Significantly smaller than the popular leather versions, the new HERMES Kelly bag in rose gold and diamonds is designed to be worn as a bracelet, with the handbag strap resting on the wrist.
‘We are a little crazy here,’ Patrick Thomas, CEO of Hermes, told the Financial Times. And when questioned about who would buy the pricey pieces he added: ‘I have no idea. But maybe they will have two bodyguards!’
It took accessories designer Pierre Hardy, two years to produce the intricate creations. The Paris-born creative first launched a collection of fine jewelry – called ‘Haute Bijouterie’ – for the brand in 2009 featuring equestrian influences from whip-shaped diamond necklaces to horse-hoof-inspired bracelets. Each of the new designs will only be produced three times.
Talking about his 2012 collection Pierre told Elle magazine: ‘Accessories are made to be bought and sold, just like plates or sofas. But within that register, I try to make things with the greatest degree of creativity and personality.’
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