How to Buy a Hermes Kelly Bag online

The Hermes Kelly bag is taking the fashion world by storm. Due to its increase in popularity, you may be wondering, “is this the New IT Bag?”. Today, I’m going to be sharing with you everything you need to know about this Hermes Bag, where and how to buy a Hermes Kelly Bag online!

Hermes Kelly bag
Diane wearing a Hermes Kelly Bag size 25 in Epsom Leather

As many of you know, I have a Birkin bag and I absolutely love it, but recently, I’ve been looking to expand my Hermes collection and add a Kelly bag to the mix. I adore the look of the Kelly bag with its trapezoid shape and shoulder strap…forever timeless! 

I can’t wait to dive into the history of the Hermes Kelly bag, the different Kelly Bag Sizes, how to buy a Kelly Bag online, and why you should consider buying a Pre-loved Kelly Bag from SACLÀB, a hidden gem I recently discovered!

History of the Hermes Kelly Bag

Grace Kelly, Prince Rainer
Grace Kelly Carrying the Hermes Kelly Bag

Designed in 1932 by Émile-Maurice Hermès and Ettore Bugatti, this bag drew inspiration from a previous Hermes bag launched in 1892 used for holding a saddle.

In 1935, it was redesigned by Hermès's son-in-law Robert Dumas and called Sac à dépêches. The Hermes Kelly bag is famous for its trapezoid shape with two triangular gussets, a cutout flap, a handle and two side straps. 

And now for the interesting part…  

It wasn’t until the 1950s when Alfred Hitchcock allowed costume designer Edith Head to purchase a Hermes Kelly Bag for the movie called “To Catch a Thief” starring actress Grace Kelly that really put this bag on the map forever. 

Rumor has it, Grace Kelly fell in love with the bag (which isn’t hard to do). After she became the Princess of Monaco in 1965, she was photographed carrying the Hermes Kelly bag. However, she wasn’t just carrying the Hermes Kelly bag, she was actually using the bag to shield her pregnancy. 

As these photographs by the paparazzi emerged around the world, the Hermes Kelly bag spiked in popularity. Eventually, the Hermes bag was officially renamed the Hermes Kelly bag in 1977.

Different Hermes Kelly Bag Sizes

Hermes Kelly bag sizes
Hermes Kelly Bags for sale found at SACLÀB

It’s time to pull out your rulers because we will be going over the different Hermes Kelly Sizes. The Kelly Bag comes in several sizes:

Kelly SizesDimensions Inches
(L x H x W)
Kelly 155.9″ X 4″ X 2″
Kelly 207.8″ X 6.3″ X 4″
Kelly 2510″ X 7.5″ X 3.5″
Kelly 2811″ X 8.5″ X 4″
Kelly 3212.5″ X 9″ X 4″
Kelly 3514″ X 9.5″ X 4.7″
Kelly 4015.2″ X 11″ X 6.3″
Kelly 5019.6″ X 13″ X 9.8″

As many of you know, right now small bags are on trend, and prices for small bags are selling for a premium online. But you know what they say, as the pendulum swings towards small bags, don’t rule out larger size bags. 

I say this because a few years ago, large bags were in favor and were selling at a premium, while smaller sizes were overlooked. Today, larger bags are selling at a steep discount. I always tell people: ignore the trends and buy what you love and will wear. 

If you are open to buying a larger bag, now is the time to definitely buy a large Kelly Bag as they are selling online at a more affordable price than the smaller bags. At the end of the day, these iconic bags are timeless regardless of what size you get.

What is the difference between Hermes Kelly Retourne Vs Hermes Kelly Sellier Bag?

Hermes Kelly Retourne vs sellier
Kelly Retourne (Left) VS Kelly Sellier (Right)

Did you know the Hermes Kelly bag comes in different sizes, material and also has 2 different types of stitching used to create the bag?

The Hermes Kelly Retourne style stitching and The Hermes Kelly Sellier style stitching. You may be wondering what exactly is the difference between the two. 

In short, the Sellier stitching is done on the outside of the bag giving it a more structured look, while the Retourne stitching is done on the inside of the bag giving it a softer look. 

