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Hermes Birkin and Kelly SALE!

Because nothing says “I love you” like an Hermès bag… We’re having a Birkin and Kelly sale, just in time for Valentine’s Day!

If you’ve been dreaming of owning a Birkin or a Kelly bag, now is your chance. We have more than 100 pristine and pre-owned bags for sale, including some hard-to-find items, like Kelly Clutches and Mini Kelly Pochettes. But hurry! Sale ends this Friday, February 5th.

To help you make informed decisions about your purchases, we’ve compiled these helpful list of Hermès-related topics. And as usual, if you have any questions about the bag(s), you can email us at, call us at 1.877.962.2398, or live chat with one of our customer care specialists.

Happy shopping!

Birkin Bags

History of the Birkin bag

Everything You Need to Know About the Hermès Birkin Bag

Birkin Bags

Why Are Birkin Bags More Expensive in the Secondary Market?

Popular Birkin colors

The 10 Most Popular Birkin Colors


Kelly Bags

Everything you need to know about the Hermès Kelly Bag

Everything You Need to Know About the Hermès Kelly Bag

Kelly Sellier vs Kelly Retourne

Kelly Sellier vs. Kelly Retourne


Birkin and Kelly bags available on

The Difference Between Birkin and Kelly Bags

Hermès Fjord Leather

The 10 Most Popular Hermès Leathers and Skins


The History of Hermès


A History of Hermes; a Timeline [Infographic]

The French house of Hermes has a history firmly established in saddlery and fine equestrian leather goods. From its 1837 beginnings in a small workshop in Paris, to creating the most exclusive handbag in the world, Hermès has certainly come a long way. Learn about the history of Hermès with this brief infographic, or dig deeper into the story of this French luxury house in the timeline below.

When searching for authentic, pristine and pre-owned Hermès bags and accessories, including Birkin bags, Kelly bags, CDC bracelets, scarves, and more, visit us at

Hermes Timeline

A History of Hermes Timeline ,starts with Thierry HermesThierry Hermès


1801. Thierry Hermès is born in Krefeld, Germany, to Thierry Hermès, a French immigrant father and Agnese Kuhnen, who was German. Krefeld is known as the Stadt wie Samt und Seide, or “City of Velvet  and Silk” in Germany, because of its textile industry. (1)

1827. Thierry Hermes moves to Pont Audemer, north of Paris, where he learns the trade of leather making, and begins making harnesses.

1831. Thierry and his wife, Petronille Pierrtant (1805-1896) welcome their first son, Charles-Émile Hermès (1831-1876).

1837. Thierry Hermès establishes the French house of Hermès, in a workshop in Paris’ 9th arrondisement.

1855. Hermes win the First Class Medal of the Exposition in Paris (4).

1859. Charles-Emile Hermes takes over the Hermes workshop.

1867. Hermès wins a first class medal at the Exposition Universelle (4).

1878. Thierry Hermes passes.

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Difference Between Birkin and Kelly bags; a fact sheet and infographic

We get asked about the difference between the Hermès Birkin and Kelly bags quite often, so we’ve decided to put together a handy guide and simple infographic to help you tell them apart. Although both bags come with their pros and cons, choosing one over the other is ultimately a very personal decision. However, we hope we can help you decide which bag bests fits your lifestyle.

The Kelly Bag

The difference between Birkin and Kelly

- The Kelly bag is the oldest of the two, and the easiest way to tell it apart from the Birkin is by the number of handles. The Kelly is a top handle bag, meaning it only has one handle.

See: Everything You Need to Know About the Hermès Kelly Bag

- The Kelly comes with a detachable shoulder straps, which allow for hands free carrying. This is a great bag for busy moms, or anybody who likes having their hands free.

- The Hermès Kelly bag can be dressed up or dressed down, depending on the ocassion. There are two types of Kelly bags: Sellier and Retourne; the Sellier is usually considered a dressier, more structured bag, but the Retourne looks great with any casual outfit.

See: The Kelly Debate; Kelly Sellier vs. Kelly Retourne

- Compared to the Birkin, the Kelly is not as wide, so it fits less.

- The Kelly bag also comes in two more presentations: the elongated Kelly Cut, also known as Kelly Clutch, and the mini Kelly Pochette, both on which can be found on PORTERO.

