It might not be as famous as the Birkin or the Kelly, but the Sac a Depeches is to the male Hermes fan what the aforementioned bags are to female devotees of the brand.
Created in 1928, the briefcase gets its name from the French word for dispatches.
Now, it can be used to store important missives or a work tablet. That the Sac can boast famous users – John.
Kennedy and the Duke of Windsor, to name a few – attest to its appeal. This season, it comes in a narrower form.
Black Evergrain calfskin is used for this update of the Sac a Depeches.
First used by Hermes in 2004, Evergrain calf leather is distinguished by its fine, regular printed grain. It feels supple and smooth to the touch, but is sturdy enough to hold its shape.
As it gets shinier and softer with age, this leather briefcase will last way beyond a season.
The brand describes the bag’s narrower form as being “made for the age of mobility”. It’s slim enough to be carried by its handle, or under the arm, clutch-style. That said, the Sac a Depeches is apparently Hermes’ most popular model for special orders, and can be customised to have up to 12 compartments – or even made large enough to stow an artist’s canvases.
Important missives need to be kept under lock and key, and that’s exactly what this briefcase can provide. It’s fastened with a handsomely brushed metal clasp, which can be locked with a specially provided key. For those who find pure metal too cold, there is also a variant featuring a clasp with a leather inlay.