The backstory of the Kelly, an international legend.
Who would ever have imagined that the tall strap bag designed for horse riders in 1892 by the House of Hermès would go on to become one of the most highly sought-after products in the world? The Kelly bag comes in a generous format which was intended for transporting equestrian accessories when it first came out. In 1935, it was revisited and became much more feminine. It was known as a dispatch bag. In 1958 its popularity went through the roof. A photograph was taken of a pregnant Grace Kelly, already a princess by that point, coming out of an airplane and trying to disguise her bump with the bag.
Kelly, revisited over the years.
A Kelly bag can be recognised by its two leather straps, equipped with a small padlock by way of clasp. Season after season, this Hermès bag has been revisited many times, in myriad different materials and hues. It has also come out in several sizes, to meet the practical requirements of women with varying needs. The Kelly Mini is a more compact version which is perfectly suited to the city-dweller’s way of life.
Hermès, prestigious leather goods since 1837.
From the Kelly 25 bag and the Kelly 40 to the Kelly Mini, there is no denying that this leather goods design is a veritable success on a planetary scale. A real object of envy, the bag changes hands for exorbitant prices, much higher than its original selling price. Vestiaire Collective gives collectors the opportunity to track down all the most beautiful products designed by Hermès.
The Kelly made an indelible mark on the story of the great fashion house Hermès. But so have many other bags, which also share the powerful DNA for which the brand is so well-known: