Hermès Kelly Bags for Weekends in the Country
While the classic Hermès Kelly bag is timeless, it isn't always the right choice for weekends in the country or other more casual outings. Fortunately Hermès created a number of limited edition Kelly bags that are perfect when you need something a little more laid back but still want the quality of Hermès. Since it's introduction in 1935, the Kelly's iconic design has been re-imagined into countless iterations to match the broad scope of the Hermès client. In this article we are profiling the best limited edition styles that offer a more unstructured design for easygoing weekends.
JPG Shoulder Kelly
The JPG Shoulder Kelly is a rectangular bag with a slouchy, casual look. This 42 cm bag was designed in 2009 by Jean Paul Gautier. The top handle’s extended length allows the bag to be comfortably worn over the shoulder. This wide Hermès bag features the classic touret lock closure and clochette lock. The Shoulder Kelly is available in many Hermès leather options including Togo, Clemence, and Evergrain. The Shoulder Kelly also comes in a style that features fringed leather on the bag’s face called The Shoulder Fringe Kelly. This bag is a playful twist on Jean Paul Gaultier’s original Shoulder Kelly design.
JPG Flat Kelly
The Hermès JPG Flat Kelly was released in the 2007 Spring/Summer collection by Jean-Paul Gaultier. The Flat Kelly’s design lends the Hermès bag high functionality: it is easily transportable due to its ability to be collapsed and tied together. The handbag's most distinctive feature is the strap belt closure that takes the place of the typical Kelly touret lock closure. This Kelly bag is typically available in Swift calfskin leather and palladium-plated hardware. The colors range from neutrals like brown, black, and white to pink and blue.
Hermès Kelly Lakis
The Hermès Kelly Lakis is a causal interpretation of the original bag, launched in 2006. The Lakis features the classic Kelly trapezoidal shape, top handle, touret lock, clochette, and clous “feet”. In addition, the Lakis has two front zipper pockets, one large rear zipper pocket, and a shoulder strap. The added storage and optional shoulder strap space allow you to carry all of your belongings with ease. Kelly Lakis is a very rare bag and is typically purchased through a special order at an Hermès boutique or through an established reseller, like Sotheby’s. This still is available in Swift leather in sizes Kelly 28, Kelly, 32, and Kelly, 35.
Hermès Shearling "Teddy" Kelly
Designed by Jean Paul Gaultier, this cozy Kelly bag debuted in 2005. The Shearling “Teddy” Kelly is constructed out of tan suede and shearling with palladium-plated hardware, giving the Hermès Kelly a winter-friendly makeover. The bag also features chocolate brown Barenia leather accents, which adds a touch of classic elegance to this limited edition Hermès Kelly bag. At size 35 cm, this Kelly handbag is the perfect accessory for weekends in the country or your next ski trip. The “Teddy” Kelly is the perfect accessory to style with an oversize coat and chunky boots during snowy winter months.