There are so many ways to wear the Hermès Kelly and we’re not just talking about the handbag’s numerous colours, leathers, styles, stitches, and sizes. Through the years, it has been ingeniously transformed into everything from small leather goods, fashion accessories, timepieces, charms, and even a quirky cute mascot named Kellydole.
But the maison’s latest interpretation of the iconic handbag is also its most luxurious one, as creative director of Hermès jewellery, Pierre Hardy, applies his magic touch to Kellymorphose—a new fine jewellery collection celebrating the classic Kelly’s multidimensional allure.
Bridging the functional and the precious, Kellymorphose revisits the enigma of the legendary handbag first created in the 1930s then immortalised—and renamed—in the 1950s. Its trapezoidal architecture, side straps, clasp with padlock, and key holder all come apart in a playful deconstruction; a sumptuous reappropriation that converts these practical features into luxurious adornments.
Says Hardy of this inherent creative tension, “The Kelly bag elevates its functional components: the side straps, and an elemental clasp consisting of a turnlock, a plate and four studs. I do the same with Kelly jewellery, by reinterpreting or disrupting its original lines.”
The collection is spread over seven visual themes, crafted in rose or white gold with a couple of pieces touched with silver. Alphakelly and Kelly Clochette forefront the beloved key and padlock motif while Kelly Baguette jazzes up the handbag’s signature turnlock clasp with diamonds and black spinels.
Kelly Gavroche, too, plays with the clasp motif as its double rings and necklaces reference the Kelly bag’s elegant strap. Finally, Kelly Gourmette and Kelly Chaîne explore different chain-link designs, leaving Précieux Kelly to court the truest of Kelly bag stans.
The idea is also to explore multiple wearing styles: twirled once or twice round, cascading down the front or back, with or without diamond setting… Every piece expresses the irony of strength meets effervescence we’ve come to associate with Hardy’s designs.
“I like movement,” he says, “A chain that winds around itself, a ring that splits into two, a key-chain that swings as you walk—I like capturing mobility without ever fixing it in place. I like the momentum of the body, which echoes creative momentum.”
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Hermès Alphakelly bracelet in silver
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Hermès Alphakelly double ring in silver
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Hermès Alphakelly sautoir necklace in silver
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Hermès Kelly Chaine double bracelet in rose gold with diamonds
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Hermès Kelly Chaine body jewellery in rose gold with diamonds
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Hermès Kelly Baguettes cuff bracelet in rose gold with black spinels
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Hermès Kelly Baguettes choker in white gold with diamonds
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Hermès Kelly Clochette double cuff bracelet in white gold with diamonds
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Hermès Kelly Clochette bracelet in rose gold with diamonds
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Hermès Kelly Clochette drop earrings in rose gold with diamonds
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Hermès Kelly Clochette sautoir necklace in white gold with diamonds
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Hermès Kelly Gavroche double ring in rose gold with diamonds
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Hermès Kelly Sac Bijou pendant in silver
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Hermès Kelly Sac Bijou pendant with chain in silver
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Hermès Kelly Sac Bijou in rose gold with pink sapphires
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