- Although we’ve seen some daring women carry their Kelly bags open, most women carry them close, since their contents could easily fall out.

Hermes Kelly bags available on PORTERO.comPre-owned Hermès Anemone Togo Kelly 35cm with Palladium Hardware $15,345. Pre-owned Hermès Soufre Epsom Kelly 32cm with Palladium Hardware $15,750. Hermès Blue Atoll Togo Kelly 32cm with Palladium Hardware $17,500. Pre-owned Hermès Black Lizard Kelly 28cm with Gold Hardware $28,000

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Hermès Himalayan and Diamonds Birkin

Everything You Need to Know About the Hermès Birkin Bag

In honor of Jane Birkin’s birthday, we’re taking a look at the history of the iconic handbag named after her, sometimes referred to as “The Holy Grail of Handbags,” the Hermès Birkin Bag.

Jane Birkin

Jane Birkin (1946-) is an English singer and actress, based in France, known for movies like “Histoire de Melody Nelson,” “Death on the Nile,” and “Je t’aime…moi non plus.” She is also known for her 12-year relationship with renowned French actor, singer, poet, writer, and all around artist, Serge Gainsbourg. Jane Birkin’s beauty and sex appeal made her a popular fashion icon. Because of her haute-hippie style and free spirit, she was often photographed carrying a straw basket, which she used in lieu of a regular handbag.

Hermès Birkin History

Birkin bags available on PORTERO.comPre-owned Rouge Vif Veau Grain Lisse Birkin with Gold Hardware $8,135. Pre-owned White Clemence Birkin 35 with Palladium Hardware $9,175. Pre-owned Blue Jean Birkin with Palladium Hardware $9,245. Pre-owned Noisette Swift Birkin with Gold Hardware $9,400.


The History – a Chance Encounter

Jane Birkin and her Birkin bag

In 1981, Hermès’ chief executive, Jean-Louis Dumas, sat next to Birkin on a short Paris – London flight. They say Birkin attempted to place her straw bag in the overhead compartment of her first-class seat, but all the contents fell to the floor, and she had to scramble to get them. She complained about not being able to find a leather weekend bag to fit her style. The legend says the two of them designed a bag together, sketching it on an air sickness bag, but we have no way to prove that.

What we do know is that the Hermès Birkin bag was first introduced in 1984, and its design was based on an 1892 bag called “Haute Courroies,” the same bag that inspired the much younger Hermès Kelly bag.

Read: Everything You Need to Know About the Hermès Kelly Bag

Hermes Birkin bags available on PORTERO.comPre-owned Blue Izmir Birkin 30cm with Palladium Goldware $13,900. Bougainvillea Epsom Birkin 35cm with Gold Hardware $17,500. Raisin Togo Birkin 25 cm with Gold Hardware $19,374. Craie Togo Birkin 25 cm with Gold Hardware $17,613

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Everything you need to know about the Hermès Kelly Bag

Everything You Need to Know About the Hermès Kelly Bag

In honor of Grace Kelly’s birthday, we’re taking a look at the history of the iconic handbag named after her: the Hermès Kelly bag.

The History

The original Grace Kelly BagThe original Hermès Kelly handbag, in exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Photo: REX FEATURES


The very first prototype for the Kelly bag was introduced circa 1892, as a bag to hold saddles; Hermès does have a equine background, after all, which was called “Haut à courroies.” In 1923, Emille Maurice Hermès redesigned the “Haut à courroies” bag for his wife; it was smaller, but still big enough to hold saddle. It wasn’t until the 1930s when Hermès’ son-in-law, Robert Dumas, remade the “Haut à courroies” into the “Sac à dépêche,” a simple yet  stylish bag, with a trapezoid shape, closed with two straps, and four studs on the bottom, allowing the bag to remain upright when placed on a flat surface.

Hermès Kelly bags available on PORTERO.comBlack Togo Kelly 28cm with Gold Hardware $19,750. Blue Paradis Swift Kelly Pochette with Palladium Hardware $24,500. Vintage Orange H Kelly 32cm with Gold Hardware $7,300. Craie Swift Kelly Cut with Gold Hardware $14,995.


