If English actress Jane Birkin had not bumped into Hermes CEO, Jean-Louis Dumas on the plane, the world would not have the iconic bag that has enthralled women and became the status symbol it is today. In addition, pop culture would be drastically different today without the Birkin appearing on the hit TV series ‘Sex and the City’. Such is the influence the Birkin has had on fashion and culture since that momentous flight.
The Birkin has crossed over from being a utilitarian holdall to becoming one of the world’s most desired bags. Favoured by A-listers, first ladies, celebrities and fashionistas, it is a global and instantly recognisable symbol of status, wealth and distinction.
The Birkin is not the coveted bag it is without reason. It is an object of desire, in part to its excellent quality. The craftsmanship shows - it is a completely handmade bag, and only one artisan works on it, from start to finish. And not every artisan hired by the company gets to work on the Birkins or Kellys - the ones who do are required to undergo three to four years of training before they can work on them.
This gently used Birkin 30 was made in 2005 (‘I’ stamp with enclosed square) but is still in very good condition. Crafted from Togo leather, it shows no visible scratches or scuffs although there are some very light scratches on the gold-plated hardware of the bag. The interior of the bag is clean but has minor press marks on the base. This Birkin comes with its clochette, lock, keys, dust bag and third party authentication certificate.
-3rd party authentication certificate