Monday, January 17, 2011


I am relieved to report that I am not of age to have had the experience of a family doctor coming to see me at home when I felt ill. The notion of your doc visiting you at home seems anachronistic unless, of course, you are the President!

When this Hermes bag was made in the 1960s, the inspiration was clearly the family doctor's carrying case which contained all his healing potions. While this structured variation won't hold a medicine cabinet, it will hold your essentials. Lined in ever-so-soft lambskin with two snap pockets on each side, this bag can no longer be found at any Hermes boutique and would be prohibitive to special order (structured bags are much more difficult and astronomical to make than a Birkin, for example. I know first hand. When I designed my "Cameron"bag I was shocked at the cost - and that was in leather).

The baby crocodile just might make your mouth whet, as it is so fine and shiny. While this bag is not made for meds, don't be surprised if someone asks you for a cough lozenge or if you have the sudden urge to take a stranger's temperature or pulse.

Hermes black baby crocodile "doctor" style bag with "404" hardware and closure, c. 1960s. 9 1/2" long x 4 1/2" wide x 6" high. The handle is 13" from tip to tip.

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