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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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A French Connection; French Fashion Designers

What is it about the French that exemplifies elegance and sophistication? Is it something in the water, or the eau, is it the French air that makes French designers so effortlessly chic? French design is instantly recognizable by the clean silhouettes, and minimalist approach. The French truly believe that “Less is More,” after all, it was Mademoiselle Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel who first said “Before you go out, always take something off.” Get to know our Top 5 French Fashion Designers and maisons (in alphabetical order).

1. Cartier

CartierPre-owned Cartier Small Tank Francaise Watch $2,460. Cartier Ballon Bleu Watch with Diamonds $49,500.  Pre-owned Cartier Pasha C Watch $3,700. Pre-Owned Cartier Trinity Ring $8,200.

The “Jeweler to Kings and King of Jewelers,” Cartier was founded  in 1847, when Louis-François Cartier inherited a jewelry workshop in Paris from his master. However, it was his grandsons, Louis, Pierre, and Jacques, who are responsible for making Cartier a world-renowned brand. In 1904, Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont complained to his friend, Louis Cartier, how unreliable pocket watches were when flying. And so, Cartier designed a flat watch that could be worn around the wrist, with a distinctive square bezel, and Cartier’s first men’s wristwatch was born: The “Santos.”

Cartier timepieces are the pure definition of sophistication. From the sleek elegant lines of a Cartier Tank to the masculine details on the Cartier Roadster, each Cartier watch model is a true classic.

In addition to creating iconic timepieces, Cartier has created some of the most coveted jewelry of all time, including the iconic LOVE collection.

Read: The Story Behind the LOVE Collection.

2. Chanel


Pre-owned Chanel Classic Flap Bag $2,100. Chanel Purple Leather Bracelet $699. Chanel Diamond Watch $8,120. Chanel Pink Ombrè WOC $3,200.  Gold ChanelBoy Bag $7,500.

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel had a very humble start in life, but now she is one of the most important people in the history of fashion. She began her business in 1909, when she opened a hat shop in Paris, which was very popular among ladies of society. A year later, she opened a bigger hat shop at 31 Rue Cambon, and two years later, Coco was selling pret-a-porter women’s clothes. Tired of the unnatural and uncomfortable fashion of the time, mademoiselle Chanel introduced a revolutionary line of clothing made out of jersey and other comfortable materials, that allowed women ease of movement.

Chanel further liberated women’s hands by creating the first bag with long straps, for toting leisure, when she created the Flap bag, one of the most recognizable handbags in the world. Today, the Chanel maison thrives under the direction of Karl Lageferld, continuing to surprise its devotees season after season, but while still keeping the elegance and sophistication first envisioned by Mademoiselle Chanel.

Also see: How to Care for your Chanel bag.

Read: Five Things to Know When Buying Vintage Chanel.

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Red Coral- Hottest Hue in the Vintage Market

Red Coral


The hottest color in the secondary market right now is red coral. Although corals can be found in different hues, like pink, black, white, and yellow, red is the most sought after color. Red coral has been used in decorative items for thousands of years. It is believed that red coral has healing properties, prevents bad fortune, strengthens the circulatory system and nourishes blood cells. In addition, the color red is highly stimulating visually, lifting the mood and protecting from depression and anxiety. Whether or not you believe in the healing properties of red coral, one thing cannot be denied: its beauty.

We have some beautiful coral and red coral items on Below are some of our favorite ones:

1. Vintage Cocktail Earrings $3,495. Bold and elegant, these vintage estate earrings (circa 1940s-1950s) are beautifully crafted in 18 karat yellow gold, coral, turquoise, sapphires, and round brilliant cut diamonds, embedded into a whimsical leaf-inspired cocktail mount.

2. Vintage Coral Branch Necklace $695. This vintage coral necklace is finished with a 14k yellow gold clasp. The long strand, measuring 39 inches, can be worn as one long necklace, or wrapped as a double strand. The branches of coral give any outfit a wonderful look.

3. Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Ring $4,400.  This delicate vintage coral and diamond ring by Van Cleef & Arpels (circa 1990) is set with one round brilliant diamond, weighing approximately .05 cts. The coral Alhambra ring is particularly rare to find, and due to the rarity of coral, it’s no longer produced by Van Cleef & Arpels.

4. Hermès Bougainvillea Clemence 40cm Birkin $18,500. This Bougainvillea Birkin 40cm in Clemence leather is an extremely rare find. Produced in 2009 as a limited edition color, this bag is no longer available in stores, but can be purchased on The 40cm size makes it perfect for travel. The beautiful red coral color will surely compliment any wardrobe.

