Skip to main content

Hermes Black Kelly

Price
Item Location
Sort By
HERMES Black Kelly Cut Porosus Crocodile Exotic Leather Gold Hardware Clutch Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 2016 Collection Porosus Crocodile Gold Hardware Measures 12.25" W x 5" H x 1" D Handle Drop 0.75" Includes Dust Bag 100% Authenticity Guaranteed by...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Hermes Black Swift & Epsom Leather Kelly Pocket Bag Strap
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Hermes Black Kelly Pocket Bag Strap Bag strap in Swift and Epsom calfskin with card holder and gold plated hardware The Kelly pocket combines a cardholder and leather shoulder...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wallets and Small Accessories

Hermès Epsom Black Kelly Wallet
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
The wallet has a front flap and the Kelly trademark palladium turn-lock. This reveals a black leather inside with a zippered compartment, patch pockets, and a card slot. This fashion...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wallets

  • Hermès Epsom Black Kelly Wallet
  • Hermès Epsom Black Kelly Wallet
  • Hermès Epsom Black Kelly Wallet
  • Hermès Epsom Black Kelly Wallet
H 4.53 in. W 7.8 in. D 1.19 in.
Hermès Black Epsom Kelly Wallet
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Black Epsom Kelly Wallet is in pristine unworn condition. The perfect companion to organize cards, currency and coinage, the Classic Kelly Wallet is chic and f...
Category

2010s Wallets

1970 Hermes Kelly Black Supple Leather Kelly Bag
By Hermès
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Vintage black box leather 32cm supple Kelly bag with gold hardware. Dates from 1970, as told by the Z blind stamp. Top handle, lock and key fob. Very minor scuffing on surface on maj...
Category

1970s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Black Ostrich Kelly Pochette Gold
By Hermès
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Hermes Kelly Pochette Ostrich Black Gold Hardware Brand new fresh from store Purchased May 2022, Y Blacked out receipt included Plastic on hardware Hermes box , felt, tissue an...
Category

2010s Clutches

Black Kelly By Hermes Crocodile Bag
By Hermès
Located in Moreton-In-Marsh, GB
Circa 1962 A beautiful bag kept in excellent pre-owned condition. Carefully looked after & cared for Very rare and collectable, something that you just don’t see in this condition....
Category

1960s Handbags and Purses

Hermès Black Swift Kelly Cut GHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Hermès Black Swift Kelly Cut GHW SKU: 118933 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Scratches to hardware. Marks on exterior Bran...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Hermès Kelly 32 Black Chèvre PHW
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Kelly Black 32 Bag. Chevre leather with palladium hardware. Beautiful vintage black Kelly bag. Smaller size and stiffer leather. Nice structure. Some wear on hardware. Leather...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès Black Epsom Kelly To Go Wallet
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Black Epsom Kelly To Go Wallet is in pristine unworn condition with the protective plastic intact on the Palladium hardware. Sleek, stylish and versatile, the ...
Category

2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Hermès Black Epsom Kelly To Go Wallet
  • Hermès Black Epsom Kelly To Go Wallet
  • Hermès Black Epsom Kelly To Go Wallet
  • Hermès Black Epsom Kelly To Go Wallet
H 4.5 in. W 8 in. D 0.5 in.
Hermès Kelly Cut So Black Box Calf
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Hermès Kelly Cut So Black Box Calf
Category

2010s Clutches

Hermès Black Togo Retourne Kelly 35 GHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Hermès Black Togo Retourne Kelly 35 GHW SKU: 120290 Condition: Pre-owned Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Plastic on some hardwar...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermès Black Epsom Sellier Kelly 28 GHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Hermès Black Epsom Sellier Kelly 28 GHW SKU: 122410 Condition: Pre-owned Handbag Condition: Excellent Condition Comments: Excellent Condition. Plastic on most hardwar...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Hermes Kelly Cut Black Veau Swift RGHW
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
A chic Black Hermes Kelly Cut Clutch with rare Rose Gold Hardware. The exterior of this Kelly Cut features black veau swift leather with tonal stitching. It is complemented with rose...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

