We spent a day at RueLaLa last week to have a sneak peek of their upcoming and highly anticipated Hermes event. We were able to see all of the Hermes bags and accessories to share with you all before the sale on Tuesday.

One of the bags that caught my attention is this vintage Hermes 20cm Mini Kelly in grey ostrich. It was evident this bag had a story to tell. Without an exact marking, the bag is dated back to the 1960′s. It is said to be very rare and designed for a child to wear while her mother carried a larger Hermes Kelly (it will be part of the Tuesday sale).

We always say that handbags tell stories, but it is clear this one truly does. So take part in our Friday night story telling and tell the tale of the little girl that carried this mini Kelly. What did she look like, where was she from, what was her mom like? Paint the picture (and drool over the bag itself).

Remember to sign up for RueLaLa to shop the Hermes event on Tuesday!

  • MsLabelsofLust

    Is the birkin also coming in ostrich? This bag is a classic piece will forever be coveted…

  • Moon2020

    Is it possible that this rare Hermes 20 cm Mini Kelly in grey ostrich belonged to Princess Caroline of Monaco and is hence named the Kelly in honour of her mother, Grace Kelly?

  • Stylista

    Wow, this is one ugly bag!! Never thought I’d say that about Hermes. Ostrich has never been a favourite of mine, and it’s doing nothing for this Kelly!

    http://red-soledfashionista.blogspot.com/

  • Kairy

    Kelly Doll
    Check this out!!
    A little girl in Hong Kong own a really cure hermes kelly :)
    http://addictive-fashionista.blogspot.com/2009/09/hermes-kelly-doll.html

  • Alison

    Moon2020, that could so be true! I can imagine an 8 year old Caroline carrying her own little version of her mums whilst out with her family….. that would be so cute!

  • Karin bag4bag

    Oh MOON2020 I started writing this before your post ! Great minds !
    Anyway here was my thought -

    It is 1965 on a warm day in Monaco. The young dark haired child clutches her small Kelly bag watching her mother address the audience in adoration. Her mother has every man and every woman’s complete attention. Her classic beauty is renowned and her tailored Chanel suit with grey Hermes Kelly bag are the perfect accompaniment. Caroline waits for her mother to finish before running up to her. Her mother’s face alights with a smile at her daughter. The room at the Monaco Red Cross watch in awe at this beautiful woman. Well she is Princess Grace of Monaco afterall.

    • coco5

      i love your story!!

    • Jelita78

      oh my god karin that is such a dreamy story.. i love it! (ipad)

  • Vitta

    Well, I really don’t want to spoil the party, but the story of this very handbag could be less glamorous than we think. If it is from the late 1960s (check the blind stamp letter for the production date), its miniature size is a reflection of the general trend of that era on the doll-size shoulder bags, which followed the introduction of a mini-skirt. The average size of those mini-bags was about 6″ wide and they were made for adult women, not for children.

    The size of the vintage handbag is a very definite feature that helps to determine its circa (age). For example, when you see a giant 18″ wide, structured crocodile satchel with a top handle, you can be assured that it is from 1957-1958. The tiny 6″ shoulder bags with long straps made from exotic skins (ostrich or turtle) or shiny “patent” leatherette most likely come from the late 1960s.

    Also, even though the Hermes Kelly has always been quite expensive – since they started making them in the 1950s – not only the rich and famous were buying them. Housewives in Europe might have saved for several years to buy a Kelly, an investment bag, to pass it on to their daughters. As for the U.S., in 1968, Hermes handbags were sold at Bonwit Teller, next to other upscale brands, such as Lucille de Paris, Harry Rosenfeld, Coblentz, etc. In 1968, the cost of the crocodile Hermes Kelly was $895, lizard or ostrich $295 and a silk scarf $25.

    So, yes, every vintage handbag has a story, but there’s always a history and facts, which we have to remember.

