and it all started off with a controversial model.
jane birkin was a model/singer that emerged in the sixties in movies such as Blowup and Slogan. her husband, whom she met on the set of Slogan wrote the song (which both sang), 'J'taime... moi non plus (aka love-hate relationship). in it was sexual references like none europe had seen before; so it was banned from radio stations in italy, the uk and spain. currently, birkin has been known to sing with feist, franz ferdinand, rufus wainwright, and many others.
when people think of the birkin bag, it brings to mind a luxury that many can't quite grasp because of a $7,500+ price tag. so why jane? what exactly did she do to inspire hermes to make a bag after her?
rumor has it that birking was sitting next to jean-louis dumas (hermes ceo), and she opened her hermes datebook and papers flew out everywhere. so he took her wallet and gave it back to her with a pocket sewn on the back (and hermes wallets have been the same ever since). then birkin went into detail about the leather weekend bag that she has been searching for, and shortly after that, she found the bag that she had described at her doorstep. it is now known as the birkin bag.
birkin with her birkin... witty, i know.