Hermès Kelly bag

08 January 2016

One of the main showpieces of Hermès is named after none other than Grace Kelly. The former Hollywood star was a huge fan of the bag, back when it was still named the Sac à Dépêche. After her marriage to the crown prince of Monaco, Grace Kelly used the bag to hide her growing baby-belly. Ofcourse paparazzi never left her side and as a result the Sac à Dépêche was seen in every major magazine. In this Masterclass we look al the history surrounding this iconic piece.

Kelly's movie debut
The story goes that movie director Alfred Hitchcock, himself, should be credited with the global hysteria surrounding the bag. For his film ‘To Catch a Thief,’ Hitchcock allowed costume designer Edith Head on a shopping session in the Hermès boutique. Reportedly, It was love at first sight when Gracy Kelly laid eyes on the Hermès design. 

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Designer bag meets baby belly
The Princess of Monaco was adored by the paparazzi and could rarely escape the flashing camera's. A few months after her marriage it turned out that the Kelly was not only a gorgeous accessory but could also double as camouflage. The former Hollywood star was pregnant with her first child with Prince Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, and kept her growing belly well hidden with her favorite bag.

Kelly on the cover
The Sac à Dépêche was quickly nicknamed the 'Kelly bag'. Its fate as the new it-bag was sealed, when Princess Grace and the bag graced the cover of Time Magazine, Grace Kelly's favorite accessory quickly became the most coveted bag in the fifties. In the decades that followed the bag continued to be one of the most popular products from the French fashion house.

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The making of a Hermès bag
Hermès officially renamed the bag in 1977 and few people still know about its original name. The production of the bag has remained virtually unchanged since its debut in the thirties. It still takes 18 to 24 hours to transform leather, thread an metal into a Kelly. The process begins with the perfectly symmetrical leather, and while it might seem strange, one of the final steps is ironing the bag to smooth out the wrinkles in the calfskin. The final touch? The perfectly stamped golden logo of Hermès Paris. 

Sizes & Prices
28 Kelly: 22 x 28 x 10 in cm (H x W x D) € 6450 euro
32 Kelly: 23 x 32 x 10.5 in cm (H x W x D) € 6800 euro
35 Kelly: 24 x 35 x 12 in cm (H x W x D) €7000 euro
40 Kelly: 28 x 40 x 16 in cm (H x W x D) €8200 euro
50 Kelly: 34 x 50 x 25 in cm (H x W x D) price unknown

You can find your very own Kelly on Designer-Vintage starting at € 4200! Click here to see all our Kelly's.