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In 1837, Thierry Hermès (1801–78) founded his eponymous luxury goods company in Paris as a saddle manufacturer, serving the era’s carriage trade. In 1880, under the stewardship of Thierry's son Émile-Charles, fine riding gear was added to its offerings to complement the saddles. The company expanded their workshops to design handbags nearly half a century later. The Kelly bag, originally introduced as the Sac à dépêches (“the dispatch bag”) in 1930, was designed by Robert Dumas, son-in-law to Thierry's grandson Émile-Maurice Hermes. Created for independent women who wanted a piece that was both luxurious and efficient, the Kelly bag has a trapezoid shape, two triangular gussets, a sculpted flap and handle. To this day, the understated bag comprises 36 individual leather pieces, 16 studs and a signature padlock and leather key cover, with three layers of leather at the base to ensure the bag can stand upright. Each Kelly bag takes between 18 and 25 hours to produce, and its 680 hand stitches owe solely to one Hermès artisan.


The Kelly bag earned its name during preproduction on Alfred Hitchcock’s 1955 film, To Catch a Thief. Costume designer Edith Head sourced products from Hermès to outfit actress Grace Kelly, who fell in love with the Sac à Dépêches and continued to carry it long after the movie wrapped. Months after marrying Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956, she was spotted carrying a brown pigskin Sac to shield her pregnancy from the paparazzi. And while the oft-repeated claim that Kelly and her bag appeared on a Life magazine cover isn’t true, photography of the actress and her cherished accessory began to appear everywhere at the time, and the bag’s profile suddenly skyrocketed. 


In 1977 Hermès officially changed the item’s name to the Kelly bag. Less than a decade later, Hermès introduced another handbag to its collection, also named after a style symbol, the Birkin bag. The Paris-based British actress Jane Birkin sat next to Hermès CEO Jean-Louis Dumas — Robert's son — on an Air France flight. He noticed her overflowing handbag, and she told him she longed for “a handbag that is bigger than the Kelly but smaller than Serge’s suitcase,” in reference to her then-romantic partner, the French musician Serge Gainsbourg. The Birkin bag was created in 1984, joining the Kelly in Hermès’ permanent collection.


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Hermes Kelly 25cm Malachite Jewel Green Epsom Sellier Bag Gold Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Kelly 25cm Malachite Jewel Green Epsom Sellier Bag Gold Y Stamp, 2020 Just purchased from Hermes store; bag bears new interior 2020 Stamp. Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. Prist...
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Located in New York, NY
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Hermes Kelly Cut Beton Cream Grey Clutch Swift Gold Hardware Y Stamp, 2020
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Located in New York, NY
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Hermes Kelly 28cm Black Epsom Sellier Gold Hardware Y Stamp, 2020
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Vintage Kelly 28 HERMES Black Bag Box and Alligator
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A must-have Kelly 28 bag from Maison Hermès, in a black box leather and alligator. It is worn by hand or shoulder by a removable shoulder strap. The lining is black with 3 pockets, o...
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Located in New York, NY
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Hermes Kelly 28cm Rouge H Hermes Epsom Sellier Gold Hardware Y Stamp, 2020
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Located in New York, NY
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Located in Miami, FL
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Hermes Special Order Kelly Bag 32Cm Horseshoe stamp 2020 Y Togo Leather Raisin reintroduced color, always a favorite A beautiful jeweltone! The camera does not capture how gorgeous a...
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Located in Delray Beach, FL
The much anticipated release of the NEW Hermes Mini Picnic Kelly 20 is finally here. Be first So so limited Only a select few VIP clients were offered the opportunity to buy this bag...
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Hermes Kelly Sellier 28 Bag Parchemin Ostrich w/ Ostrich Classic Kelly Wallet
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Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Hermes Kelly Sellier 28 bag featured in Parchemin Ostrich. This iconic Hermes bag is timeless and chic. Exquisite with gold hardware. This beautiful neutral i...
