J.Lo launched a rare Hermès Kelly handbag on her honeymoon
On the last day of her Parisian honeymoon on a family vacation with Ben Affleck and their children, Jennifer Lopez walked out of the Hôtel de Crillon not with her new husband on her arm, but rather what looked like a new Hermès acquisition: a very rare, coveted 35cm Picnic Kelly. (If you keep track, she got off in Naples a few hours later and is now in Capri, where she is due to perform this weekend at the LuisaViaRoma event for UNICEF.)
And even if she had been spotted a few days earlier shopping at the flagship of the house, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, it certainly did not come from there. After its catwalk debut in 2011 by then creative director Jean Paul Gaultier, the Picnic Kelly, which requires 10 hours of meticulous craftsmanship from a master saddler and a basket maker – was discontinued in 2018. Now it can only be acquired on the secondary market when the style occasionally surfaces at auction.
“The last time we had it was in 2019, and it sold for almost $44,000,” says Cynthia Houlton, global head of fashion and accessories at Sotheby’s. A miniature version is still made by the house and can fetch even higher auction prices: someone paid over $100,000 for a green leather iteration last summer at Sotheby’s Hong Kong. By the way, the retail price is around $14,000.
Jenny from the Block already has a kaleidoscopic collection of Birkins (if you ever fancy another J.Lo rabbit hole, Google it) and at least two made appearances on this trip to Paris. She also likes to wear them as gym bags. But this wicker moment feels doubly historic: first because she doesn’t often wear a Kelly, and also because J.Lo may now be one of the only A-listers to be seen with the Picnic bag. . “It’s definitely not a bag you see,” Houlton says, though given the diva’s outsized influence, it won’t stay that way for long. “I can’t name names, but we definitely sold bags to other celebrities, or their wives, who wanted what J.Lo was wearing.”
Then there is the very minor controversy that arose when Ms Affleck was photographed putting her Birkin on the floor, which some consider to be bad luck, not to mention the matter of soiling a six-figure handbag . That’s why, says Houlton, Hermès Birkins and Kellys are bolstered with hardware feet. Plus, if it’s a woman who doesn’t mind wearing a $300,000 Birkin Himalaya to the gym, she certainly doesn’t mind placing a crocodile Birkin on a street in Paris. , to hell with superstitions.
Leena Kim is associate editor at City & Countrywhere she writes about travel, weddings, arts and culture.