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The return of the Hermès Kelly Danse

The Kelly Danse is a small clutch bag designed to be worn cross body, around the waist, or as a back pack. It has just been re-released by Hermès to great excitement.   The desirability of this versatile little number is a great example of well-considered product marketing. It is something very few brands can afford to do and manage well.  This is what has happened: Hermès released the bag more than a decade ago, in small quantities, when the style and size was not at the height of fashion.  They then discontinued it, just as people began to understand its value.  This fuelled the bag’s desirability among a small following, and enhanced the brand image.  Years later, in autumn 2019, now the style has become fashionable, Hermès has re-released the piece, and voila, they have created a new bag which already has an eager audience.  And because it was designed before, Hermès can maintain its claim to not be influenced by trends.  As an added bonus, Hermès has attracted a new customer, a younger one, who follows seasonal trends, which is a new dimension in Hermès’ usual conservative  retail space.  Welcome back, the Kelly Danse!

Here is the Gris Perle Hermès Kelly Danse which we received yesterday.

The History of the Kelly Danse
The original Hermès Kelly Danse was released in 2007, in soft Swift leather, and discontinued in 2013.  It was a casual version of the Kelly Pochette, in softer leather, without the top handle, and with a long strap.  It never achieved the iconic status of the Kelly Pochette and was aimed at a younger market.  We love the name: it must be the only handbag Hermès has produced whose name hints at functionality: young ladies could dance while wearing a cross body handbag, which at that time was unheard of  in high fashion.

The Lilac Blue experience
We sold a handful of these bags between 2009 and 2012. Not many people knew of them and they were extremely casual for an Hermès design.  At this time the Kelly Pochette and Kelly Cut clutch bags were popular, but only amongst the serious Hermès cognoscenti.

Then just as Hermès stopped making the bag a number of our Kuwaiti clients – ladies from Kuwaiti high society were some of the first serious collectors of Hermès Birkins and Kellies – started asking for the Kelly Danse. Their girls could wear the bag cross body and they understood its chic yet practical design.
We had a Blue Jean one in stock for a few days in 2014. Then we had a terrible theft, of the Kelly Danse and four larger Kellies and Birkins. We tracked the bags
across London, and got most of them back, but the Kelly Danse had already been sold on, within a day!

Fast forward to 2019 and the world is going mad for small bags worn cross-body. And rucksacks. This bag meets both demands. It can also be worn as a bum bag, or fanny pack. But as you may know, Lilac Blue has never come to terms with the bum bag… the very name shrieks style disaster….

Parchemin Kelly Danse. Image courtesy of Xupes

The Kelly Danse original was 17 x 22 x 7cm with one strap which could be work single 63cm or doubled at 33cm.

The Kelly Danse II is the same dimensions, with a longer strap. It can now also be worn as a rucksack, or around the waist, if you really must.

The Danse Kelly was initially made in Swift leather – a smooth pliable leather suited to small accessories. Handbag buyers don’t like this leather, because it looks delicate and smooth on larger items, so Hermès has changed to the more resilient Evercolor. The Kelly Danse II appeared in July 2019, and we are currently only seeing it in natural colours such as Gris Perle and Etoupe.  As Hermès has concentrated the last few years on bright new hues, this may be a welcome return to neutral shades, at least for A/W 2019.

The price in Europe is €4,900 Euros, in the US approximately $7,000 USD – if you are lucky enough to be invited to purchase one. The price on the resale market looks set to be around €12,000, or £12,000 here in the UK.  This may change according to supply and demand.

Lilac Blue London has some pre-loved Kelly Danse bags from 2008 to 2012 in excellent condition in Black; Rose Dragee; Jaune d’Or and Parchemin:

and new ones just arriving here.

