Welcome to our series, Survival of the Chicest. Here, we’ll look at the world’s most iconic fashion items, from
From Hollywood to the FROW, the iconic Birkin bag has become a global symbol of status and wealth. Its easy-to-recognise shape and hardware can be customised in countless exotic materials, and it’s handcrafted in a six-phase process over the course of 20 hours. Even with its jaw-dropping price tag, the Hermès Birkin remains one of the most difficult bags to get your hands on because of overwhelming demand. But what exactly has given this iconic piece of arm candy such enduring popularity? To understand how the Birkin bag became such a hot-ticket item, keep scrolling.
In 1983, or so the story goes, Jean-Louis Dumas—chief executive of Hermès at the time—was seated next to Jane Birkin on a flight from Paris to London. When the actress’s top-handle
Celebrities are no stranger to the Birkin bag—surely you’ve seen the Kardashian squad toting their Birkins on any highly papped gym run or airport outing. Kris Jenner is said to have a whole room dedicated to her Birkins, complete with a neon sign that reads “Need money for Birkins.” A sentiment we can (kind of) relate to.
Ashley Olsen is another celebrity who is often seen dashing around with a Birkin in the crook of her arm, as is Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio. However, it seems that no one is as big a fan of the iconic arm candy as
So just what is it about the Birkin bag that has garnered it such a cult A-list following? Exclusivity, of course. It’s difficult to get nature and recognisability make it the perfect flashy piece for those who love the spotlight.
The luxury resale market has seen a massive boom in the past few years, with companies like
On 12 June 2019, Christie’s London hosted a handbag auction featuring some of the world’s most exotic finds, including an Hermès Birkin bag that sold for an unbelievable £162,500. This was second most expensive handbag ever sold at auction—the record was broken in 2018 when the Matte Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Birkin 35 with 18k White Gold & Diamond Hardware went for a colossal £236,750. One has to wonder—when would a person wear a six-figure handbag? Certainly not when their personal security take their annual leave.
Indeed, it seems that a Birkin’s worth just keeps going up.
We’re no expert on investments, but we’d say the Birkin sounds like a pretty sure bet. This begs the question: stock market or
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