Sunday, July 10, 2011

The History of the Hermès Birkin Bag

In 1981, Hermès chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas was seated next to Jane Birkin an english actress and singer, 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 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: the Birkin Bag based on an 1892 design.
She used the bag for herself then later changed her mind. Nevertheless, the bag has since become an icon.

The prices for a Birkin 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.

The Hermes Birkin bag is one of my favourite. For me the Birkin bag and Chanel 2.55 bag are the holy grail of bags.

What's your fave bag?


  1. You're so right with the bags you called the holy grail of bags. I wish I had them.

  2. thank you for sharing the story! so interesting!

    kisses from La Mode En Rose = )

  3. I really want a coral Birkin bag and a black Chanel 2.55 one! <3

  4. It's a great bag, I really love the simplicity of it, and well..hooray for those who can afford it :D

  5. @Antonia-Ivana: I wish I could have them too. ;))
    @La Mode En Rose: You are welcome! :*
    @maddailade:Me 2! me 2! :*
    @modniza :*
    @Anaivilo: Those who can afford it are very lucky! :*

  6. one of my favorite bags is absolutely Birkin bag :)

  7. we will afford it at some point!!! I just hope I get it before I'm 80!:))

  8. geanta mea preferata .. nu conteaza culoarea :)

  9. I would love a Birkin bag- they are sooo iconic!

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