Editorial Comment and Recommendations

Was the creation of the Kelly Danse and Kelly Danse II really part of a 12 year product marketing strategy? Did Hermès really tease us in 2008-12 with this bag, knowing that the market for very small bags would burgeon and explode in 2018? Almost certainly not. Hermès is extremely lucky to be able to release this bag right now: its launch in 2008 might be called ill-timed, the design ill-conceived. What is clear however is that Hermès has maintained its position at the very top of the luxury handbag market over the last decade, a decade which has seen exponential growth, investment and inflation in luxury accessories. Never before have so many women, across so many continents, coveted a Hermès handbag. So to have created a bag in 2008 which becomes highly desirable ten years later, and more importantly one which you can effortlessly re-release, is a stroke of good fortune and not a strategic stroke of genius. But having been dealt this amazing deck of cards, Hermès plays them unusually well. Arguably better than any other luxury brand.  This is why:

The last six months – Summer and Autumn of 2019 – has brought a frenzy of desire for an Hermès bag.  The last time the market was this alive with desire
and super inflated prices was 2012. The bag? The Mini Kelly II. Requests for the bag come from all corners of the world, every day. Prices for this Mini Kelly II 20cm have reached way beyond 100% above the retail price, and are currently – November 2019 – around £14,000 for a Black Mini Kelly. (Please be VERY careful if you are offered one for less than £11,000, please contact us if you are unsure of your seller.)  This level of markup in the handbag resale market –
from £6,000 to £15,000 – has not been  seen for many years. What an amazing achievement for Hermès.

Back to the relaunch of the Kelly Danse: it seems highly coincidental that the Mini Kelly 20cm production is stalled just as the Kelly Danse is released.  Will the Kelly Danse become as sought after as the Mini Kelly? While Hermès does not have an official Marketing Department, someone is seeking to ensure that the hunger for bags continues to grow and younger customers are drawn to the brand.

If you like the Kelly Danse and the Mini Kelly, have you considered one of the original Mini Kellies?  You can find this Mini Kelly here.  And to see how these bags shape high street fashion, you only have to look at this new Lee Radziwill Petite Bag by Tory Birch.
Available at Shopbop.

And if you really want to show your individuality and appreciation of the rare, this Hermès yellow Lizard Mini Kelly, which is from 1986 and may be older than many of you, is a rare collector’s piece.  It is fragile and worn, but is expected to grow enormously in value.

Our thanks go to Purse Blog for their endlessly brilliant writing and research.

Annabelle Hunt

Beautiful Box Birkin

This bag was bought by our dear partner, a collector of Hermes bags who is selling a few of her pieces to fund her post graduate degree.

It is H Stamp, made in 2004. This officially makes the bag a vintage piece.

Box leather was the leather initially used for Kelly handbags. It’s a calf leather, is smooth and very beautiful, with a slight sheen. However, being very smooth, with a very gentle grain, it does scratch more easily than the better-known togo and clemence leathers, and this frightens people. What many people don’t realise is that once the leather has suffered some wear and tear, it develops a lovely sheen, a gentle patina.

This bag is unusual because it’s 35cm, which is large for box leather. It was made as a special order, so only a handful of bags in this combination of leather or colour were ever created. The raisin leather is edged in cyclamen, a light purple which also lines the bag.

It shows signs of gentle wear on the base and the feet, but the signs of use the body of the bag are so gentle that it looks new. Box leather is sturdy so the bag will continue to stand upright for many years. The hardware has all been completely replaced and there are still plastic protectors on the metal.

This is one of a few pieces that we would recommend as an investment.

For more information or to purchase please click HERE

New to Lilac Blue London

Watches, but not just any watch….  We have often been asked by clients visiting the Lilac Blue London showroom if we sell other luxury items, particularly watches.  Up until recently we haven’t as we’ve liked to concentrate on our core business, however we don’t like to disappoint so having made some connections with trusted suppliers Lilac Blue London are delighted to announce that we have a small selection of extremely lovely watches available from Patek Philippe and Rolex, two manufacturers who are at the very peak of the luxury watch business.

Patek Philippe has an unrivalled reputation for quality and sells some of the most expensive watches ever made, in fact just a few days ago a one-of-a-kind Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime sold for the breathtaking figure of £24.3 million.  The quality of design, materials and craftsmanship is outstanding and when you own a Patek Philippe you are showing pride and appreciation of the traditional Swiss watchmaker’s art.

