THE HOLY GRAIL OF CLASSIC BAGS: BIRKIN BY Hermès

A bag belonging to the French luxury house Hermès is the epitome of what money can buy and the king of all bags ever imagined till date. To put it in simple words, the Birkin for bag lovers is what Anna Wintour is to Vogue. The classic bag is admired and strutted in style by a bevy of actresses and models from the likes of Victoria Beckham, Kim Kardashian to Miranda Kerr.

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The iconic bag has quite an iconic history behind it. The idea for the bag came into being in the year 1981. It all happened by fate when young Jane Birkin was on a flight to London. Little did she know that she was seated beside none other than Jean- Louis Dumas (Chief Executive, Hermes).  Her straw bag happened to spill with all its contents right in front of him, as though screaming for space. Dumas simply said, “You should have one with pockets”. Unaware of his status, she bluntly said, “The day Hermès make one with pockets I will have that”, and he said: ‘But I am Hermès and I will put pockets in for you’.” The rest is history.

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Jane Birkin was equally involved in the making of the Birkin bag. No only did she sketch the design of the bag but suggested that the bag should be bigger than the Kelly bag but smaller than Serge’s suitcase. The bag finally came into existence in 1983. The first version of the Birkin came out in black leather. Known for its exclusivity and hefty price tag, it is quite normal for one to place their order 3-4 years in advance due to its high demand but not so high supply. It comes in a variety of exotic skins of alligator, ostrich, lizard, python etc.The price tag starts at around  £5,600 and can reach the stars depending on the customizationas per the client. The bag is like wine, the longer its kept the higher the value. It truly is an asset to every woman’s closet. The birkin is the ultimate dream bags and evokes such emotion due to its fine craftsmanship skills.

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References

  1. http://www.maialuxury.com/about/hermes-history/
  2. http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/article/TMG10980030/A-history-of-defacing-the-Hermes-Birkin-bag.html
  3. http://www.stylist.co.uk/fashion/most-iconic-it-bags-of-all-time#
  4. http://www.handbag.com/shopping-bag/i670208-1/celebrities-handbags-carrying-hermes-miranda-kerrs-birkin.html#a448696
  5. Cover Picture found on Daily Waffle
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