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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 Kelly 28 Ostrich Vert Veronese Green Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Hermes Kelly 28 Vert Veronese Green Gold Hardware With Plastic on Hardware. 2015 T STAMP. Almost Like New Condition, Plastic On Hardware and 2 feet, perfect corners and perfect struc...
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2010s Structured Shoulder 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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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 Kelly 20 Bag Sellier Etain Epsom Leather Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Hermes Kelly 20 Mini Sellier bag featured in neutral Etain. Epsom leather and accentuated with gold hardware. Comes with signature Hermes box, shoulder strap, and sleeper. This bag ...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermes Kelly Depeche 38 Briefcase Electric Blue Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Hermes coveted Kelly Depeche 38 briefcase. Very rare in Electric Blue. Epsom leather with Palladium hardware. Two large accordion compartments. Front wall has...
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Early 2000s Briefcases and Attachés

Hermes Kelly Pochette Bag Rose Scheherazade Pink Alligator Clutch Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Hermes Kelly Pochette bag featured in vibrant Rose Scheherazade alligator. This beautiful pink Hermes clutch is rich with Gold hardware. Signature stamp on inter...
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2010s Clutches

Hermes Kelly Sellier 32 Tri-Colour Porosus Crocodile Poussiere Poudre Ficelle
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Hermes Kelly 32 Sellier featured in rare tri-colour Porosus Crocodile. The perfect neutral pallette of Poussiere, Poudre and Ficelle. Lush with gold hardware. Th...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Diamond Kelly Cut Blue Marine Crocodile Clutch Bag Exquisite
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic timeless very rare diamond Hermes Kelly Cut bag featured in rich jewel toned Blue Marine. Exquisite Hermes Kelly Clutch with Hermes set diamonds. Comes with all...
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2010s Clutches

Hermes Kelly Cut Bag Braise Crocodile Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic timeless Hermes Kelly Cut bag featured in vivid Braise Niloticus Crocodile. This exquisite lipstick red Hermes clutch is perfect day to evening. Lush with Gold ...
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2010s Clutches

