The Hermès Kelly Size Guide - Comparing Kelly Sizes & Resell Value
The Hermès Kelly bag is a fashion status symbol when it comes to being the queen of accessories. Named after the iconic movie star Grace Kelly in 1977, the Kelly is as much a classic now as it was then and arguably one of the most sought-after handbags amongst collectors. Both functional and elegant, the Kelly brings a unique sense of timelessness; a forever piece handstitched by the world's most highly trained artisans.
There is a wide range of Kelly bags available to suit every frame and lifestyle. With the diverse choice of leathers including Togo and Box Calf, and two different types of stitching, the options are endless.
In contrast to the Hermès Birkin, the Kelly range is a more feminine bag with a top handle as well as a shoulder strap, making it perfect for every occasion.
We’re here to guide you through the different Kelly sizes so that your next life-long purchase is the right one for you, your wardrobe, and your daily needs.
KELLY 15 - DIMENSIONS L 15CM X H 11CM X W 5CM
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This is an extremely rare vintage model no longer in production. Designed with a truncated trapezoid silhouette, the Kelly 15 differs from its big sisters. It is an incredibly rare piece, seen on the arms of Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner. Due to its micro size, you can’t wear the curved top handle over your wrist, making this a bag for hand holding; ever so delicately sweet. The shoulder strap also makes this a cross body accessory, perfect for date night.
WHAT CAN THE KELLY 15 HOLD?
Limited. Very limited. Don’t expect to squeeze more than your credit card, lipstick and AirPods in here. However with a bag this rare, you just now it will be a special occasion piece and not for everyday errands.
WHAT DOES THE KELLY 15 RESELL FOR?
The industry standard for a store fresh Epsom leather Kelly 15 in 2022,
Retail price starts from: The model is vintage and not currently in stores.
Resell approximately between £20,000 - £35,000 depending on spec
KELLY 20 A.KA MINI KELLY - DIMENSIONS L 20CM X H 16CM X W 10CM
Otherwise known as the Mini Kelly, the Kelly 20 is number one on most people's luxury shopping list. Despite its limiting size in terms of what you can fit inside, this mini must-have is the perfect crossbody addition to fit every style.
WHAT CAN THE KELLY 20 HOLD?
E-s-s-e-n-t-i-a-l-s only: iPhone, card-holder, lipstick, keys, mini pouch.
WHAT DOES THE KELLY 20 RESELL FOR?
The industry standard for a store fresh Epsom leather Kelly 20 in 2022,
Retail price starts from: £6,150
Resell approximately between £20,000 - £25,000 - depending on spec
KELLY 25 - DIMENSIONS L 25CM X H 19CM X W 9CM
The Kelly 25 still feels like a mini bag when worn. Whilst it still has a handle drop of 9cm, the shoulder strap does come slightly shortened compared to the Kelly 28. Transform your look from day to night with this multi-purpose bag. Style your casual street style look with your Kelly 25 slung cross body, or embrace evening chic by wearing it on the arm without the strap.
WHAT CAN THE HERMES 25 HOLD?
Card holder, AirPods, keys, mini umbrella, very small water bottle and of course your iPhone.
WHAT DOES THE KELLY 25 RESELL FOR?
The industry standard for a store fresh Epsom leather Kelly 25 in 2022,
Retail price starts from: £7,950
Resell approximately between £20,000 - £26,000 - depending on spec
KELLY 28 - DIMENSIONS L 28CM X H 22CM X W 10CM
Not too big, not too small, the Kelly 28 is one of the most sought after sizes and bags amongst fashion lovers. It’s the perfect everyday bag which fits all your most important necessities and the slightly longer shoulder strap makes it compliment every outfit.
WHAT CAN THE KELLY 28 HOLD?
Card holder, makeup essentials, water bottle, keys, mini pochette for coins, mini umbrella, AirPods.
WHAT DOES THE KELLY 28 RESELL FOR?
The industry standard for a store fresh Epsom leather Kelly 28 in 2022,
Retail price starts from: £8,300
Resell approximately between £17,000 - £24,000 depending on spec
KELLY 32 - DIMENSIONS L 32CM X H 23CM X W 10.5CM
Spacious and ideal for accompanying you to those lunchtime meetings, the Kelly 32 is on par with the Birkin 35 in terms of similarity in size and what it can fit inside. However, please note due to the narrow top, laptops and documents are a no go.
WHAT CAN THE KELLY 32 HOLD?
Card holder, makeup bag, keys, mini pouchette for coins, mini umbrella, AirPods, iPad or notepad.
WHAT DOES THE KELLY 32 RESELL FOR?
The industry standard for a store fresh Epsom leather Kelly 32 in 2022,
Retail price starts from: £9,050
Resell approximately between £16,000 - £19,000 depending on spec
KELLY 35 - DIMENSIONS L 35CM X H 24CM X W 12CM
We would say that this is probably the largest Kelly that can be used for daily outings, that is before it gets too big to handle on your arm for a long period of time. This is our go to for business meetings and commuters as it can fit both laptop and work documents as well as makeup essentials.
WHAT CAN THE KELLY 32 HOLD?
Small laptop or iPad, notepad, medium wallet, umbrella, AirPods, make up bag
WHAT DOES THE KELLY 35 RESELL FOR?
The industry standard for a store fresh Epsom leather Kelly 35 in 2022,
Retail price starts from: £11,750
Resell approximately between £11,000 - £16,000 depending on spec
KELLY 40 - DIMENSIONS L 40CM X H 28CM X W 16CM
Here comes your new weekend bag. Ideal for mini getaways and as carry-on luggage for flights, the Kelly 40 is your super chic travel buddy. The Kelly 40 is usually worn by men, used for work and travel.
WHAT CAN THE KELLY 40 HOLD?
Daily essentials + a change of clothes or two, toiletry bag and even a spare pair of shoes.
WHAT DOES THE KELLY 40 RESELL FOR?
The industry standard for a store fresh Epsom leather Kelly 40 in 2022,
Resell approximately between £10,000 - £15,000 depending on spec
KELLY 50 - L 50CM X H 34CM X W 25CM
Designed to be a travel bag, Kelly 50 is the mother of all Kellys in terms of size and is also known as the Kelly Voyage. It comes with more than enough space to be a fully functioning designer piece of luggage.
WHAT CAN THE KELLY 50 HOLD?
Pretty much whatever you need!
WHAT DOES THE KELLY 50 RESELL FOR?
The industry standard for a store fresh Epsom leather Kelly 50 in 2022,
Resell approximately between £12,000 - £16,000 depending on spec
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SELLIER & RETOURNE STITCHING?
The Kelly bags come with two different types of stitching, both offering a significantly different appearance as a result.
You can differentiate the Sellier stitching by its defined and structured appearance on the outside of the bag (with no visible piping), showcasing the classic craftsmanship that goes into making these timeless pieces. Visually, the Sellier offers a more structured look to the bag, making this a go-to for formal occasions and accessorizing more formal wear. The Sellier predominantly uses harder leathers to achieve the more rigid aesthetic, such as Epsom or Box Calf.
Reversed stitching seen in the Retourne mirrors the Hermès Birkin, with piping used inside instead of visible stitching. Acting as the polar opposite of Sellier, Retourne boasts a more slouchy and laid back look to the bag, making this an ideal accessory for more casual wear and everyday use such as shopping, travelling or sitting next to you whilst you sip on some late night cocktails.
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