this Hermès Mini Evelyne so unique?
Hermès is renowned for the way it uses the highest quality materials, with a particular spotlight on leather and the way the brand combines the material with the finest craftsmanship for a perfect finish. Here at Love Luxury, our current range of Mini Evelyne bags come in two of Hermès’ most used leathers, taurillon Clemence and taurillon Maurice – though there are limited bags in other coveted leathers as well.
In fact, is it the leather that is used which alters the presentation of the bag – with stronger and firmer leathers holding the structure in place while others offer a more relaxed finish. This variation gives you, as a buyer, choice over how your bag sits both when held and when sat on a surface or in a box.
In addition to the material, the Hermès Mini Evelyne is unique in shape thanks to the sweeping lines which contradict many of the angular edges often seen among designer handbags and accessories and boasts an intricate branded pattern in the front of the bag which is made from perforations in the material.
What colours does the Hermès Mini Evelyne come in?
Here at Love Luxury, we are proud to hold a number of authentic Hermès Mini Evelyne bags in a variety of colours – including Cassis, Noir, Gold, Mauve Sylvestre, and Royal Blue. The colour of the hardware is carefully matched to the leather, whether that be presenting a warm finish with gold features or a silver palladium material to add a cooler and more modern look to the bag.
Each Hermès Mini Evelyne comes with a matching removable strap – the colours of which can be mixed as preferred for those buyers who own multiple Hermès bags.
Interestingly, when it comes to the colours of Hermès Mini Evelyne products, there are some colour combinations which are harder to come by than others. The classic gold leather with gold hardware, for example, is a rare and highly coveted combination while the same leather but with the silver palladium hardware is much more common and therefore boasts a lower investment value.
Why should you buy a Hermès Mini Evelyne?
First and foremost, the Hermès Mini Evelyne is a functional and stylish bag which is big enough for all the essentials you need on a day-to-day basis, but still small enough that it is easily portable.
In addition, when considering the price point of this Hermès bag compared with other Hermès bags, the Mini Evelyne is a much more accessible product which marks an ideal starting point for those looking to invest in their first Hermès piece. Finally, as they can be worn crossbody these bags are typically seen as safer, easier to wear, and more casual in their style.
Hermès Mini Evelyne vs. Hermès Mini Kelly
To compare the Hermès Mini Evelyne with the Hermès Mini Kelly, the main difference lies in the size (the Kelly is slightly larger at 19cm while the Evelyne measures just 16cm in length) as well as the fit and shape of the overall bag structure. While the Kelly is a typically very well-structured bag, with the angular edges preferred by contemporary buyers, the Evelyne is much rounder and softer at the edges – in a nod to the early use of the bag by horse riders as a purely functional accessory.
How much does the Hermès Mini Evelyne cost?
On the secondary and preloved market, you could expect to get a Hermès Mini Evelyne for around £3,000 depending on the colour and leather finish of the style you buy. The highest price you might expect to pay is around £3,700 – once again showing how this handbag is a good investment but one which is accessible to a much larger audience when compared with other Hermès bags.
It is worth noting that the more coveted colour combinations cost more, with the bolder and more seasonal shades often cheaper at around £2,800.
Where can I buy an Hermès Mini Evelyne?
Depending on which mini Evelyne you are after in terms of colour and leather finish, you can generally find these bags on the second-hand market through reputable sellers like Love Luxury – complete with an authentication certificate.
Opinions on the Hermès Mini Evelyne as an investment
As is so often the case with designer accessories and handbags, the investment potential of a Hermès Mini Evelyne depends on the demand continuing to surpass supply – with the ever-changing trend and consumer affinity for different colours meaning that the available products will always change, and value will continue to rise and fall with the market.
If you’re interested in a Hermès Mini Evelyne as an investment, research the best, rarest, and most coveted colour combinations and be sure to keep an eye on secondary and pre-loved sellers like Love Luxury to be the first to see which items come into the store for sale.