Jul 13, 2011

Wednesday Walking, Hermes Edition.

The birkin has always been an "it" bag but ever since april 2010 when they got rid of the wait list, it has been widely available to pretty much anyone. Anyway the bag was named after Jane Birkin (duh) and ranges anywhere from $9,000-$150,000 depending on what material is used to make the bag. Every option is customized and you can choose from calf leather, ostrich, crocodile, and lizard to name a few. The metallic hardware (the lock, keys, buckle hardware, and base studs) are plated with gold or palladium to prevent tarnishing. Hardware is updated regularly to maintain the top quality available in the industry at time of production. The metal lock may be covered with leather as a custom option. Diamonds are another custom addition!

The bags are handmade in France by expert artisans. Each bag is hand-sewn, buffed, painted, and polished, taking several days to finish. An average bag is created in 48 hours. Leathers are obtained from different tanners in France, resulting in varying smells and textures. Because of the individual craftsmanship, other details of the bags may not all match. The company justifies the cost of the Birkin bag, compared to other bags, based on the meticulous craftsmanship and scarcity.Although the Birkin bag is free of logos, it is one of the most recognized bags in the fashion industry and by the public.
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