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The Hermes Kelly bag is a highly coveted luxury handbag that was first introduced in the 1900s. Its history is closely intertwined with the life of American actress and Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly.
The story goes that in 1956, Grace Kelly was in Paris for the Cannes Film Festival and visited the Hermes store on Rue Faubourg Saint-Honore. She was pregnant at the time and looking for a spacious bag to conceal her baby bump from the paparazzi. She fell in love with the Hermes Sac a Depeches bag, but the store's director, Robert Dumas, suggested she might prefer the smaller and more feminine Sellier bag, which was renamed the Kelly bag after the actress became a devoted fan and was frequently photographed carrying it.
The Kelly bag quickly became a status symbol, beloved by fashion icons and celebrities like Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Jackie Kennedy Onassis.
The Hermes Kelly bag is handcrafted from high-quality materials, typically leather or exotic skins such as alligator or crocodile. It is known for its classic, timeless design, with clean lines, a sturdy handle, and a unique closure consisting of two leather straps that fasten at the center with a turn-lock clasp.
Today, the Kelly bag remains one of the most coveted and exclusive luxury handbags in the world, with long waiting lists and sky-high prices. It is a symbol of luxury, style, and sophistication, and a testament to the enduring appeal of classic design.