Looking to cop the Hermes Mini Kelly Bag? Some Hermes bags are made with clou, or feet on the bottom so you can rest the bag down without damaging the leather. Hermes also offers several material choices, with some like Clemence and Epsom leather exhibiting far more durable and water-resistant qualities than other leather choices, making these bags perfect for everyday carry. Your needs should directly influence the style and construction of your first Hermes bag. Below we break down some of our favorite Hermes bags, discussing how and why they fit into different situations and lifestyles, usability and pricing. So what is the hermes mini kelly price 2020?
Hermes Mini Kelly Bag
The Kelly bag
The story behind
One day in 1956, the bag she had brought along shielded her from paparazzi that pounced as she was exiting her car. Months before the birth of the future princess, the bag had served as a bodyguard for Grace’s unborn child. The photo made the cover of Life magazine and was seen all over the world. The bag had found its stage name. The model continued its adventure under the name of “Kelly”, and its collection grew with new shapes, sizes, materials and colors under the direction of window dresser extraordinaire Leila Menchari and the Leather Goods Design Studio. Kelly Lakis, Kelly Shoulder, Kelly Relax, Kelly Cut, etc.: all of these variations draw on the exceptional skill of Hermes’ leather artisans and saddle makers and its passion for creativity.
- A century after the house of Hermès opened the doors of its saddle-making workshops, Robert Dumas created a small bag with straps for ladies. It had a trapezoid shape, two triangular gussets, a sculpted flap, a handle, and good storage space. Nothing fancy, just a neat, plain, functional bag intended for independent, energetic women. The ladies’ bag with straps was an emblematic Hermès design: both highly desirable yet anonymous. It simply needed a name.
- 1937 The ladies’ bag is sewn backwards and turned inside out, like a glove. Yet, this softening does not affect its fundamental composition: namely, thirty-six leather pieces assembled by a craftsman devoted to beautiful, noble gestures, six-hundred-and-eighty hand stitches, sixteen small studs, a padlock, a swivel clasp and a leather key cover or clochette. Since then, the Sellier and Retourne versions have coexisted. After all, why choose?
- 1956 What a twist to the tale! Grace Kelly, the Hollywood star who became a princess, hides her baby bump behind her Hermès bag with straps. The picture goes around the world, and the bag is instantly crowned. The Kelly bag is born.
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- 1968 Picture it: May 1968. France is in turmoil, but the Kelly bag keeps its four tiny metallic feet firmly on the ground. It is well-balanced, tranquil and timeless. This radical-chic version in black box calfskin speaks for itself.
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- Since 1987 A symbol of exclusivity, the Kelly bag revels in its myriad reinventions: be it in wood, silver plate, organdy, cardboard, chocolate, straw, silk- or wire mesh – like the one created by Leïla Menchari, the window designer for the Faubourg flagship – or even in bread, whose crust was as golden-brown as weathered leather. Special orders unleash craftspeople’s creativity: nailed like a fakir, pinned-up like a punk, made of feathers, plush, denim or sheared mink, the Kelly bag invents new twists to its own myth.
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- 2000 Jean-Louis Dumas, the CEO at Hermès, is also the Chief of Elegant Outline: he lives with a pencil in hand and breathes playful creativity. One of the sitting characters he drew resulted in the Kellydoll bag (French for “What an Idol”). This anthropomorphic, cheerful bag was soon to become an icon and Kawaii mascot in Japan. Arigato, Jean-Louis.
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- 2004 A zipper on a Kelly? How shocking! One might as well draw a moustache on the Mona Lisa. Well, yes, we did: we dared to alter the face of the Kelly by adding zippered exterior pockets in the front. The Kellylakis bag – the Kelly’s “enhanced” version – comes in all sizes, be it itsy-bitsy (15 cm) or fit for the Olympics (50 cm).
