When you see the detail goes into the creation of a Kelly — basically the most complex bag Hermès makes — that reason for the two-to-three-year wait list makes a little more sense. At the Festival des Metiers Exhibition at 583 Park Avenue, Hermès artisan Pierre Grosperrin, a fourteen-year veteran of the company, showed The Cut how he puts together one of these solid, buckled beauties. (The handle alone takes four hours and five pieces of leather.) Famously named for Princess Grace after she held it to shield her pregnancy, has endured every change in trend and is still the ultimate status symbol. Click to watch as he stitches, rolls, cuts, and uses an awl. Don’t forget to check out his monogrammed leather apron — when will Hermès sell those?