I absolutely love Kate’s
Now I love this Mulberry purse for many reasons. It is simple, it is BEAUTIFUL, and it is classic. I think this is one style of purse that every woman should have. Actually, in all honesty, many women over the decades have indeed had this style of purse in their wardrobe. It is THE ULTIMATE staple of classic lady-like dressing. I say this because this Mulberry bag is actually the offspring of a similar purse that was adorned by many many women in the 1950s and 1960s….the “Kelly bag” by
I’ve said this many times before that I think one of Kate Middleton’s own style role models is the beautiful Grace Kelly. We all know how similar Kate’s Wedding dress was to
Like Kate, Grace was a style icon and was loved for remaining both down to earth and true to her own elegant style….something we can all recognize in Kate Middleton.
But lets talk about this Kelly Bag by Hermes for a moment. The Kelly bag was made famous in the 1950s by Grace when she was photographed using the big boxy bag to hide her pregnant belly from the paparazzi. She was photographed with it many many times, and of course it took the fashion scene by storm. The purse was actually created in the 1930s by Hermes and originally named “Sac à dépêches” until Hermes re-named the bag after Grace Kelly in the 1950s (this wouldn’t be the first time a company named a purse after a woman…think Pippa Middleton and Modalu!).
There is no question about it. I, and every other woman out there, needs a bag in this style…whether Mulberry’s Polly Push Lock purse, Hermes’ Kelly bag, or something just like it (and much more affordable!). If you want a Mulberry or Hermes original, unfortunately it will have you breaking the bank. Kate’s Polly Push lock purse is still available online and at Selfridges in London for a whopping £800 or $1300.
But if you think $1300 USD for a purse is crazy expensive, check out the Kelly bags by Hermes. Hermes’ Kelly bags are much much MUCH more expensive and there is actually a 6 month wait for anyone who wants to place an order with the company. A new one direct from Hermes will cost your around $8000 USD.
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Since many of us are not made of money, I’ve put together a few affordable alternatives to Kate’s Mulberry purse and Grace Kelly’s bag by Hermes. Hope you love them as much as I do!
I want to start off by saying that
Topshop also has a nice selection of what they are terming “lady bags” and which are in the style of Kate’s Mulberry bag and Grace’s Hermes bag. They range from $70 USD to $175 USD. For my Canadian friends, these same Topshop “lady bags” are also available at the
If you’d like to get your hands on a real life Hermes Kelly bag and are not willing to sell everything you own to do so, the website
That’s all for now! More Kate inspired items coming your way soon.
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