What You Didn’t Know About the Birkins

If you are a fashionista you already know that the waitlist to buy the iconic Birkin bag is years long. You may also know that the Hermès Birkin Bag is named after the French style icon Jane Birkin. If you are planning a Chicago shopping trip to Hermès on Oak St., read through these shocking facts about the Birkin.

There Are 200,000 Birkins In Circulation

Hermès no longer takes special orders for the Birkin bag. Customers must now wait for Birkins in the shades they desire to arrive in stores.

You Can Rent A Birkin

Are you looking to wow your friends at a special event? Or maybe you are not sure you want to commit to the small fortune of a Birkin bag yet. The e-commerce site VillageLuxe allows you to rent a Birkin bag for $295 per week. If you decide you love your Birkin plan a Chicago shopping trip to Hermès on Oak St. to bring home a perfect Birkin bag.

The Most Expensive Birkin In The World Was Sold In May

A world record was set when the matte crocodile Birkin with diamond-encrusted hardware sold at an auction for $380,000.

Jane Birkin Has Only Had A Handful Of The Iconic Bags

Jane Birkin herself uses one Birkin at a time and carries her bags until they wear out. She has only had five of her namesake bags. She is also known to decorate the bags with pins, strands of beads, and stickers.

The Birkin Was Not Always Iconic

According to handbag specialists, the Birkin bag did not take off until the 1990’s. Since then, it has been the “it bag” and garnered many devoted fans. Victoria Beckham is rumored to own over 100 Birkin bags.

Birkins Start At Around $8,500

For $8,500 you can get a leather Birkin bag with plain hardware.

Birkins Are Named According To Size, Color, & Texture

The Hermès 25 Birkin Bag Togo refers to a Birkin with a length of 25 centimeters and is crafted in the Hermès signature grainy togo leather. Birkins can also weigh around 2 pounds. Which may not seem like a lot, but add a phone, wallet, cosmetic bag, and keys, it can definitely add up!
Planning a Chicago shopping trip to find the perfect designer handbag? Visit the Hermès store on Oak St.!

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