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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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2009 Hermès Jaune d'or Swift Leather Kelly Danse
By Hermès
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
HERMÈS Jaune d'or Swift Leather Kelly Danse Xupes Reference: HB2282 Serial Number: [M] Age (Circa): 2009 Accompanied By: Hermès Dust Bag, Box Authenticity Details: Date Stamp (Made...
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2014 Hermes Black Matte Mississippiensis Alligator Leather Kelly 35cm Retourne
By Hermès
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
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Hermes Kelly 25cm Jet Black Epsom Sellier Bag Gold Jewel D Stamp, 2019
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
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Hermes Kelly Pochette Black Gold Hardware Clutch Cut Bag Swift D Stamp, 2019
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
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Hermes Kelly Cut Beton Cream Grey Clutch Swift Gold Hardware Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
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Located in New York, NY
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Hermes Kelly 28cm Rose Extreme Epsom Pink Sellier Bag D Stamp, 2019
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Kelly 28cm Rose Extreme Epsom Pink Sellier Bag D Stamp, 2019 Just purchased from Hermes store. Bag bears new interior 2019 D Stamp. Brand New in Box. Store fresh. Pristin...
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By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Guaranteed Authentic Hermes Kelly Cut Lime Swift Gold Hardware Y Stamp, 2020 Brand New in Box. Store fresh. Pristine condition (with plastic on hardware). Perfect gift! Comes with...
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Located in New York, NY
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Hermes Kelly 25cm Black Epsom Sellier Palladium Bag Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
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Hermes Kelly 28cm Black Epsom Sellier Gold Hardware Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
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Hermes Kelly Cut Black Clutch Pochette Swift Gold Hardware D Stamp, 2019
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
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Located in Scottsdale, AZ
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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 is crafted from leather and has gold hardware. The bag comes with...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly 20 Bi-Color Sellier Bag Havane / Etrusque Chevre Palladium
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Hermes Kelly 20 Bi-Color Mini Sellier bag featured in rich Havane with Etrusque interior. Chevre leather accentuated with Palladium hardware. Comes with signatu...
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By Hermès
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Kelly handbag by Hermes Circa 1973 Green leather Gold-tone Hardware Feet on bottom Two interior slip pockets One interior zip pocket Kelly style with top handle Comes with lock ...
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1970s Shoulder Bags

Hermès 28cm Kelly Handbag Circa 1976
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Located in Los Angeles, CA
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By Hermès
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The Kelly is a name synonymous with Hermes. It is a symbol of their wondrous dedication to craftsmanship and classic style. First designed by Robert Dumas, the Kelly bag is known and...
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Hermès 28cm Togo Palladium H/W Kelly Retourne Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
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Hermès Ghillies 35cm Palladium H/W Kelly Retourne Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Hermès 35cm Ghillies Kelly Retourne Bag with Palladium hardware. Contrast Sanguine Grain D'H leather. Top handle and detachable shoulder strap. Tonal leather lining. Double slit pock...
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By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
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By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
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By Hermès
Located in Delray Beach, FL
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

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By Hermès
Located in Sheridan, WY
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By Hermès
Located in Paris, Paris
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By Hermès
Located in Paris, Paris
"Nothing is rarer than what is unique" Houlux is proud to present a sublime jewel: a superb Kelly 32 in black leather box customized with black Porosus crocodile leather to make it ...
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By Hermès
Located in ., FR
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Located in New York, NY
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By Hermès
Located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
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By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
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By Hermès
Located in Sheridan, WY
Unworn limited edition personalized Hermes Kelly 28cm. Custom designed "Blue Electric" Epsom leather set with Black Interior with brushed gold hardware.
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Located in Miami, FL
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2010s Top Handle Bags

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By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
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Early 2000s Clutches

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By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
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2010s Clutches

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By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Damaged. Repainted exterior, handle and strap. Creasing near base, wear on base corners, cracking on flap base wax edges, scuffs and indentations on interior base, scratch...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

