A History of the Hermes Birkin Bag

A History of the Hermes Birkin Bag
December 12, 2018 Yafa Signed Jewels

Hermes Birkin Bags are treasured possessions that few people own due to the typical asking price. While it’s possible to purchase one for $11,000, others often enter the market with a six-figure tag. Unlike other products, however, the Hermes Birkin bag more than lives up to the price tag. These bags look incredible due to the materials that are used to create them and each bag takes forty-eight hours of work to piece together and produce. This isn’t an accessory, it’s an investment in the ultimate level of fashion. If you’re thinking about making a purchase, yourself you might be interested in the history behind this beautiful item.

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Who Is Jane Birkin?

To understand the origins of these bags, you need to know the person who had a hand in creating them. Jane Birkin, is an English actress, songwriter, singer, and a model. She is an international star and while a native of London originally, Birkin spent most of her life in France. She has appeared in some incredible films including Blow Up, Kaleidoscope and Slogan. Later on, she would appear in various other films including Death On The Nile and an Academy awarding nominated short film.

How Was The Birkin bag Conceived?

The origins of the bag date back to 1983 when Jane Birkin and Louis Dumas, chief executive of Hermes were seated together on a plane from Paris to London. Birkin was using a basic straw bag to carry her belongings in and when she attempted to put it in the overhead compartment, her possessions spilled out across the  floor.

As Birkin scrambled to pick them up, she explained to Dumas that she had struggled to find a bag that she loved. She expressed dismay that beautiful designer leather bags were never large enough to store all your belongings.

Dumas was immediately struck with an idea to create the solution and saw a massive potential gap in the market. He was confident that more women were surely having the same issue as Birkin.

So, in 1984, he created and delivered a beautiful, supple leather bag made personally for her. This was referred to as the Birkin bag.

Jane Birkin’s Reaction

Birkin was said to be delighted with the bag and used it frequently. However, she was also quoted as expressing issues with the weight of the bag, joking that she would need an operation for tendonitis. That said, even after these comments, Birkin continued to use the bag for quite some time.

Eventually, it became a status symbol due to the price and of course, the connection to her.

The Birkin Bag Today

Today, there are a variety of supporters of the Birkin Bag, particularly in the world of celebs. Victoria Beckham has been spotted with several, all different shades and colors. Lady Gaga, Rita Ora and Kim Kardashian have also been spotted sporting the bag as a stylish accessory.

We hope this sheds some light on the fascinating history behind this popular designer bag that is absolutely timeless.

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