At the start of my Hermès journey, a Kelly Porc was going to be my very first bag but I changed my mind because ultimately I wasn’t sure about the leather itself. Back then, I was only starting the learning process (which continues) of the leathers, the functionality and aesthetics of Hermès bags. At the same time I was at a cross roads with my own closet requirements – leaving behind the baby years but where to go?In the end my H journey began with the vintage chocolate brown box leather 32 Kelly followed by the Bleu de Prusse 28 in swift leather:Then came the love affair with Chamonixand I forgot all about Porc until last year when the beautiful Aesthetic Alterations acquired her Kelly 32 Porc. She carries it and every single H piece so incredibly well! In the meantime, I received my Kelly in Brique box – my very first sellier 28 and was completely head over heels in love! I knew I had enough neutral bags and vowed to get something in a colour and if I was ever going to be lucky enough to find another Kelly, she HAD to be a sellier 28. The Kelly green Jigé appeared as if by magic, quickly followed by the Porc 28 sellier … just like buses 🙂
The sellier construction requires the leather to be stiffer to start off with but the structure does soften with time – I’ve seen well used bags and the slouch is very appealing indeed! So sharper lines and shape than the softer, rounded retourne. In terms of capacity, there’s not much between them. I keep the straps fastened underneath the flap which makes it easy to access my mobile or tickets quickly on the go.The retourne style has more give. Contents that fit comfortably inside the retourne. The same contents fit inside the sellier too, I just swap between the metallic cosmetic case with the blue Karo pouch. The lovely texture of the Porc leather is clearer. It takes more skill to constuct the sellier because all the stitching is shown unlike the retourne.Like so. I would say this is the maximum and fortunately I don’t over stuff my bags which in turn makes it easier to open and close. The slip pockets at the front are perfect for mobile, stray hair clips and small papers, with the back zip pocket for more security. My mobile was charging so forgot to include it! Next will be about the Brique Kelly.
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