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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 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 Feu Orange 25cm Togo Mini Kelly Bag Gold Y Stamp
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Feu Orange 25cm Togo Mini Kelly Bag Gold Y Stamp Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. Pristine Condition (with plastic on hardware) Just purchased from Hermes store; bag bears new 2...
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Hermes Kelly 28cm Black Epsom Sellier Shoulder Bag Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
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Hermes Kelly 32cm Black Epsom Sellier Gold Hardware Shoulder Bag
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Black 32cm Epsom Sellier Kelly Gold Hardware Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. Pristine Condition (with plastic on hardware). Perfect gift! Comes full set with keys, lock, cloche...
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Hermes Black Box Kelly 32cm Shoulder Bag Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Black Box Kelly 32cm Shoulder Bag Palladium Hardware Black Box Kelly is modern and sexy set with fresh palladium hardware. In a perfect 32cm Sellier which holds almost as muc...
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Vintage Hermès Kelly 28cm 1960 Burgundy leather
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
Beautiful VINTAGE Hermes Kelly 28 cm from 60's. Burgundy calfskin handbag, gold plated metal hardware, burgundy leather handle for carrying. Closure by flap. Lining in burgundy lea...
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1960s Top Handle Bags

Exceptional Hermès Vintage Kelly Pochette Belt Bag Black Leather Ghw RARE
By Hermès
Located in ., FR
This is a Rare opportunity to get an authentic Hermès Belt Pochette Called "Kelly" Pochette Made in France From 1991 Made of very fine grained leather (probably Gulliver) and gol...
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1990s Evening Bags and Minaudières

Hermes kelly 28 Poppy Orange Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Hermes Kelly 28 Poppy Orange Gold Hardware. 2015 T STAMP. Excellent Condition, perfect corners, and excellent structure. Shop with confidence from Lux Addicts. Authenticity guarant...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermes Kelly 32 Tri-Color Bag Tabac Camel/Ebene/Parchemin Brushed Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Hermes Kelly 32 bag featured in Tabac Camel, Ebene and Parchemin. This gorgeous and rare tri color Kelly bag is rich in neutral earth tones. Accentuated with br...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly 25 Mykonos Blue Togo Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Hermes Kelly 25 Mykonos Blue Togo Palladium Hardware. Excellent Pristine Condition with Plastic on Hardware. Excellent corners and structure. Shop with Confidence from Lux Addicts. ...
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Hermès Kelly To Go Leather Clutch Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
The much-anticipated wallet on a chain from Hermès is finally here. The Hermès Kelly To Go Leather Clutch is crafted in France from Epsom leather, favoured for its textured appearanc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

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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Hermes Vintage Sterling Silver Novelty Decorative Object Box Kelly Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Sterling silver Made in England Signed Measures 1.8" W x 1.8" L x 0.7" D 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOUND LUXURY is the premier luxury fashion dealer on the 1stDibs platform....
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21st Century and Contemporary For The Desk