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- 2011 Soft-boiled eggs and wicker basket: the Kelly picnic bag was originally intended for country luncheons on freshly-cut lawns. Marvel at the fine basketry and saddle-stitching: a whole strand of wicker is used and the Barenia calfskin is fixed onto the braided wicker structure by a system of lacing and knots. The chic and charming Kelly picnic bag is a witty nod to its cousin the wicker basket.The chic and charming Kelly picnic bag is a witty nod to its cousin the wicker basket.
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H for Hermès, a committed defender of the arts and letters with the Kellygraphie bag.
E for exhilarating variation on the alphabet.
R for reunion of colourful, smooth-grained leather pieces, cut and fitted together down to one-tenth of a millimetre, and perfectly regular on the surface.
M for marquetry in leather.
E for exacting technique customised exclusively for the Kelly.
S for saddle-maker.
Why are Hermès bags so special?
Hermès has been creating beautiful leather pieces, renowned for their exquisite craftsmanship, since 1837. First established by Thierry Hermès as a harness workshop in the Grands Boulevards quarter of Paris, the atelier quickly became dedicated to serving European noblemen – even Napoleon Bonaparte was a client – and in 1922, the first Hermès handbag was created.
Émile-Maurice was head of the firm and when his wife complained there were no bags on the market to her liking, he designed a line of bags himself. The Sac à Dépêches was introduced in 1935 – later to be renamed the Kelly bag after Grace Kelly, the Princess of Monaco, in 1977. The iconic saddle-bag style Hermès Constance was designed in 1969, and perhaps the most famous Hermès bag, the Birkin, was introduced in 1986 after a chance encounter on a flight with Jane Birkin, who after announcing she could not find a bag to suit her needs, compelled Hermès Chief Executive Jean-Louis Dumas to design her a soft, supple everyday bag. The rest is handbag history.
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“It’s really a combination of the craftsmanship and the quality of Hermès bags that make them so coveted,” explains Sophie Hersan, co-founder of Vestiaire Collective. “Each bag is made by one person and the leathers are selected very carefully to ensure that only the best pieces are used. The attention to detail is exceptional and only adds to the desirability of the bags.”
“In restaurants in Monaco, and fine restaurants worldwide, [Hermès bags] get their own seat!” says Sharon Wolter-Ferguson, CEO and Founder of HEWI London. “A number of more practical factors contribute to the enduring desirability of an Hermès bag. The craftsmanship, each stamped code represents which artisan created that particular bag, superior materials used and exclusivity – to buy one directly from an Hermès store is not always possible, with elusive sales staff and limited stock available, one usually leaves empty handed. This makes for an interesting resale market – they are the ultimate fashion investment.”
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What is the most expensive Hermès bag ever sold?
The world record price for an Hermès bag was a very rare Crocodile Himalaya Birkin 30 with 18k white gold and diamond hardware, sold at auction for an eye-watering £208,175 at Christie’s, Hong Kong in 2017. According the Rachel Koffsky, Handbags & Accessories specialist at Christie’s, it is unsurprising the bag reached such a high price. “The reason that the piece was so special, and so valuable, is because of the delicate gradation of the exterior – it is called the Himalaya as it is said to resemble the snow-topped mountain range. This subtle hue is only achieved by the most expert craftsmen, in a process that takes years to master.”
Is an Hermès bag an investment?
The continued world-record breaking prices of the bags selling at auction prove that the secondary market is speeding up rather than slowing down. A study released by BagHunter in 2017 showed that the value of the Hermès Birkin has increased 500% in the last 35 years – an increase of 14% each year. Investing in a Birkin or Kelly bag is now historically safer investment than the stock market – while share regularly fluctuate depending on the economic climate, the Hermès bag has never lost its value, instead continuing to rise steadily year on year.
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A carefully used Hermès bag can reach 80% to 120% of its original price at resale and compared to a new car or the majority of designer clothing and accessories – whose value decreases as soon as they leave the showroom – an Hermès bag increases in value overtime.
According to Sharon Wolter-Ferguson, CEO and Founder of HEWI London it is imperative an Hermès bag is kept in good condition if it’s being bought as an investment. “A few golden rules apply. Always store it in its original dust bag, stuffed with light paper to keep its shape, protect it from the elements and keep all original documentation from CITES to the store receipt,” she says. “If the bag is less than perfect after years of loving use, it can go the Hermès spa where it will spend a few weeks being brought back to its best, having its hardware and leather restored and polished.”