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Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Hermes Kelly Danse featured in neutral Etoupe. Exquisite in Swift leather with signature bone top stitch. Fresh with Palladium hardware. Comes with sleeper and s...
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Hermes Kelly 28 Vintage Black
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Located in Paris, FR
This beautiful vintage bag Kelly 28 in black leather Box. It has been renovated. The leather strap has been replaced by a crocodile strap. The jewelry is in metal gold plated. In ver...
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Located in Chicago, IL
Lizard Leather Palladium tone hardware Date code present Made in France Measures 7.5" W x 4.25" H x 1" D Includes box 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOUND LUXURY is the premier lu...
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Hermes Kelly 28cm Black Epsom Sellier Shoulder Bag Y Stamp, 2020
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Located in New York, NY
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Hermes Kelly Pochette Black Gold Hardware Clutch Cut Bag Swift D Stamp, 2019
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Located in New York, NY
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Hermes Black Kelly Wallet Long Epsom Palladium Hardware
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Located in New York, NY
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Located in Miami, FL
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Located in Athens, GA
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Located in London, GB
Crafted in France from smooth white Togo leather, a fine-grained Hermès skin, notorious for its soft-to-the-touch texture and noticeably luminous finish, this vintage, Kelly Retourne...
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Hermes Black Box Kelly 32cm Shoulder Bag Palladium Hardware
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Located in New York, NY
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Hermes Kelly 28 Alezan Togo Gold Hardware 2018 C STAMP. Excellent Condition, Light Hairlines on Hardware. Shop with confidence from Lux Addicts. Authenticity guaranteed!
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Located in London, GB
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Located in Miami, FL
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Located in Los Angeles, CA
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Located in London, GB
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Located in Miami, FL
Absolutely gorgeous Hermès Kelly 25 Rose Azalea Gold Hardware. 2018 C Stamp. Excellent Pristine Condition light hairlines on hardware. Plastic on feet and lock. Shop with confidenc...
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Located in London, GB
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Located in New York, NY
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Hermes Kelly Cut Black Clutch Pochette Swift Gold Hardware NEW
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Located in New York, NY
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Located in New York, NY
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Hermes Kelly Retourne Bag 35 Supple Matte Alligator Sanguine Palladium
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Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Hermes 35 Retourne Kelly bag featured in timeless Matte Alligator Sanguine. Fresh palladium hardware. NEW or NEVER WORN. Comes with shoulder strap, lock, k...
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2014 Hermes Black Matte Mississippiensis Alligator Leather Kelly 35cm Retourne
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Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
HERMÈS Black Matte Mississippiensis Alligator Leather Kelly 35cm Retourne Xupes Reference: HB2522 Serial Number: [R] Age (Circa): 2014 Accompanied By: Hermès Dust Bag, Lock, Keys, C...
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2018 Hermès Barenia Leather & Wicker Kelly 35cm Picnic
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Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
HERMÈS Barenia Leather & Wicker Kelly 35cm Picnic Xupes Reference: HB2842 Serial Number: C Age (Circa): 2018 Accompanied By: Hermès Dust Bag, Box, Lock, Keys, Clochette, Rain Cover,...
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2001 Hermes Lilac Box Nepal Leather Kelly Longue Clutch
By Hermès
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
"HERMES Lilac Box Nepal Leather Kelly Longue Clutch Reference: HB2535 Serial Number: [E] Age (Circa): 2001 Accompanied By: Hermès Dust Bag Authenticity Details: Date Stamp (Made in ...
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Exceptional Hermès Kelly Bag Tricolor Alligator Ghw 32 cm RARE Exc Cond
By Hermès
Located in ., FR
Amazingly Gorgeous Authentic Hermès Kelly Bag Extremely Rare, this bag is a collector piece, a must-have ! Made in France Stamp T in circle for 1990 Made of Alligator and Golden ...
