WOTD Birkin

Wish of the week, care se va transforma probabil in wish of the month, avand in vedere ca nu gasesc nimic similar.

So here you go:  the all time classic Birkin.

De unde am aflat de Birkin? Sex and The City. Initial nu m-a impresionat profund, insa ‘lovindu-ma’ de ea in diverse cautari am inceput sa ii apreciez linia simpla, clasica. Marturisesc ca nu a fost dragoste la prima vedere ci genul acela de relatie construita in timp.

So, what’s a Birkin?

The Birkin bag is a handmade purse by Hermès and named after actress and singer Jane Birkin.

Its prices range from $9,000 to $150,000. Costs escalate according to the type of materials. The bags are distributed to Hermès boutiques on unpredictable schedules and in limited quantities, creating scarcity and, intended or unintended, exclusivity.


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 ground, leaving her to scramble to replace the contents. Birkin explained to Monsieur 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, based on an 1892 design. She used the bag for herself, then later changed her mind. Nevertheless, the bag has since become an icon.


Birkin bags are sold in a range of sizes. Each one may be made to order with different customer-chosen hides, color, and hardware fixtures. There are other individual options, such as diamond-encrusting.

The bag also has a variety of hides such as calf leather, ostrich, crocodile, 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 matches the exterior. Prices for the Birkin bag depend on the color, hardware fixtures, and skin.

It  comes in a variety of colors such as pink, red, brown, baby blue, navy blue, orange, white, black, and golden tan.

Sizes are 25, 30, 35, and 40 centimeters. The 50- and 55-centimeter bags are meant for travelling

The bag has a lock and keys. All 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

How Hermes justifies the price?

The bags are handmade in France by expert artisans. The company’s signature saddle stitching, developed in the 1800s, is another distinctive feature. Each bag is hand-sewn, buffed, painted, and polished, taking several days to finish. An average bag is created in 48 hours. Leathers are obtained from different tanners in France, resulting in varying smells and textures. Because of the individual craftsmanship, other details of the bags may not all match. The company justifies the cost of the Birkin bag, compared to other bags, based on the meticulous craftsmanship and scarcity.

I would say that „all you need is love” loses over „all you need is a Birkin”.

I’m joking. Probably. On a second thought though, Hermes offers a „spa treatment” – a reconditioning for overly used bags. Relationship do not come with that kind of service, you know?

All in all I like the bag. It’s a classic. It’s simple. It’s handmade, so each one is unique.

Is it expensive? Yes, it is. I don’t know if I would buy one, but most certainely I wouldn’t buy a fake or a replica.

Alternative convenabile am gasit la H&M si la Accesorize:

H&M Brown Leather Tote Bag $30

Accesorize Ladylike Turnlock Shoulder Bag £35.00

That’s all folks!

Pe final va las sa va delectati cu „Je t’aime…moi non plus”.

Story in story: „Je t’aime… moi non plus” (French for „I love you… me neither”) is a French duet written by Serge Gainsbourg. It was written for and sang with Brigitte Bardot in 1967, but that version was not released until 1986. In 1969, Gainsbourg recorded a version with his lover, Jane Birkin. It reached number one in the UK, but was banned in several countries due to its sexual content. The song has been covered by many different artists.


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