A symbol of class, elegance, and wealth. The Birkin Bag, made by Hermés, is one of the most recognizable and exclusive bags in fashion. Everyone wants one (including me!!) but so few people have them.
So where did the Birkin bag come from? It all began in 1981, when Jean-Louis Dumas, CEO of Hermés at the time, was seated on a plane next to singer and actress Jane Birkin.
Jane Birkin was carrying the wicker bag shown above. As she tried to fit it into the overhead compartment, it toppled over and all her valuables fell out. She explained to Dumas that she needed a larger weekend bag, but couldn't find one that suited her style.
Three years later, Dumas created a bag to solve Jane Birkin's problems: the Birkin bag. Since 1984, this bag has become an icon in the fashion industry.
Birkin bags can be priced from $7,400 to $150,000 depending on material, size, age, and other factors. These bags, although free of logos, are easy to recognize because they all have a similar shape.
Birkins come in a variety of materials, including ostrich, crocodile, lizard, and the most expensive, saltwater crocodile. Each bag is handmade in France and, on average, takes 48 hours to complete. This explains the exorbitant price and scarcity. These bags are a definitely pricey, but they are sought after by the world's fashionistas. And I know I'm not alone when I say I hope to own one someday!