The Hermes Kelly is an iconic bag, but with its structured shape and usual smaller sizes, it lends a very dressy vibe to your outfits. When Hermes sent out the Jypsiere for their Fall 2008 collection, everyone who had been wanting a more casual everyday Kelly were enthused. The Hermes Jypsiere reinterpreted the Hermes Kelly by changing it into a messenger bag that will sit at the hip. The slightly rounded bottom and adjustable shoulder strap reinvented the Kelly in a way most people did not expect.

But the change was welcomed by many, especially me. There is something so elegant about a classically chic messenger style bag. All of the details that Hermes is known for show on this bag, but the overall appeal changes drastically. The Jypsiere is not just an uptown-ladies-who-lunch-bag, it is a much more usable everyday bag.

I keep leaning toward messenger bags lately and last time I was in the Hermes Bal Harbour store I was checking this bag out. Hermes online has started picking up and selling more leather goods, which is actually an unexpected surprise. And that is where you can buy the Jypsiere yourself. There are six colors of the smaller size on Hermes and two of the larger. I love this bag in classic Orange or gold. Buy through Hermes online for $7,600 or $8,100.

What do you think about the Jypsiere: Great reinterpretation or don’t fix what isn’t broken?

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  • Alyson

    I love this interpretation of the Kelly bag. It is modern, and definitely better suited to my casual lifestyle.

  • Shayna

    I love the simplicity of this bag, its so cute!

  • cge

    I have also been keeping an eye on this bag since its debut, and while I adore they way it looks, I’m a little concerned about how truly functional it is. The flap is so large, that the only way to wear it so that it’s easier to access is to fold the flap inside the bag itself. But when you do this, the leather tends to get scratched by things you’re carrying inside your purse. My SA at Hermes actually talked me out of it for this reason and others. But having said that, I still think it’s beautiful. And I did notice that Hermes has started selling them on-line (sadly, not to Canadian customers though!). I do applaud JPG’s attempt to design a more casual, every day version of the Kelly. And it’s suitable for both women and men.

  • Jamie

    I love the way this bag has a simple but also very dressy look to it. It’s simplicity makes it way cute.

  • hect

    i have to say i allways considered this bag more an interpretation of the birkin , as a shoulder bag it actually shares hardware with the HAC and with the shoulder birkins first generation ,the kelly has a shoulder messanger style its the so kelly so having said this i dont love this bag i own several hermes bags and in this sense the jypsiere is interesting and very hermes but i just dont follow it. i find hermes is very good at all the things they make but i do not find it comfortable ,i must confess that the reason why i dont find it comfortable is well because i like small handlled bags, no matter the size just no shoulders. i think this is why i well i fell for hermes kellys and birkins. before i go i must say i think they should stick to their principals and not sell important leather pieces such as theese over the internet but thats just me !!

  • 19yearslater

    I agree, this is a beautiful interpretation. While I admire the beauty of Birkin and Kelly I’ve never really been a fan as I could not see either of those bags in my hand. This bag, however, retains the elegance while being something I could absolutely see in my life.

  • Behonce

    It is a fresh take on a old bag. I would love to see it reinterpret into a different design, say a shoulder bag or a satchel. Maybe that would be a design challenge for Hermes.

  • DL

    love it. too bad i enjoy having a roof over my head more…otherwise, i’d jump on it. ;o)

    • Chris

      Exactly my thought ! :-)

  • Jane

    I adore the messenger style its casual, but still classy enough to be worn at many occasions. I like it bag best in blue jean or blue clement. I would love to wear the blue jean bag this Spring.

  • sosobuy

    yes, i like


    I like it. This Hermes bag is very fresh and modern. The bag can be used every day if we want, according to me. Maybe I prefer another color.

  • Joan Brakeley

    It looks so good, but the large flap that runs through the straps looks difficult, although safe
    in the city. The straps can be removed, and it becomes a clutch, now if they had just put in a

    And, as far as practical, what about the Lindy> Have one love it, holds everything and having both
    handholds and shoulder strap is artistically designed to not look doubled up.

    • cge

      I agree 100% with you Joan! The large flap is difficult, as I mentioned in my previous post. And I also own the Lindy and it is a fantastic bag. So versatile and functional, and I never see anyone carrying one where I live (which is great)!

  • carrie

    I like the way it looks. But, after trying it on, as with all Hermes bags, it’s heavy…and expensive.

