Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Real Birkin Bag






I spied this image several months ago. It's Jane Birkin, and she is 64 years old!
And yes, it's that Birkin, as in the inspiration for this:







The Birkin is a much coveted and beautifully designed handbag, that can be priced in the thousands. In an auction several years ago, a crocodile skin version went for $65,000.00 !


Ms. Birkin is my style icon, and design inspiration. I believe that inspiration for the home and garden can come from a multitude of varied sources. I personally love her simple pared down style, with a dash of elan.

Just take a look at her in 1969...






...and with her mentor and creative collaborator, Serge Gainsbourg







It's the original Birkin Bag that I'm interested in:












She carried it so beautifully. I've always wanted to find one similar.
www.kioskkiosk.com offers a great version, and at $85.00, it is a much better bargain (and is perhaps cooler?) than the Hermes one.






The basket is 11" x 17" and handmade of natural willow in Portugal. These types of baskets were originally used for rinsing shellfish. The lid is attached. You might use this as a handbag, beach tote, or market basket. It would also be lovely sitting on a shelf, staircase, or hearth.




An accomplished actress, singer, designer, and philanthropist, Ms. Birkin personifies a modern woman.







www.janebirkin.net

7 comments:

  1. goodness. she is still as lovely as ever. AND love that straw bag. you are on to something here....

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  2. great post. really appreciate the reminder of the rule of scarcity, and how much gravitas a seldom seen bag (or car or a nice bit of jewelry or class of stock) can really keep the price sky high -- especially for a quality piece. Have a great upcoming week!!

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  3. SQUEEEEE! In the image of Jane and the dog, she's sitting on the windowsill of my FAVOURITE little hotel in Paris! It's right across the river from Notre Dame and I stayed there every three weeks for six months! I had to go over there from the UK on business - all day Sunday, so I would leave Saturday morning and stay at Hotel Esmarelda for Sat & Sun night! LOVE that place!!!!!!

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  4. LOVE her, she looks so stunning to this day. Did a post a few weeks back about her and Charlotte, although not to this extent...loved this!

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  5. She possesses a completely unselfconscious sense of her own unique style..and that basket, I did not know about that..thanks for an interesting post!

    Kit

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  6. I love her... i have her music and also charlotte's... amazing!

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