Monday, April 7, 2014

Organizer and bag insert for Hermès Picotin

The launch of a new product is always a happy and exciting moment.. a lot of thought, energy and time goes into each stage of the development and production. To hold a finished product for the first time, is truly a magical moment.

I have been longing to bring out a custom made insert for Picotin bags for a very long time, but due to its particular shape, it was never going to be a straightforward process. The project really only began to come together last year, when I found an atelier that had the necessary dedication, skill, experience and innovative techniques to help me make my dream come true. It is a french family business, and they are also the nicest and most wonderful people one could ever hope to work with.



The insert had to fulfil various needs... help you organise the contents of your bag, protect the leather inside, and most importantly keep the bag in shape, whether it is used or stored empty. Above all, it had to follow the Picotin's destinct form, where a rectangular base evolves into a soft round opening.


Picotin bags have no lining, and are therefore apt to loose their shape over time, or when empty. The insert had therefore to be strong enough to support the bag's structure, while allowing it to maintain it's soft lines, which is so much part of the Picotin's relaxed and easy chic.


The MaiTai Collection Picotin inserts are made in France, from highest quality French linen. They are sewn inside out, which results in smooth and inward facing corners and seams. All edges are rounded, so there aren't any pressure points which could mark the leather of the bag.


The four beautifully embroidered interior pockets give quick access to small items, such as keys, glasses, a pen or cell phone (the pockets are wide enough to accommodate an iPhone/smartphone).


The base is long enough to store your wallet flat (Azap, Dogon, Béarn and Evelyne, or any other wallet up to 21.5 cm length).




Apart from holding the bag in shape and letting you organise the contents, the insert also protects the inside of your bag from dust and dirt, pencil marks or whatever mishap could stain the inside leather.



The perfect balance of firmness and softness also make it ideal for keeping the bag in shape if not used, or in storage. Instead of filling it with air cushions etc, simply leave the insert in the bag instead.


Available in four beautiful soft colors: Aubergine, Rose, Naturelle and Dove grey


Rose


Naturelle

 

Dove grey

Aubergine


Made in France

At the moment, the insert exists for the medium size Picotin (MM in France, or size 22) only.


 
Care instructions: Dry clean only

The inserts are available at: www.maitaicollection.com


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97 comments:

  1. Dear MaiTai,
    what a wonderful and pretty idea. And it is much easier to find something in the bag.
    I wish you all the best with your new beautiful item!
    Have a nice week!
    Gabriele

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    1. Thanks so much for the lovely and kind good wishes! Have a lovely week too :-)

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    2. How do I order the bag insert for the Picotin size 26?

      Thanks,
      E

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    3. Hello E, - Many thanks for your interest in the inserts. They are available at: http://maitaicollection.com/collections/bag-inserts

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  2. Once again,dearest friend, you are playing my song! Racing off to order a few...trying to decide fun colors! How did this do in your GM? Was it substantial enough? As you know,my Picos are GM. Will await your reply before placing orders ! These are just beautiful! Congrats on yet another successful launch! Sending a toast with the bubbly your way, T xx

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    1. My dearest T, hold your horses back for a little while! These are a custom fit for the MM size only, but soon they'll also become available for the GMs. Sending a toast your way too, it's wonderful that there are so many happy events to celebrate! xx

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    2. Ah, yes my dear, there are...thank you!
      Will hold my horses...
      T xx

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  3. Gosh you are clever Maitai! Just wondering if you will be doing inserts for other style of bags other than this particular one as I don't own a picotin. Hope you are well x

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    1. Hope you are well too, dear CSW! Other styles will follow...:-)

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  4. Great invention Maitai! I have an Evelyne which also has no liner. It's low profile (not wide in depth) so it suits my lifestyle but I always worry about the inside and the shape. Perhaps you can work you magic on this bag? By the way, great score from the Ines collection on your last post. She is so classic! So are you MaiTai! We love your style.

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    1. Ines rocks! So glad you enjoyed the post on her collection. Would love to work out something for the Evelyne, only that I don't own this bag! Maybe a good reason to get one ;-) All the best xx

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  5. Perfect!! I am so getting one for my Picotin!

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    1. Hope they'll be best friends soon!

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    2. Will the inserts be available in other Picotin sizes too? Thank you so much for all the beautiful and practical things you do for us! You are simply an Hermés godess:-)

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  6. Hands down to your endless creativity! You are truly presenting us the items we very much need and which are not available at the market. (Mostly, we take as given that some things "will continue as always", our bags are without proper inserts, the pillows are not proper, but anyhow, nothing better than that...).
    My Kelly is in the waiting line. Also hope that the "to come" Birkin insert might be used for my Mulberry Bayswaters (ok, I am a traitor - bought them a while ago as they are made from buffalo leather which I liked, but did not intend to cheat Hermes :(((( )
    You will soon be able to open a nice brick-and-mortar store.
    Sweetly decorated, with beautiful items. Congrats!
    Lea

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    1. Hope your Kelly will be with you soon, dear Lea! Please email me the dimensions of your Mulberry Bayswaters, and I can see if the Birkin insert would fit x

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  7. Genius idea yet again MT! I have just placed my order. I have been thinking for ages what I need an organizer for my Picotin! Thank you!

