PurseBops Birkin vs. Kelly Debate

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Leorangebliss‘s pup Linus is our moderator for the PureBop Birkin vs. Kelly Debate

We’ve done this before, but it’s high time we open up another debate about Hermes bag preferences… and who doesn’t love a good ol’ Hermes debate?! In the past, we polled fashionistas on their preference for the Hermes Sellier vs. Retourne. We’ve also asked you to pick a side in theHermes Birkin vs. Kelly faceoff before. We’ve even looked to celebrity Hermes style to help come to some consensus about the B versus K question. This time, PurseBop is asking you to get involved and share your preferences on the Birkin vs. Kelly again, but in a whole new way!

We want to host a virtual debate over all of our social media platforms. Your answers and comments will be continually added to this post just like a live debate. You can hashtag your team, reasoning, and pictures to #PurseBopBirkinvsKellyDebate or post your comments on our BopTalk threadsHERE. Your submission could be featured on this blog post and shared with everyone!

A few members of our PurseBop family have already chimed in with their answers. Read what they have to say and use their comments as examples if you need inspiration for how to join the debate.

Let the debate begin! PurseBop asks: Which do you prefer, the Hermes Birkin or the Hermes Kelly?


Debater: BopTalk Celebrity LeOrangeBliss

Team: …Don’t Make Me Choose.

Reason: “Queen B vs Empress K?  Let’s just say, I sure am glad I don’t have to choose between the two!!! I LOVE both and feel that every well-rounded bag collection has room for at least one of each.

The Birkin is the quintessential tote bag. It’s casual and glamorous at the same time.  Hand-held and with quick and easy access to the contents inside, it can’t get any more convenient!

The Kelly is THE perfect ladies’ purse.  It is elegant and timeless in its beauty.  You can carry it hands-free with the shoulder strap option, or carry by the handle for a more refined look.  Yes, it’s more difficult to access the inside contents compared to the Birkin, but the added difficulty can also be a good thing for security.

So, bottom line? … Don’t make me choose!”


Debater: BopTalk Celebrity StylishSheba

Team: Birkin

Reason: “I started off pretty balanced between the Birkin and the Kelly.  I thought each served it’s own distinct purpose with the Kelly exuding class and elegance and the Birkin giving off a more casual vibe. More and more though I have found myself reaching only for my Birkins. I find being able to carry the bag by its handles easier than having the Kelly swinging around on its strap. Most importantly, I prefer being able to access the contents of my bag easily. Now I literally can’t envisage a moment when the Birkin isn’t suitable. Traveling somewhere? Out comes my 35.  Everyday use?  The 30 has it covered. A night time event?  A tiny little 25 is the perfect dinner companion… well it will be when one comes my way!”


Debater: BopTalk Celebrity HappyBaggage

Team: Birkin

Reason: Happybaggage muses, “The Birkin, match points on all counts.”


Debater: BopTalk Celebrity SwedishandStylish

Team: Birkin

Reason: “The reason why I’m not a Kelly fan is because I find them cumbersome to get in and out of. Also, if I wear a bag with a strap, I prefer to wear it crossbody and not on one shoulder, which is harder to do with the Kelly.

I prefer bags with easy access, but maybe I just haven’t figured out how to comfortably wear a Kelly yet. A Birkin is always open with easy access. Overall, I love the look of a Birkin.”


Debater: @TheOrdinarySusan

Team: Kelly

Reason: “After I got my first Birkin I thought I would never love another bag as much… But I was wrong… Because then there was Kelly…

It’s a hard choice between one or the other because there are no flaws in quality or aesthetics in either one in my view… and both have the same remarkable heritage. But forced to live with only one of them, I would go with Kelly. Versatility being the only reason. The strap on the Kelly makes her more casual if you need her to be and also allows hands-free mode… And when you want to be more formal or dressy, easy, take out the strap and hold her by her elegant single handle. Sorry B, you lose this one…”


Debater: @By_Md

Team: Birkin

Reason: “I love both my Kelly’s and Birkin’s for different reasons. However, the B will always be my favorite since it has sentimental value for me. One of my first H bags was a Birkin 30 in Mykonos, and I immediately fell in love with the look of the Birkin. In terms of features, I love that you have easy access with the Birkin compared to the Kelly.”


Debater: @MrsLulu3

Team: Kelly

Reason: “I prefer the Kelly because of her understated elegance. Overall, I just think it fits my lifestyle more. I prefer to be hands-free, so the long strap is a must. To me, the Kelly is just so classic.”

