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the Kelly bag

At Hermès every piece has a name. But some baptisms are more memorable than others. The yet-to-be-named Kelly was around for a long time before stepping into the limelight.

In the 1930s, Robert Dumas designed a ladies' handbag with a purist aesthetic that broke with the decorative style in fashion at the time. The Princess of Monaco –a.k.a. Grace Kelly on the silver screen– fell in love with the design and commissioned half a dozen of the bags in various colours. One day in 1956, the bag she had brought along shielded her from paparazzi who pounced as she was exiting her car. Months before the birth of the future princess, the bag had served as a bodyguard for Grace's unborn child. The photo made the cover of Life magazine and was seen all over the world. The bag had found its stage name. The "Kelly" was later featured again in Life magazine, alongside Catherine Deneuve and her sister Françoise Dorléac in the up-and-coming star's first official photo shoot – the fee from her first movie had paid for the bag. More recently, window dresser extraordinaire Leïla Menchari and the leather creation studio have had Kellys of all sizes and materials custom-made in our workshops to star in her fabulous displays. Kelly Lakis, Kelly Shoulder, Kelly Relax, Kelly Cut… all these variations draw on the exceptional skill of the company's leather artisans and saddle makers and its mania for creativity.
A Kelly is a rare and precious thing. It is for sale only in our shops, since, to select the right one for you, you have to see it, smell it, touch it, or order it from an informed salesperson.