Why The Birkin Handbag Is A Design Classic

When it comes to designer handbags, the Hermès Birkin bag is the top of any collectors’ list. The elegant simplicity of the design, combined with outstanding craftsmanship and the highest quality materials, are part of the reason of course. Maybe the rest can be put down to that elusive je ne sais quoi. Here’s a look at how the iconic bag came to be.

The story begins in 1984 with a chance encounter between the English singer and actress Jane Birkin, and the boss of Hermés fashion house, Jean-Louis Dumas. Birkin, a long-time French resident, has starred in films such as Blowup, and Kaleidoscope. She also sang on the controversial duet Je t'aime moi non plus with former partner Serge Gainsborough.

After Birkin expressed dissatisfaction with her travel holdall on the flight, Dumas decided to create the ultimate marriage of form and function in a handbag. The result was the design classic that is universally regarded as a luxury lifestyle accessory today, as much as a piece of travel luggage.

The rarity value of genuine Birkin bags adds to their exclusivity, and they change hands in the auction houses of the world for thousands of pounds. They are available in a range of sizes and materials, and they can be custom-ordered to include special details, such as diamond fixtures, or bespoke colours.

There is apparently a six-year waiting list for the highly desirable handbag, and its sister, the Kelly. The latter is named for the beautiful Princess Grace of Monaco, formerly the actress Grace Kelly, who tragically died in a car accident at the age of 52.

However, for those who want to pay tribute to this celebrated fashion item, there is an opportunity to commission your own resin Artbag sculpture. These beautiful hand-crafted items take the clear resin as a blank canvas to display the contents of the bag.


Kanye Buys $275k Birkin Bag For New Girlfriend

Kanye West proved he is one of the Hermes Birkin’s biggest fans, after buying his new girlfriend a bag from the designer worth $275,000 (£220,000).

The rapper gave the “very, very rare” Birkin that is no longer in circulation to his current girlfriend Chaney Jones, according to an exclusive from Page Six.

Not wanting to miss the occasion when the accessory was handed to Chaney in Houston earlier this week, the 44-year-old watched it on FaceTime.

The silver metallic bag is made from Chevre leather and features palladium hardware,  making it certain this exclusive handbag will stand out from others.

This isn’t the first time Kanye has bestowed Birkin gifts to friends and family, as he recently bought five Birkins for his previous girlfriend Julia Fox, as well as her pals.

He commissioned personal shopper Michell Lovelace to purchase the bags, with the stylist telling the news provider: “The next day, they were like, ‘Wait, we actually want to get more,’ because he wants to gift all her close friends one too. I was like, no way. I couldn’t believe it at first.”

The 32-year-old actress recently showed off her Birkin bag, thought to be worth $45,000, after a photoshoot for Vogue in Paris.

Speaking with the New York Times, Fox said: “I don’t know if you know about owning a Birkin when you’re not a rich person, but it’s like the most anxiety-inducing thing ever. You’re checking the Birkin, making sure it’s still there … It’s a lot of pressure.”

 

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Queen’s Favourite Handbag Designer Launches Jubilee Edition

The favourite handbag designer of the Queen is celebrating the Jubilee by launching a new collection based on Her Majesty’s classic accessory.

Launer is releasing a retro-style handbag reminiscent of the style they launched in 1972, which Queen Elizabeth II herself has long been a fan of.

Gerald Bodmer, chief executive of the handbag brand, was reported by Hello! magazine as saying: “The Queen is a style icon and always looks remarkable, we are therefore proud and delighted that she has used Laune bags so prominently for more than 50 years.”

Therefore, there is no better way to celebrate the royal’s 70 years on the throne than with a Jubilee Collection, which while being based on the Queen’s favourite structured design, has also been updated with a contemporary finish.

For instance, the suede interior has been replaced with a retro-feel fabric, and each bag features a leather plaque with ‘Platinum Edition Jubilee’ in embossed gold foil.

There are five colours of the limited-edition accessory, including Monarch Purple, Ebony Black, Tangerine, Cloud Blue and Fawn Brown, and are available for £2,500.

Bodmer told People: “It’s a beautifully finished product – we stick to what we are good at, which is making structured bags.”

Over the last 50 years, the Queen has been seen with six different styles of Launer bags, with her most recent choice being the Turandot, which is smaller and lighter to carry.

Due to its popularity among the royal family, Launer has been given the Royal Warrant, which is the “ultimate seal of approval and prestige”.

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