    (Source: new book “Exotic Skin: Alligator and Crocodile Handbags”)

    • Jelita78

      thanks vitta for sharing the info..
      definitely gonna look for that book!! (ipad)

    • KateB

      hey, can you tell something more about Harry Rosenheld? I’m desperately looking for some informations about this designer.

  • Vitta

    I double-checked the conversion, and 20 cm is 8″, which falls perfectly well within the category for the 1960s mini-bags, with an average size of 6″-8″ wide (measured across the bottom of the body). Hope it will help.

  • balthus

    Where is ruelala getting their bags from?

    • MsLabelsofLust

      I would like to knw myself

      • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

        They worked with Madison Avenue Couture and worked on curating these Hermes bags for 6 months. That is what I have been told, but I can find out more info if you all would like!

  • Vitta

    More facts about the Hermes Kelly:

    The Kelly bag — a sturdy, all-leather or linen-and-leather handbag with a front flap and a top handle — was named for Princess Grace of Monaco, the former Grace Kelly, in appreciation of her support of the brand. In the 1950s, she was among the first buyers of this model, which according to Mr. Jean R. Guerrand-Hermes who visited their New York store in 1968 to promote the bag, was based on a large handbag the company had been producing for almost eighty years for jockeys to store their saddles.

    (Source: new book “Alligator and Crocodile Handbags”).

  • Bir

    Love it love how Hermes is full of secrets

  • haya

    love it sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much

  • kemilia

    Whatever the story or history, this is a beautiful bag.

  • edoardo

    Love this bag…so chic and expresses in the best way that’ s possbile the DNA of Hermès.

    http://fashiondoesntexist.blogspot.com/

  • Liane

    Agree not a fan of this ostrich bag but looking forward to rest of your pics and the Ruelala sale! Megs mind if we do a little writeup about your visit and link to you? Thanks!

    http://www.samplesalesites.com

  • christian

    Christian Louboutin boots stilettos helped back in fashion in the years 1990 and 2000, resulting in dozens of styles, with the heel height of 120 mm (4.72 inches) or more. He said the designer’s goal is to look like a sexy woman, look good with your feet, you can continue. While the paragraph styles offer is slightly lower, Louboutin is generally associated with festive evening wear designs including Bejeweled ribbons, bows, feathers, paints and other similar decorative touches.

  • coco5

    what does louboutin have to do with any of this?

  • Bevyofpurses

    I bought it! Omg I’m having guilt moments now as I’ve never spent that much on a bag. Sigh. It will arrive dec 6.

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Vlad Dusil

      Congratulations Bevy!!!

    • Jelita78

      way to go bevy!!
      congrats!!
      have u taken it out yet??
      do share with us what do u think the design is in real life! (ipad)

  • Manolo blahnikz

    Manolo blahniks. Someone says, the designer shoes is the fifth protagonist. Who let actress Carrie so exaggeration to love it, and at 500 – $700 to buy a pair of Manolo blahniks. Remember the scene was robbed Carrie corner, she “with” robbers, cried bitterly:Please don’t take my Manolos! really exaggerate, but makes sense..At 40 step outside, said people can accurately and correctly recognized by Manolo Blahnik beautiful curve

  • ninjaninja

    It’s so beautiful (ipad)

  • cl

    i’m such a sucker for this material! (ipad)

  • nini

    I love this…but it might be a bit on the small side. (ipad)

  • Ellen

    I like Moon2020′s story. It’s lovely to think that Princess Grace dressed her daughter to the nines like herself and wore matching purses. (ipad)

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  • Tiffany

    OMG this is to die for (ipad)

  • SHERRY

    ostrich print is a hit (ipad)

  • SHERRY

    i adore this purse (ipad)

  • Alicia

    I think it is gorgeous – how much did it sell for? (ipad)

  • AMN

    So pretty (ipad)

  • Julia

    GORGEOUS. (ipad)

  • Jen

    Lovely to look at, don’t think I’d want to carry it though. (ipad)

  • helen

    I try not to say much negative. The holes are interesting. (ipad)

  • Emma G

    Gorgeous and love the story (ipad)