Replica Hermes Kelly Bag

The Kelly bag is so named after the actress Grace Kelly when in 1956, the then Princess of Monaco used one of her two favorite Hermès bags to shield her pregnancy from the paparazzi.

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Make this Hermès Kelly Bag from two sheets of card stock. Use it as a gift bag for a small present for a special friend. Personalize it any way you want. Paint it, print it on colored stock, or add your own custom elements. Let your creativity go wild.

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This craft project is not for the faint of heart. It looks pretty intricate and I have not actually tried to make this bag. Maybe you should use plain old inkjet paper for your first one because that would be much easier to fold.

These origami Kelly bags would be fabulous place cards for your holiday table or fancy dinner party with a small gift inside for each female guest.

Thanks for stopping by the cottage today. This post is a classic reBlog brought back by popular demand. Have fun crafting your Kelly bag.

Inspired by the icon, Grace Kelly of Monaco, the Hermès Kelly is one of the most desired handbags in the world. Similar to the Hermès Birkin, it is crafted by one highly trained artisan. Every piece of leather and hardware is greatly scrutinized to ensure perfection. The Hermès Kelly is carefully hand stitched. Subsequently, you will not see an even lined stitch throughout the bag. Portero has an array of Hermès Kelly bags in various colors, leather, and hardware. Each Hermès Kelly bag is under the Portero Promise, guaranteeing authenticity and quality

What is a Kelly bag?

The Kelly bag (formerly known as the Sac à dépêches) is a leather handbag designed by the Paris-based, high-fashion luxury-goods manufacturer Hermès. Originally a saddle holder, it was redesigned several times before it was popularized by and then named after the American actress and Monégasque princess Grace Kelly.

How much is the Hermes Kelly bag?

I receive a lot of questions about the Kelly bag and Hermes bags in general, so today I’m making my best efforts to address a few of the most frequently asked in this post! I’d like to caveat that I am definitely not an expert. I only have a few items and have been buying Hermes on and off for about a decade or so. I have tried my best to share my perspectives here, derived from my own experiences. I hope this is useful for some of you!

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What size do you recommend?

Kelly Size Dimensions
Kelly 15 15 cm x 11 cm x 5 cm
Kelly 20 20 cm x 16 cm x 10 cm
Kelly 25 25 cm x 19 cm x 9 cm
Kelly 28 28 cm x 22 cm x 10 cm
Kelly 32 32 cm x 23 cm x 10.5 cm
Kelly 35 35 cm x 24 cm x 12 cm
Kelly 40 40 cm x 28 cm x 16 cm
Kelly 50 50 cm x 34 cm x 25 cm

Hermes makes quite a few different sizes of Kelly bags – 15cm, 20cm, 25cm, 28cm, 32cm, 35cm, 40cm being the most commonly referenced. The sizes I’ve bolded are probably the most popular, for the reason that they fit a reasonable amount without feeling “big”. I have the 28cm (in black) and the 32cm (in green/gray) and you can see how they compare in sizes above – they are quite close and fit a fairly similar amount.

I’m very happy to have both the 28cm and 32cm size and they both fit into my life. If I were just to choose one size though, it would be the 28cm. It is light and easy to carry, fits a decent amount but still is a small enough size to transition easily to evening.
What leather?

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My favorite leathers for a Kelly would be togo/clemence, chevre, and box. My gray Kelly is made in togo leather and it’s a lovely, hardy and soft leather that feels like a leather pillow! It also does great in the rain and is very hardy (unlike more delicate leathers, like the box). My recommendation for a box is strictly theoretical and in my head since I don’t have a bag in the leather. I have, however, fondled many a box Kelly and it is in my mind the quintessential combination. I’d love to have a bag in box one day.

My favorite leather however like many others is chevre – it’s water resistant, light as a feather, has a beautiful texture and takes color beautifully. I’d love to have more bags in chevre!