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    1. Hope your organizer will be with you soon. Thanks so much again!

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  8. This so makes me want a picotin!

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  9. Wow, what a beautiful product! The quilting and embroidery are beautiful. Looking forward to seeing the other styles you come up with and hoping one with work with some of my bags.

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    1. So happy you like it, and the details too. Thanks so much <3

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  10. Love the inserts, what a clever idea!! I have the same wallet....its my favorite wallet (and color) of all time:)

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    1. I couldn’t be happier with it either!

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  11. This is just what I need for my etoupe Pico! I ordered one straight away! Thank you!

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    1. Many thanks again, hope your package will be arriving soon!

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  12. Fabulous. Love a bit of organisation.

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  13. How clever:).i hope there will be a gm size soon for my rubis picotin!

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  14. Wonderful idea if I could find a Picotin. It's very useful and niice.
    unfortunately we leave again for next week but not for Paris where eventually i would find a Picotin. In Geneva they say impossible to get one since more than one year, in BCN neither....and in Cannes they dont have it neither!
    In Lyon samething......
    I finish to accept the idea to live without it! But your idea is really exllent dear MT.
    Amities
    Monica

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    1. Crossing my fingers for you, dear Monica. Hope you’ll find a Picotin one day soon!

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  15. Perfection in the form of a bag insert , it all has your hallmark attention to detail and elegance .dear MaiTai.
    I just need the Picotin first...
    I adore my new Evelyne and should be ecstatic to find one of these to fit it : dear MaiTai .........

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    1. Congratulations on your new Evelyne! And thank you for the challenge… ;-)

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  16. What a fabulous organizer, my dearest MaiTai! So beautifully made, so elegant and useful! I can imagine how much energy, time and thought it takes to create such a piece. You are truly amazing! I do hope Hermès sees these beauties. Congratulations, my dear. They are just perfect! They make me wish to have a Picotin...
    Sending lots of sunshine your way, Manuela xx

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    1. Thanks so much, my dearest Manuela! The inserts are beaming with joy after hearing your lovely compliments!

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  17. Such an excellent idea, the Picotin is great bag for summer, this solves a lll of its glitches.

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    1. Agreed, the relaxed chic is perfect for summer!

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  18. Oooolalalala (she says, clicking her heels) I can't wait until the GM's are ready! (Alas, my two Picotins are GM) Dearest MaiTai your talent and creativity are truly a wonder. Please tell me that you'll be designing one for the Bolide and Birkin? I particularly like this because I tend to have my little Boston Terrier with me. The pockets make a handy place to stash treats, or a folded leash. Fenway (my dog) thanks you too!

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    1. Woof to Fenway! Something tells me he has a wonderful life…Birkin organizers coming soon! :-)

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  19. This is wonderful dear Mai Tai, you are such an entrepreneur. You see an need and take the trouble and effort to fix it in the most delightful and stylish way.
    This makes me want to rush out and buy a Picotin, just to get so nicely organized.
    Congratulations on another new line.

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    1. You are so kind, many thanks dear Melissa (hope the ribbon solution worked out)!

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  20. Awww, this makes me sad that I gave up my Picotin. The organizer looks great. I love the quilting and the lovely embroidery and the fact that there are just enough organizing pockets to make it really useful. And . . . not a bit of nasty Velcro in sight!

    I'll be waiting as patiently as I can for ones for the Birkin, Kelly and Bolide. Congratulations on a job very well done. (Hermès really ought to put you on their design team. They don't know what they're missing!)

    Jerrine

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    1. No velcro, no cardboard and no plastic :-) Thanks so much, Dearest. Please say hello to your bags, will do my best so that they'll all have an insert one day x

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  21. I have wanted to ask this for a while: is anybody else counting until 4, as the posts pop up each 4th day...? (When you are not absent)....
    Hugs

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  22. Hi Maitai!
    I am sincerely stunned by your inventivity and creativity: What a great idea! It looks super well made as well! I don't have a Picotin but I would otherwise defo be a customer. What fabulous entrepreneurship: I really hope this'll be a popular item. I also greatly appreciate the fact that a french family business that holds quality in great regards has been chosen for this new product. Well done! I vote for Maitai au "Redressement Productif"!
    Béatrice, Switzerland.

