Birkin Bag

birkin bag

The Birkin bag is a handmade purse by Hermès and named after actress and singer Jane Birkin. Its prices range from $9,000 to $150,000. Costs escalate according to the type of materials. The bags are distributed to Hermès boutiques on unpredictable schedules and in limited quantities, creating artificial scarcity. Although the Birkin bag is free of logos, it is one of the most recognized bags in the fashion industry and by the public. In 1981, Hermès chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas was seated next to Jane Birkin on a flight from Paris to London. She had just placed her straw bag in the overhead compartment of her seat, but the contents fell to the ground, leaving her to scramble to replace the contents.

Birkin explained to Monsieur Dumas that it had been difficult to find a leather weekend bag she liked. In 1984 he created a black supple leather bag for her based on an 1892 design. The bags are handmade in France by expert artisans. The company’s signature saddle stitching, developed in the 1800s, is a distinctive feature. An average bag is created in 48 hours. Leathers are obtained from different tanners in France, resulting in varying smells and textures. Because of the individual craftsmanship, other details of the bags may not all match.

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