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It’s not a bag! It’s a Birkin!

It was the bone of contention in a famous episode of Sex and the City. It has a waiting list of at least 2 years. Its price corresponds to two first-class tickets to Gstaad. It is the synonymous of class, elegance and luxury. In other words, a real icon.

Samantha Jones with Her Birkin Bag in Sex and the City
The famous scene from the TV series Sex and the City.

How the most famous bag in the world was born

Owning a Hermès Birkin bag means owning a cult piece, that is to say one of the most desirable and sought after bags in the world. The Hermès Birkin bag takes its name from the bohemian actress Jane Birkin. She used to carry her in-flight reading in a straw basket.

Vintage photos of Jane Birkin
Miss Jane Birkin with her two bags.

In 1983, Hermès chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas was sitting next to Jane Birkin on a flight from Paris to London. During the flight, Dumas saw Miss Birkin spilled out whatever she had in her straw bag. The scene inspired the French label designer, who had to create a bag that would be suitable for prestigious women with too much to carry.

Jane Birkin with hers Hermès bag
The Hermès Birkin Bag and its muse!

The hands of the craftsman behind perfection

The Birkin bags are completely handcrafted in France, using the traditional company’s signature saddle stitching developed in the 1800s. Moreover, a Hermès Birkin requires from 18 to 48 hours of work of a single craftsman and every single Hermès artisan own a personal set of tools. In conclusion, we can say that craftsmanship and uniqueness make this accessory so special.

Did you know…

The most expensive Birkin Bag ever sold in a european auction was the one crafted is Nicotilus Crocodile leather. And besides, more than 240 diamonds covered its 18-karat-gold hardware! A wealthy gentleman, or a very rich and lucky lady from Hong Kong, won it for only 380.000 dollars.


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