The Princess

Grace Kelly Bag

Grace Patricia Kelly (1929-1982) was an American Hollywood actress, best known for her roles in films like High Noon, To Catch a Thief, and High Society. In 1956, she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco, and Grace Kelly became Princess of Monaco, a sovereign state in the French Riviera that, although independent from France, speaks the same language and maintains a similar joie de vivre. The story of the American actress turned princess captivated thousands across the world, and nobody could deny her beauty, elegance, and style.

In the 1995 Alfred Hitchcock film, “To Catch a Thief,” Grace Kelly, who played a millionaire’s spoiled daughter, carried Hermès’ “Sac à dépêches,” and instantly loved it. After marrying Prince Rainier, Grace used her Hermès bag to hide her growing pregnant belly from the paparazzi. Soon, the public started associating this handbag with Grace Kelly and began calling it the “Kelly Bag.”  However, it wasn’t until 1977 that Hermès officially rebaptize the Sac à dépêches as the Kelly bag.

Hermès Kelly bags available on PORTERO.comLimited Edition Kelly Flag 32cm White and Blue Thalassa $19,999. Green Bamboo Kelly 28cm with Palladium Hardware $13,999. Rose Confetti Epsom Kelly Pochette $17,600. Pre-owned Berenia and Rouge Toile Couvertures Horse Print Kelly 32cm $24,999.


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Why are Birkin Bags More Expensive in the Secondary Market?

Hermès Birkin bags

Out of all the coveted luxury items in the world, the Hermès Birkin is the most desired handbag. Sometimes referred to as “The Holy Grail” of handbags, the Birkin is a symbol of status, taste, and affluence. First created in 1984, and named after British actress and singer Jane Birkin, the demand for this handbag, more than 20 years later, is sky-high. The Birkin was not an immediate hit, but it became very popular in the 90s, when there was a boom of “It” handbags. In the 2001 episode of Sex and the City, Samantha tries to purchase a Birkin, only to be told there was a five-year wait list.

“It’s not a bag, it’s a Birkin,” said the sales associate.

Read: The 10 Most Popular Hermès Birkin Colors

A huge part of the appeal of the Birkin is that not everyone can get their hands on one. “There is no guarantee that you can ever walk into an Hermès boutique and walk out with a Birkin,” says Elizabeth Bernstein, Senior  Senior Director of Handbags and accessories of “Now, if you are a very good customer, spend loads on other Hermès items, and develop a good relationship with a Sales Associate, you might get added to the wait list.  If you do get on the list it can take up to two years to have your bag made.” Although demand is high, quantities are low.

So what is a woman, dying to get her hands on a Birkin, to do? She can purchase an authentic Hermès Birkin in the secondary market, from trusted sellers, like PORTERO. At an Hermès boutique, Birkin bags start at $10,000 and go up to six figures for more exotic skins and materials. In the secondary market, however, there is a premium for Birkin bags.

Birkin Bags available on PORTERO.comRouge Casaque Epsom Birkin 30cm with Palladium Hardware $21,500. Tangerine Ostrich Birkin 30cm with Palladium Hardware $40,000. Pre-Owned Kiwi Epson Birkin 35cm with Palladium Hardware $16,995. Emerald Green Shiny Nilo Crocodile Birkin 30cm with Gold Hardware $109,000.


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Kelly Sellier vs Kelly Retourne

The Kelly Debate; Kelly Sellier vs. Kelly Retourne

Hermès is known for offering its customers not only the best quality materials and highest levels of craftmanship, but the maison also prides itself in providing its clients with countless options- so many that it can sometimes be overwhelming. But that’s what we’re here for, to make navigating the luxury market an easy task.

There are many things to consider when buying an Hermès Kelly bag, but a topic that’s not highly discussed is the debate between Kelly Sellier vs. Kelly Retourne. At first, the two Kelly bags might seem to only differ in color, but if you look closer, you’ll see they have different shapes. Let’s take a closer look at each Kelly.

Orange H Kelly Sellier


Here we have a pristine Orange H Kelly 32cm in Epsom leather, priced at $19,000, available on (no waitlist, ever). The Kelly Sellier, or “rigid” Kelly has a boxy, structured look. The Kelly Sellier’s side stitches show on the outside, and because of the rigorous crafting process, the Sellier is usually priced higher than the Retourne. The sharper edges give the Kelly Sellier an air of chic formality. Because of its shape and the strong leathers used, like Epsom and Box, Kelly Sellier bags hold their shape exceptionally well as time goes by.

