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Kelly Bag

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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 1935, 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 Orange Feu Epsom Sellier Bag Palladium NEW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Kelly 25cm Orange Feu Epsom Sellier Bag Palladium Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. Pristine Condition (with plastic on hardware). Perfect gift! Comes full set with keys, lock, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Parchemin Taurillon Clemence Leather Kelly 35 GHW
By Hermès
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Hermes Parchemin Taurillon Clemence Leather Kelly 35 in excellent condition. Cream Parchemin beige clemence leather exterior trimmed with gold hardware. Signature front double strap ...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly Pochette Lime Yellow Fluo Gold Hardware Clutch Cut Bag NEW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Kelly Pochette Lime Yellow Gold Hardware Clutch Cut Bag NEW Brand New in Box. Store fresh. Pristine condition (with plastic on hardware). Perfect gift! Comes with sleeper and ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès Tri-Colour Sellier 32cm Kelly Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
This Tri-Colour Sellier 32 cm Kelly bag from Hermès is a true testament to the quality of the house's craftsmanship, exuding timeless style and elegance, perfect for any occasion wit...
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20th Century Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly Danse Bag Tabac Camel Ostrich Gold Hardware New w/ Box
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Hermes Kelly Danse featured in warm Tabac Camel in Ostrich. This fabulous, verstaile bag can be worn as a backpack, shoulder, crossbody or waist bag. Lush with G...
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2010s Backpacks

Hermes Kelly 32 Ostrich Exotic Yellow Gold Top Handle Satchel Shoulder Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Ostrich Leather trim Gold plated hardware Leather lining Turn-lock closure Made in France Handle drop 3.5" Shoulder strap drop 17" Measures 13" W x 9.5" H x 4.75" D Includes origi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Hermes Kelly 32 Ostrich Exotic Brown Gold Top Handle Satchel Shoulder Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Ostrich Leather trim Gold plated hardware Leather lining Turn-lock closure Made in France Handle drop 3.5" Shoulder strap drop 17" Measures 13" W x 9.5" H x 4.75" D Includes origi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Hermes Kelly Cut Vert Verone Clutch Bag Gold Hardware Swift Leather
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic timeless Hermes Kelly Cut bag featured in rich Vert Verone. This soft green Hermes clutch is perfect day to evening. Swift leather. Rich with gold hardware. NE...
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2010s Clutches

Hermes Kelly 32 Bag Matte Fauve Barenia Porosus Crocodile Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Hermes 32 Kelly bag featured in coveted matte Fauve Barenia Porosus crocodile. Signature bone top stitch. Lush with Gold hardware. Clean handle, corners and inte...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly 28cm Rose Confetti Pink Sellier Shoulder Bag Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Kelly 28cm Rose Confetti Pink Sellier Shoulder Bag Y Stamp, 2020 Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. Pristine Condition (with plastic on hardware). Just purchased from Hermes store...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly 25 Rose Pourpre Pink Epsom Sellier Shoulder Bag Gold Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Kelly 25 Rose Pourpre Pink Epsom Sellier Bag Gold Y Stamp, 2020 Devastatingly gorgeous! Beyond darling and super chic! Just purchased from Hermes store; bag bears new interior...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Green Crocodile Exotic Leather Kelly Evening Top Handle Clutch Bag in Box
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Crocodile Palladium plated hardware Leather lining Turnlock closure Top Handle 1" Measures 12.5" W x 5.5" H x 1" D Includes dust bag and box 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOUND ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

HERMES Kelly Bag - 25cm Gris Perle Alligator VERY RARE
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
This is a very rare and coveted bag. Since its release the demand for the Kelly bag has not waned, and even though demand is high Hermes has kept production of theses bags limited. ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Beige de Weimar Epsom Leather Kelly Wallet
By Hermès
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The Kelly is a name synonymous with Hermès. It is a symbol of their wondrous dedication to craftsmanship and classic style. The lock of the bag, which is a turn lock, now appears in ...
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2010s Wallets

