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Kelly Depeches 36

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21st Century and Contemporary French Briefcases and Attachés

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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 briefcases-attaches for You

Vintage and designer briefcases and attachés are the most common varieties of personal luggage. Whether you’re commuting daily or working from home more often and occasionally heading into the city for meetings, a briefcase or slim attaché case can be a fashionable and functional accessory when you’re on the go.

So, what is the difference between a briefcase and an attaché?

The difference is subtle. It depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re not eyeing a vintage tote bag or messenger bag because your needs are a bit more specific, one of these items may be for you.

The term “briefcase” emerged from the legal field because lawyers typically carried their briefs to court in leather cases. Briefcases are usually flat and rectangular and are outfitted with a lock to protect the contents. They may feature a sleeve or large exterior pocket for easy accessibility. Today, briefcases aren’t crafted only from leather; they are made in a wide variety of materials such as vinyl, metal and durable fabric.

The attaché — technically a type of slim, small briefcase — is a portable box-shaped case that opens into two separate compartments. A briefcase, on the other hand, will usually open into one main compartment. An attaché is also often expected to operate on a hinged metal frame. Originally, attachés were ideal for carrying important documents and papers to and from offices. In French, the original use for the term “attaché” was to refer to a member of an ambassador’s staff, specifically an administrative employee who transported documents to and fro in a slender case.

While you could potentially use the two interchangeably, venturesome designers over the years have sought to improve both briefcases and attachés. Legendary luxury houses such as Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Chanel offer distinguished and stylish but highly practical versions of these accessories. The briefcases and attachés of today feature leather trim and other decorative exterior embellishments, gold hardware and spacious interiors. They come in a range of shapes, sizes and colors to fit the needs of their fussy owners.

The collection of vintage and designer briefcases and attachés on 1stDibs has everything from rugged leather cases to understated canvas accessories that are perfect for the morning commute. Find yours today.