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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 20 Sellier Bag Deep Blue Epsom Leather Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Hermes Kelly 20 Mini Sellier bag featured in rich, saturated Deep Blue. Epsom leather and accentuated with gold hardware. Carry by hand, shoulder or cross body....
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

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By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Alligator Gold tone hardware Leather lining Date code present Made in France Handle drop 0.50" Measures 8.5" W x 5" H x 2.75" D Includes original Hermes dust bag, rain cover and b...
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By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Palladium plated hardware Leather lining Turn-lock closure Made in France Top Handle 1" Measures 12.5" W x 5.5" H x 1" D Includes dust bag and box 100% authenticity guaran...
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By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Crocodile Palladium plated hardware Leather lining Turn-lock closure Made in France Top Handle 1" Measures 12.5" W x 5.5" H x 1" D Includes dust bag and box 100% authenticity guara...
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By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
• Alligator • Palladium tone hardware • Leather lining • Turn-lock closure • Made in France • Date code present • Handle drop 3.5" • Shoulder strap drop 15.5" • Measures 11.25" W x ...
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Hermès Kelly II Mini 20 cm epsom Anemone
By Hermès
Located in Antwerp, BE
This beautiful and precious Hermès Kelly II Mini Veau Epsom Anemone GHW features a detachable shoulder strap and it the perfect bag for a night out. The gold tone hardware complement...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly 20 Sellier Kelly Bag Etoupe Epsom Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Hermes Kelly 20 Sellier Mini bag. Coveted neutral Etoupe Epsom leather with gold hardware. Carry by hand, shoulder or cross body. Divine size for day to evening....
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermes Kelly Pochette Metallic Bronze Clutch Bag Chevre Palladium
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Hermes crazy beautiful and very rare Metallic Bronze Kelly pochette features coveted Chevre leather. Fresh with Palladium hardware. Signature stamp on interior. ...
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2010s Clutches

Hermès Kelly 32 Togo Etoupe PHW
By Hermès
Located in Antwerp, BE
Hermès Kelly 32 Togo Etoupe PHW This beauty is crafted out of togo leather which is a very grainy yet smooth leather type. It's almost 100% scratch resistant and keeps its shape ver...
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HERMES Kelly 32 Black Box Calfskin Bag
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
We no longer describe Hermès bags. This one is in perfect condition despite its age. It is in black box calfskin. It has its padlock, its keys, the zipper and the bell. The jewelry i...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

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By Hermès
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Hermes 25cm Kelly Hermes Kelly 25cm Etoupe one of the most coveted colors, sucha a great neutral for everyday Never worn, plastic on the hardware including shoulder strap hardware On...
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By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Gold tone hardware Date code present Made in France Handle drop 3.5" Measures 15.75" W x 11" H x 6" D Includes original Hermes padlock, clochette and keys 100% authentici...
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Late 20th Century Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly 35 Tan Brown Camel Ostrich Exotic Gold Top Handle Satchel Flap Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Ostrich Leather Gold tone hardware Leather lining Turn-lock closure Made in France Handle drop 4" Shoulder strap drop 17.5" Measures 13.75" W x 9.75" H x 5" D Includes padlock, keys...
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Late 20th Century Top Handle Bags

Hermes Tan Taupe Leather Palladium Kelly Evening Top Handle Clutch Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Palladium plated hardware Leather lining Turn-lock closure Made in France Top Handle 0.75" Measures 13.5" W x 6.5" H x 0.75" D Includes dust bag 100% authenticity guarante...
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Hermes Kelly 32 Aqua Blue Leather Top Handle Satchel Shoulder Tote Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Palladium hardware Date code present Made in France Handle drop 3" Removable shoulder strap drop 17" Measures 12.5" W x 9.25" H x 4.75" D Includes original Hermes shoulder...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly 32 Blue Atoll Matte Alligator Mississippien Croc
By Hermès
Located in Lancaster, CA
HERMES KELLY 32 BLUE ATOLL MATTE ALLIGATOR MISSISSIPPIEN CROCODILE. Pristine Condition, Plastic on Hardware. T Stamp 2015. Shop with Confidence from Lux Addicts. Authenticity Guaran...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermes Kelly 32 Natural Camel Ostrich Gold Hardware With All Plastic
By Hermès
Located in Lancaster, CA
Hermes Kelly 32 Natural Camel Ostrich Gold Hardware With All Plastic. Pristine Condition Almost Like NEW! Shop with Confidence from Lux Addicts.
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Early 2000s Shoulder Bags

Hermes Kelly 32 Rose Lipstick Pink Togo Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Lancaster, CA
Hermes Kelly 32 Rose Lipstick Pink Togo Palladium Hardware. Excellent Condition, light hairlines on the hardware. Q stamp 2013. Shop with confidence from Lux Addicts. Authenticity G...
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Hermes Kelly 32 Parchemin Beige Togo Gold Hardware Pristine Plastic On Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Lancaster, CA
Hermes Kelly 32 Parchemin Beige Togo Gold Hardware. Pristine condition Plastic On Hardware. Shop with confidence from Lux Addicts. Authenticity guaranteed or money back.
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Hermes Kelly 32 Jaune Ambre Yellow Togo Gold Hardware 2018
By Hermès
Located in Lancaster, CA
Hermes Kelly 32 Jaune Ambre Yellow Togo Gold Hardware. MINT CONDITION WITH ALL PLASTIC EXCEPT ON ONE FOOT 98% LIKE NEW! C STAMP 2018! *MISSING LEATHER CLOCHETTE* Shop with confidenc...
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Hermes Kelly 28 Rouge Casaque Red Palladium Hardware 2016
By Hermès
Located in Lancaster, CA
HERMES KELLY 28 ROUGE CASAQUE RED PALLADIUM HARDWARE X STAMP 2016. Excellent Condition, regular scratching on hardware. Perfect corners and excellent structure. Shop with confidenc...
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Hermes Kelly 25 Sellier Bag Pink Rose Confetti Palladium Hardware Epsom Leather
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
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Hermes Kelly 32 Bag Matte Fauve Barenia Porosus Crocodile Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
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By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
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Hermes Mini Picnic Kelly Bag Rouge de Coeur 20cm
By Hermès
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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By Hermès
Located in Delray Beach, FL
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By Hermès
Located in Delray Beach, FL
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By Hermès
Located in Milan, IT
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Hermes Kelly Bag 35cm Retourne Sac a Depeches Brown Box Leather Vintage
By Hermès
Located in Port Saint Lucie, FL
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Located in Chicago, IL
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Located in Chicago, IL
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Late 20th Century Top Handle Bags