Rachel Koffsky, Handbags & Accessories specialist at Christie’s, agrees. “A vintage Birkin or Kelly in great condition will maintain its value if you use it gently and take good care of it,” she says. “It does pay to invest in your handbag collection as you would fine jewellery, art or antiques.”
How much is an Hermès bag?
Brand new Hermès bags, purchased directly from an Hermès store, vary considerably depending on the rarity of their leather and hardware, but general consensus states the price for a new Kelly bag starts at £6,000 and for a new Birkin starts at £7,000. However as many customers know, it can be very hard to get hold of an Hermès bag directly from the brand, so many look to second-hand dealers, where prices can start at as little as £2,000 for a Birkin to over £100,000 depending on its rarity and condition.
Buying a bag at a reputable auction house can bring about a bargain. According to Forbes.com the same 2006 style of tan Hermès Birkin bag worn by Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine had a starting bid of £2,700 at auction, but to buy a 2013 version of the bag in an Hermès store would have cost £8,500.
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Jerôme Lalande from Collector Square explains you can still purchase an Hermes bag despite a smaller capital. “With a budget of £2,000-£3,000 for a Kelly, I would recommend a buyer to go for a 1970s vintage canvas and leather Kelly, that can be in very good condition,” he says. “For the basic box leather vintage Kelly bags, the price differences are mainly because of the condition – and therefore the year of production – and the missing original pieces, like padlock and keys.”
Which Hermès bag should you buy?
Experts suggest that when buying an Hermès Birkin or Kelly bag to be use regularly – but also as an investment – that neutral colours and popular sizes are key.
“When it comes to acquiring an Hermès Kelly or Birkin,” says HEWI’s Walter-Ferguson, “it really is a matter of personal taste. Classic colours are a safe trans-seasonal option and don’t date and can pass down from generation to generation, and are always in high demand.”
“I would definitely recommend a 32cm Kelly bag in black box leather and golden hardware,” says Lalande, Hermes expert at second-hand luxury goods specialists Collector Square, who himself has personally collaborated with Hermès for over twenty years in search of ancient pieces for the house. “Black and 32cm because it is the most timeless colour and size; box leather because it is among the most resistant leathers and no longer produced so rare.
“Regarding a Birkin bag, I would recommend a 35cm Birkin bag – the most classic and convenient size – in Etoupe Togo leather with palladium hardware,” he adds. “Etoupe is a very specific and iconic Hermès colour – between grey and taupe – and always goes with the palladium hardware. Togo leather gives a more flexible shape and feel to the Birkin bag.”
Sophie Hersan, Co-Founder of Vestiaire Collective, recommends forward-thinking styles as a good juxtaposition between traditional styling and modern wearability. “I would suggest a classic Kelly 25cm or 28cm,” she says. “Both designs are crossbody and very on-trend.”
An under-the-radar design that often gets overlooked is the Hermès Herbag design. Instantly recognisable as an Hermès style, and regularly referred to as ‘The Kelly Bag’s little sister’, the Herbag – made from durable, modern canvas and trimmed in cowhide leather – is a great starting point for a classic Hermès bag and can be picked up for as little as £600 on the second-hand market.
Senior Vice President of Moda Operandi, Jodi Kaplan, gets to the root of what purchasing a bag is really all about, following your heart: “My personal advice is to buy what you love and what speaks to you best.”
Where do you buy an Hermès bag?
While Hermès have a huge variety of bags available to buy online, due to the rarity and difficulty many customers face in purchasing an Hermès Birkin or Kelly bag from store direct, many consumers look to second-hand luxury dealers and consignment stores that offer authenticated bags in excellent condition. ‘Waiting lists’ no longer exist at Hermès stores, and it’s the limited availability of the bags that is just one of the aspects of why demand has risen so much in recent years.