Rolex is quite probably the most well known watch brand in the world, their models have been worn by many celebrated figures both past, present and fictional.  Their watches are created with a purpose – for diving, climbing, flying – and are all superbly made to the highest standards.  Paul Newman’s Daytona sold in 2017 for US$17.8 million and for some time held the record for the most expensive watch ever sold.

Watches from Lilac Blue London


If you’d like information on any of these watches or to ask us to find one for you, please get in touch via WhatsApp: +44 7887 409934

Lilac Blue London doesn’t just sell Hermes bags.

Lilac Blue London has long had a reputation as a trusted and experienced seller of Hermes bags,in particular the Birkin, the Kelly and the Constance and indeed a great deal of our time is spent sourcing these beautiful bags for clients around the world.  What is less well known is that we also have plenty of expertise with other brands including Chanel, Vuitton and Goyard and have many loyal customers who ask us to help them find their favourite bag.

Featured here are just a few of the amazing bags we have available right now, these are our current favourites but that may change soon – there are plenty more on our website to choose from.

If you’re a fan of the Chanel Flap Bag then take a look at this particularly special one , a beautiful dusky pink Chanel Mini Classic Flap in Crocodile.  Chanel are no longer making bags in crocodile so this is one of the last brand new Croc Flap bags out there – a rare beauty!

Louis Vuitton followers will know that Virgil Abloh has got everyone talking with his fabulous Fibre Optic Keepall, quite possibly the most amazing bag we’ve  seen:

The Goyard Mini Saigon is not a new design by any means but it’s still a much prized possession and is a cute little bag which can be carried in the hand or worn on the shoulder, we have a black Mini Saigon and another in Natural which features two wooden strips on the front – both have hand carved wooden handles.

These are only three examples of what we have, take a look at our website for the full list of bags from non Hermes designers, and if you don’t see what you want do get in touch via WhatsApp +44 7887 409934 and we’ll do our very best to help you find it.  .

A Guide to the Hermès Constance

At almost 60 years old, you’d think that the Hermès Constance handbag design might look a little out of date, or old fashioned but no, it’s still going strong and is going through a surge in popularity.  Over the last two years rumours of it being discontinued have abounded, (as they have for the famous Himalaya Birkin handbag), but instead of it being discontinued, we are seeing more models of it being designed and released.

Favoured by Jackie Onassis back in the 1960’s, the Hermès Constance can be seen carried by actress Diane Kruger, the socialite Nicky Hilton, the former Mrs Abramovich, Dasha Zhukova, amongst several others.

The simple and elegant design of the Hermès Constance features the iconic H clasp on the front flap, and a long leather strap which can also be doubled to carry the bag in the hand.

Bamboo Constance in Swift Leather with Palladium Hardware

The Constance has been the subject of a few minor redesigns over the years, but the sleek lines and distinctive curves have been maintained and the bag has lost none of its appeal. It is the most complicated of the Hermès bags to make, with an intricate design, and as a result the price is more than you would expect for a small Hermès bag, at €7,000 for a standard 24cm calf leather.

Particularly popular at the moment is the Constance Mini which measures 18cm by 15cm by 6cm: it’s just big enough to carry a few daytime essentials (as long as you travel light), and small enough to make a neat little evening bag. Lilac Blue London currently has available a lovely selection of this cute bag – a vivid Bamboo Constance in Swift Leather with Palladium Hardware, an even brighter Hermès Constance Lagoon Tadelakt with Palladium Hardware, an Orange Poppy Constance in Swift Leather and a very chic Hermès Constance 18cm Black Optique Veau Monsieur Enamel with enamel hardware.

The next size up is the 24cm by 15cm x 5cm, not much larger but possibly a little more practical as a daytime bag.  The Constance 24cm Beton Evercolor is a very versatile cool pale grey shade with rose gold hardware or if you prefer a gorgeous summer colour, the Constance 24cm Rose Extreme Epsom is always a sought after shade for the warmer months!

In 2010 Hermès offered a slightly longer and slimmer version, the Constance Elan, measuring 25cm x 14cm x 8cm which has the look more of a clutch bag than a shoulder bag.  It’s particularly hard to find but there are occasionally preloved bags available.

