Created in the 1930s by Robert Dumas, one of the heirs of Hermès (also the origin of the famous silk squares of the house), this model which will become the first “it-bag” of the history, was not not originally called the KELLY.
This handbag, with it’s rigorous style, is not very mainstream at the time, it catches the attention of the chicissime Grace Kelly in a selection of accessories for Alfred Hitchcok’s The Hand to the Collar (police film in which the actress embodies Frances Stevens, a rich heiress on vacation on the French Riviera falling under the charm of a beautiful burglar, John Robie, played by Cary Grant).
Grace immediately adopts this handbag in her daily life and orders a couple. But it as Princess of Monaco after her marriage with Prince Rainier III, that Grace Kelly, then pregnant with his daughter Caroline, that she is immortalized on the cover of the American magazine LIFE, protecting herself from the paparazzi by means of her Hermes bag . The photo will go around the world and the handbag is therefore known as KELLY.
The legend lives on and the declinations of sizes (from 15 to 50), the variety of peausseries (leather togo, box, ostrich or alligator …), the diversity of colors ( “chalk”, “blue Mykonos” or “green Veronese “…) which are proposed by the Hermès house now leave free all the follies and even the choice of a clasp and a padlock of paved diamonds. It is certainly not the ever-growing number of clients from around the world, often waiting two years after placing their order before receiving their sublime KELLY, that will contradict me…