Hermès is known for offering its customers not only the best quality materials and highest levels of craftmanship, but the maison also prides itself in providing its clients with countless options- so many that it can sometimes be overwhelming. But that’s what we’re here for, to make navigating the luxury market an easy task.
There are many things to consider when buying an Hermès Kelly bag, but a topic that’s not highly discussed is the debate between Kelly Sellier vs. Kelly Retourne. At first, the two Kelly bags might seem to only differ in color, but if you look closer, you’ll see they have different shapes. Let’s take a closer look at each Kelly.
Here we have a pristine Orange H Kelly 32cm in Epsom leather, priced at $19,000, available on PORTERO.com (no waitlist, ever). The Kelly Sellier, or “rigid” Kelly has a boxy, structured look. The Kelly Sellier’s side stitches show on the outside, and because of the rigorous crafting process, the Sellier is usually priced higher than the Retourne. The sharper edges give the Kelly Sellier an air of chic formality. Because of its shape and the strong leathers used, like Epsom and Box, Kelly Sellier bags hold their shape exceptionally well as time goes by.Don’t forget to visit our Hermès leather guide.
Here, we have a pristine Blue Atoll Kelly 32cm in Togo leather, also available for purchase on PORTERO.com. As you can see, the Retourne version, also refered to as “souple,” has softer, more rounded corners. Its slouchy feel make it a favorite among Hermès lovers who enjoy wearing Kellys on an every day basis, to compliment a more casual wardrobe. All Kellys are made to be Selliers, but right before the process is done, the Hermès artisan working on the bag will turn the bag inside out. This is why the side stitches on the Kelly Retourne are on the inside.