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The Kelly

In the 1930s, Robert Dumas, son-in-law of Émile Hermès, whom he succeeded at the head of Hermès (1951-1978), created the women’s bag with straps.
He designed a trapezoid shape with two triangular gussets, a cutout flap, a handle and two side straps, and with it he brought the house into the era of boldness and modernism.
In the late 1950s, legend has it that Grace Kelly, a Hollywood star turned princess of Monaco, was photographed holding the bag over her stomach to conceal the early signs of her pregnancy.
The bag shot to international fame and was renamed the Kelly.

2000, the year of the Kellydole

  • Jean-Louis Dumas, Executive Chairman of Hermès, was a master of graceful drawing. He lived pencil in hand and breathed mischievous creativity.
    One of his drawings of a sitting character gave rise to the Kellydole (“quelle idole!”, meaning “what an idol!”), a smiling anthropomorphic bag.
    This bag became an icon and a kawaii culture mascot in Japan. Arigato,Jean-Louis!

The Kelly family

  • The Kelly Pocket Compact wallet

    Reinvented in multiple versions, allusions to the Kelly now adorn small leather goods.
    Side straps, swivel clasps and padlocks harness wallets or purses, combining beauty with function.

  • The Kelly belt

    The single-sized and highly adapable Kelly belt evokes the side straps of the iconic bag.
    Its clean line is enhanced by the ingenious presence of jewellery clasps. 
    An elegant way to continue to encircle yourself in what you love.

  • The Kelly watch

    To celebrate its 45th anniversary, the Kelly watch took an original approach to the mastery of time, borrowing the emblematic padlock from the eponymous bag.
    Its owner is attached to and yet never trapped by the passing minutes.

  • The Kelly Classique To Go clutch

    Do you fancy strolling with your favourite wallet on a shoulder strap?
    It’s in the bag with this To Go small leather item inspired by the Kelly.

Kelly on film

A reward for a missing Kelly. A mysterious stranger. Some determined bounty hunters.
A western in the purest tradition, where heroes are not always the ones you imagine.

Watch the full trailer

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