Ever since I got the Hermes Garden Party 30 in June last year (unboxing video here) many of you on Instagram and on my Youtube channel have been requesting a review, so after having the bag for almost nine months and getting a feel for it I can finally do an authentic review on my Garden Party 30!
I have the Garden Party 30 (also known as the small or TPM – the bag measures 12″ x 8.5″ x 5″ ), in Negonda calfskin leather in the colour Gold (a neutral, classic camel tone) with palladium plated silver hardware and contrasting white stitching.
The bag has two snap closures on the sides which extends to add more items to the bag.
The inside of the bag has a chevron lining, one large compartment and a flat zippered compartment. The bag opens and closes with a snap button.
Unfortunately the bag does not have any feet on the bottom.
About Negonda calfskin leather:
Negonda calfskin leather is quite sturdy and structured, however over time it is prone to sagging. To hinder sagging I always keep it stuffed with the air bags it came with and so far I have no sagging at all.
What fits inside the Garden Party 30?
In the main compartment I can easily fit a Louis Vuitton PM agenda, Ray-Ban Wayfarers with the case, Chanel small O Case with cosmetics and a Louis Vuitton key cles. In the zippered compartment I keep an iPhone 6S and a Chanel cardholder. I really don’t carry much, so if I wanted to I could also fit a small book and an umbrella.
With all the items I would usually carry in my bag (excluding the umbrella and book) the bag is quite comfortable to carry around for longer periods of time. However if you tend to carry a bit more it can get heavy after a while especially since the bag cannot be worn over the shoulder, which leads me to my next point.
How to wear the Garden Party 30?
The 30 was designed to be worn on the crook of the arm or handheld. So if you plan on packing it to the max, it is going to get too heavy and uncomfortable to carry on the crook of the arm or handheld. This is where I find the 36 to be more well rounded and a better option if you prefer to carry your totes over the shoulder.
My thoughts on the Garden Party 30:
I find the Garden Party bags in general to be very understatedly chic and they are at a “great” price point for Hermes. If you are thinking of branching out into the Hermes brand, then this would be a nice starter bag: the quality, craftsmanship and attention to detail on these bags are quite impressive.
The reason I decided to go for the 30cm instead of the slightly larger 36cm is because I don’t carry much with me and wanted to have a small tote for summer trips and for the rare days when I need to fit a bit more than my medium flap can hold.
I would recommend this size for anyone that prefers smaller bags and that doesn’t carry a lot (if you do then the 36 is a better option, because of the longer handles and the bigger size).
I hope this review was helpful! Do you have a Garden Party or are thinking of getting one? I would love to read your comments.