Hermès Kelly 35 Retourne Teddy Shearling & Ebene Barenia Palladium Hardware
Hermès is a luxury house known for its high level of leather craft, but one type of leather is rarely used in Hermès’ 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 Hermès 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 Hermès 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 Hermès.
Affectionately referred to as the "Teddy Kelly"
Color: Brown & Beige
Material: Suede, Shearling & Barenia
35cm: 35x24x12cm 14"x9.5"x4.7"
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 colored finish (e.g. gold, silver, palladium). The terms refer to the tone or color of the hardware and not the actual material used. If hardware is composed of precious solid metals this will be referenced in the description.
No indication of wear, all plastic on hardware, never worn, essentially as new.
Little to no indication of handling, usually with all plastic on hardware and most likely never worn.
Very minor evidence of handling.
Evidence of wear and handling, with no major flaws.
Moderate wear and is fully functional.
Moderate wear and has condition issues that may or may not be repairable.