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Inspired by Jane Birkin
The Hermès Birkin handbag is the holy grail handbag for many women. What is the history of this coveted fashion icon? In 1983, the chief executive of Hermès, Dumas, was on a flight from Paris to London. The English actress and singer, Jane Birkin, sat next to him on the plane. Jane famously complained about not having a good weekend bag to Dumas. Inspired by Jane's comments, Dumas created the Hermès Birkin. Since its release, this handbag has been the symbol of wealth and ultimate luxury. With a long waiting list for skilled French artisans to handcraft this bag, the Birkin bag is now even more popular than ever before. Fortunately, you can still purchase this bag quite easily from the resale market if your pocket is deep enough.
Different Sizes of Hermès Birkin
Just like other Hermès bags, the Birkin comes in different sizes to suit different needs and preferences. Although many sizes are available, the most commonly requested sizes from customers are 25, 30, 35, and 40 centimeters. Out of these four sizes, the 25 and 30 centimeters are the most popular sizes. The metrics measurement is the actual length of the bag measured from the bottom edge. With small handbags being in fashion, the 25 centimeter is now extremely sought after. In general, handbags look the best when it's proportional to the body. If you are a petite woman, a smaller bag is the best choice. But, you should opt for a bigger bag if you want to use the Birkin as a travel bag.
Different Styles of Birkin? Just Reference Victoria Beckham
Celebrities love Hermès Birkin handbags. Victoria Beckham or Posh Spice is the ultimate celebrity lover of Hermès bags. She probably owns the most amount of Birkin bags out of all celebrities. Do you want to see the different types of Birkin purses? Just look at Victoria Beckham's photos. From the white Himalayan Birkin to the calf leather Birkin, Posh Spice has all of them. She picks the purse she wants to use by coordinating it with her outfit of the day. It is estimated that Beckham's Birkin collection is worth over $2 million. Talk about extravagance! And this is just her Birkin handbags. We all know she owns other handbags as well.
Very Large Birkin Bags for Men and Women
Hermès offers the Birkin bag in extra large sizes. Do you want a Birkin that's even bigger than 40 centimeters? Hermès is able to make it for you! Katie Holmes and Pharrell Williams are both fans of the oversized Birkin. These extra large statement Birkin bags are perfect for travel. Other than Pharrell, the famous designer Marc Jacobs and actor Patrick Dempsey have been spotted with the oversized Hermès Birkin bags as well. The extra large Birkin bag is definitively good for stylish men. In today's world, it's really important for a luxury brand to be gender inclusive!
How to Wear the Hermès Birkin Bag?
Do you know all the different ways to accessorize and wear your Birkin bag?
- Tie an Hermès twilly scarf on the Birkin's handles. There are different ways to tie the scarf. You can dress up the Birkin either the sophisticated way or the cute way. It's your choice!
- Tie an Hermès accessory to make the Birkin cuter. Pick a little colorful horse or hippo to make the Birkin look even more amazing.
- Do not wear the Birkin with the lock closed, wear it open for a stylish look!
Hermès Birkin Crocodile Skin Controversy
The British actress, Jane Birkin, asked Hermès to remove her name with the crocodile Birkin bags back in 2015. After learning the cruel way that the crocodile skin was harvested, Jane didn't want to associate her name with animal cruelty. Even though handbags are gorgeous fashion accessories, it is important to remember animals are specifically killed for the exotic skin bags. Unlike calf skin or lambskin, exotic skin is not a byproduct of the meat market. Animals are specifically killed for making exotic skin handbags. Is this necessary? Are you willing to indirectly kill to look stylish? PETA exposed that the crocodiles were crammed into concrete pits before being cruelly killed for their skin. Unwilling to remove Birkin's name, Hermès took measures to ensure that such cruelty was only an isolated incident. Jane Birkin was ultimately satisfied with Hermès' response. If you must have the Hermès Birkin crocodile handbag, consider the pre-loved market instead. A gently used almost new Birkin is just as good as a brand new one. In addition to not killing a crocodile, buying preloved pieces decreases your environmental impact!
How to Buy the Hermès Birkin?
Due to the popularity of this handbag, you cannot just walk into the Hermès and purchase it. Hermès developed this type of clever marketing to generate excitement when people think about Hermès Birkin bags. First, you have to know a sales associate. How? By repeatedly shopping at the Hermès store. This means you have to spend a lot more money to actually get the Birkin. You have to buy a good amount of Hermès merchandise before the sales associate lets you buy a Birkin. Maybe it's really better to look at the pre-loved market instead of buying a new Birkin from Hermès! Just go to a trusted re-seller to make sure you are buying the genuine Hermès bags.
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Chilli on December 08, 2012:
My hubby bought one Hermes bag for me. I was shocked that he paid 10k for it.