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THE HERMES KELLY BAG – SIZES AND GENERAL TIPS
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I receive a lot of questions about the Kelly bag and Hermes bags in general, so today I’m making my best efforts to address a few of the most frequently asked in this post! I’d like to caveat that I am definitely not an expert. I only have a few items and have been buying Hermes on and off for about a decade or so. I have tried my best to share my perspectives here, derived from my own experiences. I hope this is useful for some of you!

Sizes side by side
28cm (left) and 32cm (right)
What size do you recommend?

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Hermes makes quite a few different sizes of Kelly bags – 15cm, 20cm, 25cm, 28cm, 32cm, 35cm, 40cm being the most commonly referenced. The sizes I’ve bolded are probably the most popular, for the reason that they fit a reasonable amount without feeling “big”. I have the 28cm (in black) and the 32cm (in green/gray) and you can see how they compare in sizes above – they are quite close and fit a fairly similar amount.

I’m very happy to have both the 28cm and 32cm size and they both fit into my life. If I were just to choose one size though, it would be the 28cm. It is light and easy to carry, fits a decent amount but still is a small enough size to transition easily to evening.

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Sellier or return?

For a quick and dirty explanation, seller refers to the Kelly bags you see with very sharp edges/corners, while return refers to those bags with “softer” corners. All Birkins you see are return for example – there is no seller option there, which there is for Kelly bags. Both my Kellys are returned, which I personally prefer as I have a more casual lifestyle and return tends to fit more than seller style Kellys. That being said, to me a seller Kelly is the classic Kelly and can look very architectural and chic. They also tend to hold their shape better – Kelly bags in a size 35 or even 32 that are returned and made in a softer leather can “slouch” after some time.

What leather?

My favorite leathers for a Kelly would be to go/clemency, chevre, and box. My gray Kelly is made in Togo leather and it’s a lovely, hardy and soft leather that feels like a leather pillow! It also does great in the rain and is very hardy (unlike more delicate leathers, like a box). My recommendation for the box is strictly theoretical and in my head since I don’t have a bag in the leather. I have, however, fondled many a box Kelly and it is in my mind the quintessential combination. I’d love to have a bag in box one day.

My favorite leather however like many others is chevre – it’s water resistant, light as a feather, has a beautiful texture and takes color beautifully. I’d love to have more bags in chevre!

Sizing what fits

What fits in each?

Above is a photo of what I usually carry in each bag – the 32cm size on the right fits everything in front of the 28cm on the left, plus those items in front of the 32cm. The 28cm naturally, fits all the items in front of it.

In the 28, I usually have my sunglasses, wallet, notebook, phone, makeup bag, and keys (not pictured). In the 32, I can comfortable add my favorite treasured Kindle, some mints, and a snack bar (always a good idea, otherwise I end up ordering a breakfast burrito in the morning). I will add that I don’t like to overstuff my bags – I can never find anything when that occurs and I end up spilling everything out trying to answer my cell phone. You could probably fit more in each bag if you wanted but I would suggest not weighing them down too much!

Is the Kelly “easy” to carry?

Shopping, errands, day to day: I do bring a Kelly along with me on errands and it’s an easy bag for the purpose – there’s a shoulder strap, ample room, and a secure top so things don’t fall over in the car. However, I do have to say that if I’m carrying lots of items and taking things in and out frequently, I find a tote easier to wear – you don’t have to “unclasp” anything to get items out and there’s lots of room. On those days, I usually carry a Garden Party.

Travel: On most of my holidays, I like to walk around a lot but also worry about belongings being secure. I personally wouldn’t take my 32 Kelly on a city vacation – it can feel heavy after quite a few hours and the size is probably a “wee” bit too large for my preference, though I have a friend who used her 35 all throughout travels in Beijing/Hong Kong. The 28 size for me is perfect for city exploration.

Work: I carry my Kelly frequently to work! The design is still quite discreet and not so recognized as the Birkin. It carries everything I need on most days. On the days that I carry documents, I bring an open top tote instead.