If all things are equal, then the Sellier bags are slightly more expensive due to the stitching process on the outside being more complicated.

What is the Price of the Kelly Bag New?

Hermes Kelly Store rooftop in Paris
Hermes Flagship Store rooftop in Paris

As I mentioned in more detail in the next section below, there is the Hermes Bag game in order to get offered a bag. With that being said, below are the prices for the Hermes Kelly Bag in 2021. (As prices change, I will continue to update this space). 

Pricing As of December 2021 for Togo Leather Hermes Kelly Bag with Retourne stitching:

Togo Leather
Price 2021 USD
Kelly 25$9,350
Kelly 28$10,200
Kelly 32$11,000
Kelly 35$11,800

Pricing As of December 2021 for Epsom Leather Hermes Kelly Bag with Sellier stitching:

Epsom Leather
Price 2021 USD
Kelly 20$8,000
Kelly 25$10,300
Kelly 28$10,700
Kelly 32$11,600
Kelly 35$12,700

Should you buy a Hermes Kelly Bag Online Second Hand?


Similar to the Hermès Birkin bag, buying a Hermès Kelly Bag isn’t as simple as walking into a Hermes store and choosing the color, leather and size. There is a Hermes game you have to play. For this reason, I always recommend to my readers the best option to get your hand on a Hermes bag is to turn to the pre-loved luxury market. 

What If I told you that I found a place that has a fair market pricing for second hand Hermes Kelly bags? I’m going to let you in on a little gem I recently discovered that has the Most Affordable preloved Hermes Kelly handbags online.

Bookmark, save, and commit this place to memory: SACLÀ They offer express and insured shipping internationally! If you are traveling to Europe, you could always have the bag shipped to the hotel you are staying at. 

How does SACLÀB Authentic Hermès Bags?

RARE, Special Order Hermes Kelly Bag! © SACLÀB

With SACLÀB being the most affordable place online to buy Hermes Kelly bags, you may be wondering what their authentication process is. When buying a designer bag second hand, it’s important to know and understand how the authentication process works and only buy from a reputable website. 

What I love about the SACLÀB authentication process is how rigorous it is. SACLÀB has an entire authentication team and has built an incredible database with thousands and thousands of photos, data points, and much, much more they use in order to authenticate a purse. 

If they ever have any doubt that a bag might not be real, they won’t sell it. 

I love shopping with a peace of mind knowing I’m buying an authentic Hermès Kelly purse online. On top of having one of the most rigorous authentication processes, they are still able to offer the most affordable Hermes Kelly Bags for sale online!

What if SACLÀB doesn’t have the exact Kelly Bag I’m looking for?

Hermes Constance Bag and Special Order Hermes Kelly Bag © SACLÀB

SACLÀB offers a wide array of Hermes Kelly Bags to buy online, but what if you don't see the one you are looking for, or you have a specific request? You may be wondering, can I contact SACLÀB for a bag request? 

The short answer is yes, you can. In order to make a handbag request, you must fill out a short form stating exactly what you are looking for. 

The best part is, when you are making a request, you can request the type of hardware you’d like, the type of leather (anything from super exotic, Lizard, Ostrich, Togo leather, even limited edition Kelly bags, and so much more), size of the bag… the possibilities are endless. 

Keep in mind, this process can take some time to source the bag and won’t happen overnight.

Recap on Buying a Hermes Kelly Bag online

How to Buy a Kelly Bag online
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I strongly believe the Hermes Kelly bag is worth investing in. This bag is made using extremely high quality material, has a classic shape and is considered a timeless piece to add to your purse collection. AKA, the Hermes Kelly bag is the epitome of chic. 

In short, when buying a Hermes Kelly Bag online, it’s necessary to use a reputable reseller website. It is extremely important when shopping online for a Kelly Bag that the authentication is thorough. Which is why I highly recommend when shopping online for Hermes bags to use the pre-loved website called SACLÀB. 

The SACLÀB authentication team uses an extremely rigorous authentication process. Their experts have spent years authenticating and studying handbags.  

Sincerely Petite in Paris,


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