2018 Hermès Barenia Leather & Wicker Kelly 35cm Picnic
By Hermès
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
HERMÈS Barenia Leather & Wicker Kelly 35cm Picnic Xupes Reference: HB2842 Serial Number: C Age (Circa): 2018 Accompanied By: Hermès Dust Bag, Box, Lock, Keys, Clochette, Rain Cover,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

2019 Hermès Beige Leather Kelly 25 Bag
By Hermès
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
Superb Hermès bag model Kelly 25 cm made of beige and camel leather with silver hardware. Equipped with top handle and removable shoulder strap. Closing with classic Hermès hook, int...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly Handbag Rouge Vif Courchevel with Gold Hardware 35
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Wear on base corners, marks on base, light scuffs on flap. Indentations on interior base, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Keys, Lock, Clochette, With Strap Me...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

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

Hermes NEW Kelly Blue Alligator Exotic Gold Clutch Top Handle Satchel Bag in Box
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

HERMES 32cm Crocodile Alligator Kelly Bag Noir
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
HERMES 32cm Crocodile Alligator Kelly Bag Noir The Hermés Kelly bag embodies the quintessence of style and luxury due to its impeccable design, craftsmanship, and significance. Thi...
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1960s Top Handle Bags

HERMES 35cm Barénia Fauvre Straw Kelly Picnic Bag Natural
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
HERMES 35cm Barénia Fauvre Straw Kelly Picnic Bag Natural. The Hermés Kelly bag embodies the quintessence of style and luxury due to its impeccable design, craftsmanship, and signif...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes NEW Pink Leather Palladium Kelly Evening Top Handle Clutch Bag in Box
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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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Hermes NEW Orange Crocodile Exotic Kelly Evening Top Handle Clutch Bag in Box
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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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

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

Hermes So Kelly Bag Togo 22
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Wear on base corners, moderate creasing on base. Heavy cracking and splitting on flap closure, strap, and opening trim wax edges, scratches on hardware. Access...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

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

Hermes Kelly Handbag Gold Courchevel with Gold Hardware 35
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Repainted base corners. Creasing on exterior and underneath flap, wear on exterior edges and handle. Heavy scuffs and indentations on interior base, scratches on har...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Etoupe Kelly 25 Epsom Sellier Bag Gold Hardware
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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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Hermès Crinoline and Barenia Leather 40 cm Kelly
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Crinoline and Barenia Leather 40 cm Kelly is in beautiful condition. No longer in production, Crinoline is a durable canvas like fabric made from horse hair an...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Graphite Niloticus Crocodile 32 cm Kelly Bag
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Graphite Crocodile 32 cm Kelly Bag is in pristine condition. Hermès bags are considered the ultimate luxury item the world over. Hand stitched by skilled cr...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly Handbag Ebene Clemence with Palladium Hardware 32
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Heavy wear on base corners, creasing and scuffs on exterior and underneath flap. Cracking and splitting on opening trim, flap corners, strap and closure wax edges. W...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Hermes Kelly Handbag Bleu Colvert Togo with Gold Hardware 32
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Loss of shape on exterior, creasing underneath flap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Keys, Lock, Dust Bag, Clochette, With Strap Measurements: Handle Drop 3.5...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

HERMES 32cm Limited Edition Retourne Kelly Bag
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
HERMES 32cm Limited Edition Retourne Kelly Bag with Black and Multicolor tones. This Hermés bag embodies the quintessence of style and luxury due to its impeccable design, craftsma...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly Depeche Bag Epsom 34
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Wear on base corners, moderate scuffs and creasing on exterior and underneath flap. Splitting on flap corner wax edges, wear and discoloration in interior, scratches...
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21st Century and Contemporary Briefcases and Attachés

Hermès White Swift Kelly Danse Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
This classic White Hermès Kelly Danse is an extremely rare find. Unlike many Hermès designs that have been around for generations, the Kelly Danse was released last decade, quickly a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès Bleuet Ostrich 28 cm Kelly
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Bleuet Ostrich 28 cm Kelly is in PRISTINE unworn condition. The protective plastic remains intact on the hardware. Hermès bags are considered the ultimate lu...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly 40 Blue Leather Gold Top Handle Satchel Shoulder Tote Bag
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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