Hermes Kelly 25cm Jet Black Epsom Sellier Bag Gold Jewel
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Kelly 25cm Jet Black Epsom Sellier Gold Jewel Brand New Store Fresh Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. Pristine Condition (with plastic on hardware). Perfect gift! Comes full set ...
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Hermes Cacao Togo Leather Palladium Hardware Kelly Sellier 35 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, Hermes Kelly is carefully hand-stitched to perfection. The Maison doesn't fail...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Kelly Idole Blue Zellige & Blue Agate Gold Swift Leather Palladium Hardwa
By Hermès
Located in Jakarta, IN
Brand: Hermès Style: Kelly Idole Size: 15cm Color: Blue Zellige & Blue Agate Leather: Swift Hardware: Palladium Stamp: 2019 D Condition: Pristine, never carried: The item has neve...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Mini Kelly II Etoupe Epsom Leather Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Jakarta, IN
Brand: Hermès Style: Kelly Size: Mini II Color: Etoupe Leather: Epsom Hardware: Gold Stamp: 2019 D Condition: Pristine, never carried: The item has never been carried and is in pri...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Mini Kelly II Rose Lipstick Chevre Leather Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Jakarta, IN
Brand: Hermès Style: Kelly Size: Mini II Color: Rose Lipstick Leather: Chèvre Hardware: Gold Stamp: 2020 Y Condition: Pristine, never carried: The item has never been carried and ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Kelly 25cm Black Epsom Leather Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Jakarta, IN
Brand: Hermès Style: Kelly Sellier Size: 25cm Color: Black Leather: Epsom Hardware: Gold Stamp: 2020 Y Condition: Pristine, never carried: The item has never been carried and is in...
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Hermès Kelly 25cm Etoupe Epsom Leather Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Jakarta, IN
Brand: Hermès Style: Kelly Sellier Size: 25cm Color: Etoupe Leather: Epsom Hardware: Gold Stamp: 2020 Y Condition: Pristine, never carried: The item has never been carried and is i...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Kelly Pochette Metallic Bronze Chèvre Leather Ruthenium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Jakarta, IN
Brand: Hermès Style: Kelly Pochette Color: Bronze Metallic Leather: Chrevre Hardware: Ruthenium Stamp: 2005 I Condition: Vintage excellent: This item is vintage and shows natural ...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly 35 Bag Menthe Fresh Green Retourne Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Hermes Kelly 35 bag features fresh Menthe. This retired colour is a burst of fresh air for summer. Lush with Gold hardware. Supple in Clemence which is scratc...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Chocolat Togo Leather Gold Hardware Kelly Retourne 35 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 Togo leather and has gold-tone hardware....
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly 25cm Black Epsom Sellier Palladium Bag Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Uber Chic Hermes Jet Black 25cm Kelly Epsom Sellier Palladium Y Stamp, 2020 Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. Pristine Condition (with plastic on hardware). Just purchased from Hermes s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly Retourne 28 Bag Vivid Blue Hydra Mediterranean Blue Evercolor
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic rare Hermes Kelly 28 Retourne bag featured in Blue Hydra bag is quite simply extraordinary. Vibrant Mediterranean blue Evercolor (Evergrain) leather. Palladium...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly Metal Gold White Top Handle Satchel Tote Pendant Charm Curio
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Metal Gold tone Made in France Measures 1.25" W x 1.25" H 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOUND LUXURY is the premier luxury fashion dealer on the 1stDibs platform. Since 2015, we ...
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Hermes Kelly 35 Black Leather Gold Carryall Top Handle Satchel Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Gold tone hardware Leather lining Turn-lock closure Made in France Date code present Top Handle 4" Measures 14" W x 10.25" H x 5" D Includes clochette, padlock, keys 100% a...
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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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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly 28cm Rouge H Hermes Epsom Sellier Gold Hardware Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Kelly 28cm Rouge H Hermes Epsom Sellier Gold Hardware Y Stamp, 2020 Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. Pristine Condition (with plastic on hardware). Just purchased from Hermes s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermes Kelly 28cm Black Epsom Sellier Gold Hardware Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Black Epsom 28cm Kelly Sellier Gold Hardware Y Stamp, 2020 Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. Pristine Condition (with plastic on hardware). Just purchased from Hermes store; bag...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermes Beige Leather Kelly Cut Clutch Bag Pochette
By Hermès
Located in Rome, Rome
Hermes Beige Leather Kelly Cut Clutch Bag Pochetteù SHOPIFY Title: Kelly Cut Clutch Bag Material: Leather Color: Beige Model: Kelly Cut Gender: Women, Men Country of Manufacture: F...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Hermès Kelly Cut in Argile Swift Leather with Guilloche PHW
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Hermès Kelly Cut in Argile Swift Leather with Guilloche Palladium Hardware. 2014 Size: OS 31 x 13 x 2.5 cm
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2010s Clutches

Hermès Kelly Long Wallet in Feu Lisse Alligator Mississippiensis PHW
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Hermès Kelly Long Wallet in Feu Lisse Alligator Mississippiensis with Palladium Hardware. 2014 Includes Dust Bag. Size: Long 11.5 x 19.7 cm
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2010s Wallets

Hermes Epsom Leather Gold Kelly Retourne 32 GHW - D 2000
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Hermes Kelly Retourne 32 - Gold Epsom Leather with white contrast stitching, Gold hardware. Comes with Shoulder strap, clochette, lock & keys. Hermes 2000
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Vintage Kelly Sellier 32 in Black Niloticus Crocodile GHW
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Hermès Kelly Sellier 32 in Black Niloticus Crocodile with Gold Hardware. Vintage circa 1960 Includes Clochette, Lock and Keys. Size: 32 32 x 23 x 10.5 cm
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1960s Top Handle Bags

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

Hermes Kelly 28 Noir Black Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Hermes Kelly 28 Noir Black Palladium Hardware. Excellent Pristine Condition with Plastic on hardware. R stamp 2014. Shop with confidence from Lux Addicts. Authenticity Guaranteed!
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermes Kelly 28 Sellier Bag Rose Scheherazade Crocodile Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Hermes Kelly 28 bag featured in rich jewel toned Rose Scheherazade Crocodile. Please see the same combination Hermes Birkin 30 listed listed in my dealer store,...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly Pochette Clutch Bag Rare Bordeaux Crocodile Palladium
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic exquisite jewel toned Hermes Kelly Pochette clutch bag featured in rich Bordeaux lisse crocodile. Fresh with Palladium hardware. Stamped HERMES MADE IN PARIS on...
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2010s Clutches

