I have been in love many times and in every form. The lustful first sighting of brighly colored leather... The infatuation with gold hardware... However, no bag has come close to the lasting eternal love I feel for the Hermes Kelly Bag. Hopelessly expensive, I don't really expect to ever own one... But I search ebay and thrift shops endlessly for deals and similar styles.
The Kelly Bag is so named because it was a favorite of Grace Kelly - the bag was not designed for her (as some say) but became her most famous accessory when she used the bag to hid her pregnancy from over zealous paperazzi.
To me the shape of the bag is classic, timeless and utterly sophisticated. I recently went to the hermes store in Beverly Hills and tried one one (I pefer the 25cm bag, which is smaller and consider a "luncheon" size.) I was sort of embarrassed and told the saleswoman upfront that there was no way I could afford to buy the bag. She was lovely and said that I should try it on anyway and come back to the store any time. She wasn't in the least snobby, which was greatly appreciated. By the way, the bag retails for about $7500.00, so to say it is an investment is sort of an understatement.
On our recent Honeymoon, my husband took a photo of my standing next to the Kelly Bag window display in Rome... it kinda says it all. ;)