  • Hermes Kelly Cut Black Veau Swift RGHW
  • Hermes Kelly Cut Black Veau Swift RGHW
  • Hermes Kelly Cut Black Veau Swift RGHW
  • Hermes Kelly Cut Black Veau Swift RGHW
H 4.93 in. D 1.19 in. L 12.21 in.
Hermès 28 Kelly Black handbag shoulder bag
By Hermès
Located in Capri, IT
Hermès 28 Kelly Black handbag shoulder bag black togo leather, gold tone hardware Kelly 28 from the 2021
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Hermes Kelly 32 Black Clemence Gold Bag
By Hermès
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Hermès signature Kelly bag, 32 cm, in black taurillon clemence leather and gold-plated hardware. Ton sur ton stitching. Blind stamped "T" in the inside strap, 2015. Comes with plasti...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

  • Hermes Kelly 32 Black Clemence Gold Bag
  • Hermes Kelly 32 Black Clemence Gold Bag
  • Hermes Kelly 32 Black Clemence Gold Bag
  • Hermes Kelly 32 Black Clemence Gold Bag
H 9 in. W 4.5 in. L 13 in.
HERMES Kelly 35 Crocodile Shiny Black Bag
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
MAGNIFICENT Kelly 35 bag from the House of HERMES in shiny black porosus crocodile. The jewelry is gold plated. On each tab, inscription "HERMES Paris". It has its padlock, its bell ...
Category

1940s Top Handle Bags

  • HERMES Kelly 35 Crocodile Shiny Black Bag
  • HERMES Kelly 35 Crocodile Shiny Black Bag
  • HERMES Kelly 35 Crocodile Shiny Black Bag
  • HERMES Kelly 35 Crocodile Shiny Black Bag
H 9.85 in. D 4.73 in. L 13.78 in.
HERMES 35 cm Crocodile Black Kelly Bag
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
100% Authentic Hermes 35cm Brown Crocodile Birkin Bag COLOR: Brown MATERIAL: Crocodile ORIGIN: France CONDITION: Pristine
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès Black Togo 40 cm Kelly with Palladium
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Black Togo 40 cm Kelly is in pristine condition. The protective plastic remains intact on the hardware. Hermès bags are considered the ultimate luxury item w...
Category

2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Black Shiny Alligator Classic Kelly Wallet GHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Hermès Black Shiny Alligator Classic Kelly Wallet GHW SKU: 122912 MSRP: 14800.00 Condition: Pre-owned Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wallets

Hermès Black Shiny Lizard Sellier Kelly 25 GHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Hermès Black Shiny Lizard Sellier Kelly 25 GHW SKU: 115414 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Light scra...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly To-Go Wallet Gold Hardware Black
By Hermès
Located in Flushing, NY
Condition: Brand New Origin: France Collection: Z Dimension: 8 x 4.5 x 1.25 in; Drop: 21 in Accompanied by: This item comes with all accessories
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wallets

NIB Hermès Black Togo Kelly Retourne 25 GHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: NIB Hermès Black Togo Kelly Retourne 25 GHW SKU: 114907 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Mint Condition Comments: Mint Condition. Plastic on hardware. No...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly 35 Retourne Black Togo PH Bag
By Hermès
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Hermès 35 cm black Togo Kelly bag with palladium hardware. Date stamp Q in a square, 2013. Comes with: clochette, tirette, lock, 2 keys, detachable strap, original box, generic dust ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly 35 Retourne Black Chevre PH Bag
By Hermès
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Hermès 35 cm black chevre mysore retourne Kelly bag with palladium hardware. Date stamp M in a square, 2009. Comes with: clochette, tirette, lock, 2 keys, detachable strap, original ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Novelty Bags

Hermes Kelly To-Go Wallet Gold Hardware Black
By Hermès
Located in Flushing, NY
Certified Authentic Condition: Brand New Origin: France Collection: Z Dimension: 8 x 4.5 x 1 in Accompanied by: This item comes with all accessories
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

