The History of The Hermès Birkin
The Hermès Birkin is considered the pinnacle luxury handbag. They're so sought after that it's a wish list, not a waiting list to own one, which is why so many turn to designer resale sites to purchase their dream bag.
How The Birkin Came To Life
The Birkin came to be on a now infamous flight between actress Jane Birkin and Chief Executive of Hermès at the time Jean-Louis Dumas in the early 80's.
Jane Birkin spilled the contents of her straw tote across the plane floor during the journey, leading to a discussion on the need for a bag suitable for the modern woman; larger in size, containing pockets, more stable and sealable.
Jane actually drafted the first design of a Birkin on an airplane sickness bag. She was then invited to collaborate with the brand on the designs, and four years later the Birkin was Born. Today it still remains the most iconic Hermès bag design.
Why Buy A Hermès Birkin?
Our founder Sharon Wolter-Ferguson discussed the appeal of the Birkin with Vogue Magazine.
Her advice when buying a Birkin "classic colours are a safe trans-seasonal option and don't date, they can pass down from generation to generation and are always in high demand".
"A number of more practical factors contribute to the enduring desirability of an Hermès bag. The craftsmanship, each stamped code represents which artisan created that particular bag, superior materials used and exclusivity - to buy one directly from an Hermès store is not always possible, with elusive sales staff and limited stock available, one usually leaves empty handed. This makes for an interesting resale market - they are the ultimate fashion Investment."
The quality of a Birkin is second-to-none. They're built to last a lifetime, which is why Hermès actually offer a "spa treatment" to recondition heavily used Birkins. This level of service only adds to their appeal.
Each Birkin is handmade in France using Hermès' signature Saddle stitch. Made in four sizes; 25cm, 30cm, 35cm and 40cm, Leather's are sourced from different Tanners in France resulting in a huge range of textures and grains, some of the most coveted being; Box Calf, Clemence and Swift. Hermès exotic leathers include; Alligator, Crocodile (Niloticus and Porosus,) Lizard and Ostrich.
The metallic hardware of a Birkin is hardwearing and should not tarnish. The finish is usually gold plated or palladium however, Hermès also apply other finishes on custom bags including; 24k plated gold, silver palladium, ruthenium, burnished, and Diamond. Along with a huge range of colour ways each Birkin made is one of a kind.
What's The Most Expensive Birkin?
To date, the most expensive Hermès Birkin to be sold was an extremely rare Crocodile Himalaya Birkin 30 with 18K white gold and diamond hardware. The bag sold at auction for £208,175 at Christie's, Hong Kong in 2017.
Are Birkins A Good Investment?
Hermès never release the number of each Birkin that's in production, increasing their demand and value. As we've mentioned, there's also no waitlist, so getting your hands on a Birkin can be quite a task!
Hermès Birkins are reported to be a better investment than gold and stocks and It's reported that they have increased in value by 500% in the last 35 years, an increase of 14% annually. Our research found that the average price of a Birkin is expected to increase by over 300% in the next 10 years too, putting the base value at just under £50,000.
Birkins are often purchased as an investment piece, but as Sharon explains, a few golden rules apply:
"Always store it in its original dust bag, stuffed with light paper to keep its shape, protect it from the elements and keep all original documentation from CITES to the store receipt".
Whether you're looking for a classic bag to last you a lifetime or an investment piece we have a fantastic range of Birkins available to purchase and if you're considering selling your own Birkin then please contact Ksenia.