I’ve written dedicated post about the Hermes Birkin Bag, and I’ve written dedicated post about the Hermes Kelly bag, but never before have a written article comparing the Hermès Birkin and the Hermes Kelly… Until now! Welcome to the ultimate comparison guide of the Kelly Bag Vs Birkin Bag.
As many of you know, I’m a huge Hermes fanatic! While my collection is still small, I can’t help but spend hours upon hours of research on the Hermes brand as well as the two best investment worthy Hermes Pieces… The Kelly and The Birkin!
Before we jump into all the comparisons between the two bags, let’s take a look back at Hermes History.
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History of Hermes
Founded in 1837, this French brand wasn’t always known for its luxurious handbags you see today. In fact, when Thierry Hermes started the company, he created wrought harnesses and bridles for carriages…eventually selling the famous Hermes Saddles.
It wasn’t until the 1920s that Hermes started creating handbags, … almost 100 years since the launch of the brand.
The Hermes Kelly bag was launched in 1935 (originally named Sac à dépêches) was made famous by Grace Kelly, while the Hermes Birkin bag was launched until years later in 1984 and made famous by Jane Birkin.
Ahh, the question of the day, what is the price different between the Kelly and the Birkin. Prior to 2020 the Kelly bag was actually a good deal cheaper, however, due to its increasingly popularity the Kelly bag has slowly risen in price, making it almost comparable to the Birkin.
You’re in luck because I’ve rounded up the exact prices of the Kelly Bag and the Birkin bag in Togo Leather. Prices as of December 2021.
This is such a tough question, which Hermes bag to buy first…The Kelly or the Birkin? The truth is, the first Hermès bag you should buy first depends on your lifestyle… Let me explain.
I absolutely adore my Birkin bag, hands down my favorite bag in my closest. Do I wear it every day, no, but that doesn’t mean I love it any less! However, it does not have a shoulder strap, and for me, this is okay. I wanted a bag that I could carry on my fore arm, and I didn’t need a shoulder strap.
On the flip side, my friend, who has a Kelly bag, absolutely wanted a shoulder strap for her bag and doesn’t want to carry the bag all the time. For that reason, she added the Kelly bag to her Hermes Collection first.
In short, if you had to decide which bag to get first, definitely choose a bag that fits your lifestyle.
Both bags are the epitome of Luxury and can be used as an everyday bag. I highly recommend that you buy a neutral color first.
Which bag is a better investment piece?
As I mentioned above, the 2 best investment worthy Hermes bags are the Kelly and the Birkin. On the secondhand market, both handbags sell for more than retail value.
I will take an equal comparison on the preloved market:
I found one Hermes Kelly bag, size 25, color black with gold hardware, Togo leather, Retourne stitching, and production year 2021 : reselling for 25k.
I found one Hermes Birkin bag, size 25, color black with gold hardware, Togo leather, Retourne stitching, and production year 2021 : reselling for 25k.
In Store pricing as of Dec 2021:
Hermes Kelly Bag 25 Togo Leather – $9,350.00
Hermes Birkin Bag 25 Togo Leather – $9,850.00
The Kelly Bag is selling at 167% higher than the retail price ($15,650 more), while the Birkin Bag is selling at 153% higher than the retail price ($15,150 more).
In conclusion, The Hermès Kelly bag is slightly a better investment if we are solely looking at the resale value on the secondhand market.
Kelly Bag VS Birkin Bag Recap
In short, The main different between the Birkin and the Kelly bag comes down to the shape and design of the bag. The Kelly bags has a trapezoid shape, a single top handle, with a long shoulder strap that can be used as a crossbody. The Hermes Bag has a tote-like silhouette bag, with 2 handles and no shoulder strap. The Hermes Birkin bag is offers a more casual look, while the Kelly bag is structured, giving it a more formal look.
In regard to pricing, the price difference between the Birkin and the Kelly is only a couple of hundred dollars.
Both bags are investment worthy and can sell for more than retail price on the secondhand market. Both the Birkin and the Kelly use extremely talented artisans to create the bag and take over 48 hours to make one bag.
The Hermes Birkin and the Kelly offer Retourne stitching and Sellier stitching In addition, Hermes uses the same high quality leather for both the Birkin and the Kelly bag.
Which bag do you prefer: The Hermes Kelly Bag Vs Birkin Bag?
Sincerely Petite in Paris,
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