Monday, December 27, 2010

Why Kelly bag is so expensive ?

In total,it takes 18 hours to construct a Kelly bag.

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Unlike manifacturing for the mass market (were each process is divided among the work force),the making of the Kelly bag is undertaken by one person,from the begining to the end.For the last 20 years Hermes has even incorporated an embrossed stamp inside the bag,denoting the name of the craft worker who made it and the date also.This is the proof for the real Kelly bag,and also a way in case the bag needs to be returned,for repairs.

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The skins for the bag are selected according to personal requirements,and arrive at the atelierin hand cut pieces.

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For a bag made of alligator,the skins from two alligators are required,the skin from belly is used for the body of the bag,and the neck skin becomes the sides,while the lining made for goatskin,is constucted first as the base of the bag is then hand stiched to the front and the back with a double saddle stich (this process has two needles working waxed linen threads in tensile opposition.Each bag requires more than 2600 hand stitches and every stitch requires that the skin in first perforated with an awl,the traditional artisan's tool.also used by saddle makers.


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The handle is constructed from five pieces of lethar and is shaped by hand using a special knife,were the bevelled edges of the leather are then smoothed away with sandpaper and dyed to match the bag.Then the body is stitched to front flap and the handles glued and stitched to the bag.The clasp and the four metal feet on the base are riveted to the skin,and four holes are punctured to secure the bag's locking belt hardware.Finally the bag is ironed to get rid of the crinkles and the last step is to stamp the "Hermes Paris" name on each Kelly bag.


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