Compare the difference between a Hermes Birkin bag and a Hermes Kelly bag



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    I. The difference between a Hermes Birkin bag and a Hermes Kelly bag

    1. First : the handle of the bag

    2. Second: the bag size
  • 3. Third: the design around the bag's lock
  • II. Similarity between the two Hermes bags

Hermes bags are the most luxurious bag line, loved and desired by many women and girls.  Hermes bags are divided into two categories: Birkin bag and Hermes Kelly bag. They look quite similar and are often confused.  So how easily can recognize the difference between these two Hermes bags?

Compare the difference between a Hermes Birkin bag and a Hermes Kelly bag

The Birkin bag is the most sought after designer bag of Hermes brand / ph: instagram@Christie’s Handbags

The Birkin bag, whose real name is Hermes Birkin bag, was born when French singer Jane Birkin complained to the current Hermès president, Jean Louis Dumas, that there were no big and realistic bags,  so the president of Hermes specially designed a bag for her, named after her, this is why the Birkin bag born.

Compare the difference between a Hermes Birkin bag and a Hermes Kelly bag

Hermes Kelly is a classic bag and is the symbol of the Hermes brand / ph: instagram@Christie’s Handbags

Hermes Kelly is a classic bag and is the symbol of the Hermes brand.  The bag bears the name of Princess Grace Kelly.  After getting married, she brought an extremely large Kelly bag to cover her pregnant belly and was better known through that image.  From then on, Kelly Bag began popularity.

I. The difference between a Hermes Birkin bag and a Hermes Kelly bag

1. First : the handle of the bag

Compare the difference between a Hermes Birkin bag and a Hermes Kelly bag

Thee Hermes Kelly has a single handle / ph: instagram@Christie’s Handbags

If you want to differentiate between these two Hermes bags, one of the easiest ways to look at the bag is the handle: the Hermes Kelly has a single handle and is at the top and comes with a cross strap.  This strap can be removed when not in use. 

The Birkin bag has two handles on either side of the bag, the handle is quite short and doesn't have a cross strap.

Compare the difference between a Hermes Birkin bag and a Hermes Kelly bag

The Birkin bag has two handles on either side of the bag / ph: instagram@Christie’s Handbags 

 In addition, the materials used in the two Hermes bags are quite different.  Material used in the Hermes Kelly is stiffer, sleeker and more rigid.  This is probably because the bag is named after the Princess of Morocco, Grace Kelly.

The leather used in the Birkin bag is soft and casual, suitable for everyday life and entertainment style.

2. Second: the bag size

 In terms of bag size, the Hermes Birkin bag is larger than the Hermes Kelly.  Because the Birkin bag was originally a large bag designed to hold a lot of things, this aspect is more suitable for travel and use than the Hermes Kelly bag.

 The usual bag size that the company offers for a Hermes Kelly is: 25cm, 28cm, 32cm.  However, the company still produces an additional 35cm size for those in need with a limited quantity.

The usual size of the Hermes Birkin bag that the company designs is 25cm, 30cm, 35cm, 40cm (the 40cm-sized bag is specially designed for customers who wish to carry many things when traveling ...)

3. Third: the design around the bag's lock

Compare the difference between a Hermes Birkin bag and a Hermes Kelly bag

The Birkin bag on the buckle has a metal ring passing / ph: instagram@Christie’s Handbags 

The Birkin bag on the buckle has a metal ring passing, furthermore under the leather buckle part of the bag is cut into three parts U-shaped, creating a soft feel for the bag.

Compare the difference between a Hermes Birkin bag and a Hermes Kelly bag

The Hermes Kelly has no passing metal ring / ph: instagram@Christie’s Handbags 

On the buckle of the Hermes Kelly has no passing metal ring and the leather under the lock k has a cut layer.

II. Similarity between the two Hermes bags

 Despite of the above differences, Hermes Birkin bag and Hermes Kelly bag still have the following similarities:

  • Leather materials are all high quality and rare leather: lizard skin, crocodile skin, ostrich, calf skin, snake skin ...

  • The lock is made of gold and silver

  • Made entirely by hand

  • Their prices are always high and expensive

Compare the difference between a Hermes Birkin bag and a Hermes Kelly bag

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