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Debater: @StyledbyShishi

Team: Kelly

Reason: “I loved strolling around the beautiful and charming streets of Paris carrying my Kelly 32 Retourne. This lady in red is my ultimate traveling companion for the following reasons:

  • Convenience – Shoulder Strap is key when traveling with small children.
  • Light as a feather – I don’t know about you but carrying a B35 for an extended period of time results in tired arms.
  • Safety  – Keeps unwanted hands out of my purse. I felt safe roaming the streets of Paris but was warned twice by Good Samaritans to pay closer attention to my belongings.
  • Documenting – Free hands are a must for picture taking!”
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Debater: lionnlibra

Team: Kelly

Reason: “I love both for different reasons. Birkin’s are great for everyday use as it is a bit more practical to get in and out of. The Kelly is such a classic style, I love the hands-free option with shoulder strap, and I feel a bit more secure with Kelly when traveling. Also, after using a Kelly for a while, I really mastered the opening and closing”

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Debater: @kugzz

Team: Birkin

Reason: “Every fashionista absolutely needs both in her collection. If someone twisted my arm I’d pick a Birkin. My pup is definitely on team Birkin. Plus, it’s way easier to reach out for treats from a Birkin than a Kelly!”

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Debater: @bb10lue

Team: Birkin

Reason: “My goldie B30 is the crown jewel of my collection, and one of the biggest reasons why I’m on team Birkin. Honestly, I prefer the Birkin just a tad bit more because it is easy access and has that old school glamour if you know what I mean.”


Debater: Gina123

Team: Birkin

Reason: “I am definitely A Birkin Girl, love the quick access and casual flair. I do like all sizes but I am totally enjoying these mini B’s now!”

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Debater: @lckpw

Team: Kelly

Reason: “I love both! If I could only have one I think it would be a Kelly as I love the shoulder strap.”


Debater: @sapphiresandscotch

Team: Kelly

Reason: “Here are my two Hermes favorites pictured above! I got my Blue Electrique swift Kelly as my very first Hermes purchase ever, which gives it a sentimental factor, but I truly could never choose. The strap is nice on a K, and I don’t mind getting in and out of it – that being said, I adore my bamboo B and picking is IMPOSSIBLE. I might lean ever so slightly towards K bc I adore Grace Kelly and this was the original “it” bag in my opinion. It is one of the only bags in existence that is truly timeless!!”


Debater: @havenl33

Team: Kelly

Reason: “I love my Kelly because it looks elegant, yet casual and more practical for daily use as it has a long strap.”

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Debater: @xeniaws

Team: Kelly

Reason: “B or K? I’m on Team K, I like that you can sling it or hand carry it, which is more convenient”

So far, we’ve gotten very mixed opinions. However, the debate is now LIVE! We want to hear what team you’re on and why. Your comment may be added to this post for everyone to read.

Different ways to get involved…

  1. Post a picture on instagram with the hashtag #PurseBopBirkinvsKellyDebate with a shot of your Birkin, Kelly, or both. In the caption, write which team you are on and give your reasoning. Remember to tag @pursebop, @purseboppicks, & @boptalk to make sure that we see your picture.
  2. Write a comment in the PurseBop Birkin vs. Kelly Debate BopTalk thread with your team preference, reasoning, and feel free to attach your photo. If you want your instagram handled mentioned, be sure to specify your name.
  3. Direct message us on @purseboppicks with your team, reasoning, and picture.

We would love to hear what you think! Keep checking back to this blog post often because we will be updating with new comments from debaters continuously.

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The Hermes Kelly Pochette

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I recently shared some of my Christmas goodies, which included an Hermes Kelly Pochette in Bleu Iris. I was really happy to add this clutch to my collection as I had been thinking about it for some time. Actually, I used to own one of these pochette bags years ago in black, but foolishly let it go (that’s a lesson from me to you – think long and hard before eliminating Hermes bags! It may be hard to add them back later on).

Anyway, I was thrilled to add this special item back to my closet and wanted to share some more about the Pochette for any of you considering this bag. I know that some of you have been requesting this post, and my apologies as I haven’t had time to put it all together before today!

Hermes Kelly Pochette Bleu

The Kelly Pochette has the same turnlock hardware as the regular Kelly, which means that there’s a wee bit of effort needed to open and close it, but you can also leave just the lock closed with the straps hanging under like you do with the regular Kelly. This is what I do.

Kelly Pochette Open

The little strap up top has some “give” and flexibility to stretch so that you can fit your hand underneath to hold by it’s top “handle”.

Hermes Kelly Pochette Back

The inside of the Pochette is just one large compartment, with a small slip pocket in the back (which I usually have used for valet stubs, room keys, etc).

