For more than 150 years, any list of top quality leather goods creators wouldn’t be complete with out the Hermès brand. The business created by Thierry Hermès has always symbolized the elegance of France. In the beginning the brand was intended to be associated with the equestrian world: harnesses, bridles and other horse goods were
the first items sold by the brand. Step by step, Hermès has evolved and has become the family leather goods product for excellence : luggage, travel items, toilet bags, suitcases and handbags. Two legendary bags which are truly representative of the brand are the Kelly and the Birkin bag. These two names are a simple homage to their source of inspiration: Grace Kelly and Jane Birkin.
The Birkin was born in 1984 and was very innovative and trendy for its era. Its major assets were its functional nature and its simple yet elegant design, of note was its overly large design which still manages to emit an air of class. It is easy to see why people loved it so vehemently, it was all due to the curious nature of its history :
Jane birkin was in a plane sitting next to the CEO of Hermès, Jean-Louis Dumas, and started a discussion by telling him that she
couldn’t manage to find a handbag both elegant and practical. He proposed a deal: she designs her dream handbag and Hermès would create it for her. The success of this handbag is truly prolific and has never faltered since its earliest days. Today this bag is still going strong, it is available in a wide number of colors, worn by celebrities and even featured in movies and TV shows like the famous Sex and the city.
No, the Kelly was not designed for Grace Kelly, princess of Monaco, but she is still a key figure in its history even if she wasn’t its inspiration. The bag was designed decades before she first owned one, but everyone associates it with Her Majesty because of its appearance in a world famous photograph: namely the of Princess Grace holding the large Hermès handbag at her front in order to hide her pregnancy!
In fact, the bag was designed not less than 25 years before ! On the other hand, its trully her that has made the bag so famous. Though no examination of the the kelly would be complete with out a brief idea of its true origin. Originally created in 1892, Hermès produced a large leather bag that matched horse rider outfits perfectly. And as time goes by, it has become smaller, more practical and rather chic. This bag is a true flagship product for Hermès. It is extremely rare and has at the same time become more and more expensive. The current luxurious price tag sits at €3,500 and there is a long waiting for those hoping to attain one. In addition to this every year Hermès launches a special edition with diamonds and other precious materials, these one of a kind specials are true collectors pieces and only for true connoisseurs.