We admire the brand and are particularly impressed by the quality of workmanship, use of premium materials and colour palettes used by the craftsmen leatherworkers who make Hermès bags such as the Kelly bag.
We seek out the very best vintage Kelly bags as well as vintage Birkin bags or vintage Haut à courroie bags, as we believe that vintage Hermès designs are the best quality.
Our enthusiasm for vintage Hermès bags
Curated vintage Hermès bags. Iconic bags : Birkin bag, Kelly bag, Jige clutch in leather or H canvas...The most beautiful pieces are authenticated before the sale. The Kelly bag is a rare piece even if the second market (second-hand market) offers a lot of them. Our goal is to allow you to buy vintage HERMES bags at the fair price.
The origins of the Hermès Kelly bag
In the 1930s, Robert Dumas (son-in-law of Emile Hermès, himself the grandson of the founder) designed a simple, understated women's handbag in a trapezoid shape inspired by one of the brand's designs known as the "haut à courroies", originally intended for carrying riding boots and a saddle.
The proportions were modified to fit a woman's wrist, as the bag was designed to be carried in the hand. Launched in 1935, the bag was called the "sac à dépêches pour dames".
Twenty years later, Grace Kelly chose this bag when she visited the store at Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Once she became the Princess of Monaco, she carried her Hermès bag regularly. In 1956, the Princess was pregnant and tried to avoid the prying eyes of the paparazzi. She was photographed holding her Hermès bag over her bump like a shield, in an attempt to hide her pregnancy that had not yet been officially announced.
Women wanted to copy the Princess and buy the same Hermès bag. Not knowing the name of the design, customers asked for "the Grace Kelly bag". During the 1970s, HERMÈS named the famous bag after its famous and loyal owner.