Hermes Constance 25cm Black Elan Silk GHW – Vintage

If you’re a lover of Hermès Vintage, then how about this absolutely beautiful Hermès Constance 25cm Black Elan Silk GHW in Black Silk with Gold Hardware? Carry this and you will, without doubt feel like Jackie O!

A brand new model this month has the optique clasp, an enamelled multi coloured highly-textured clasp, which Hermès traditionally used on bracelets.   Another lovely aspect of this Hermes Constance 18cm Black Optique Veau Monsieur Enamel is the new leather being used for it: it’s called Veau Monsieur, which we are calling Gentleman’s Calfskin. You have to love the translation.

Hermes Constance 18cm Black Optique Veau Monsieur Enamel

Do get in touch if you’d like more information on the Hermès Constance, Hermès Birkin or Hermès Kelly, or arrange to come and visit our Mayfair Showroom, close to Bond Street, Regent Street and Piccadilly.

Please either email us at or call us on +44 (0)845 224 8876



Pretty in Pink

The sun is shining, Spring is here and we have the sweetest selection of Hermès handbags in all different shades of pink and we have to admit, they look almost good enough to eat!

A vibrant pop of pink is a wonderful way to breathe new life into your Spring Summer wardrobe and here at Lilac Blue London we have an array of styles in the most compact sizes, for moments when you only want to take a few essentials out with you and travel light.

If you’re looking to upgrade your Hermès collection, fast track your style for the season ahead and turn your thoughts to Summer, here’s our pick of mood-enhancing pretty in pink styles…

Hermes Medor Clutch Rose Sakura Tadelakt PHW

Shop Here: Rose Sakura Medor Clutch

In the prettiest dusky soft pink, the distinctive Hermes Medor Clutch Rose Sakura Tadelakt PHW is a great choice for someone who likes to dress in feminine styles with a slight edge.

This style fits beautifully and comfortably in the hand but can also be carried under the arm and the statement Collier de Chien hardware also allows the bag to be made smaller or wider as necessary.

In Tadelakt leather with Palladium Hardware, the full measurements of this style are: 23cm x 11cm x 5cm with a T stamp and 3Q colour code.

Magnolia Jige Elan in Swift

Shop Here: Magnolia Jige Elan

How amazing is the colour of the Magnolia Jige Elan in Swift? The Hermès Jige Clutch has been a firm favourite of Hermès for a long time but this simple and chic design never loses its appeal. This envelope style clutch bag makes an ideal evening bag and is a new colourway that was introduced in Autumn 2018.

This C Stamp style in Swift leather with a 9l Colour code is a real beauty and will look amazing for daytime wear or a special occasion. The measurements of this style are 29cm x 15cm x 3cm.

Rose Pourpre Mini Kelly in Epsom

Shop Here: Rose Pourpre Kelly 20

The 20cm Mini Kelly style is already a hugely desirable little bag but we absolutely love this style in the Rose Pourpre, a vibrant pink with purple undertones, which is a new colour from Spring 2018.

Bigger than the Kelly Micro but smaller than the classic Kelly but still with enough room to fit in a few essentials such as a lipstick, smart phone and keys.

With stunning Chevre leather and Palladium Hardware, this is such a striking bag and will see you through the warmer months year after year! Full measurements are: 20cm x 14cm x 9cm, the colour code is L3 and this style is a C stamp.

Rose Azalée Kelly Mini Pochette in Swift with Gold Hardware

Shop Here: Rose Azalee Mini Pochette

Hermès has so many pinks to choose from but Rose Azalee is one of our favourites as it’s bright but not overpowering and is a very refreshing shade for Spring and Summer.

Featuring gold hardware and a 8W Colour Code, this C Stamp Kelly Mini Pochette will be a stylish addition to your outfit for weddings, the races, weekends and everything in between! The dimensions of this style are 22cm x 14cm x 7cm.

