So Bag Snobs, what do we think? Do we love or hate this new fall Hermes bag? It’s called the Toolbox and it’s quite obvious why: at 20 centimeters, it’s not wide enough to be a doctor’s bag, and I’m sure someone somewhere in Paris frowned at the idea of calling it a Happy Meal (Hermes calls it a “real treasure chest”). So voila! Toolbox it is! Though there are definitely no masculine qualities to this bag (naysayers may point out the “extra” hardware), it’s certainly utilitarian with its double handles, long shoulder strap and roomy interior.
Crafted from what Hermes calls “Swift” calfskin, I think it’s an awkward shape and will only attract that eccentric Hermes client. I do like the classic Hermès closure coupled with the iconic lock-and-key; I don’t like the metal rings connecting the leather straps to their base. It makes it look cheap. But for those who want their Toolbox, it’ll be available in two sizes and in three fabrications: Swift calfskin, Evergrain calfskin or ultra-soft Niloticus crocodile. The 25cm mini Kelly is priced similarly and, in my opinion, a better option (you’re also guaranteed the bag, once vintage, will increase in value).
Hermes Toolbox bag about $6,000 to $7,000, available at Hermes boutiques (800-441-4488)