Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Hermes Birkin bag namesake...

Did you ever wonder why the Birkin bag, by Hermes, is called the Birkin bag?

It's named after Jane Birkin, an English actress, model, singer and film director who lives in France. She is best known for her duet "Je t'aime... moi non plus" with Serge Gainsbourg.

Hermès named and designed the handbag — the Birkin bag — for her in 1984. On an Airfrance flight from Paris to London, she pulled her Hermes datebook out of her bag and all her papers fell on the floor. She complained to the passenger sitting next to her that the book should have pockets. That passenger was the chairman of Hermes; Jean-Louis Dumas, and after hearing her complain he created the Birkin bag.

Top photo - Jane Birkin, present
Middle photo - Jane Birkin, circa 1960's
Bottom photo - actress Katie Holmes with her fabulous red Birkin bag!

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