HERMES Kelly Amazonia 32
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
This Kelly 32 from Maison HERMES is two-tone in apricot-colored swift calfskin and Amazonia vegetable leather. The jewelry is golden. It has its padlock, zipper and bell and lined wi...
Category

1990s Top Handle Bags

  • HERMES Kelly Amazonia 32
  • HERMES Kelly Amazonia 32
  • HERMES Kelly Amazonia 32
  • HERMES Kelly Amazonia 32
H 8.67 in. D 4.34 in. L 12.6 in.
2010 Hermès Black Box Calf Leather SO Black Kelly Cut
By Hermès
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
HERMÈS Black Box Calf Leather SO Black Kelly Cut Xupes Reference: JJLG002 Serial Number: [N] Age (Circa): 2010 Accompanied By: Hermès SO Black Dust Bag, Box, Ribbon, Care Booklet Au...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary French Top Handle Bags

HERMES black Clemence leather KELLY 35 RETOURNE Bag Palladium
By Hermès
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Hermès Kelly 35 Retourne bag in back Taurillon Clemence leather with palladium hardware. Lined in black goat skin leather with two open pockets against the front and a...
Category

2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermès BLACK LIZARD LEATHER VINTAGE KELLY 20CM SELLIER
By Hermès
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Hermès BLACK LIZARD LEATHER VINTAGE KELLY 20CM SELLIER CONDITION NOTES The exterior is in excellent condition with light signs of use. The interior is in excellent condition with li...
Category

1990s French Top Handle Bags

Hermès Vintage Black Box Calf Retourne Kelly 32 GHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Hermès Vintage Black Box Calf Retourne Kelly 32 GHW SKU: 117609 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Good Condition Comments: Good Condition. Scuffing to cor...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès Vintage Black Box Calf Retourne Kelly 32 GHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Hermès Vintage Black Box Calf Retourne Kelly 32 GHW SKU: 123047 Condition: Pre-owned Handbag Condition: Fair Condition Comments: Fair Condition. Strap, clochette, and...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès HSS Black & Vermillon Togo Retourne Kelly 35 GHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Hermès HSS Black & Vermillon Togo Retourne Kelly 35 GHW SKU: 122821 Condition: Pre-owned Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Plastic...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermes Kelly To-Go Wallet Ostrich Gold Hardware Black
By Hermès
Located in Flushing, NY
Condition: Brand New Origin: France Collection: Z Dimension: 8 x 4.5 x 1.25; Drop: 21 in Accompanied by: This item comes with all accessories
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wallets and Small Accessories

Hermès Vintage Black Box Calf Retourne Kelly 32 GHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Hermès Vintage Black Box Calf Retourne Kelly 32 GHW SKU: 117800 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Good Condition Comments: Good Condition. Scuffing to cor...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès Rare Black Box Calf So Black Retourne Kelly 35 PVD
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Hermès Rare Black Box Calf So Black Retourne Kelly 35 PVD SKU: 115910 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition....
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Hermes Kelly To-Go Wallet Ostrich Gold Hardware Black
By Hermès
Located in Flushing, NY
Hermes Kelly To-Go Wallet Ostrich Gold Hardware Black Certified Authentic Condition: Brand New Origin: France Collection: Z Dimension: 8 x 4.5 x 1.25; Drop: 21 in
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wallets

HERMES black leather SOYA KELLY LOCK CADENA Gloves 8.5
By Hermès
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Hermès Soya Lock gloves in black smooth lambskin featuring gold-tone metal lock. Silk-lined. Brand new. Measurements Size 8.5 Tag Size 8.5 Middle Finger to Wrist 25c...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Gloves

Hermes Kelly 25 Sellier Bag Black Alligator Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers a guaranteed authentic Hermes Kelly 25 Sellier bag featured in Black Alligator. Stunning Kelly with timeless Palladium hardware. Comes with signature Hermes box, ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary French Top Handle Bags

