deep breath. yes, this is the vintage Hermès Kelly of my dreams.
i had been stalking vintage ones online for ages, and saw quite a few boxcalf ones from the 1970s all the way to the late 1990s that i liked, but for one reason or another, they weren't quite right. until i found this one - it was a custom order kelly (hence the gorgeous and unique tan trim details), and the woman who originally commissioned it barely used it. the leather is a naturally grained leather (i think it's ardennes), and the tan trim is another leather (chamonix?). if anyone is familiar with Hermès leathers, i'd love to hear your thoughts.
i am completely over the moon. after i decided to part ways with the Chanel, i realized that a vintage Hermès would be the perfect combination of craftsmanship, design, and function. if you know where to look online and at reputable reseller shops, many vintage H bags are actually not much more (and in many cases, comparable) in price to Chanel at retail...something to consider if you are looking to take the plunge on an investment bag but think that Hermes is way out of your reach. you'd be surprised!
so here's my mini review: this is pretty much The Perfect Bag. the 35cm size is just the right size for everyday - not too big but a lot more functional than many of the smaller 'lady bags'. i didn't want a kelly that was too small, as i think a bag in this style can veer towards slightly prissy if the proportion is off. because the leather is naturally grained, it is low-maintenance, scratch-resistant, and holds its shape well. however, due to the retourne (rounded seams vs the sellier/'turned out') stitching, it doesn't look too stiff or formal either. the perfect balance of elegant-casual. i was also really lucky as the original owner had everything - dustbags, two H straps (canvas and leather), and the original lock and key. oftentimes vintage kellys will be missing the strap (they weren't included with the bag until recently, and are very pricey to get brand-new), so to have all the original accessories is just amazing.
last but not least, i love the two-tone details...such a cool twist on that old-fashioned sartorial rule of 'no brown and black'!
i have to say, i feel incredibly lucky and rather undeserving of this gorgeous bag. but i know i will wear it for years and years and years, and it will be such a special piece in my wardrobe.
is there an investment/holy grail item that is on your list or is a recent purchase that is really special to you? please do share!