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Blue Atoll Kelly 32

Here, we have a pristine Blue Atoll Kelly 32cm in Togo leather, also available for purchase on As you can see, the Retourne version, also refered to as “souple,” has softer, more rounded corners. Its slouchy feel make it a favorite among Hermès lovers who enjoy wearing Kellys on an every day basis, to compliment a more casual wardrobe. All Kellys are made to be Selliers, but right before the process is done, the Hermès artisan working on the bag will turn the bag inside out. This is why the side stitches on the Kelly Retourne are on the inside.

No matter your choice of Kelly, you can be sure to find one to fit your lifestyle on Check out our Hermès Kelly selection!


Top 10 Most Popular Hermès Leathers and Skins

A guide to the Top 10 Most Popular Hermès Leathers and Skins (in alphabetical order)

By Elizabeth Bernstein,‘s Senior Director of Handbags and Accessories

1. Alligator

Hermès AlligatorHermès Bleu de Malte Matte Alligator Birkin Bag (SOLD). Hermès Bordeaux Shiny Alligator Kelly Pochette (SOLD) $33,000


Not to be confused with Crocodile, Hermès’ alligator skin is available in both Matte and Lisse (shiny). Physically, the main difference between alligator and crocodile is that alligator has a type of webbing pattern in the scales, and the scales are less uniform (see crocodile below).

Hermès Alligator Bags available on PORTERO.comBlue Saint Cyr Matte Alligator Birkin 25cm with Gold Hardware $88,000. Orange Poppy Shiny Alligator Mini Constance 18cm with Gold Hardware $37,400. Ficelle Shiny Alligator Kelly Pochette with Palladium Hardware $32,750. Bordeaux Shiny Alligator Mini Constance 18 with Rouge H Lizard H $35,200.


2. Box Calf Leather

Hermès Box Calf LeatherPre-owned Hermès Brique Box Calf Kelly $7,500


Also known as veau leather, Box Calf is Hermès’ oldest leather. Box Calf is very smooth with a glossy finish. It’s a very structured hard leather that holds shape well. It can blister if it gets wet, so be cautious around water, and be sure to use a raincoat. Be careful not to make large scratches to the leather as it is smooth and will detract from its beauty. If the leather does get scratched, the item can be taken to the Hermès boutique for servicing, which will reduce the appearance of scratches and blemishes.

Hermès Box Calf Leather bags available on PORTERO.comPre-owned Raisin Box Kelly 32cm with Gold Hardware $10,500. Vintage Black Box Calf Kelly 32cm with Gold Hardware $4,850. Vintage Dark Brown Mini Kelly 20cm with Gold Hardware $3,850. Vintage Navy Blue Box Hermès Constance 23cm with Gold Hardware $9,000.


3. Clemence

Hermès Clemence Leather Hermès Blue Paradise Clemence Birkin  (SOLD) $21,500. Hermès Plomb Clemence Kelly (SOLD) $18,500


Clemence is a soft, buttery calfskin with a nice even grain. It will not show scratches as a smooth leather would because of the grain, which is smoother and softer than other grainy leathers, with a nice light weight. Over time, if a Clemence leather bag is overloaded with heavy items, it can become slouchy, so be sure not to overload your bags.

Hermès Clemence Leather handbags available on PORTERO.comCapucine Clemence Etribelt bag $4,600. Pre-owned Brown Ebene Clemence Picotin PM $1,080. Orange Poppy Clemence Birkin 30cm with Gold Hardware $21,500. Pre-owned Etain Clemence Evelyne 3 PM $3,980


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A Bright Start to the New Year

Out with the old and in with Pantone’s color of the year: Radiant Orchid! We’ve been inspired by the endless hues of this year’s enticing and confident color.  From Hermès to Nancy Gonzalez, you can spot 2014’s color in an array of gorgeous totes, shoulder bags, clutches, and jewelry at

Shop our inspired collection here:

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Just in: Classic Black Hermès Birkin

Right out of the box — one of the pristine black Birkins that you can find on Portero.

Shop Birkins here.

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