There is one item out there which I have always wanted to add to my closet: a black Hermes Kelly. To me it’s one of most classic and elegant bags out there – but in the past, I always thought that my clothes and general lifestyle were probably too casual for a black Kelly.
Since I started using my Vert de Gris Kelly however, I actually realize that the Kelly is a great casual bag. The strap makes it easy to carry (I’d love to add a canvas one), and the retourne style (versus sellier) adds a casual vibe. Last year I mentioned to Mr. Feather that a black version was now on my future wish list, and he very charmingly blabbed that he had already ordered one, but had no idea when it was going to arrive. However, when Mr. Feather returned from a trip last week, he came through the door with a big orange bag!
I was very happy to open up the box and discover what was inside – a black chevre Kelly in 28cm, with gold hardware. Yahoo!
I’ve always admired the Hermes bags I’ve seen in chevre, and had told Mr. Feather that it was one of my favorite leathers. The only item that I have in chevre though, is a slightly banged up wallet (still in working condition) and he didn’t really see the appeal. He said that once he saw the leather in the shop, he definitely understood – it is lightweight, has a beautiful sheen, and even smells good! It has a wonderful feel against the hand.
I always love how sturdy the Kelly’s handles are and feel.
And a little peek into one of my favorite details about the bag – the lining!
I love red and was very happy when I saw this combination. I’ve always liked Hermes bags with color surprises, but am probably too boring to get one with contrasting piping or different colored panels (which I think can look super cool), so a relatively hidden lining is perfect for me. Whenever I open the bag to grab anything, seeing the lining makes me smile (and reminds me of my husband’s great taste!).
I also really like the 28cm size. It has been very difficult for me to find this size in stores, with perhaps the exception of Japan. The 28cm usually isn’t available (25cm is even more difficult) whereas the larger sizes in my experience have been more available. I think that 28cm is a wonderful size though, and can fit enough during the day while still being a manageable size for evening. It’s the perfect travel companion! I have a size comparison post planned between the 32cm and 28cm size coming up, and will also share some of my personal learnings about finding the right Kelly. Thank you for reading along!
PS: I’ve received requests asking for other recommended black bags, as I know a Kelly isn’t the preferred style or price point for many. If you’re looking for fabulous craftsmanship in top materials, I can recommend these styles from Valextra and The Row. The Row was a surprise for me, they have beautiful bags with nice, usable designs and leather linings. Saint Laurent also has a nice option (though it seems they’ve raised prices since the “Y” was dropped)!