Hermès Mini Bolide 1923 Black Mysore Chevre Gold Hardware
The Bolide bag holds a significant place in the history of Hermès, having been designed by Emile-Maurice Hermès himself back in 1923. Created for his wife, this was the first-ever handbag to incorporate a zipper, a detail that revolutionized the design of handbags.
The term "Bolide" originally signified a meteor, a symbol of blazing speed and brilliance. As the twentieth century progressed, the French began using the term 'bolides' to describe their swift, innovative automobiles. The Hermès Bolide bag was born from this context. Emile-Maurice Hermès designed it for a friend who was an automobile enthusiast, inspired by the fast-paced advancements of the era. He found the zipper, a novelty at the time, during a trip to America and saw its potential. Attaching it to the Bolide bag, he introduced a new level of functionality to handbags.
The Bolide bag strikes an exquisite balance between practicality and elegance, a testament to Hermès' commitment to craftsmanship. A modern take on this iconic design is the Mini Bolide from Hermès, embodying the same spirit of innovation and refinement. This compact reinterpretation measures 7.3" in length, 5.7" in height, and 2.9" in depth, reimagining the 1923 original for the contemporary style enthusiasts.
The term "hardware" refers to the metallic parts of the bag, such as the buckle hardware, base studs, lock and keys and/or strap, which are plated with a colored finish (e.g. gold, silver, palladium). The terms refer to the tone or color of the hardware and not the actual material used. If hardware is composed of precious solid metals this will be referenced in the description.
No indication of wear, all plastic on hardware, never worn, essentially as new.
Little to no indication of handling, usually with all plastic on hardware and most likely never worn.
Very minor evidence of handling.
Evidence of wear and handling, with no major flaws.
Moderate wear and is fully functional.
Moderate wear and has condition issues that may or may not be repairable.