  • ck

    I have the bag and love it! This is the only bag I travel with especially in Europe. It is functional and the large flap is not difficult at all; it is definatly thief proof (if you close the straps). I have it in red and goes with everything.

  • Shari

    I actually disagree with a lot of people here. I don’t like it. It’s too plain and too classic for my tastes. I loved the shape and look of the Kelly and this, to me, is a step in the wrong direction. I’d never pay the price they’re asking for this bag.

  • Rose

    Too manly for me.

    • cge

      It’s considered a unisex bag, and I’ve seen it carried by both sexes. I agree that it has a bit of a masculine vibe to it.

      • Bmawardie

        do you think so? would like to buy for myself but bit hesitate. I am man, work for TV station. Thank you

      • Bmawardie

        do you think so? would like to buy for myself but bit hesitate. I am a man, work for TV station. Thank you

  • JenG

    I thought it was exquisite until I saw the price.

  • me

    I loved the look of this bag when I first saw it but after trying it on, I found that it was heavy (with nothing but the tissue in it) and cumbersom. It is a challenge to get in and out of (one has to put the bag down and undo all of the hardware) or leave it open which causes other issues.
    These bags seem to be readily available in the boutiques, on the secondary market and no on-line. My guess is that they have not been the homerun that Hermes would have hoped. In large part, it may be the price as well.
    Disappointing becasue as to just look at this bag, it is stunning.

  • Chris

    OMG – I love it. LOVE it. It is beautiful. I keep coming back to this site. If I had an everyday Hermes bag – that would be it. Unfortunately, it is too expensive for my current budget.

  • Lori

    I just looked at it in black on their website and I love it. I would buy it in a minute if I could afford it. So lovely. I think I might run down to Rodeo Dr. and check it out in person…

  • jill

    loves it!!sigh!

  • dc

    its so cool!!! (fb)

  • Elyse

    If I’m going to spend that kind of money on a bag I’m going straight for the classic birkin (fb)

  • Joy

    agree to elyse (AGAIN! ) lol
    its too plain for that price

  • Leah

    I had one of these in bouganville, and I used it everyday. I Love It!!! You can either use the shoulder strap as messenger bag, or remove the strap and instead use a scarf and use it as a hobo bag. Really Nice!!

  • fashionflag

    Another classical style of Hermes

  • AHD

    Recently just got this wonderful bag and absolutely love it!! It is so classy and I am glad I made the decision to get this one as this is so practical and leaves you hands free, rather than holding with your hand or wrist! Hands free for shopping! I got it in the gold colour which ties in with “camel” this season. Definitely would recommend this!

  • Another Kelly

    I have both bags. Kelly is my first love. I’m not into bags but I always have special feeling about Kelly. It was worth waiting, feeling guilty over spending that much money on one bag, etc. This bag doesn’t have that it is worth feeling because it isn’t classic- I didn’t desire it like I did with Kelly. Berkin would be better choice if you want casual.

  • HB

    I really like this bag! It makes a statement. Because it’s laid back casual and not that eye catching. Offcourse it’s nice to have a bag that everyone wants to have. But sometimes you got to live more in the shadow with designers. And that’s exactly what this bag has. It’s a Hermes without screaming that it’s a hermes.

  • i love designer shoulder bags that are designed by Prada and Gucci, they are the best ~

  • the shoulder bags that my girlfriend uses are always made up from natural leather ,”

  • jaz

    LOVE the bag, but it’s NOT a Kelly. Note that Hermes is not calling it the “Kelly” Jypsiere.

  • daniel

    great bags, i have one for sale for a nice price, if interested

  • Emma G

    It seems a bit pedestrian but I suppose it’s how you wear it (ipad)

  • jm

    Its an awesome bag… A Hermes without it screaming Hermes. Only the deserving knows the value of it… And yesss, its excellent for travelling n leaves ur hands, arms free. I have the travelling 50cm birkin and its heavy..

  • simon

    too expensive as always !

  • Claire CC

    It may cost the same as its siblings Birkin and Kelly but it has other values over them.The Jypsiere is a more versatile bag. You can wear it in many ways by crossbody on shoulder or replacing the strap with a scarf which transforms it instantly into a feminine carry-on. Plus?it is a spacious good-looking bag. I am in love with it.

  • RJ Judy

    I would like to have it, but still confused with So Kelly. Which one I should choose?????????????????