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Hermès Limited Edition Vintage Tri-Color Box Calf Kelly Handbag 32, 1991.



Hermès Limited Edition Vintage Tri-Color Vert Fonce, Rouge H & Indigo Box Calf Kelly Handbag with Gold Hardware 32, 1991. 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. Over the years, the Kelly became a classic closet staple, with over 24 hours of hand craftsmanship into each bag made in a variety of colors, leathers and finishes. During the early 1990's Hermès began exploring the idea of mixing different leathers and colors and released a limited edition run of the Kelly and Birkin in it's most iconic colorations. This exceptionally rare and sought after limited edition Kelly was hand crafted in France from premium chevre and box calf leathers in Vert Fonce, Indigo and the iconic and highly collectible "Rouge Hermès" or Rouge H. Sellier rigid structure is adorned with 18K gold plated hardware and comes complete with crossbody strap in indigo coloration. This Kelly also has a date stamp of “U” in square for the year made (1993) and also has a small "X" and "N" stamp that indicates the section of the Paris atelier where the bag was constructed. The matching detachable strap allows plenty of versatility for the bag to be worn as a top handle, shoulder or crossbody. Also comes with the tirette, clochette, and original strap in great vintage condition with light wear to box calf and light scratching throughout box calf, small imprints to bottom of bag and some wear to Chevre interior. Full specifications and condition listed below: Measures: 11.5” L x 9.5” H x 5” D / Strap Drop: 4” / Full Strap Length: 35" Condition: GRADE: 3. Great vintage pre-owned condition. Box calf exterior has light scratching to front side of bag and top flap closure. Very light scratches to hardware on front closure and hardware with majority of wear to feet and base with light scratches and press marks to bottom side. Overall interior is in excellent condition with pen mark to underside a flap with light scratching. Corners show wear and slight loss of color. Straps is in excellent condition. Overall structure in excellent shape. Year Made: 1991 Authenticity Details: Stamped U in Circle, N and X Heat Stamp 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: 9.5 in. (24.13 cm)Depth: 5 in. (12.7 cm)Length: 11.5 in. (29.21 cm)
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Material Notes
    Box Calf Leather, Chevre Leather, Gold plated hardware
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Banner Elk, NC
  • Reference Number
    Seller: FE0521/198 - WWHNX1stDibs: LU1912212717452

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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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