The Birkin bag made of black croc leather by Hermes. A statement bag that makes every outfit nobles.
For this bag, the French luxury label Hermes introduced for the first time a war list: The imposing creation story of the legendary Birkin Bag tells how a cult object is born out of the chaos of a women’s handbag. And as a design does not lose its exclusivity, elegance and luxury after 25 years, you can only learn from the French dream factory.
Available in all conceivable colors, the legendary Birkin Bag is a fashionable statuary symbol with history. The beautiful actress and singer Jane Birkin (swimming pool, Je T’aime moi non plus) meets in the early 1980s the president of the luxury fashion house of Hermes Jean-Louis Dumas in the airplane. Whether Birkin’s straw bag was broken right at his feet or whether Birkin simply spreads out the confusing contents of her old bag on the knees of Dumas is less important. Jane Birkin mentally describes her dream bag, which has not yet existed, and Dumas draws the design on a napkin. After three years, the trapezoidal Birkin model will see the light of the world and will be an inimitable success in a very short time.
More Sporty Than the Kelly Bag
The Birkin bag has a trapezoidal shape, the upper part being slightly narrower than the lower edge. The side walls are folded inwards so that the “Birkin” can be opened wide and offers a good overview of the contents. Like the Kelly Bag, the “Birkin” can also be closed with a key, which is located in a handle attached to the handle. At the bottom of the handbag are four metal feet attached, which make a stable storage possible. Unlike the Kelly Bag, the “Birkin” has instead of one, two carrying handles. Available in six different sizes and countless color and leather versions, individual customer requests from every pocket make an exquisite piece. Depending on the offer of the exotic single materials, the production may take several years.
The Birkin Bag is Rare
Going into a Hermès boutique, putting money on the table and packing a “Birkin” – this is and will never be possible. Each Birkin bag is made by hand only at the Hermès-Atelier in the Rue de Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris. For this, the buyer then also has the possibility to determine color, material and size according to their own “goût”. Six sizes are available; The spacious models “Birkin 50” and “Birkin 55” are designed as travel bags. Leather varieties such as calf, crocodile or lizard can be selected for the outer material, the pocket inner is usually made of goat leather. The metal fittings on handles and clasps are coated with gold or palladium to avoid tarnishing. The luxury leather label is often accused of pursuing a strategy of artificial scarcity for marketing reasons. According to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Hermès denies this and justifies the “pocket shortage” with the complicated and time-intensive processing. The waiting period, which can last up to six years, can be avoided, in principle in two ways: A: be prominent. B: Purchase a vintage birkin.
Loved by Celebrities
Samantha Jones also got a “Birkin” by the name of her client Lucy Liu, but Samantha Jones got a red Birkin in the cult series “Sex and the City” – the dizzy flew, however, and Sam was poorer by a customer and an embarrassment richer. Real celebrities such as Katie Holmes, Elle Macpherson and Victoria Beckham have several versions in the closet. Not only women, but also men like Marc Jacobs or Michael Michalsky wear the cult bag: “I keep my whole life here and it is also my portable office at the same time,” the Berlin designer said in an interview. The New York-based It-Girl Olivia Palermo recalls her Birkin-Bag premiere in the British Vogue : “It was a turning point, especially when you live in New York. You used to be a fashion clique, you suddenly belong to it. ”
A Birkin as an Investment?
Purchasing a used Birkin bag can save waiting time, but not necessarily. In 2011, for example, a Birkin bag of red crocodile leather was auctioned for around 150,000 euros – the most expensive handbag in the world to date. The purchase of a Birkin Bag is therefore not a bad financial investment – and leaves the at least 4500 euros for the entry model a little better.
Speaking of pain: Jane Birkin, the name-giver, separated from her own must-have in 2007 when she auctioned it for 74,000 euros for charity. She had loved the handbag so that the handles were responsible for her tendon sheath inflammation, Birkin told himself.
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