New Hermès Black Epsom Kelly Bandouliere Shoulder Strap
By Hermès
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Hermès Kelly pochette bandouliere in black Epsom leather and goldtone hardware. New with original dust cover and box. Date stamp Z.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Tech Accessories and Cases

Hermes Gris Elephant Kelly Pochette
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
An extremely sought-after and highly collectable item, this pre-owned Hermes Kelly Pochette is a true statement of the brand's attention to detail and elegance. Inspired by the Hermè...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly Cut Pochette Swift
By Hermès
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Great. Minor wear and scuffs on exterior and in interior, creasing and scuffs underneath flap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Box, Dust Bag Measurements: Handle Drop ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wallets

  • Hermes Kelly Cut Pochette Swift
  • Hermes Kelly Cut Pochette Swift
  • Hermes Kelly Cut Pochette Swift
  • Hermes Kelly Cut Pochette Swift
H 5 in. W 12 in. D 1 in.
Hermes Kelly Cut Pochette Swift
By Hermès
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Good. Loose turn lock. Moderate scuffs, creasing and wear on exterior and underneath flap, splitting on side flap wax edge. Minor indentations and wear in interior. scratc...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pouches and Wristlets

  • Hermes Kelly Cut Pochette Swift
  • Hermes Kelly Cut Pochette Swift
  • Hermes Kelly Cut Pochette Swift
  • Hermes Kelly Cut Pochette Swift
H 5 in. W 12 in. D 1 in.
Hermès Black Box Calf 25 cm Kelly with Gold hardware
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Black Box Calf 25 cm Kelly is in totally pristine condition. Hermès bags are considered the ultimate luxury item worldwide. Each piece is handcrafted with waitl...
Category

2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Kelly pochette brown lizard
By Hermès
Located in Capri, IT
Hermès Kelly pochette brown lizard 2007 Kelly in brown lizard leather, silver tone hardware in perfect condition for its age. Shows just some slight prints in the inside. It comes w...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Hermès 38cm Kelly Depeche Black Epsom Palladium Hardware 2021
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Hermès 38cm Kelly Depeche Black Epsom Palladium Hardware (Z/2021)
Category

2010s Briefcases and Attachés

Hermès Black Togo Leather 35 cm Kelly Bag with Palladium
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Black Togo 35 cm Kelly is in pristine condition with the protective plastic intact on much of the hardware. The handstitched ladylike Kelly is in extremely hig...
Category

2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly 28 Black Epsom Sellier Gold Hardware Z Stamp, 2021
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Kelly 28 Black Epsom Sellier Gold Hardware Z Stamp, 2021 Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. Pristine Condition (with plastic on hardware). Just purchased from Hermes store; bag b...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

HERMÈS Black Box Calf Leather Vintage Kelly 32cm Retourne
By Hermès
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
HERMÈS Black Box Calf Leather Vintage Kelly 32cm Retourne Xupes Reference: HB4453 Serial Number: [A] Age (Circa): 1997 Accompanied By: Hermès Dust Bag, Shoulder Strap, Lock, Keys, C...
Category

1990s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly Pocket 18 Quadrige Belt Black Epsom Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers an Hermes Kelly Quadrige Pocket 18 Belt in Black Epsom leather. Beautifully embossed design is accentuated with Gold hardware Kelly Buckle. Super versatile: belt ca...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary French Belts

Hermès 2021 Black Lizard Kelly Pochette Mini Handbag 49h325s
By Hermès
Located in Dix hills, NY
Hermès 2021 Black Lizard Kelly Pochette Mini Handbag 49h325s Date Code/Serial Number: Y Stamp Purchased 2021 Made In: France Measurements: Length: 8.2" Width: 2.5" Height: 5" Hand...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

