Hermes is a luxury house known for its high level of leather craft, but one type of leather is rarely used in Hermes’ bags - suede, and in this case also shearling. This fuzzy material we’re all so familiar with comes from the underside of the skin, and is softer and more flexible than the outer layer. The reason Hermes rarely makes suede handbags is durability. The natural fibers that make suede fuzzy easily hold dirt and darken, and the material overall will wear through faster than leather with heavy use. Anything that does not have reliable lifelong durability Hermes either removes from production entirely, such as python and pony hair, or elevates for use exclusively in exceptional pieces, like with silk and suede.
Featured here, an extremely rare and stunning Limited Edition Shearling & Ébène Barénia Retourne Kelly 35 with Palladium Hardware. This Kelly is noted as one of the rarest on the market and was produced in extremely limited numbers by Hermes.
Affectionately referred to as the "Teddy Kelly"
Color: Brown & Beige
Material: Suede, Shearling & Barenia
35cm: 35x24x12cm 14"x9.5"x4.7"
Where used in this sale the term "hardware" refers to the metallic parts of the bag, such as the buckle hardware, base studs, lock and keys and/or strap, which are plated with a coloured finish (e.g. gold, silver, palladium). The terms "Gold Hardware", "Silver Hardware", "Palladium Hardware" etc. refer to the tone or colour of the hardware and not the actual material used. If the bag incorporates solid metal hardware this will be referenced in the lot description.
Store Fresh - No indication of wear, all plastic on hardware, never worn, essentially as new.
Pristine - Little to no indication of handling, usually with all plastic on hardware and most likely never worn.
Excellent - Very minor evidence of handling.
Very Good - Evidence of wear and handling, with no major flaws.
Good - Moderate wear and is fully functional.
Fair - Moderate wear and has condition issues that may or may not be repairable.