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Located in Chicago, IL
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Late 20th Century Shoulder Bags

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By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Gold tone hardware Leather lining Turn-lock closure Made in France Date code present Top Handle drop 3.5" Shoulder strap drop 17" Measures 11.5" W x 8.75" H x 4.75" D Include...
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Late 20th Century Shoulder Bags

Hermes Kelly 20 Mini II Sellier Rose Lipstick Chevre Gold Hardware 2020 Y
By Hermès
Located in Delray Beach, FL
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

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By Hermès
Located in Delray Beach, FL
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

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By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

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By Hermès
Located in Irvine, CA
Noir Box leather Hermès Kelly Sellier 32 with gold-plated hardware, single rolled top handle, single detachable flat shoulder strap, protective feet at base, tonal chevre interior, t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Vintage Brown Barenia Leather Kelly Sellier 32 Bag
By Hermès
Located in Irvine, CA
Brown Barenia leather Hermès Kelly Sellier 32 with gold-plated hardware, single flat top handle, protective feet at base, tonal leather lining, three interior pockets; one with zip c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

HERMES Kelly In Black Togo Leather With Removable Strap
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
Elegant Kelly II bag from HERMES in black Togo calfskin. A must to have in your wardrobe. The trim is in palladium silver metal. It can be carried in the hand or using a removable sh...
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Early 2000s Shoulder Bags

New in Box Hermes Kelly Sellier 25cm Box Gold Bag
By Hermès
Located in West Hollywood, CA
New in Box Hermes rare Kelly 25 cm sellier. Black box calf leather and gold tone hardware. Date stamp D for 2019. Detachable strap. Handle drop 3". Comes with dust cover, clochette, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Novelty Bags

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By Hermès
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Hermes brand new in box kelly 28 retourne feu togo with gold tone hardware. Date stamp D for 2019. Comes with clochette, tirette, lock, keys, dust cover, booklet, rain jacket, box, r...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

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By Hermès
Located in West Hollywood, CA
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

New in Box Hermes Kelly 28 Anemone Palladium Bag
By Hermès
Located in West Hollywood, CA
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21st Century and Contemporary Novelty Bags

HERMES Kelly 35 Green Box Leather
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
The essential Kelly 35 bag from Maison Hermès in green box leather. The jewelry is made of gold metal. It will be delivered with its padlock, zipper, bell and keys. It can be carried...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Kelly 28cm sellier with strap handbag in black calfskin Gold hardware
By Hermès
Located in Paris, Paris
The Iconic Hermes Kelly Handbag 28cm sellier in black calf box leather , gold-plated metal trim, black leather box handle, a single removable handle in black leather allowing a handh...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

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By Hermès
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
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2010s Tote Bags

HERMES Kelly 32 Black Grained Leather Bag
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
Flagship model of the Hermès house, this bag is in black grained leather with identical stitching. It is worn by hand. The jewelry is in gold metal (micro scratches). It has a zipper...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly 32 Special Edition Blue White Top Handle Satchel Shoulder Tote Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Epsom Leather Palladium hardware Leather lining Date code present Made in France Handle drop 3.5" Measures 12.5" W x 9.5" H x 4.25" D Shoulder strap drop 17" Includes original Herm...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

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By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Alligator Gold tone hardware Leather lining Date code present Made in France Handle drop 0.50" Measures 8.5" W x 5" H x 2.75" D Includes original Hermes dust bag 100% authenticity...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

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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 leather and has gold-tone hardware. Reto...
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2010s Tote Bags

Hermes NEW Kelly 20 Mini Blue Alligator Top Handle Satchel Shoulder Bag in Box
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
• Alligator • Gold tone hardware • Leather lining • Turn-lock closure • Made in France • Date code present • Handle drop 2" • Shoulder strap drop 18.5" • Measures 7.5" W x 5" H x 2....
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Black Epsom Leather 32cm Sellier Kelly Bag w/ Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Black Epsom Leather 32cm Sellier Kelly Bag w/ Strap Lock, Key & Clochette Made In: France Year of Production: 2016 Color: Black Hardware: Palladium Materials: Epsom Leather L...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

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By Hermès
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Hermes 28cm Kelly Hermes Kelly 28cm Sellier is so desired among collectors! Neutral color Gris Etain, a lovely Grey Stunning neutral combination, goes with just about everything Go...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

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By Hermès
Located in Delray Beach, FL
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

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By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
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1990s Top Handle Bags

Hermes NEW Orange Leather Palladium Top Handle Satchel Small Tote Bag in Box
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

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Located in Chicago, IL
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

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Located in Delray Beach, FL
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

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Located in Chicago, IL
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Located in Chicago, IL
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