Would You Buy a Birkin Bag?
Published on September 28th, 2014 | by Joan Makai
The Hermes Birkin bag has been seen with world-renowned celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Naomi Campbell, Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian. At $8,000 to $150,000 a piece, the Birkin is possibly the most expensive bag there is in the whole world and that’s not saying a lot. Since its introduction in the market, it has become a symbol of luxury and status in the society and only those who have more than enough cash stashed in their banks could afford this highly coveted piece.
Let’s say you had $200,000 extra at your disposal, would you treat yourself to one of the ‘rarest and most desirable’ luxury bags ever made? Well, we can all dream, right?
But why, you might ask, in the world is the Birkin priced so high? Read on and at the end of this article, you might want save up for one, too.
An Interesting History
The bag was named after Jane Birkin, a singer and actress. Back in 1981, the chief executive of Hermes, Jean Louis Dumas, sat beside the singer/actress on a plane who had a large straw bag with her. He decided to design a bag for her when she explained to him that it was so difficult to find a leather bag that she wanted. Since then, it wasn’t just a bag. It was an iconic piece.
The Hermes Birkin Bag Design
One of the greatest things about the Birkin is that it doesn’t just come in one shape or size. It can be made to order depending on what you like.
It is available in calf leather, ostrich, lizard and crocodile. It comes in sizes measuring 25 to 55 centimeters and in a variety of colors. It comes with lock and keys which may be made from gold or palladium, both of which doesn’t tarnish. Every single element of the bag is hand-sewn or made.
In fact, there is one Birkin made from the Himalayan Nile croc leather complete with authentic gold and diamond embellishments and it is now up for auction. Reports said also that on 2013 a 30cm 18K White Gold Birkin bag was also auction in Dallas at a whopping US$203,150.
The Special Spa Design
One of the greatest things about the Hermes Birkin bag is that it can be returned to the shop for ‘spa treatment’. This refers to cleaning, buffing, polishing or even re-sewing and re-painting the parts which have been ruined. As fashion experts say, the Birkin isn’t just a handbag.
There is no doubt that luxury bags can break the bank. But saving a bit up for a really great one – even if that whole process will last for a long time – won’t be such a waste. When you get a collectible item, you get the best. And it will definitely last you a lifetime. As Birkin Bags are so durable, you can tote around, carry your stuff and look like one of the elites anytime. Oh well, you might probably end up storing it in your cabinet for fear of dirtying or damaging your Birkin especially with its uber high price tag but owning this bag is an experience you surely would dream of.