If you are thinking of splurging on a new designer handbag which is not just a style statement but is also an investment, then Birkin from Hermes is for you. Yes! You heard it right, an investment. Hermès Birkin bags are the most expensive and exclusive bags in the world, ranging from $40,000 to $500,000 for a single bag. Oh, that’s a fortune! Many names are familiar when it comes to luxury bags, but Birkin is all above them. But why is it so expensive and how did this luxury brand come into existence. Let us take a detour into Birkin’s world.
One cannot just walk into Hermès and Birkin’s bag. Earlier there used to be a wait list, but these days all you can do is wish to be important enough or shell a fortune to be offered a Birkin bag. And if you are offered one, don't expect to be able to choose the colour or size. Just feel lucky that you have the Birkin bag.
Who could have imagined that one of the most coveted objects of recent decades would be born in the sky, in 1984, on a flight from Paris to London?
British actress Jane Birkin, sitting next to Jean-Louis Dumas, Executive Chairman of Hermès (1978-2006), was complaining that she could not find a bag suitable for her needs as a young mother.
A born creator with a keen eye, he immediately sketched a supple and spacious rectangular holdall with a burnished flap and saddle stitching.
With a dedicated space for baby bottles!
The Birkin bag is even believed by some to be a safer investment than gold or the stock market.
2009, the year of the Birkin Shadow
A Birkin bag has a simple rectangular shape. So why not make use of its geometry? This Birkin Shadow plays on trompe-l’œil: are the side straps real or a simple depiction? When viewed from a perpendicular angle, the illusion of relief is deliciously disconcerting. A Birkin bag of mischief, but a real bag, in case you were wondering.
World’s most expensive bag is an Hermès Himalaya Birkin bag that sold for $500,000
The Birkin family
The Birkin Faubourg
Have you ever wished you could take 24 Faubourg everywhere with you? Now you can! Thanks to skilful gluing and meticulous stitching, the illusion of the façade, from the awnings to the pavement, is perfect. The Birkin Faubourg carries the spirit of Hermès with it, using precious, grained, and smooth leathers and including metal parts, from the swivel clasp to the hasps and the side straps. By recreating the flagship store, the Birkin Faubourg plays on the excellence of its materials and colours with joyful fantasy. The quintessence of Paris is now within reach.
The Birkin Cargo
How can a functional bag be made even more functional? By adding five outer pockets, of course! This is the miracle of the Birkin Cargo. Multi-pocketed and multi-practical, this soft and lightweight bag is inspired by military clothing. The ingenious result of the leather inlay work combined with the canvas assembly make it a very robust bag. It is ready for everything – it even has a space for a cup. There are no excuses for not going on an adventure with this first off-road bag.
Hermès makes the bags in France using premium materials like calf skin, alligator skin, and even ostrich skin and each bag is handmade.
Now with knowing about Birkin, you have reached the moment where you can invest in a designer handbag. A well-chosen Birkin luxury handbag is genuinely one of the top investment pieces you can buy. A status and style statement, and also a valuable heirloom piece. Hermes Birkin it is!