Introducing the Hermès Birkin 20cm!
Hermès has been gaining a lot of traction with small bags in the past decade or so: around 2015, Hermès started producing the 25cm Birkin as a regular, regular bag rather than just a push offer. Push offers cannot be ordered – Hermès sends these limited-production bags randomly to boutiques; then, around 2018 came the Mini Kelly II; in the following years, Mini versions of beloved styles, including Mini Lindy, Mini Bolide, and just recently, Mini Jypsiere, followed. A new Mini Birkin was spotted on Instagram last week without any fanfare or announcement: the real thing.
The prior versions of the Mini Birkin
There is nothing new about a Mini Birkin: Hermès began producing the Birkin Faubourg in 2019. It is an artwork of the highest quality, measuring 20 cm and produced using the Sellier structure. In a similar fashion to our flagship boutique at 24 Faubourg St-Honora, it is adorned with awnings and windows. A previous version of the Mini Birkin was also available in 2011-2012, dubbed the “Micro Birkin.” With Palladium hardware, these 15cm leather bags were made from Epsom or Swift leather in the “Candy” colors (Celeste, Lime, Rose Tyrion, Orange, Kiwi, Mykonos, and Tosca, among others).
We have noted here that Hermès will likely produce a 20cm Birkin at some point and that Hermès has expanded its production capacity by opening workshops and training more craftspeople since the pandemic. Hermès corporate has not previously mentioned an actual, regular production Mini Birkin; prior to last week, there was no official mention.
These are the first photos of the 20cm Mini Birkin, are they accurate?
A Chinese customer in Europe purchased the 20cm Birkin with Palladium Hardware at the same time, breaking this silence. In the first case, the buyer purchased a Vert d’ E au crocodile with Palladium Hardware, while in the second case, a black lizard with gold hardware was bought by Bryan Boy, an online personality.