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About the Legendary Hermes Birkin Bag

About the Legendary Hermes Birkin Bag

To own a Hermes Birkin is no less than possessing a crown with prices starting from $9,000 rising to up to $34,000 for a crocodile skin bag; named for actress Jane Birkin in the year 1984, the bag’s popularity and its demand, amongst the celebrated rich and the fashionably famous, seems never to wane.

What’s the history behind the bag? According to author Stephanie Pendersen’s book ‘Handbags, What Every Woman Should Know’, the bag’s idea first came from a plane trip where Jane Birkin found herself sitting next to Hermes president Jean-Louis Dumas. Reports reveal that she was carrying a Hermes Kelly at the time, or a straw bag, and complained to Dumas that the bag’s opening was difficult to get into. Pendersen also claims that some reports say that Hermes asked Birkin to draw her dream bag, and then charged her $5,000 for the finished product! Whatever be the fact, the name Birkin is now a bag legend.

The glitterati swear by its name and they don’t even mind to wait because what they get to hold is an exclusive hand-built purse which takes almost 48 working hours to make. Hermes has stores all over the world but its very exclusive HQ can be found in Paris. Its Paris workrooms produce only 5 Birkins per week. Now, you know what one feels after buying a Birkin, besides a slight pocket pinch.

Former Spice girl Victoria Beckham is the owner of 100 plus Hermes bags in various colours. The bag’s shape and size (standard size is 35cm) is so classy that you can do Birkin any time and the texture and the body of the Birkin just adds to its USP. The metallic hardware on the bag is plated with gold or the other precious metals, such as palladium, which doesn’t tarnish like silver. Remember, Hermes can discontinue its products any time. For many gung-ho women, getting a Hermes Birkin is also a kind of investment as the bag gets restored after a spa treatment which is worth hundreds of dollars. Forbes Most Extravagant Handbag List can’t be without this bag.

Have a look at Hermes Birkin live, Birkin!