Hermes Chocolat Courchevel Leather Gold Hardware Kelly Sellier 32 Bag
By Hermès
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Your wait to own a Hermes Kelly Sellier is now over! Inspired by none other than Grace Kelly of Monaco, every Hermes Kelly is carefully hand-stitched to perfection. The Sellier is th...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly 32 Toile Rouge
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
This Hermès Kelly 32 Sellier is an old time favourite. Meticulously made entirely by hand from natural Toile it is lined with evenly-grained Courchevel leather. The piece opens to re...
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20th Century Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly 28 Bag Blue Indigo Sellier Epsom Palladium Hardware New/Box
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Hermes Kelly 28 Sellier bag featured in Blue Indigo. Beautiful and exotic, this epsom leather Hermes Kelly Sellier is perfect for year round wear. Freah with pal...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly Cut Gris Paris Grey Matte Alligator Palladium Hardware Clutch Bag
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic matte alligator Hermes Kelly Cut bag featured in the unicorn Gris Paris - the perfect gray hue. This gorgeous Hermes clutch bag is perfect to move from day to e...
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2010s Clutches

Hermès Raisin Togo 32 cm Kelly Bag
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Hermès Raisin Togo 32 cm Kelly- Very good condition Hermès bags are considered the ultimate luxury item worldwide. Each piece is handcrafted with waitlists that can exceed a year or...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly 28 Blue Celeste Mykonos Candy Epsom Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Hermes Kelly 28 Blue Celeste Mykonos Candy Collection Epsom Palladium Hardware . Excellent Condition With Plastic on Hardware. perfect corners and excellent structure. Shop with co...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Hermes Kelly 25 Bougainvillea Red Pink With Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Hermes Birkin 25 Bougainvillea Red Pink W/ Gold Hardware. 2015 T STAMP. Excellent Condition, excellent corners and structure. Shop with confidence from Lux Addicts. Authenticity gu...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

1stdibs Exclusive Hermès Kelly Pochette Rose Dragee Swift Leather Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Sydney, New South Wales
1stdibs Exclusives From Three Over Six Brand: Hermès Style: Kelly Pochette Size: 22 L x 13 H x 7 D cm Color: Rose Dragee Leather: Swift Hardware: Gold Stamp: L 2008 Condition: V...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Craie Swift Leather Kelly Cut GHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Hermès Craie Swift Leather Kelly Cut GHW SKU: 109740 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Faint marks to ...
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2010s Clutches

Hermès Black Swift Leather Kelly Cut PHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Hermès Black Swift Leather Kelly Cut PHW SKU: 109739 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Light scuffing ...
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2010s Clutches

Hermes Kelly 25 Rose Extreme Pink Epsom Sellier Bag Palladium Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Kelly 25 Rose Extreme Pink Epsom Sellier Bag Palladium Y Stamp, 2020 Just purchased from Hermes store; bag bears new interior 2020 Stamp. Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. Pristi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Etain Clemence Leather Retourne Kelly 35 PHW
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Hermes Etain Clemence Leather Kelly 35 PHW Arguably the holy grail of bags the Hermes Kelly is absolutely iconic. -Made of soft textured Clemence taurillion leather -Iconic faste...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Jaune Amber Epsom Sellier Kelly 32cm Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Hermes Kelly Handbag 32cm Jaune Amber Epsom Leather Palladium Hardware A beautiful golden sunset color, Jaune Amber The interior is lined with Chevre and features one zip pocket wit...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermes Black Box Calf Leather Gold Hardware Kelly Retourne 28 Bag
By Hermès
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Inspired by none other than Grace Kelly of Monaco, Hermes Kelly is carefully hand-stitched to perfection. This Kelly Retourne is crafted from calf leather and has gold-tone hardware....
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Black Togo & Niloticus Crocodile Retourne Kelly Touch 28 GHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermès Black Togo & Niloticus Crocodile Retourne Kelly Touch 28 GHW SKU: 109088 Handbag Condition: Mint Condition Comments: Mint Condition. Plastic on hardware. No visible signs of...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Etrusque Buffalo Leather Retourne Kelly 35 GHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermès Etrusque Buffalo Leather Retourne Kelly 35 GHW SKU: 109552 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Light scuffing to corners. Scratching to har...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly 28 Etoupe Epsom Sellier Taupe Shoulder Bag Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Kelly 28cm Etoupe Taupe Gold Sellier Shoulder Bag Y Stamp, 2020 Just purchased from Hermes store; bag bears new interior 2020 Y Stamp. Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. Pristine ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly 25cm Blue Sapphire Navy Epsom Sellier Bag Gold Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Kelly 25cm Blue Sapphire Navy epsom Sellier Bag Gold Y Stamp, 2020 Just purchased from Hermes store; bag bears new interior 2020 Stamp. Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. Pristine...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly 32 Bag Vivid Blue Izmir Clemence Leather Palladium
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Hermes 32 Kelly in vibrant Mediterranean Blue Izmir. Lush Clemence leather is highly scratch resistant. Fresh Palladium hardware. Clean corners, body, handle and...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermès Anémone Evercolor Kelly Danse II with PHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Hermès Anémone Evercolor Kelly Danse II with PHW SKU: 106308 The rare Kelly Danse has been re-released for the 2019 Collection. The highly-versatile Danse can be worn...
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2010s Belt Bags

