Hermes Kelly Retourne Bag
Size 28 / Tabac / Clemence Leather
Our Price $12,000.00
Hermes Tabac Veau Taurillon Clemence Leather Kelly 28 Retourne Bag with Palladium Hardware
The history of the Hermes Kelly bag dates back to 1930. A century after the house of Hermès opened the doors of its saddle-making workshops, Robert Dumas created a small bag with straps for ladies. Several years later the Retourne technique was developed - sewing the bag backwards and turning it inside out, like a glove. But it wasn't until 1956 when Grace Kelly famously hid her baby bump behind her Hermès bag that it was officially crowned the 'Kelly'. Since then the Hermes Kelly bag has been curated by collectors the world over and remains one of the most coveted handbags in fashion history.
The craftsmanship that goes into the Hermes Kelly bag is extraordinary. Namely, thirty-six leather pieces assembled by a single devoted craftsman. Six-hundred-and-eighty hand stitches, sixteen small studs, a padlock, a swivel clasp and a clochette all assembled in 25 hours. Each bag is a work of art.
This Tabac Kelly is crafted from one of the most sought after leather types, Veau Taurillon Clemence. Named in tribute to the daughter of the designer who introduced it into the collections, this leather was developed for luggage and is the ultimate example of a grained leather that has been drummed. This process softens the skin and brings a generous grain to the surface. It first appeared in Hermes collections in 1992 and has a semi-matte appearance which is soft to the touch and becomes beautifully supple over time. In the classic camel beige hue of Tabac and in the most coveted size 28, this bag is a true collectible.
L Square Stamp (Year 2008)
Measures: W 28cm x H 21.5cm x D12cm
Condition: Good condition, light wear to corners, scratches to hardware, some smoothing of leather grain, some misshaping to leather on exterior from internal pockets, some tiny scratches to leather, some light seasoning to interior.
Comes with: Shoulder strap (with dust bag), clochette/lock/keys (with dust bag), leather booklet, Hermes SPA receipt, rain jacket, dust bag, additional dust bag with image art transfer on it, ribbon, box (some damage to box) & PDF Certificate of Authenticity completed by Authenticate First.
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