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How to Find the Perfect Gift on

Buying the perfect gift is not easy, there are many factors to consider and there’s always the fear our loved one will end up disliking our gift and never use it. But there’s no need to fear anymore- with thousands of items on, ranging from small luxury accessories to luxury travel trunks, you are bound to find something your loved one will cherish forever.

We’ve put together a little guide to make the gift selecting process a lot easier.

1. Look at the CONDITION

Pristine Louis Vuitton Damier Petite MalleLouis Vuitton Damier Ebene Petite Malle $6,750


On PORTERO we have both pristine and pre-loved luxury items, ranging from Pristine to Good Condition. Pristine items will be in “like new” condition with no signs of wear, and will, in most cases, come with all accessories and box; exactly as it would come if you had purchased it directly from the store. Items in Excellent condition have very little wear, and any imperfections will be listed in the description. Very Good items will be in very good condition for their age, and Good condition will appear mildly to moderately worn.

Be sure you review the item completely to make sure it’s what you’re looking for.

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The ABCs of PORTERO- Part 1

Get to know, your online source for authentic, pristine and pre-owned luxury handbags and accessories.

A is for Alexis Clarbour, director of

Alexis Clarbour, Director of

A born and bred New Yorker, Alexis began her career in finance, working as a Nasdaq trader, before making the move to the luxury market. One of her first luxury splurges was a Tod’s bag, many years ago. Most recently, she purchased a Damier Azur Louis Vuitton Neverfull, “Perfect for summer,” she said, from PORTERO. If she could travel anywhere in the world, she would go to Bali, but without her phone! Alexis loves spending time with her son, and the most prized thing on her desk is a note from him, when he was four.

Alexis’ favorite item on the site is a Blue Atoll Kelly 35 in Togo Leather.


B is for Birkin bags

Shiny Crocodile BirkinShiny Crocodile 30 cm Birkin $82,00o


Many consider Hermès Birkin bags to be the holy grail of all handbags. With the high demand and low supply, it can take years to acquire a Birkin from a boutique. is one of the only online destinations where you can find authentic, pristine and pre-loved Hermès Birkins, without having to get on a waiting list. This explains why sometimes you will see higher prices on the newer bags; because instead of waiting, you can get one immediately, sent right to your door.

C is for Chanel

Classic Chanel Flap Bag available on PORTERO.comVintage Chanel Jumbo Classic Flap Bag $4,600


Chanel has immortalized itself as one of the world’s most chic and classic brands, completely in tune with modern times, while keeping its classic and timeless appeal. At PORTERO you can find everything from the Classic Chanel Flaps, to Chanel Boy Bags, to beautiful Chanel  jewelry.

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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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Popular Birkin colors

The 10 Most Popular Hermès Birkin Colors

In the House of Hermès, purple is not purple, but Anemone, or Parme. Blue is not blue, but Blue Atoll, Mykonos, or Ciel. When it’s time to shop for a Birkin you can choose different leathers, different hardware, and of course, many different colors. But what are some of the most popular ones out there? Our Senior Director of Handbags and Accessories, Elizabeth Bernstein, gives us handy guide to the most popular Birkin bag colors.

Please note colors look different on all computer screens. Lightning and photography equipment also play a big part. 

Read: Top 10 Most Popular Hermès Leathers and Skins.


Black Birkin


The classiest of colors. If you’re a first-time Birkin buyer you can’t go wrong with black; it goes with everything!

Black Birkin bags available on PORTERO.comPre-owned Black Birkin Troika with Gold Hardware $12,360. Black Togo Birkin 30cm with Palladium Hardware $21,950. Black Togo Birkin 25cm with Gold harware $22,000. Black Porosus Shiny Crocodile Birkin with Palladium Hardware $52,000


Gold Birkin bag


Gold is actually the Hermès’ signature camel color, not to be confused with gold metallic. This color is one of Hermès’ oldest and classiest. It goes with everything as it’s a perfect neutral camel color.

Gold Birkin bags available on PORTEROGold Togo Birkin 30cm with Gold Hardware $21,500. Pre-owned Gold Togo Birkin 35cm with Palladium Hardware $9.785. Gold Togo Birkin 35cm with Gold Hardware $26,775. Vintage Gold Ardennes Birkin 55cm $11,995.


Orange H

Orange H Birkin bag


Orange H is the most famous Hermès color. It is their signature orange, which is highly representative of Hermès because of their orange boxes. Surprisingly enough, this color is also a good neutral to be paired with tan, brown, blues, greens, reds, etc. Hermès adopted the Orange H in the 1960s, when they were inspired by the Orient and their mysticism.

