The story behind the Kelly
After starting as a saddler, Hermès decides to create leather goods at the beginning of the 20th century. In 1935, a new bag is born. With its straps, its simple but large shape, this bag is meant to be practical and for traveling.
It becomes an it-bag in 1956, when Grace Kelly, Princesse de Monaco, decides to use it and uses it one day to hide her pregnancy from paparazzi. The pictures are seen everywhere in the world and the bag is the new must-have. Twenty-one years later, it is named Kelly, as a tribute to the Princess.
Today, the Kelly is on top of high-end bags. It is sold in many different sizes and precious fabrics. Each bag is made by the same craftsman and requires between 18 to 24 hours of work. And two alligator skins are needed to make only one bag !
In 2004, Jean Paul Gaultier designs the Shoulder Kelly for his first Hermès collection. He will change this fashion classic once more in 2007 with the Kelly Flat.
Buy a Kelly
Special and wanted by many people, the Kelly is very expensive, even if you buy it second-hand. It is also hard to find and even new - from 3500€ - there is a waiting list. Every year, special models are created: crocodile, diamonds, nothing seems to be luxurious enough for this legendary bag.
The official Hermes website : Hermes.com
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What do you think about the Kelly ?
Amanda, 30 years old - "It was my dream bag. I had it for my 30th birthday. It will never go out of fashion, it is extremely smart and since I got it, I haven't needed another bag. It is just perfect with anything I wear."
Katharina, 41 years old - "I've had it for years and it seems to mature with time !"