Hermes Kelly 25 Sellier Bag Crocodile Prunoir Gold Hardware Deep Plum Purple
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic exquisite, beautiful and rare crocodile Hermes Kelly Sellier 25 bag featured in Prunoir. Stunning jewel tone rich dark Black Plum. Lush with Gold hardware. NEW o...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Kelly 28 Lime Evercolor Y
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
This Hermès Kelly 28 exudes opulence, crafted from a tropical shade Lime, lined in a complementary vibrant-toned goatskin and finished with gold hardware. Compact-sized, the handbag'...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès Kelly 28 Apricot Evercolor
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
This Hermès Kelly exudes opulence, crafted in a eye-catching shade of Apricot and lined in a complementary toned goatskin and finished with brushed metal palladium hardware. Compact-...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly 35 Bag Rouge H Sellier Box Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Hermes Kelly Sellier 35 bag featured in Rouge H and coveted Box leather. Rich with Gold hardware. In beautiful condition with minor wear. Comes with shoulder s...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Vintage Bag Hermès Kelly Bag 32cm Navy Blue
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
Hermès Kelly handbag in navy box leather, 32 cm, in excellent pre-loved condition. This beautiful and rare find features gold-tone hardware, a simple top handle, signed with the hou...
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1970s Shoulder 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 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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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly 28cm Black Epsom Sellier Shoulder Bag Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Kelly 28cm Black Epsom Sellier Shoulder Bag Y Stamp, 2020 Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. Pristine Condition (with plastic on hardware). Just purchased from Hermes store; bag b...
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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 32 Cognac Leather Gold Top Handle Satchel Shoulder Tote Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Gold 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 Hermes shoulder ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Hermes Kelly 25cm Gold Camel Camel Tan Shoulder Bag Togo Retourne Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Gold Camel Tan 25cm Mini Kelly Bag Togo Retourne Gold Togo Y Stamp, 2020 Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. Pristine Condition (with plastic on hardware) Just purchased from Herme...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès 35cm Etain Swift Palladium H/W Kelly Retourne Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
This extremely beautiful Hermès Kelly Retourne 35cm Swift Bag in Etain with Palladium Hardware is a must have for your collection! The beautiful rich grey-tone exterior of the bag w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès 40cm Etain Clemence Palladium H/W Kelly Retourne Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
This extremely beautiful Hermès Kelly Retourne 40 Clemence Bag in Etain with Palladium Hardware is a must have for your collection! The beautiful rich grey-tone exterior of the bag ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès 35cm Etoupe Togo Palladium H/W Kelly Retourne Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
This extremely beautiful Hermès Kelly Retourne 35 Togo Bag in Etoupe with Palladium Hardware is a must have for your collection! The beautiful subtle earthy-tone exterior of the bag...
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Hermes Kelly 32 HSS Special Order Rouge Pivoine Red Anemone Purple Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Hermes Kelly 32 HSS Special Order Rouge Pivoine Red Anemone Purple Piping and Interior Epsom Leather & Gold Hardware. 2016 X Stamp. Excellent Pristine Condition, light hairlines on H...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermes Kelly 32 Crevette Orange Pink Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Hermes Kelly 32 Crevette Pink Orange Togo Palladium Hardware. Q Stamp 2013. Excellent Condition, light hairlines on Hardware, Excellent corners and good Structure. Shop with Confid...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermes Kelly 28 Rouge Casaque Red Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Hermes Kelly 28 Rouge Casaque Red Palladium Hardware . 2012 P STAMP. Excellent Condition, Plastic On Hardware, perfect corners and excellent structure. Shop with confidence from Lu...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermes Kelly 32 Candy Collection Lime Yellow Green Gris Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Hermes Kelly 32 Candy Collection Lime Yellow Green Gris Interior Palladium Hardware Epsom Leather . Excellent Condition, replacement Plastic on Hardware, Excellent corners and struct...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

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

Hermes Rouge Pivoine Togo Leather Gold Hardware Kelly Retourne 32 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 leather and has gold-tone hardware. Reto...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Rouge Casaque/Rose Jaipur Togo Leather Palladium Hardware So Kelly 26 Bag
By Hermès
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The elegant and timeless elements of the iconic Kelly is coupled with a more casual silhouette in this coveted So Kelly bag. It is crafted from red Togo leather in a slight bucket sh...
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2010s Hobo Bags

Hermes Soleil Yellow Kelly Bag
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Soleil Yellow Kelly Bag. Beautiful bright yellow color. Clemence leather. Good condition. Palladium hardware. Includes dust cover, clochette, lock, and keys. Guaranteed authe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Hermes Noir Box Leather Kelly Sellier 32 Bag
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 Gris Tourterelle Togo Leather Palladium Hardware Kelly Retourne 32 Bag
By Hermès
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
After Grace Kelly, the Hollywood star and a princess, used her Hermes bag to hide her baby bump and subsequently, the public started referring the bag after her name, Hermes official...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Kelly 32 Clemence Pale Blue Y 2020
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
This 32cm Kelly bag from Hermès is a true testament to the quality of the house's craftsmanship, exuding timeless style and elegance. Crafted from Clemence leather, a favoured Hermès...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Vintage Bag Hermès Kelly 32cm Red/Burgundy
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
Vintage Hermès burgundy box leather 32 cm bag, in excellent pre-loved condition. It features a glossy finish and originates from calfskin leather. It is accentuated with gold-tone ha...
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20th Century Shoulder Bags

Kelly 32 Ostrich saffron
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
This 32cm Kelly Retourne bag from Hermès is a true testament to the quality of the house's craftsmanship, exuding timeless style and elegance. crafted in ostrich skin, the rarest and...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Kelly 28 HSS Togo Sellier
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Horseshoe stamps signify 'special order' designs - an opportunity only a select few Hermès customers and collectors get to experience. Creation of HSS (Horseshoe bags) can take anyth...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Kelly To Go Craie GHW
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