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Hermes Kelly 28cm HSS Craie "Chalk" and Trench Epsom Sellier Shoulder Bag
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Located in New York, NY
Guaranteed Authentic Hermes Kelly 28cm Craie and Trench Epsom Sellier Shoulder Bag World Exclusive! A fabulous combination custom made by Hermes for a VIP special order. Brand New in...
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Hermès Etoupe Clémence Leather Kelly Ado II Backpack
By Hermès
Located in Geneva, CH
This Kelly Ado backpack from Hermès is in Etoupe Clémence leather with palladium hardware and tonal stitching. It features two straps with the front toggle closure like the iconic Ke...
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Hermès Bleu Nuit Clémence Leather Kelly Ado II Backpack
By Hermès
Located in Geneva, CH
This Kelly Ado backpack from Hermès is in Bleu Nuit Clémence leather with palladium hardware and tonal stitching. It features two straps with the front toggle closure like the iconic...
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Hermes Blue Saphire Kelly 25 Epsom Sellier Bag Gold Hardware
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Located in Delray Beach, FL
Hermes 25cm Kelly Hermes Kelly 25cm Blue Saphire a rich deep royal navy blue , just gorgeous! One of the most desirable blues Hermes offers Kelly 25 bags are hot hot hot! Epsom in ...
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2020 Hermès Black Epsom Leather Kelly Depeches 25cm Pochette
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Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
HERMÈS Black Epsom Leather Kelly Depeches 25cm Pochette Xupes Reference: SKHB009 Serial Number: Y Age (Circa): 2020 Accompanied By: Hermès Dust Bag, Box, Protective Felt, Care Bookl...
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2006 Hermès Rouge H Clemence Leather Kelly 32cm Retourne
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Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
HERMÈS Rouge H Clemence Leather Kelly 32cm Retourne Xupes Reference: HB2217 Serial Number: [J] Age (Circa): 2006 Accompanied By: Hermès Dust Bag, Box, Lock, Keys, Clochette, Shoulde...
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HERMES Havane brown Swift leather KELLY POCHETTE Clutch Bag
By Hermès
Located in Zürich, CH
Hermès 'Kelly Pochett' clutch in Havane (chestnut brown) Vea Swift leather with palladium hardware. Lines in Chevre (goat skin) with an open pocket against the back. Brand new comes ...
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Hermès Kelly Retourne Handbag Gold Fjord Leather with Gold Hardware 40, 1985.
By Hermès
Located in Banner Elk, NC
Hermès Kelly Retourne Handbag Gold Fjord Leather with Gold Hardware 40, dated 1985. Hand crafted in France from premium fjord leather with adorning gold plated hardware. Fjord leath...
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Hermes Vintage Kelly Handbag Noir Black Box Calf with Gold Hardware 32, 1991.
By Hermès
Located in Banner Elk, NC
Hermes Vintage Kelly Handbag Noir Black Box Calf with Gold Hardware 32, 1991. Hand crafted in France from premium box calf leather with adorning gold plated hardware. The Hermes Kell...
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Hermes White Epsom Sellier Gold Hardware Kelly 32cm Shoulder Bag
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
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Located in Chicago, IL
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Hermes Kelly 25 Sellier Rose Tyrien Ostrich Palladium Hardware
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Located in Delray Beach, FL
Hermes Rose Tyrien Sellier Kelly 25cm of Ostrich with palladium hardware. This Kelly has tonal stitching, a front toggle closure, a clochette with lock and two keys and a single rol...
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Hermes Kelly Handbag Noir Clemence with Palladium Hardware 28
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Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Minor wear on base corners, exterior and in interior, creasing and slight loss of shape on exterior near base, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag, Ke...
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Hermes Kelly Handbag Noir Ardennes with Gold Hardware 32
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Minor wear on base corners and exterior wax edges, creasing and wear underneath flap, scuffs in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Clochette, Keys, ...
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