Hermes Pochette Inside


Also – the dimensions of the Kelly Pochette are about 8.5 x 5.5 x 2.75 inches by my measurements, which means that it’s a small bag. But for a small bag, I actually find that the Pochette fits quite a bit. First, it fits my giant iPhone 6 Plus with its case comfortable (so important!). On top of that, I’m able to add a lipstick, some cards and cash, and even sunglasses if I really want, though it gets to be a tighter squeeze at that point.

In my opinion, the bag is a perfect size for an evening event or wedding…yet holds enough if you want to take it out for a quick errand, lunch, etc.

Hermes Kelly Pochette What Fits

Finally, the Pochette on yours truly.

Kelly Pochette

I hope this post was helpful for some of you out there considering this bag! Unfortunately I don’t have a Kelly Cut to compare the Pochette with, so I couldn’t do a side by side…but maybe one day that will change!

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We Finally Get to See Leslie Mann’s Press Tour Bag Choice

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Leslie Mann Hermes Kelly Bag

The stars of the upcoming revenge comedy The Other Woman have been jet-setting all over the world these past two weeks to promote their new flick, but actress Leslie Mann has been consistently “bag-blocked” by the large, luxurious bag choices of Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton, who always seem to be leading the pack. But at long last, we can see her press tour bag of choice – the ever-classy Hermes Kelly Bag, in a lovely shade of cerulean blue. Here’s Leslie arriving solo at LAX, presumably on her way home. (I can imagine she’s pretty grateful for a little alone time at this point.)

Blue was certainly the preferred hue of handbags during this paparazzi-tastic press tour. We saw Leslie’s costar Kate Upton carry a blue Celine Crocodile Luggage Tote in Sydney, Australia, and a blue patterned Fendi 3Jours Shopping Tote in Paris. A few savvy commenters actually spotted a black Hermes Kelly in the background in one of our Sydney pics, so it’s possible the Hermes Kelly is Leslie’s choice for every occasion.

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Naya Rivera Proves the Hermes Kelly Bag Can be Carried Casually

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Naya Rivera Hermes Kelly Bag

Here’s actress Naya Rivera carrying an Hermes Kelly Bag during a recent coffee run in LA. We saw Naya pair this same Kelly with a drastically different outfit during New York Fashion Week back in February. The Kelly is generally considered a more ladylike bag, but the brand’s popularity among the young and rich has resulted in some less traditional styling, like you see here. (Hermes plus Nikes. Discuss.)

It has not been a great couple of months for Naya Rivera – first her engagement to rapper Big Sean went down in flames, and just yesterday it was announced that she won’t be re-joining the rest of the Glee cast for its sixth and final season, perhaps due in part to her behind-the-scenes feuding with co-star Lea Michelle. But as long as you have a good Hermes bag (and a few lucrative endorsement deals on the side), life can’t be all that bad, eh?

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Lady Gaga Carries Vintage Hermes to Her Dad’s Restaurant

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Lady Gaga Hermes Vintage Kelly Bag

Here’s Lady Gaga, arriving at her father’s restaurant, Joanne Trattoria, in NYC, carrying a vintage Hermes Kelly Bag that has been…well loved. Gaga has a history of carrying altered, or, depending on your perspective, “defaced,” Hermes bags, so it’s not a stretch to think that she likes the half-destroyed look of this one. You can find pre-owned Hermes Kelly bags in far superior condition for sale on Portero.

We’ve seen Gaga with a similar Hermes Kelly Bag before, so it’s possible that she and this Kelly have simply been through a lot together, and she feels compelled to continue carrying it for purely sentimental reasons. Or maybe a busted Hermes bag is just a key component of her unique vision for this particular fashion ensemble. You can see all of her ladyship’s favorite Hermes bags (and wonderfully bizarre outfits) in “The Many Bags of Lady Gaga.”

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Hermes Kelly Pochette

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Somehow whenever I look at the Hermes collection bag, I fall back to the Kelly’s. Maybe because it’s Hermes most famous bag. I can’t resist their design. This might be the reason why they have introduced the clutch version of it. The Hermes Kelly Pochette is actually the sister version of the famous Kelly edition. Kelly in clutch version, pretty gorgeous don’t you think?

Don’t think it is just a bag. Some Hermes Kelly Pochette is not easy to find, making it limited even when you can afford the whole collection. This bag is available in different skins and material. The price is really dependent on that. Everything what you expect in a Kelly bag, the Pochette has it. Only difference is that it’s a bit smaller, sized 8.5’’ x 5.5’’ x 7.5’’.

The bag is just roomy enough for all your needed items, like a iPhone, creditcards, keys and your wallets (just give a quick indication). I adore petite bags, and loving the Kelly Pochette is not an accident.

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