Our week of handbags is progressing in chronological order; with todayâ€™s examples being manufactured between 1908 and 1939, although the iconic Kelly bag is still made (by hand) by HermÃ¨sÂ to this day. And look, a nod to Olympic fever, in time for this year’s London games! Clicking on any image will bring up a somewhat larger view for detail study.
About that Kelly bag: Introduced in 1935, HermÃ¨s’Â “Sac Ã dÃ©pÃªches” is a true classic. Its nickname was adopted in 1956, when Grace Kelly was frequently photographed carrying hers. Popular history says that she used the sizable bag to conceal her pregnancy, but the photos below, taken before her marriage, show that theÂ Sac Ã dÃ©pÃªchesÂ was already a staple in her wardrobe.
CREDITS:Â Purse photography by Jenna Bascom and Ken Music Photography. Photos of Grace Kelly via LIFE magazine. All handbags shown here are from the collection ofÂ Tassenmuseum Hendrikje/Museum of Bags and Purses, Amsterdam.
4 responses to “Handbag Week! Day 2”
Oh my everloving lord. My kingdom for a Kelly bag. (Of course you could feed a small village for umpteen years for the price of one…)
I’d settle for a cheap knock-off, but search for “Kelly Bag” online and you get 1,000,000 resellers who think ANY frame purse is a Kelly bag. :|
Oh drool!! The spider bag… I NNED THAT!!!! Also love the Enameled minaudiÃ¨re, it’s beautiful. As for the Kelly… one day I’ll own one…one day.
Ditto, ditto, and ditto!