Hermès Black Evercolor Leather Kelly Pochette GHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermès Black Evercolor Leather Kelly Pochette GHW SKU: 108709 : Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Plastic on hardware. Faint scuff to flap and ...
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2010s Clutches

Hermès Black Clémence Retourne Kelly 35 PHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermès Black Clémence Retourne Kelly 35 PHW SKU: 108488 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Light scuffing to corners. Scratching and tarnishing to...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Tangerine Ostrich Kelly Pochette PHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Hermès Tangerine Ostrich Kelly Pochette PHW SKU: 108501 The handheld version of the Kelly is crafted in Tangerine Ostrich and features Palladium hardware. Handbag Co...
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Early 2000s Clutches

Hermès Bleu Electrique Tadelakt Sellier Kelly 35 GHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Hermès Bleu Electrique Tadelakt Sellier Kelly 35 GHW SKU: 108892 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Mint Condition Comments: Mint Condition. Plastic on har...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Potiron Chévre Sellier Kelly 28 PHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Hermès Potiron Chévre Sellier Kelly 28 PHW SKU: 108496 Condition Description: Handbag Condition: Good Condition Comments: Good Condition. Wax edges scraped on left s...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly Cut Lime Swift Gold Hardware Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Guaranteed Authentic Hermes Kelly Cut Lime Swift Gold Hardware Y Stamp, 2020 Brand New in Box. Store fresh. Pristine condition (with plastic on hardware). Perfect gift! Comes with...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Hermès Kelly Retourné 28 in Rosy Togo Leather GHW
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Hermès Kelly Retourné 28 in Rosy Togo Leather with Gold Hardware. 2016 Includes Clochette, Detachable Strap, Dust Bag, and Lock and Keys Size: 28 28 x 22 x 10 cm
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly Pochette Bambou Gold Hardware Clutch Cut Bag Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Kelly Pochette Bambou Gold Hardware Clutch Cut Bag Y Stamp, 2020 Just purchased from Hermes store; bag bears new 2020 interior Y Stamp. Brand New in Box. Store fresh. Pristine...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Blue Tan Canvas Exotic Leather Kelly Travel Single Shoulder Carryall Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Canvas Leather Ostrich Palladium hardware Leather lining Turnlock closure Shoulder strap drop 16" Measures 9.5" W x 14" H x 4" D Includes original Hermes dust bag 100% authenticity ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Hermes Kelly Cut Rose Sakura Pale Pink Pochette Clutch Swift New RARE
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Kelly Cut Rose Sakura Pale Pink Clutch Swift New RARE Ultra rare cult favorite Rose Sakura in NEW condition! Brand New in Box. Store fresh. Pristine condition (with plastic on...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Hermes Kelly 28 HSS White Blanc Gris Asphalte Kelly Gold VIP Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Guaranteed Authentic Hermes Kelly 28 Horseshoe Stamp White and Gris Asphalte Kelly VIP Y Stamp, 2020 Uber chic! World Exclusive! A spectacular bicolor combination custom made for a V...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermes Black Epsom Leather 32cm Sellier Kelly Bag with Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Black Epsom Leather 32cm Sellier Kelly Bag with Palladium Hardware Made In: France Year of Production: 2003 Color: Black Hardware: Palladium Materials: Epsom leather Lining: ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès Kelly 25 Togo Bambou GHW
By Hermès
Located in Antwerp, BE
Brand new and store-fresh Hermès Kelly 25 Togo Bambou GHW from 2021. This vibrant green color will have heads turning, the togo leather gives this Hermès Kelly Sellier a sporty and e...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Customised Bandana Print Hermès Kelly 28
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
This one of a kind Hermès Kelly 28 in Box Leather features a white intricate bandana print and a Twilly. Its black leather facade is offset with gold-tone hardware, and the handbag's...
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20th Century Top Handle Bags

