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.
Here we have a pristine Orange H Kelly 32cm in Epsom leather, priced at $19,000, available on PORTERO.com (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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Here, we have a pristine Blue Atoll Kelly 32cm in Togo leather, also available for purchase on PORTERO.com. 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 PORTERO.com. Check out our Hermès Kelly selection!
A guide to the Top 10 Most Popular Hermès Leathers and Skins (in alphabetical order)
By Elizabeth Bernstein, PORTERO.com‘s Senior Director of Handbags and Accessories
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).
2. Box Calf Leather
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.
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.
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 Portero.com.
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Right out of the box — one of the pristine black Birkins that you can find on Portero.
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Win your dream bag! We’ve partnered with PopSugar and ShopStyle to giveaway this pre-owned red Hermès Kelly. The bag has been around since 1935. Originally known as the Sac à Dépêches, it was renamed the Kelly in 1956 after Princess Grace Kelly carried it to discreetly cover her pregnancy.
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The Hermès Birkin HAC is short for Haut à Courroies, which means high belts in French. These Birkins are slightly taller with shorter straps. Designed in late 1800s, they were designated for transporting riding gear. Today, the larger bags are ideal for travel. Bon weekend!
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A vision in white: A Hermès Bolide in leather and toile.
Toughen up a vintage watch — such as this Cartier Tank — with a Hermès leather bracelet. (This one is a Double Tour Rivale.)
We though you could use a mid-week pick-me up: This Hermès scarf can brighten up any doldrums. Wearable art, for sure. (Spotted in Milan by our director of handbags Elizabeth Bernstein.)
A red Balenciaga bag with an orange Hermès Cuff de Chien (CDC) — the ultimate rockstar look.