Even if you don’t like it, The Hermès Birkin bag is the most famous and the most wanted handbag in the world. People who adore fashion have absolutely heard numerous information of its creation, how it is made and how hard can it be to get one. Still, there are more interesting stories even for those who believe they know everything about them.
The original Birkin bag was envisioned and sketched in airplane
The story began in 1981, when Jane Birkin was sitting next to CEO of Hermès. She complained to him how it is difficult to find a good bag after her husband destroyed her basket two days earlier. Interestingly, sketch for the first bag was made on a barf bag.
Jane Birkin currently uses her fifth bag
A woman after whom this bag was named after has somewhere unusual views regarding the bag. She uses only one bag at the time, in a neutral color. Also, she uses it until it is wrecked and even then, she auctions it for charity. Jane loves to personalize her bag, by adding patches and charms, believing this make the bag less formal and snobbish.
Hermès gives nominal royalty to Jane Birkin for the use of her name
In the beginning, Birkin received a free bag for this purpose. Even though she is not a formal ambassador or face of Hermès, she receives an annual amount she gives to charity. This payment was rumored to be £30,000 in 2012.
Birkin bag can be bought in more than 20 shades of blue
Although the bag is usually pictured in popular neutrals, an entire rainbow spectrum of colors exists. During 31 years of existence, at least 25 blues are produced, including popular shades named Mykonos, Bleu Roi and Blue Jean.
It takes 48 hours to make a Birkin bag
All of Hermès bags are made by the single artisan. He or she needs 48 working hours to finish it, meaning it takes over a week to craft a single bag.
Each artisan has personal tools for manufacturing
Every employee included in bag’s creation gets a personal set of tools after they are employed at Hermès. When he or she gets retired, they get to keep their set.
The most expensive piece ever cost nearly a quarter million dollars
This Birkin is made of crocodile skin, with diamonds and 18k white gold details. It was sold in auction and its exact price was $221,844.
Birkins can be purchased easier than you think
Usually, there are stories about endless waiting lists and also about clients purchasing various Hermès products in order to eventually being offered to buy a Birkin. Still, if you are lucky and if you ask nicely, you can enter Hermès store for the first time and buy it.
“Himalayan” Birkin is named after its color, not after its origin
Although this one is pretty obvious, a significant number of people associate Hermès Himalayan Crocodile Birkin with an origin of crocodiles from which it is made of. This is, of course, untrue, as crocodiles like warm weather. Name of this super-rare bag is derived after its unique color resembling mountain top with snow.