I began in 2011 with the Kelly and continues most recently with the Plumes. It would be very neat to announce ended with such and such a bag but the fact is there are one or two others on my wishlist that may or may never happen for me. In the meantime I must edit nearly half from my collection and in the near future, probably another edit of a handful to leave me with no more 12 which I believe is still very indulgent. It is simply because of my love for the Kelly … which I do know will be the majority of my H collection ultimately.
The two important consequences of a reduced collection will be that I can see more, if not all, of the bags, therefore will use/rotate them better AND should be ready to pounce on exactly 2 new bags that are on my wishlist if they ever appear, then I shall be done, done, done! One is Hermès (a veritable unicorn at that!) and the other is Loewe (more about them at another time).
The criteria for an edit and reassessment are the same for Hermès as the ones applied to Chanel and all my bags of function, size, leather, weight, maintenance and colour. My initial motivation for H was entirely emotional – being drawn to the aesthetic, quality and craftsmanship. I have had to become much more systemic and practical in my considerations and that is where I am at now. I would say though there is more emotion! Using the bags over time, there is something new to appreciate and that must come from the fact that people – yes, crafts men and women – Artisans – made each of these bags and somehow that human touch transcends. It’s like when using the vintage Célines and with the 2.55, I love being conscious that it was probably around from the time Mlle Chanel was still alive and even further back to when she originally conceived the idea for a bag to free up her hands!
They do look surprisingly pretty lined up! And the other styles I love and use at different frequencies. I’ve accepted that I will not be using each one daily/weekly or even monthly but regularly and that I love them, that’s enough for me at this time.
At one point I thought to use only H bags – surely there would be a style for my every need?? That would be so simple and easier to manage. No, the reality is not even H can do that for me! At least for now, maybe one day in future, when my dream goal is to use only a handful of bags, H will be it 🙂 The fact is my every need does not have to be from H, that’s what I meant that my swim bag doesn’t have to be luxe. So here it is lol!
I’m even more embarrassed to reveal it was a hotel freebie! It’s perfect for everything I need to carry, normally it’s full with 2 towels and of course my swim cosies as well which I haven’t put in yet.
- simply by seeing bags together helps to show where similarities in function/size/colour occur
- a special bag edit should be done less often than clothing but for me, in the 1-2 year range (I’m about 3 behind!)
- aim to give more thought to the ‘core’ bags that I want to keep going forward with the ultimate goal of a handful of bags in total
- remind myself not to repeat purchase or mistakes
- take more time to consider each acquisition and equally each edit
Thanks for reading!