Victoria Beckham with her Birkin and Jane Birkin with her customised versions - image courtesy of Jezebel.com
We've all had that sinking feeling — when we love a new purchase only to spot a colleague wearing the very same item the next day. But imagine what it’s like when the item in question was created especially for you by the former chief executive of Hermes. Yep, we’d be all sorts of peeved if we saw everyone working our namesake bag too!
And that's why Jane Birkin, who has a Hermes bag named after her in 1984, has taken to customising her creation to make it unique. In an interview with Australia's Sunday Mail this week, the British born, French resident actress and singer recommends hanging 'as many things as you can' on your bag to make it your own. She's decorated hers with stickers and worry beads collected from Greece, Israel and Palestine — and doesn't it look fab? Mind you, when it comes to the beautiful Birkin, we’d say yes to any of the models.
If you don't know the story of how the Hermes Birkin came into creation, let us remind you. While sitting next to Jean-Louis Dumas (yes, that's the chief executive of Hermes) on a flight, Jane told him of her struggle to find the perfect weekend bag, as the contents of her straw bag had just spilled onto the airplane floor. Oh, we’ve all been there Jane. Copies of Grazia and duty free perfumes sliding away from us to the next row. Pity we’ve never sat next to an Hermes boss though...
Since then the Birkin bag has been a worldwide phenomenon. Victoria Beckham reportedly has a collection worth over $2 million. VB’s 100+ strong collection has to be the most papped bag in history, and size-wise in stark contrast to Jane’s own humble collection. In fact, Jane has auctioned off three of the bags for charity. 'If they can go to a good cause then all the better,' she said in the interview.