HERMÈS Black & Chocolate Gulliver Leather Vintage Kelly Quelle Idole Doll
By Hermès
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
HERMÈS Black & Chocolate Gulliver Leather Vintage Kelly Quelle Idole Doll Xupes Reference: JJLG085 Serial Number: [D] Age (Circa): 2000 Accompanied By: Hermès Dust Bag, Box Authenti...
Category

Early 2000s French Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermes Kelly 28 Sellier Black Palladium Hardware Epsom Leather Bag
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers an Hermes Kelly Sellier 28 bag featured in classic Black. This iconic Hermes Kelly Sellier bag is timeless and chic. Epsom leather is frequently used for saturated ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary French Structured Shoulder Bags

HERMES Kelly Black Box Calfskin Leather Women's Wraparound Waist Belt
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 2010 Collection Box Calfskin Leather Black Hardware Size 80 Total Length 30.5" Width 0.50" Includes Box 100% Authenticity Guaranteed by NEWFOUND LUXURY
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Belts

HERMÈS Black Box Calf Leather Vintage Kelly 15cm Sellier
By Hermès
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
HERMÈS Black Box Calf Leather Vintage Kelly 15cm Sellier Xupes Reference: JJLG081 Serial Number: (V) Age (Circa): 1992 Accompanied By: Hermès Dust Bag, Box, Shoulder Strap Authentic...
Category

1990s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly Pocket Shoulder Strap Black Swift Epsom Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers an Hermes Kelly Pocket Bag Strap featured in Black. The Hermes shoulder strap has a card holder with a Kelly turn key clasp. Fresh with Palladium hardware. Strap is...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary French Wallets and Small Accessories

Hermes Kelly Pocket Shoulder Strap Black Swift Epsom Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers an Hermes Kelly Pocket Bag Strap featured in Black. The Hermes shoulder strap has a card holder with a Kelly turn key clasp. Gold hardware. Strap is Swift leather a...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary French Wallets and Small Accessories

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...
Category

2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Black Crocodile 32 cm Sellier Kelly with Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Black Crocodile 32 cm Sellier Kelly is in beautiful condition. Hermès bags are considered the ultimate luxury item worldwide. Each piece is hand sewn with wai...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Carlotta Mules Black Calfskin / Shearling Palladium Kelly Buckle 39 / 9
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers Hermes Mule Carlotta Mule featured in Black. Calfskin accentuated with lined Shearling (woolskin). Palladium Kelly buckle and studs. Dark Beechwood sole. These chic...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary French Low Heels

  • 1
  • ...
Get Updated with New Arrivals
Save "Hermes Black Kelly", and we’ll notify you when there are new listings in this category.

Hermes Black Kelly For Sale on 1stDibs

Find the exact vintage or contemporary hermes black kelly you’re shopping for in the variety available on 1stDibs. Many people prefer Black, but fashion is all about individuality — you can find Orange, Beige and more options on these pages. Making the right choice when shopping for a hermes black kelly may mean looking at versions that date from different eras — you can find early iterations from the 19th Century and a newer version made as recently as the 21st Century, both of which have proven very popular over the years. There aren’t many items for men if you’re seeking these accessories, as most of the options available are for women and unisex.

How Much is a Hermes Black Kelly?

The price for a hermes black kelly starts at $236 and tops out at $499,925, and on average, selling for $9,010.

Hermès Biography and Important Works

For Hermès, what began as a maker of leather equestrian goods for European noblemen would eventually grow into one of the most storied fashion labels in the world. In 1837, German-born French entrepreneur Thierry Hermès opened a saddle and harness purveyor in Paris. Gradually, the house extended into accessories and luggage for its riders, and today, in paying homage to its origins, the family-run luxury brand resurfaces horse motifs in everything from clothing and modernist jewelry to pillows and handbags.

The first top-handled bag ever produced by Hermès was the Haut à courroies, which made its debut in 1892. A tall bag secured with a folded leather flap (fastened with bridle-inspired straps), it was designed to transport riding boots and a harness. As the world made the switch from horse to automobile, the bag adapted, becoming a multifunctional travel satchel instead of a designated saddlebag. Today, 120 years later, the HAC remains in Hermès’s line — and its distinctive flap and clasping straps have laid the groundwork for some of the house’s other iconic bags.

