Hermes Birkin – Fashion’s Most Luxurious Bag?

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.

Victoria Beckham with Hermes Birkin bag

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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.

Timeless Fashion Buys to Invest In – OROGOLD Reviews

Trends will always come and go, but there are certain items that you will be able to use season after season, year after year. OROGOLD brings you the timeless fashion buys that every woman should invest in.

A Pair of Chanel Cap Toe Flats
The iconic Chanel cap toe flats need no introduction, as they have taken the world by storm, spawning many lookalikes from other brands. These classic flats can be worn with almost any outfit, be it a casual look, with shorts or jeans, or a more elegant look paired with a dress. Not only do they come in a variety of colors, but many styles also feature an adjustable leather tie, that alters how snugly the flats fit around your feet.

An Hermès Bag
An Hermès bag, a Birkin or a Kelly bag in particular, is the ultimate status symbol, and is sought after by women all over the world. Each bag is handmade in the finest leather, and sells for anywhere between $9000 to $150,000, depending on the exact materials used. Although there are usually long waiting lists to endure before you can purchase one of the bags, the wait is worth it as you will then own an investment piece that will last you a lifetime. Once your bag starts to show signs of wear and tear, you can take it in for a Birkin spa treatment, where it will be refurbished and will look as good as new.

Classic Louboutin Pumps
Over the last two decades, Christian Louboutin’s trademarked red soles have become iconic when it comes to classy and stylish shoes. Louboutin pumps come in all shapes and colors, with many styles adorned with crystals or spikes, but a classic pair, such as the Pigalle or So Kate styles, are what OROGOLD believes to be a truly timeless pair of shoes. The shape and cut of each shoe accentuates the leg and urges women to stand up straight, improving their posture, and the splash of red underneath is a confidence booster to anyone who wears them.

Chanel Pearls
Coco Chanel launched her first line of costume jewelery in 1924, and it was a huge success, being described by Harper’s Bazaar as ‘one of the most revolutionary designs of our time’. The beauty of pearls transcends age and culture, and can be worn in so many ways, whether you are heading to work in the middle of London or dining out on sushi in downtown Tokyo. Pearls are also extremely versatile, and look great either worn on their own, layered with other pieces of jewelery, or worn tighter like a cuff or a chunky choker. Many styles of Chanel peals are often interspersed with glass or crystal beads, adding texture, interest and a modern yet timeless quality.

Investing in timeless pieces is always worth it, as it is something that you will love all through your life, whether you’re in your 20s or your 60s. Although you may end up spending more than you usually would, don’t forget that the items will be of the highest quality and made with the finest materials, and will give you a huge boost of style and confidence no matter what you wear them with.