Ever since I got my Hermes Garden Party 30 last June many of you on Instagram have been requesting a review. After owning the bag for almost nine months and getting a feel for it I can finally do an authentic review of my Garden Party 30!
I have the Garden Party 30 (aka TPM – the bag measures 12″ x 8.5″ x 5″ ), in Negonda calfskin leather in 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 is extendable.
The inside of the bag has a chevron lining, one large compartment and a flat zippered compartment. It opens and closes with a snap button.
Unfortunately, there are no feet on the bottom of the bag.
About Negonda calfskin leather:
Negonda calfskin leather is sturdy and structured, however, over time it is prone to sagging. To hinder sagging I always keep it stuffed with the air paper 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 Cles. The zippered compartment holds my iPhone 6S and a Chanel cardholder. I 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 more extended periods. However, if you tend to carry a bit more, it can get heavy after a while because the bag cannot be worn over the shoulder, which leads me to my next point.
How to wear the Garden Party 30?
The Garden Party 30 is designed to be worn on the crook of the arm or handheld. Therefore, if you plan on stuffing it to the max, it is going to be heavy and uncomfortable to carry on the crook of the arm or handheld. This is where I find the 36 to be 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 a “good” price point for Hermes. If you are thinking of branching out into the Hermes brand, then this would be an excellent starter bag: the quality, craftsmanship and attention to detail on these bags are impressive.
I picked the 30cm instead of the slightly larger 36cm Garden Party 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 Chanel medium flap can hold.
I would recommend the 30cm to someone that prefers smaller bags and 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 you found this review helpful! Do you have a Garden Party or are thinking of getting one? I would love to read your comments.