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    1. Thanks so much for the good wishes and fun&fab vote, dear Béatrice! I am so lucky with the atelier, without their expertise the inserts would still be just a dream!

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  23. Such a refined and very practical purse organizer - much nicer than the plastic ones! I will be ordering one soon for my two MM's.! Please keep these wonderful products coming.

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    1. So glad you like them, many thanks Maria!

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  24. Ingenius! What can I say...you are so creative and stylish. Am a big fan of your products, although still have to wait a little as I still keep my nice clothes and accessories away from my 1.5 year old. :-).

    Chantal xxx

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    1. Hello Chantal, so nice of you to say. And your little one will be a big boy in no time!

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  25. This is a beautiful insert, will you be making them for the PM size as well? I am queuing up my MaiTai Collection wishlist!

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    1. Many thanks, xoxo! Eventually, they’ll come out in the PM size too (the GM comes next) :-)

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    2. Thank you MaiTai, I will be patient. Perhaps I need to buy a larger size Picotin in the meantime. :^)

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    3. LOL! I'm thinking of buying a PM ;-)

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  26. Dearest MaiTai,
    congratulations on your new creation! Such a beautiful and smart idea! I am now taking orders from my friend, perhaps will order couple for my two picotins!
    Can't wait to use them!

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    1. Thanks so much! Hope you got my email yesterday, I seem to have had a problem with my mail server… All the best x

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  27. This is such a lovely item, dear MaiTai - I'd buy it immediately, IF... my Picotin were medium. But mine is small... Well, maybe you'll add this size at a later time...or I'll buy a medium Picotin? :-)
    Good luck with this great product and all the very best to you :-)

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    1. Mnay thanks, so happy you like it! Perhaps I need to get a PM...;-)

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  28. I ordered one as soon as I read this! Please consider making them for GM and TGM Picotins, too.

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    1. Many thanks again! A GM insert is coming soon. TGM is trickier as I need access to the bag and don’t know anyone who owns it..

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  29. What a wonderful idea, you've thought of everything (beautiful choice of colours too!)

    I'm such a fan of yours and of Ines too (I included her in a post on Monday - snap!) Enjoy the pieces xxx

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    1. Merci, Liss. And yes, Ines rocks!

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  30. Excellent addition to the MaiTai Collection, dear! Well done. :-) I noticed that the care instructions specify dry cleaning, but I was wondering what maintains the structure of the insert? I imagine that there is batting of some sort, but I am wondering is there is cardboard or plastic inside as well? I pose this question because I try to avoid items that need dry cleaning for chemical reasons, which are used by all of the cleaners in my area. Items that I have dry cleaned usually require a longer trip into the city at a "green" dry cleaner. So, I am wondering if there is anything inside the inset that could break down, or cause it to lose shape by a gentle hand wash?

    Warm orange hugs, and a toast to your new creation!
    CS


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    1. I’m glad you asked the question, dear CS! There is no trace of plastic or cardboard in the organizer. The structure is supported by materials used in high-end upholstery/curtain making/quilting. All of the insert’s components are washable, so you could give them a gentle hand-wash. But since linen has a tendency to shrink (particularly when washed at high temperatures,) I prefer to recommend dry cleaning. The inserts do fit perfectly, and it would be a such a shame to loose this due to a too hot wash :-)

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  31. Großartig! Du hast immer so tolle Ideen die du dann für uns umsetzt. Leider habe ich noch kein Picotin MM. Das ist bei uns in D eine sehr seltene Größe. Aber dann dann hat man ja einen Grund nach Paris zu fahren :)
    Ich habe eine Victoria und eine Garden und würde mich über ein passendes Teil hierfür freuen. Ich denke, dass der oben gezeigte nicht passt da er zu breit ist? Und die von H sind so extrem teuer. Ich bin jedenfalls gespannt auf den nächsten Gegenstand den du uns hier präsentierst!

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    1. Ich wünsche Dir viel Glück bei der Picotin Suche! Für die Garden ist das bald erhältliche Birkini-Insert ideal, ich habe es heute gerade ausprobiert! Bei der Victoria ist es etwas schwieriger, denn ich besitze (noch!) keine!

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    2. Birkini Insert! Es scheint als ob die Frühlingssonne mir Strandbilder in den Kopf gesetzt hat! ;-) Ich meinte natürlich Birkin Insert.

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  32. I would love to have one for my small picotins!! This would be a great solution to the slouch.

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    1. I will hopefully get started on the PMs soon!

