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Hermès Mini Sellier Box Calf "Cafe" Vintage Kelly Bag, 20 cm with Gold Hardware.



Hermès Mini Sellier Box Calf "Cafe" Vintage Kelly Bag, 20 cm with Gold Hardware. Originally introduced in the early 1930's as the Sac à dépêches bag, the Kelly became world renowned after Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco appeared on the cover of Life magazine shielding her baby bump from the paparazzi with a Kelly. With the help of Grace Kelly, the Kelly bag became a highly coveted luxury piece with over 24 hours of hand craftsmanship into each bag made in a variety of colors, leathers and finishes. This particular sellier Kelly was handcrafted in France in 1981 from premium box calf leather, which is no longer in production in the darkest brown "cafe" coloration with rarely done contrast white stitching. The Kellys' sellier structure has over 2,600 stitches to the box calf exterior and is lined with chevre leather in the same cafe color. The absence of the top handle is true to this Kellys release during the 1980's and is stamped to the inside of the sangle with "K" in circle symbolizing the production year of 1981 and a craftsman stamp of "Z" indicating the section of the atelier that the bag was made in. Gold plated hardware is in good condition with minimal scratching. Interior opens to "Hermès Paris Made In France" heat stamp under flap with plenty of storage for necessities including your cell phone. Comes with dust bag. In good vintage condition with light signs of use. Certificate of authentication will also be provided to buyer. Full specifications and condition listed below: Measures: 8” L x 5.5” H x 3.5” D / Strap Drop: 16” Condition: GRADE: 2.5. Great pre-owned condition with light signs of use to the box calf leather with light scratching to the exterior. Light tarnishing to resting feet of Kelly and gold plated hardware consistent with age and use. No major losses to hardware. Overall interior is in excellent condition with suede lining to pocket with light press marks.. Year Made: 1981 Authenticity Details: "K" in circle, 1981. Material(s): Box Calf Leather, Chevre Leather, Gold Plated Hardware Grading: GRADE 1: This item exhibits no signs of use or wear and could be considered as new. There are no flaws. GRADE 2: This item exhibits minor flaws and could be considered nearly new. It may never have been used or may have been used a few times. There are only minor condition notes, which can be found in the item’s specific condition report. GRADE 3: This item exhibits visible signs of use. Any signs of use or wear are minor. This item is in good condition. GRADE 4: This item exhibits wear from frequent use. This item either has light overall wear or small areas of heavy wear. The item is considered to be in fair condition. GRADE 5: This item exhibits normal wear and tear from regular or heavy use. The item is in good, usable condition but it does have condition notes


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  • Dimensions
    Height: 5.5 in. (13.97 cm)Depth: 3.5 in. (8.89 cm)Length: 8 in. (20.32 cm)
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Material Notes
    Leather Box Calf, Gold Hardware, Cafe Chevre Leather
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Banner Elk, NC
  • Reference Number
    Seller: HA1221/141 - MMYNE1stDibs: LU1912214252292

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About the Design

Kelly Bag

Designed by Hermès
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 1935, 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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