In the 1930s, Robert Dumas (son-in-law to Émile-Maurice Hermès, Thierry’s grandson) designed a smaller, trapezoidal take on the flap bag with a handle and two side straps. Later, actress Grace Kelly, then engaged to Prince Rainier of Monaco, is said to have used one of these bags to conceal her pregnancy during the 1950s. Because she was photographed constantly, the coverage catapulted her handbag to international popularity. In 1977, Hermès officially renamed the model for her, and the Kelly bag was born. Each Kelly bag takes between 18 and 25 hours to produce, and its 680 hand stitches owe solely to one Hermès artisan.

Robert Dumas was also responsible for another one of the brand’s most iconic offerings: the launch of its first silk scarf on the occasion of Hermès’s 100th anniversary in 1937. Based on a woodblock designed by Dumas and printed on Chinese silk, the accessory was an immediate hit.

Today, vintage Hermès scarves, typically adorned in rich colors and elaborate patterns, serve many functions, just as they did back then. Well-heeled women wear it on their heads, around their necks and, in a genius piece of cross-promotion, tied to the straps of their Hermès bags. Kelly even once used one as a sling for her broken arm.

In 1981, Robert Dumas’s son Jean-Louis Dumas, then Hermès chairman, found himself sitting next to French actress and musician Jane Birkin on a plane, where she was complaining about finding a suitable carryall for the necessary accoutrements of motherhood. After the two travelers were properly introduced, Birkin helped design Jean-Louis’s most famous contribution to the Hermès canon: the Birkin bag, a roomy, square catchall with the HAC’s trademark leather flap top and the addition of a lock and key. Owing to the brand’s legendary commitment to deft, handcrafted construction, the Birkin is an investment that is coveted by collectors everywhere.

While the Kelly and Birkin may be standouts, gracing the arms of everyone from royal heiresses to hip-hop stars in the past few decades, the handbags are but a small part of Hermès’s fashion offerings. Since the 1920s, the brand has produced some of the most desirable leather goods in the world. There’s the Constance bag, a favorite of Jacqueline Kennedy, the recently relaunched 1970s-era Evelyne and, on the vintage market, a slew of designs dating back to the 1920s.

Good design never goes out of style. Find a variety of vintage Hermès handbags, day dresses, shoes and more on 1stDibs.

Finding the Right Handbags and Purses for You

An integral part of fashion, handbags and purses have been indispensable accessories ever since we began to carry around personal items. Level of craftsmanship, style and shape matters — from coin purses in ancient Greece to early 20th-century opera bags and onward, handbags have evolved considerably over the years to meet our needs and desires, whether or not you happen to be prioritizing functionality over a flashy exterior.

Once, a single “It” handbag ruled each fashion season. No more. Today, handbag lovers are savvier and have a wider range of shopping options. Nevertheless, classic bags still rule.

“It is not a fashion bag — it is a statement bag,” says Mightychic's Debra Kent of Hermès's widely beloved accessories. “When you carry an iconic Hermès bag — Birkin, Kelly, Constance — no one knows how long you have been into this culture or if you are a newbie. Your status is validated immediately.”

First released in 1997, Fendi's Baguette rose to fame along with Carrie Bradshaw, the Sex and the City character portrayed by Sarah Jessica Parker. Recently, the design has seen such a resurgence in popularity that Fendi has reissued it.

They are part of design history, so owning a handbag has meaning. As New York–based fashion historian Sarah C. Byrd says, “You have made the choice to invest in this piece because you understand the value of it in the past and in the future to come.”

From a 1980s Chanel black leather quilted mini buckle bag to the rare Hermès Birkin 30cm Himalayan with diamond hardware to a range of 19th century bags, find a rich variety of vintage and designer handbags and purses spanning numerous brands on 1stDibs — seasonal “It” designation no longer needed.