The Hermès Evelyne bag was named after Evelyne Bertrand, head of Hermès’s riding department. It was designed in 1978 to carry grooming equipment and was sold in stores alongside other equestrian goods. The perforated H was designed to enable air to enter the bag to dry the equipment. Originally, the bag was intended to be worn with the “H” facing the body. Today, the Evelyne is regarded as a high fashion messenger bag. Its crossbody, hands-free and casual styling is on trend for everyday wear. The bag is now found in the leather goods area, along with Hermès’ other classic bags. The perforated H has become the Evelyne’s signature detail and is worn outward. There have been some changes since the Evelyne was first introduced and the Evelyne III is more in tune with today’s lifestyle - expandable side gussets, a removable and adjustable long, lightweight canvas shoulder/crossbody strap and an easy to reach rear pocket. However, the design of the Evelyne III is very much the same as introduced in the late 1970’s.
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