Kelly Cut Gold Swift PHW
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Crafted in France from supple swift leather, this Gold Kelly Cut Clutch Bag by Hermès features contrasting stitching, front straps and a top flat handle. The toggle closure is accent...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Hermes Kelly Handbag (1991)
By Hermès
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Hermés Kelly Handbag Made in France Made in 1991 Red Fjord Leather Rounded top handle Gold plated hardware Gold plated lock with keys in clochette Stamped Hermés - Paris Stamped i...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

HERMES KELLY BAG box calf 28 cm purple/pink special edition gold hardware 2004
By Hermès
Located in Stuttgart, DE
Kelly bag in a very rare purple-pink color with gold hardware. 4 side seams polished with pink leather pass and lined with pink leather inside. It is a SPECIAL EDITION! The bag comes...
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Early 2000s Shoulder Bags

Hermes Kelly Sellier 20 Rouge Tomate Epsom Leather Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Hermes Kelly Sellier 20 bag is featured in Rouge Tomate. This Kelly Sellier bag is stunning with gold hardware. Epsom leather is known to reveal the most be...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermes Cognac Leather Gold Kelly Travel Single Shoulder Large Carryall Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Gold tone hardware Leather lining Date code present Made in France Adjustable shoulder strap drop 15.5-16.5" Measures 9.5" W x 11.5" H x 4.25" D Includes original Hermes du...
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Late 20th Century Shoulder Bags

Hermes Kelly 32 Red Palladium 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 Cut Vermillion Red Clutch Bag Swift Palladium
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic timeless Hermes Kelly Cut clutch bag featured in rich warm Vermillion red. Swift leather. Fresh with palladium hardware. Comes with sleeper, signature Hermes b...
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2010s Clutches

Hermes Kelly Cut Bag Pink Rose Azalee Clutch Swift Palladium Hardware New
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic timeless Hermes Kelly Cut bag featured in Rose Azalee. This beautiful pink Kelly Cut clutch is perfect day to evening. Swift leather. Fresh with palladium hard...
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2010s Clutches

Hermes Ultraviolet Clemence Leather Palladium Hardware Kelly Retourne 35 Bag
By Hermès
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
After Grace Kelly, the Hollywood star and a princess, used her Hermes bag to hide her baby bump and subsequently, the public started referring the bag after her name, Hermes official...
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2010s Tote Bags

Hermes Potiron Clemence Leather Palladium Hardware Kelly Retourne 28 Bag
By Hermès
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
After Grace Kelly, the Hollywood star and a princess, used her Hermes bag to hide her baby bump and subsequently, the public started referring the bag after her name, Hermes official...
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2010s Tote Bags

Hermès Kelly Mini Picnic Rouge De Coeur Swift Leather Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Jakarta, ID
Brand: Hermès Style: Kelly Size: Mini Picnic Color: Roude de Coeur Leather: Swift and Wicker Hardware: Palladium Stamp: 2019 D Condition: Pristine, never carried: The item has n...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

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

Hermes Kelly 25cm Indigo Deep Blue Epsom Sellier Bag Gold Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Kelly 25cm Indigo Deep Blue 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 C...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly Malachite 35 Bag
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes malachite green Kelly 35 bag with gold hardware. Excellent condition. Plastic still on hardware. Togo leather. B square. Includes lock, keys, clochette and Hermes dust cover. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Hermès Bleu Atoll Kelly 35 Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Bleu Atoll Kelly 35 Bag. Like brand new condition. Palladium hardware. Veau Togo leather. Kelly bag with strap. Beautiful light aqua color. From 2015 practically brand new. In...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder 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 Gold camel Swift leather KELLY 32 RETOURNE Bag
By Hermès
Located in Zürich, CH
Hermes 'Kelly II 32 Retourne' bag in Gold (camel) Veau Swift leather with palladium-plated hardware. The interior is lined in Chevre (goat skin) with a divided open pocket against th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

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

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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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

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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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle 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