Rose Jaipur Kelly Wallet in Epsom

Shop Here: Rose Jaipur Kelly Wallet

Last but by no means least is this gorgeous Kelly Wallet in a pinky coral red Rose Jaipur shade that is guaranteed to stand out from the crowd. In the perfect size, this classic Epsom leather wallet has the is also very light and scratch proof. The colour code is T5 and the measurements when closed are 19.7 x 11.5cm. The wallet comes with the original receipt and all accessories including the box and dustbag.


If you would like to book an appointment at our London showroom to view the latest pink styles by Hermès or any other styles from the Lilac Blue London collection, please call on +44 845 224 8876 or email for more information.

The Bag of the Moment: Hermès Birkin 30cm Gris Perle Rose Extreme HSS Chevre PHW

We are delighted to announce that we have had a beautiful special order Hermès Birkin 30cm Gris Perle Rose Extreme arrive into the showroom and this neutral style with a pop of pink is certainly not to be missed!

In a super delicate gris perle shade with contrasting piping, this unique style has such fantastic definition and we are convinced this Birkin won’t be available for very long!

The main benefit of this superb style is that it is crafted in the most exquisite Chevre Mysore goatskin that is almost completely scratch resistant, helping the bag to retain its pristine look and feel over time.

Whilst this type of leather is not as well-known as the popular Togo and Epsom leather, the grain is soft, highly pronounced and runs vertically down the handbag.

With a C stamp from early 2019 and colour codes 80 and 16, this lightweight style is the perfect transitional piece for Spring and Summer’s warmer months. The deep pink on this style has been used on the piping, the stitching and the interior, adding a distinctive touch to this very versatile style.

Another cool feature of this bag is the brushed palladium metalware. As it has a matte effect, it is slightly more resistant to scratches, keeping this style in the best possible condition with any wear.

If you are looking for a Spring handbag update, this style will breathe new life into your existing wardrobe and can be styled for both casual and more dressy occasions. We love!

For more information on this style please call +44 845 224 8876 or email to book an appointment at our Lilac Blue London Showroom. Alternatively, you can shop the Hermès Birkin 30cm Gris Perle/Rose Extreme HSS Chevre PHW online here.

The Bag of the Moment: Hermès Kelly 28cm Gris Asphalte Evercolour

Here at Lilac Blue London, we see so many beautiful Hermès handbags in our showroom it’s always difficult to pinpoint a particular favourite.  So rather than pick a particularly beautiful bag that appeals to me today, I have instead chosen the current most popular and sought-after Hermès piece.

The honour goes to the Hermès Kelly 28cm in the new Gris Asphalte grey tone (colour code M8), in the new Evercolour leather.

In a similar neutral colour palette to the ever popular classic etoupe, mixed with the paler Gris Tourterelle dove grey shade, Gris Asphalte is a very versatile mix between brown, grey and taupe.

The new Evercolour leather is most similar to togo in texture but has a slightly smoother finish.  This gives it a slightly dressier look than that of the classic togo, so its transition from day to evening accessory is now seamless. It’s fully lined in goatskin, is durable and scratch resistant.

This bag is also c-stamp for 2018/19 and is finished with shiny gold hardware.

There is little doubt that part of the appeal of these Hermès bags is their unmatched ability to stand the test of time and age beautifully.  And beyond that, this bag works seamlessly with all fashion seasons and any outfit choice including casual weekend options, workwear or evening looks.

It has a secure zip pocket inside and raincoat to protect the leather from any sudden downpours as well as a lock and key, and the lovely orange Hermès box, this style is one to keep forever as it will never date.

Not only is this bag the perfect small to medium size, it comes with a longer shoulder strap and dustbag so it’s a super wearable, elegant style for every occasion.

You can shop the Hermès Kelly 28cm Gris Asphalte Evercolour here.


Five Facts about the Hermès Kelly Bag that may surprise you!

The Kelly bag from Hermès has been an iconic and sought-after style for decades and has been worn by some of the most elegant women across the world.

Here at Lilac Blue London, we have many Kelly styles to choose from including this gorgeous C stamp, petite matte alligator bag with palladium hardware. Better known as the Mini Kelly, this bag is an ideal choice for someone who loves to carry only a few fashionable essentials!

Investing in the perfect small evening bag such as the Hermès Kelly will not only be an incredibly special purchase, but it will always look stylish for generations to come.

