The Birkin History

Jane Mallory Birkin, OBE (born 14 December 1946) is an English actress and singer based in France.

She is perhaps best known for her relationship with Serge Gainsbourgin the 1970s and being the namesake of the popular Hermes Birkin bag.


Hermès Ostrich Birkin Bag

It came about in 1981, Hermès  when the chief executive, at the time, Jean-Louis Dumas was seated next to Jane Birkin on a flight from Paris to London. Birkin placed her straw bag in the overhead compartment of her seat, but the contents fell to the floor, leaving her scrambling to collect the contents. She explained to Dumas how  difficult  it is to find a leather weekend bag she liked. In 1984, he created a black supple leather bag for her: the Birkin bag,based on a 1982 design. She used the bag for herself for quite some time until developing tendinitis, switching to other types at that point.

How amazing it would be to have something that timeless named after you or created for you.

I say this week go out there and be an inspiration and create!