IMHO: The Hermès Picotin Deserves More Love

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In the world of designer handbags, few bags are as widely recognized as the undeniably iconic Hermès Birkin. The Kelly, which dates back years further than its more relaxed little sister, is also an incredibly identifiable bag to those both in and out of the know. Having been a fashion lover for as long as I’ve been able to walk (my mother often tells the story of how at 2 years old, I insisted my hair bows match my shirt), the Birkin Bag was something I always just knew about. I cannot recall the exact moment in time that I learned what a Birkin was, but I can tell you that I did not know the vast ins and outs of Hermès’ offerings until I started working at PurseBlog. It was then that I discovered the Picotin, and even though I’ve known of its existence for some time now, it’s a bag that I find still continues to fly somewhat under the radar.

The Origins of the Picotin

Though not nearly as popular as the Birkin or Kelly, the Picotin holds just as much history as the Birkin and the Kelly, dating back to the brand’s early days. Launched in 2002, the bag is an ode to Hermès’ equestrian roots, modeled after the feed bags used to hold oats fed to horses. Additionally, its name refers to the unit of measure that’s used to portion out the amount of food given to a horse daily.

The Pictoin: A Sleek Daily-Hauler

The Picotin’s bucket-like shape offers ample space and a roomy interior, no matter the size you choose. Its shape is slouchy and easy to wear, offering a casual yet elegant bag that’s perfect for everyday wear. The most common sizes produced are 18cm, 22cm, and 26cm, though a micro version does exist as well. The Picotin offers a relaxed feel with its unlined, natural edges and minimalist feel. Aside from its lock feature, the Picotin is virtually logo-free, the perfect quiet luxury carry, if you will. The Picotin offers functionality in the lightweight package of a bucket bag, and even though it’s meant to be worn in the crook of the arm or toted by hand, you can add a longer strap for shoulder or crossbody wear.

Often described as an Hermès starter bag thanks to its more affordable price (the Picotin 18 starts at $3,025) and availability, I wonder where all the Picotin’s are in the world, as it’s not a bag I spot IRL very often, despite the many variations offered. Its ease of wear warrants a second look, and as someone who had often felt Hermès to be ever out of reach, especially given the constant price increases, the Picotin has me constantly coming back. I especially have eyes for the Picotin Cargo, which feels relaxed, a bit sporty, and very me.

Are you a fan of the Picotin? Do you think it gets the love it deserves?

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