The Birkin Bag: Where It All Began!

When you think of luxury ‘it’ handbags, it’s inevitable that the Hermes Birkin bag is where your thoughts stray to first of all. Initially appearing on our radar in the 1980s, the Birkin - as it is known - has since gone on to claim the top spot in the hierarchy of all stylish handbags… and it’s not hard to see why!

The design conception of Hermes chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas back in 1984, the story goes that the idea for the Birkin was born out of a conversation between Dumas and actress Jane Birkin on an Air France flight from Paris to London. 

Apparently, Jane’s belongings tipped out of her handbag and Dumas, who she happened to be sitting next to, suggested that a bag with pockets would be more beneficial. They then went on to discuss what Jane’s ideal handbag would be… and the rest is history!

Before the Birkin arrived, the Hermes line was characterised by the Kelly bag, very boxy and supremely ladylike. But the Birkin handbag, in contrast, was far roomier yet still elegant, with handles so that it could either be carried on the wrist or by hand.

Interestingly, however, the Birkin wasn’t an immediate success and it wasn’t until the 90s that it really started commanding serious attention. Now, of course, it’s incredibly difficult to get your hands on a true-blue Birkin - so add it to your accessories wish list and hope for the best!

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