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  33. Can you by post to Hong Kong ?😁

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    1. Yes, I can...I ship frequently to HK :-)

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  34. Thanks so much everyone for the wonderful comments, and the lovely warm welcome for the organizers! Have a wonderful rest of the week, and a happy weekend ahead xxx

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  35. Toute personne qui possede un picotin devrais avoir votre enveloppe d interieur car c est une grande idée BRAVO! J adorerai sa pour pour mon garden ou mon evelyne se serais merveilleux .Encore bravo pour votre idée et pour la beauté de cet element qui est très beau.
    Bises
    MYRIAM

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    1. Merci beaucoup pour votre gentil commentaire, chère Myriam. Un très beau week-end a vous! Bises

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  36. By post to Hong Kong how much.^.^

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    1. 64 EUR for the insert, and 10.45 EUR for shipping :-)

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  37. Congratulations, dear MaiTai, on what appears to be the successful launch of yet another wonderful product. I do hope that you will be adding a similar organizer/insert for the Bolide 31... ASAP! The quality of your products is exceptional (I have your scarf rings), and this is a wonderful extension of the signature elegance and refinement that are the hallmark of your brand. Well done!

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    1. So happy you are pleased with your scarf rings, thanks so much for the kind note! A Bolide organizer is in planning stage, but with the Picton GM and PM and the Birkin 35 insert coming first, it might take a little while :-)

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  38. Dear MaiTai,

    Congratulations on your new product! Organizer insert for Picotin MM is somothing that I have been wanted. I recieved one in Aubergine yesterday. I did not know what color Aubergine was exactly when I placed my order. It came out more beautiful than I had expected. On my PC, Aubergine looked like dark grey. But it is more like dark brown and also it has little blue shade, chic and beautiful color. It is soft but dark color, so I don't have to be worried about stains. It has 4 pockets, so I can put my iphone and folded type mobile phone ( I carry both) and parking card etc... The best point is that it keeps the shape of Picotin which is made soft leather and getting loose in shape after using a lot. Your amazing creation is so practical.Thank you so much.

    Erika

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    1. Dear Erika,

      So happy you are pleased with the organizer insert, thanks so much for the lovely feedback!

      You described the Auberine color perfectly, and you are right... the pictures don't do it justice. I've tried so many times to capture the shade, but don't seem to manage!

      Have a wonderful remaining spring, and a very happy Easter!

      Warmly, MT

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  39. Dear MaiTai, I recently discovered your website and I love it so much! Your posts are so lovely and cheerful, especially after a long winter. Do you think that the Picotin organizer would fit an Hermes market bag? Best regards, Jane

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    1. Please forgive this late reply dear Jane, I only saw your lovely message now! I am not familiar with the dimensions of the market bag, but if you'd email them to me, I will check against the insert. (maitaicollection@orange.com). Thanks so much.

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  40. I received mine and it is lovely! Thank you so much MaiTai!

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    1. So happy you are pleased, thanks so much dear Nest Girl!

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  41. Dear MaiTai, just ordered one for use in my GM Picotin Bag! Thank you so much for your innovative idea. I had been hoping to find an organizer bag in bad for my Picotin and happened to see your blog and immediately ordered it.

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    1. Many thanks, dear Jaslyn, so happy you found my site! Hope your insert will be with you soon, and wishing you much fun and enjoyment with it!

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  42. Bonjour Magali, please email me at: maitaicollection@orange.fr (in order to protect your email address, I decided not to publish your comment) :-)

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  43. Great idea! Do you think you can get one made for hermes bolide as well?

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    1. Happy you like the insert, many thanks! I am currently working on other bag styles and sizes, and the Bolide is one of them :)

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  44. Dear MaiTai, I recently brought an Hermes Picotin Lock TGM bag and have been hunting for an organizer insert bag, when I came across your website.Your insert bag are so lovely but you don't have size for my TGM which is sized at 13" H x 13" W x 9". Will you be making the TGM size soon or do you take special order to have one make for me? Please let me know as I am unable to use my Picotin TGM without an organizer . Awaiting your reply, Best regards, Dr. Tan Lynda Juliana

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    1. Thanks so much for the comment. I am really sorry, but I'm currently not working on a Picotin TGM insert. It is one the list, but may take some time. Best wishes, MaiTai

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  45. Hi Mai Tai!
    What an amazing idea these are. I scrolled through the comments and noticed you haven't commented on the status of the PM size since April... is there any update on this? I would love to order one! Thanks!

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  46. Hi, thank you for the nice comment! I am ready to roll with the insert, only that I can not find a PM Picotin at the moment (I check all prototypes with the actual bags to make sure they are a perfect fit).

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  47. Hi
    I am interested in the Picotin insert?
    How much for size MM and GM?
    Able to courier to Hong Kong?
    How long it takes to complete the order?
    Thanks

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  48. Hi Winnie, Many thanks for your interest in the Picotin inserts. They are available in size PM, MM and GM, and can be ordered through here:
    http://www.maitaihomecollection.com/
    All items are shipped within 48 hours, and the delivery time to Hong Kong is 8-12 business days. Best, MT

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