The Birkin bag by Hermes Paris has become nothing less than a fashion icon and a Fashion Week wardrobe staple. With the bag coming in an endless variety of colours, fabrics and sizes it's not hard to see why buying this purse comes with the added likely prospect of being put onto a waiting list of up to 6 years for purchase.
The Birkin bag is seen as a true future investment, with prices of this coveted purse rising higher and higher every single year. Celebrities of course, own multiples of these as the ultimate status symbol, with A-listers like Victoria Beckham being rumoured to own up to a hundred of them and reality star Kris Jenner having an entire section of her closet dedicated to the iconic bag!
The bag was first born in 1984. Birkin has never had a bad year, consistently rolling in rofits since it's launch almost 33 years ago. Often second hand bags cost even more than brand new ones simply because of the extensive waiting list. The Birkin bag was somewhat of a coincidental creation: A chance meeting of Hermes Paris' former CEO and Jane Birkin on an aeroplane led to the word's best fashion collaboaration yet. Not that the journey hasn't had a few bumps along the way: Jane Birkin asked to have her name removed from all crocodile leather versions of the bag after discovering the cruel practices of crocodile leather farming used by the bag manufacturers. It was also revealed that it takes 3 crocodiles to make a single birkin bag according to PETA.
The bags also definitely don't come cheap. It's not unusual to see ones selling for up to a few hundred thousand dollars at auction, although most of them range between $8000-$15000. Although the bag was first created in the mid-1980's, its popularity and coveted appeal first arose in the late 90's and early noughties. Surprisingly the bag only got one bit of exposure in the Vogue magazine in the early years - a single Hermes Paris advertisment in one of the editions. The bag did however appear in sitcoms and TV shows like Sex and the City which was essentially free marketing for the icon purse.
Birkin bags come with a myriad of uses, from traditional handbag, to diaper bag (as Kate Moss used it) to art projects customised by your loved ones (Yes I'm talking about that time they let North West paint all over Kim K's brand new Birkin for the hell of it). Whatever the use, there is no argument that the Birkin Bag is the ultimate fashion icon and status symbol, especially around the hills.
Until next time
-The Traveling Oyster xxx