Shop Here: Black Mini Kelly in Matte Alligator

As one of our best-selling styles, we wanted to share five facts about the Hermès Kelly Bag that may surprise you…

  1. Did you know the first prototype of the Hermès Kelly Bag was in fact meant to hold a saddle or boots, since Hermès’ original focus used to be horseback riding accessories? In time, this style has changed into the elegant haute couture ladies bag we know today.
  2. Every Hermès Kelly Bag is unique and is handmade by one craftsman, taking around 25 hours per bag. The Kelly Bag in particular has approximately 2,600 hand stitches.
  3. The bag is a top handle style and was designed to be worn by ‘the princesses of the world’, hence why it is such a sophisticated design.
  4. During the Second World War, supplies of the original Hermès boxes, at first cream-coloured with a golden border, then beige with brown piping, ran out. The cardboard maker only had orange paper left so this colour then became Hermès’s signature colour.
  5. The Kelly Bag played a key role in the movie Le Divorce with Kate Hudson and Emma Watson. In the film, the bag served as a gift that changed everything and was loaned to director James Ivory from the Hermès showroom in Paris.

If you would like to come and see our selection of Hermès styles or you are interested in the Hermès Kelly Bag in Black Matte Alligator, why not visit the Lilac Blue London showroom. To book an appointment, please call us on +44 845 224 8876 or email  for more information.

The super stylish everyday bag: Saint Laurent Sac de Jour

The iconic Saint Laurent Sac de Jour in Black with an embossed golden Saint Laurent signature is an excellent option if you’re looking to invest in a premium quality, minimalist bag with a modern edge.

Not only is this 100% calf leather everyday bag the perfect size for dashing from one meeting to the next, the size and style of this bag will take you from a business brunch straight through to cocktails in an instant.

The shape is completely timeless and looks effortlessly subtle whilst also adding the perfect finishing touch to any look. We can imagine this bag would look equally amazing with a tailored suit and heels as it would with a pair of skinny jeans, boots and a leather jacket at the weekend.

The structured accordion sides makes this style super spacious, for all your everyday essentials such as a laptop, diary and other must haves. What is also so clever about this bag is the way the sides have compression tabs so it can look even more compact if you need to carry less too.

If you’re looking to invest in a preloved handbag that will most definitely stand the test of time, this is one of our ultimate top picks to take you from day to evening.

You can shop the Saint Laurent Sac de Jour style here or alternatively email the Lilac Blue team on to arrange an appointment at our showroom.

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The Rise of the Preloved Market

Lilac Blue London has long been aware of the virtue of buying your bag “second hand” or “preloved” –  the term we prefer.  Buying a preloved bag is a great introduction to Hermes and it’s why we have two categories ~ GOOD AS NEW and VINTAGE/PRELOVED on our website devoted to them, there are some really beautiful bags there.

Lisa Armstrong, head of fashion at The Telegraph has written an interesting and informative article on the growth of the preloved market in luxury handbags – read it in full here:

Why This Year’s It Bag is an old bag.

If you are interested in any of our As New or Preloved bags then please get in touch via WhatsApp  +44 7887 409934 or email

Birkin 35 in Black Shiny Croc

Vintage Black Silk Constance

Gold Birkin 35





Good As New

A brand new Hermes handbag is one of the most precious accessories you will ever buy.  You know that the bag is in pristine condition and it will feel and smell perfect, in its orange box with all the trimmings.  But buying a Birkin or Kelly from Hermes can take months or years, and the premium on one from a reseller such as ourselves can be costly.  So you might want to consider the Preloved market.    Obviously there are limitations here in the terms of choice but in general there is a good selection of bags in varying conditions at equally varying prices.

At Lilac Blue London we have a number of bags which come under the category of Preloved, but they are in such good condition that you would hardly know that they weren’t brand new.  To help you find these we have decided to create a new area called Good As New and have selected some of our Preloved Hermes bags, as well as a few from Chanel which are in near perfect condition.  If you are interested in any of these bags then do please call us on +44 845 224 8876 or email for more detailed information.

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