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Jane Birkin’s Birkin

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Those of you who are regulars to this blog know that the Hermes Birkin bag is a favourite of the Real Housewives and most well-heeled women in the know and, in case you’ve missed our other posts about this iconic Birkin bag, the first one is here, and it has been followed by many other Birkin posts…

The Birkin Bag, A Real Housewives Favourite

…our other posts include Taylor Armstrong’s fake Birkins, where to get a fake Birkin and numerous posts about who does Birkin well.

Here’s a little more history on the Birkin…

In 1981, Hermès chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas was seated next to Jane Birkin on a flight from Paris to London. She had just placed her straw bag in the overhead compartment of her seat, but the contents fell to the deck, leaving her to scramble to replace the contents. Birkin explained to Dumas that it had been difficult to find a leather weekend bag she liked. In 1984, he created a black supple leather bag for her,[2][3] based on an 1892 design. She used the bag for herself then later changed her mind because she was carrying too many things in it: “What’s the use of having a second one?” she laughs. “You only need one and that busts your arm; they’re bloody heavy. I’m going to have to have an operation for tendonitis in the shoulder.” [4] Nevertheless, the bag has since become an icon.

We would like to introduce you to Jane Birkin, as pictured yesterday, and a full 30 years after the original bag was created, carrying none other than her namesake, the Hermes Birkin bag.

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Now you’re met the Jane Birkin of today and you’re a woman in the know.

Incidentally, here’s a picture of Jane Birkin back in 1969.  She was quite the character…

http://instagram.com/p/XRPwHySoLC/

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The Birkin Bag, Sales Soar.

Last week we shared with our readers the intricacies of the Hermes Birkin bag and how it’s a popular choice and a favourite with the Real Housewives, recall?

Lisa Vanderpump sporting one of her many Berkins.

Lisa Vanderpump sporting one of her many Berkins.

In case you missed it, the post is here.

It turns out, Hermes expects record sales this year of its Birkins, as reported today in Bloomberg.  We thought you might be interested in reading this follow-up to a subject your are already quite familiar.

Here’s the article…

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-02-10/hermes-10-000-birkin-purse-seen-leading-to-record-sales-retail

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The Birkin Bag, A Real Housewives Favourite.

Most ordinary housewives can well-do without a Birkin bag, but aside from Adrienne Maloof & Gretchen Rossi who most likely sport their own handbags these days, most of the Real Housewives carry a variety of Birkins depending on the outfit they’re wearing.

Lisa Vanderpump sporting one of her many Berkins.

Lisa Vanderpump sporting one of her many Birkins.

The Birkin bag, made by Hermes, is pricey.  Its prices range from £6,000 to £100,000 ($9,000 to $150,000). Costs escalate according to the type of materials.

The Birkin is available in the secondary market, starting at about $8,000.

The Birkin is available in the secondary market, starting at about $8,000.

  • The bag also has a variety of hides such as calf leather, ostrichcrocodile, and lizard. One of the most expensive is saltwater crocodile skin. Bags with smaller scales cost more than those with larger scales. The bag is lined with goat-skin. The color of the interior matches the exterior. Prices for the Birkin bag depend on the color, hardware fixtures, and skin.
  • Sizes are 25, 30, 35, and 40 centimeters. The 50- and 55-centimeter bags are meant for travelling. It also comes in a variety of colors such as pink, red, brown, baby blue, navy blue, olive green, orange, white, black, and golden tan.
  • The bag has a lock and keys. The keys are enclosed in a leather lanyard known as a clochette, carried by looping through a handle. The bag is locked by closing the top flaps over buckle loops, wrapping the buckle straps, or closing the lock on the front hardware. Locks and keys are number-coded. Earlier locks only bore one number on the bottom of the lock. In more recent years, Hermès has added a second number under the Hermes stamp of the lock. These numbers for locks can be the same for hundreds of locks as they are batch numbers in which the locks were made.
  • The metallic hardware (the lock, keys, buckle hardware, and base studs) are plated with gold or palladium to prevent tarnishing. Hardware is updated regularly to maintain the top quality available in the industry at time of production. The metal lock may be covered with leather as a custom option.Diamonds are another custom addition.
  • Hermès offers a “spa treatment” – a reconditioning for overly used bags.
  • A “Shooting Star” Birkin has a stamp shaped like a shooting star adjacent to the “Hermès, Paris Made in France” stamp; this is in gold or silver to match the hardware and embossing. Rarely, the stamp is blind or colorless, if the bag is made of one or two leathers on which Hermès does not use metallic stamping. Birkins or other Hermès bags can sometimes be made by independent craftsmen for “personal use” once a year. Every bag bears the stamp of the craftsperson who made the bag. These identifications vary widely but are not different for every bag made. More than one craftsman’s stamp on a bag is not uncommon because the stamp is not a serial reference. Fonts and stamping orders may vary depending on the craftsman.
  • Visible difference between the Hermes Birkin and Hermès Kelly handbag. The easiest way to identify the difference between the handbags is the handles. The single handle handbag is the Kelly, and the Birkin has two handles.

Although the Birkin bag is free of logos, it is one of the most recognized bags in the circles of the well-heeled.

It is highly coveted and, for several years, was reputed for having a waiting list of up to 36 years – the longest wait for any bag in history. As a result of the strong demand, the Birkin bag has a high reselling value in many countries especially Asia. In April 2010, Hermès announced that the waiting list would no longer exist, implying that it is potentially available to all.

Now you’re a woman in the know.

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