Hermès Kelly Bag

Hermès Kelly Bag - elegant leather handbag

The Hermès Kelly Bag was launched in 1935 by the French luxury label Hermès. First, the handbag entered the market as part of a suitcase collection. The trapezoidal structure is thereby reminiscent of a classic suitcase. The shape of the Hermès Kelly Bag tapers upwards and is opened and closed with a closure that is associated with the iconic Hermès rollover flap. A gently curved handle sits on top of the bag. Using high-quality metal, the handle is connected to the rollover of the Hermès Kelly Bag. The design of the metal is individually tailored to the color of the handbag. After unfolding the rollover, the Hermès Kelly Bag opens wide and provides quick and easy access to the contents. When opening the handbag, the handle folds aside and does not interfere with access to the content.

The bottom of the handbag is rectangular. It is fixed so that the Hermès Kelly Bag stands upright when it is placed off. The Hermès Kelly Bag is worn elegantly over the arm.

Grace Kelly: Namesake of the Kelly Bag

In the first two decades after its market launch, Hermes's exclusive handbag received little attention. It was far from becoming a bestseller. This changed when later Princess Gracia Patricia of Monaco wore the bag in 1956 on the day of her engagement to Prince Rainier. The handbag gained worldwide recognition and was renamed Hermès Kelly Bag in honor of the former American actress of "Sac à dépêches". Since then, the handbag is an extremely popular, iconic statement of pure elegance. Every single Hermès Kelly Bag is made by hand. The production takes up to 24 hours and always follows the same specifications. This ensures the high quality of the Hermès Kelly Bag. Only one bag maker – who has to undergo special training – is allowed to work on a Hermès Kelly Bag. 

Classic Hermès Kelly Bag made of high quality leather

In the classic version, the Hermès Kelly Bag is made from leather. There are different types of leather being used. The leather also determines the price of the handbag, which costs new between € 4,500 and € 85,000. Domestic leathers are significantly cheaper than exotic leather, which is obtained, among others, from the buffalo, shark or snake. The inner lining is made of high quality goat leather.
Hermès occasionally releases variants of the Kelly Bag that are not made from leather. In one variant, the handbag was made of high quality silk scarves. A Hermès Kelly bag made of raffia is also available and achieves high resale prices like all other models. The Hermès Kelly Bag has been designed for everyday use and offers plenty of space for everything a true lady needs on the go. Thanks to its high quality, it still looks visually appealing even after many years and has become the epitome of a timelessly elegant bag. 

Hermès Kelly Bag - elegant leather handbag The Hermès Kelly Bag was launched in 1935 by the French luxury label Hermès. First, the handbag entered the market as part of a suitcase collection.... read more »
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Hermès Kelly Bag

Hermès Kelly Bag - elegant leather handbag

The Hermès Kelly Bag was launched in 1935 by the French luxury label Hermès. First, the handbag entered the market as part of a suitcase collection. The trapezoidal structure is thereby reminiscent of a classic suitcase. The shape of the Hermès Kelly Bag tapers upwards and is opened and closed with a closure that is associated with the iconic Hermès rollover flap. A gently curved handle sits on top of the bag. Using high-quality metal, the handle is connected to the rollover of the Hermès Kelly Bag. The design of the metal is individually tailored to the color of the handbag. After unfolding the rollover, the Hermès Kelly Bag opens wide and provides quick and easy access to the contents. When opening the handbag, the handle folds aside and does not interfere with access to the content.

The bottom of the handbag is rectangular. It is fixed so that the Hermès Kelly Bag stands upright when it is placed off. The Hermès Kelly Bag is worn elegantly over the arm.

Grace Kelly: Namesake of the Kelly Bag

In the first two decades after its market launch, Hermes's exclusive handbag received little attention. It was far from becoming a bestseller. This changed when later Princess Gracia Patricia of Monaco wore the bag in 1956 on the day of her engagement to Prince Rainier. The handbag gained worldwide recognition and was renamed Hermès Kelly Bag in honor of the former American actress of "Sac à dépêches". Since then, the handbag is an extremely popular, iconic statement of pure elegance. Every single Hermès Kelly Bag is made by hand. The production takes up to 24 hours and always follows the same specifications. This ensures the high quality of the Hermès Kelly Bag. Only one bag maker – who has to undergo special training – is allowed to work on a Hermès Kelly Bag. 

Classic Hermès Kelly Bag made of high quality leather

In the classic version, the Hermès Kelly Bag is made from leather. There are different types of leather being used. The leather also determines the price of the handbag, which costs new between € 4,500 and € 85,000. Domestic leathers are significantly cheaper than exotic leather, which is obtained, among others, from the buffalo, shark or snake. The inner lining is made of high quality goat leather.
Hermès occasionally releases variants of the Kelly Bag that are not made from leather. In one variant, the handbag was made of high quality silk scarves. A Hermès Kelly bag made of raffia is also available and achieves high resale prices like all other models. The Hermès Kelly Bag has been designed for everyday use and offers plenty of space for everything a true lady needs on the go. Thanks to its high quality, it still looks visually appealing even after many years and has become the epitome of a timelessly elegant bag. 

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