1stdibs Exclusive Hermès Kelly Charm Black Lizard Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Sydney, New South Wales
1stdibs Exclusives From Three Over Six Brand: Hermès Style: Kelly Charm Color: Black Leather: Lizard Hardware: Gold Year: 2020 Y Condition: Pristine, never carried: The item has n...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

1stdibs Exclusive Hermès Kelly Pochette Metallic Bronze Chèvre Ruthenium
By Hermès
Located in Sydney, New South Wales
1stdibs Exclusives From Three Over Six Brand: Hermès Style: Kelly Pochette Color: Bronze Metallic Leather: Chrevre Hardware: Ruthenium Stamp: 2005 I Condition: Vintage excellent:...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

1stdibs Exclusive Hermès Kelly 28cm Bubblegum Togo Leather Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Sydney, New South Wales
1stdibs Exclusives From Three Over Six Brand: Hermès Style: Kelly Retourne Size: 28cm Color: Bubblegum Leather: Togo Hardware: Palladium Stamp: 2011 O Condition: Vintage mint: The...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly 28cm Capucine Red Orange Togo Gold Shoulder Bag Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Kelly 28cm Capucine Red Orange Togo Gold Shoulder Bag Y Stamp, 2020 Just purchased from Hermes store; bag bears new interior 2020 Y Stamp. Brand New in Box. Store fresh. Pris...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

1stdibs Exclusive Hermès Kelly Mini Picnic White Swift Leather Palladium
By Hermès
Located in Sydney, New South Wales
1stdibs Exclusives From Three Over Six Brand: Hermès Style: Kelly Size: Mini Picnic Color: White Leather: Swift and Wicker Hardware: Palladium Stamp: 2020 Y Condition: Pristine,...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

1stdibs Exclusive Hermès Kelly Mini Picnic Rouge De Coeur Swift Palladium
By Hermès
Located in Sydney, New South Wales
1stdibs Exclusives From Three Over Six Brand: Hermès Style: Kelly Size: Mini Picnic Color: Roude de Coeur Leather: Swift and Wicker Hardware: Palladium Stamp: 2019 D Condition:...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

1stdibs Exclusive Hermès Kelly 32cm Amazon Fauve Barenia Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Sydney, New South Wales
1stdibs Exclusives From Three Over Six Brand: Hermès Style: Kelly Amazon "Horse Motif Limited Edition" Size: 32cm Color: Fauve Leather: Barenia and Toile Hardware: Palladium Stamp...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

1stdibs Exclusive Hermès Mini Kelly II Rose Lipstick Chevre Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Sydney, New South Wales
1stdibs Exclusives from Three Over Six Brand: Hermès Style: Kelly Size: Mini II Color: Rose Lipstick Leather: Chèvre Hardware: Gold Stamp: 2020 Y Condition: Pristine, never carri...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

1stdibs Exclusive Hermès Kelly Cut "So Black" Box Leather
By Hermès
Located in Sydney, New South Wales
1stdibs Exclusive From Three Over Six Brand: Hermès Style: Kelly Cut Limited Edition "So Black" Size: 31.5 L x 13 H x 2 W cm Color: Black Leather: Box Hardware: So Black Stamp: N 2...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

1stdibs Exclusive Hermès Kelly 28cm Tri-Color Epsom Leather Brushed Gold
By Hermès
Located in Sydney, New South Wales
1stdibs Exclusive From Three Over Six Brand: Hermès Style: Kelly Sellier "Special Order Tri-Color" Size: 28cm Color: White, Blue Saphir & Rose Tyrien Leather: Epsom Hardware: Brus...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

1stdibs Exclusive Hermès Mini Kelly II Rose Shocking Matte Alligator Palladium
By Hermès
Located in Sydney, New South Wales
1stdibs Exclusives From Three Over Six Brand: Hermès Style: Mini Kelly II Size: 20cm Color: Rose Shocking Leather: Matte Alligator Hardware: Palladium Year: 2020 Y Condition: Pris...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Mini Kelly II Rose Confetti Chevre Leather Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Sydney, New South Wales
Brand: Hermès Style: Kelly Size: Mini II Color: Rose Confetti Leather: Chèvre Hardware: Palladium Stamp: 2020 Y Condition: Pristine, never carried: The item has never been carried...
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2010s Top Handle Bags