Orange H Birkin bagsPre-owned Orange H Clemence Birkin 35cm with Palladium Hardware $9,940. Orange H Togo Birkin with Gold Hardware $19,995. Orange H Togo Birkin with Palladium Hardware $16,999.

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The Five Brands with Staying Power in the Secondary Luxury Market

Here at PORTERO we don’t want to just help you find the best luxury items, but we want to educate you on the secondary market, on what makes a great purchase, and which luxury accessories will hold their value over time.

“The secondary marketplace is very much like a commodity. Brands and their collections gain and lose value based on specific factors,” says Alexis Clarbour, the director of For example, you may pay full retail price on a certain bag, only to sell it a few years later and find out it has lost more than half of its retail value. The demand for certain brands and items varies over time, but there are five brands that have staying power in the secondary luxury market; meaning they are always in demand, and, should you wish to resell your items, will always get you a good profit.

Brands with Staying Power


  1. Bulgari. We have noticed an increase of interest in Bulgari, especially the Serpenti and Tubogas collections. The brand is also known for their colored gemstones, like these 18K yellow gold and pink tourmaline earrings.
  2. Cartier. Cartier is known for its fine jewelry and watches. The Cartier LOVE Bracelet, an iconic symbol of love, is a highly coveted piece that is in huge demand in the secondary market.
  3. Rolex. One of the brand’s most popular model; the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, is one of the most sought after timepieces by luxury watch lovers. It’s a great collector’s item that will undoubtedly hold its value over time.
  4. Chanel. As Chanel retail prices continue to rise, Chanel handbags and accessories, like this still Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag, can be found at excellent price points in the secondary marketplace.
  5. Birkin bag. It’s very hard to purchase a Birkin bag directly from Hermès, due to the high demand and low supply. However, you can find many Birkin bags in the secondary marketplace (here at PORTERO we have more than one hundred), which you can buy immediately; without having to get on a wait list. “If [a Birkin bag] is in excellent or pristine condition…one can receive a high premium to retail for that bag,” says our director, Alexis Clarbour. To find out more, see our feature on

The Perfect Gifts for Mom

Give your mom something to smile about this Mother’s Day by getting her something she’ll always treasure. Here at PORTERO we have great options for that special woman you love so much. Louis Vuitton… Hermès… Classic timepieces… See them all in our in our complete Mother’s Day Gift guide.

Get your mom: Anything Louis Vuitton

A Louis Vuitton handbag is a classic staple every woman should own. It’s a piece that will never go out of style, and that can be dressed up or dressed down, depending on the occasion. The most classic shapes are the Speedy and the Neverfull. At PORTERO you can find all types of Louis Vuitton handbags in monogram and Damier patterns, as well as  different materials, including their classic canvas and Epi leather.

Louis Vuitton

Get your mom: Hermès Accessories

Hermès is the epitome of esteemed craftsmanship. This maison is widely known for leather goods and fine silk scarves. Each scarf is like wearing a piece of art around your neck.  Moms will also love a bracelet, a belt, or an enamel bangle.


Get your mom: Designer Jewelry

This Mother’s Day, surprise your mom with something shiny and classic. At Portero we have many choices to fit your needs – whether your mom loves vintage jewelry, the classics, (think Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels), or contemporary pieces.

Shine bright, like a diamond

Get your mom: A Timepiece

Thank your mom this Mother’s Day with the gift of time. The timepieces on PORTERO are classic collector pieces that are wonderful for both first-time watch buyers and watch enthusiasts with large collections.

Forever is composed of nows
Forever is composed of nows by portero featuring a diamond bracelet

Perfectly Prada

Here’s an unusually casual Rihanna in Italy this week. Although her red hair is pretty hard to ignore, I think it’s her cute ostrich Prada bag that’s the standout. Ostrich is a super durable material that has an inherently chic pattern worked in naturally, and some of my favorite bags right now–in all colors and sizes–are made from it. Whether you’re looking for a similar Prada bag (try this Runway Bauletto Cervo Patch Naturale Satchel on for size) or something in ostrich (see below), it’s good to know that a signature tote can really make the outfit.

Here’s my ostrich faves of the moment:

HERMÈS Saffron Ostrich 35cm Birkin Bag with Gold Hardware. The gold standard of ostrich bags in a warm, neutral color.

OSCAR DE LA RENTA Grey Ostrich Clutch. It’s totally minimal and very chic.

BODHI Genuine Ostrich 13″ Laptop Sleeve. It’s a total splurge, but the acid orange makes carrying your computer around super fun.

Image via JustJared

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