Cotton Trendy has already shared with you the making of Hermés leather goods. But have you ever wondered what – besides, of course, the special crafting and quality – turned them into such a fetish for so many women? We think that the stories and inspirations behind those bags have helped a lot in the process.
The Kelly used to be called Sac à dépêches. Later, it became the Princess of Monaco’s favorite bag. It’s said that she used her Sac to hide her baby bump from paparazzi, and in 1956 she posed with it for the cover of Life magazine. From that day on, people started referring to it as the “Kelly bag.” The name was later adopted by the House of Hermés, and there, it was official!
Years later, French actress Jane Birkin had a chance encounter with Jean Louis Dumas Hermés and complained that her Kelly bag was not very practical for daily use. She famously carried a picnic basket instead. Mr. Hermés then invited her to the Maison in Paris, where they co-designed the Birkin Bag. Curiously, the only Birkin bag owned by Jane is still that first one designed specially for her, which I personally think makes complete sense.
Both bags are similar, yet, still different. In those differences, we can see that the bags reflect a their muses. The elegance of a beautiful princess, and that natural Parisian coolness of a sexy actress. Which is your favorite?