In 1981, the executive chief of Hermes found himself sat next to singer and actress Jane Birkin on a flight from Paris to London. After Jane placed her straw bag in her seat’s overhead compartment, all of its contents came tumbling back down, leaving Jane to explain to the executive chief of Hermes the difficulties that she had had finding a leather weekend bag that she actually liked. A few years later, Hermes created a black leather bag for Jane Birkin, and although she herself only used it for a short while, it had already become a global status symbol.
The Birkin Bag
Each Birkin bag is handmade in France by a team of experienced artisans, and each one features the brands distinctive saddle stitching, which was first developed in the 1800s. On average, it takes about 48 hours for one bag to be made, which is what justifies its high cost, as well as its scarcity. The bags are available in a range of sizes, with customers being able to choose their preferred color, hide, and other design details. The price of the bag ranges from $11,500 all the way to $200,000, depending on the leather used, as well as any other exotic skins. The highest price yet that a Birkin bag has been sold for is $99,900, and this was for the Himalayan Birkin in Blanc, which was made of matte Niloticus crocodile leather of almost an albino shade.
A Status Symbol
As OROGOLD mentioned earlier, it wasn’t long before the Birkin Bag became quite the status symbol, and this was mostly due to the limited number of bags that were created each year, making them extremely exclusive. The rarer the materials used in the crafting of the bag, the higher the price it will fetch, and the more sought after it will be. In addition to this, the process of actually buying a Birkin Bag is not at all simple. For a long time, there was a six-year waiting list for a Birkin, and the bag isn’t even listed on the brand’s website. While stores do receive a small supply of the bags, customers usually need to have a few connections in order to buy one. If you have been hoping to buy a Birkin, OROGOLD suggests searching the internet for guides on the best way to do this in your country – you will definitely find quite a few!
The Birkin is an exquisitely created bag, and with the reconditioning ‘spa treatment’ that Hermes offers for heavily used Birkins, it is a bag that you will be able to use for life. Since they are of such high quality, they can also be passed down the generations, making it quite the heirloom, and justifying why many choose to purchase one as an investment. Whether or not you would be willing to pay the price for a Birkin, there is no denying that this is most definitely fashion’s most luxurious bag, and it seems that it will continue being so for years to come.