Good things comes to those who wait, and that is particularly true when talking about an Hermes Kelly bag. Many years of training is required of a craftsman before he is able to work on one. When he does, he creates the bag from start to finish, making each an individual work of art. Don’t count on buying a Kelly off the shelves at the Hermes boutique, such is its rarity and exclusivity.
There are two models of the Kelly, namely the Sellier and Retourne. At first glance, you might not be able to tell them apart. However, there is one telling difference between them. The Kelly Sellier has architectural straight lines, giving it its sharp edges and dressier formal vibe. The advantage though is that even after years, it retains its immaculate pristine silhouette.
If you prefer a slightly more relaxed look, then go for the Retourne model like our featured Kelly 28 in white. The rounder look is due to the way the bag is made: the leather pieces are hand-stitched together and then corners turned inside out. The Retourne is ideal as an everyday bag with its casual elegance.
Our featured Kelly Retourne is crafted from Clemence leather, a classic Hermes leather that has been regularly used since the 1980s. The characteristic of the leather is its durability, and pliancy, which is ideal for the slouchier look of the Kelly Retourne. Even when a Clemence leather bag’s edges get scuffed, it can be easily restored. The distinctive flat-grain of the leather also results in its matte finish.
This bag bears a ‘K’ stamp with a square, indicating its 2007 make. It comes with its box, clochette, dust bag, keys, lock and shoulder strap. With minor and unnoticeable scuffs on its shoulder strap and hardware, this eye-catching Kelly Retourne in 28 is still in mint condition.