Hermes Kelly Cut Gris Paris Grey Matte Crocodile Palladium Bag
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic matte crocodile Hermes Kelly Cut bag features the unicorn Gris Paris - the perfect gray hue. This gorgeous Hermes clutch bag is perfect to move form day to eveni...
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2010s Clutches

Hermès Kelly 35 Blue Jean
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Blue Jean Kelly 35. Palladium hardware in excellent condition. Kelly bag includes strap. Priced to sell. Classic Hermes color. Guaranteed authentic.
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly 25 Sellier Bag HSS Blue Paon / Black Chevre Mysore Gold
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic exquisite Hermes Kelly HSS Sellier 25 bag in exotic Blue Paon and Black. This speical order Kelly bag is created in coveted Chevre Mysore leather. Lush with Gold...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly 20 Mini Sellier Rare Blue Celeste Chevre Palladium
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Hermes Kelly Sellier 20 bag featured in Limited Edition Blue Celeste. Chevre leather and palladium hardware. Carry by hand, shoulder or cross body. Comes with si...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Black Leather Vintage Hermes Handbag
By Hermès
Located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Beautiful large leather Hermes handbag. This bag has one large main pocket with three additional side pockets. This bag is made of smooth leather and has bronze-colored hardware. Mad...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

New in Box Hermes Kelly Danse Deep Blue Gold Bag
By Hermès
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Hermes brand new in box deep blue evercolor kelly danse with gold tone hardware. The best and newest reissue of the Hermes collection, can be worn as a fanny pack, a clutch or a cros...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

New in Box Hermes Kelly Danse Feu And Gold
By Hermès
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Hermes brand new in box feu evercolor kelly danse with gold tone hardware. The best and newest reissue of the Hermes collection, can be worn as a fanny pack, a clutch or a cross body...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Hermes Kelly Cut Beton Cream Grey Clutch Swift Gold Hardware Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Guaranteed Authentic Hermes Kelly Cut Beton Cream Grey Clutch Swift Gold Hardware Y Stamp, 2020 Brand New in Box. Store fresh. Pristine condition (with plastic on hardware). Just pur...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Vintage Kelly 28 HERMES Black Bag Box and Alligator
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
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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1950s Shoulder Bags

Hermes Kelly 32 Lakis Bag Rose Sakura Swift Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic limited edition Hermes 32 Kelly Lakis bag featured in rare Rose Sakura. Signature front and zipper pockets. Swift leather with Palladium hardware. This beauty ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly 32 Bag HSS Special order Raisin Pink Stitching Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Delray Beach, FL
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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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermes Mini Picnic Kelly Bag Rouge de Coeur 20cm Y Stamp
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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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly Sellier 28 Bag Parchemin Ostrich w/ Ostrich Classic Kelly Wallet
By Hermès
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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2010s Top Handle Bags

Kelly Danse Etoupe Swift Leather Palladium Hardware New w/ Box
By Hermès
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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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Hermes Kelly 28 Vintage Black
By Hermès
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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1950s Shoulder Bags

Hermes Black Kelly Wallet Long Epsom Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Black Kelly Long Wallet Epsom Palladium Hardware Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. Pristine Condition (with plastic on hardware) Perfect gift! Comes with orange Hermes box for ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wallets

Hermes Kelly 35 Bag Dalmation Buffalo Skipper Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Hermes Kelly Retourne 35 rare Gris Perle and White Dalmation featured in Buffalo Skipper leather. This exquisite colour combination was the most rare produced i...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermes Kelly Sellier 25 Bag Rouge de Coeur Alligator Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic exquisite Hermes Kelly 25 Sellier bag featured in Rouge de Coeur shiny Alligator. Rich with Gold hardware. Comes with signature Hermes box, raincoat, shoulde...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermes Kelly 20 Sellier Mini Blue Electric Alligator Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Hermes Kelly Sellier 20 featured in vivid Electric Blue Alligator. Rich with gold hardware. Carry by hand, shoulder or cross body. Divine size for day to evening...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermès Black Kelly 35 with Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermès Black Kelly 35 with Gold Hardware. Togo leather. 14" x 5" x 10.5". Drop 4" Removable Strap Drop 18". Stamp Q square. Comes with removable strap, clochette, keys with dust bag,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Blue Atoll Kelly 28 cm Togo
By Hermès
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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2010s Top Handle Bags