The History Of The Birkin By Numbers

Everything you need to know about the world's most iconic handbag

Jane Birkin carrying a black Birkin
Jane Birkin carrying a black Birkin
(Image credit: REX)

Everything you need to know about the world's most iconic handbag

It’s been 30 years since style icon Jane Birkin dropped the contents of her straw carry-all mid-flight in front of chief exec of Hermes, and thus 30 years since the creation of the now iconic Birkin handbag.

Since its creation, the Birkin has received worldwide - and not to mention A-list – adoration.

Here’s everything you need to know about one of the worlds most iconic bags…

1981 is the year Hermes chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas met Jane Birkin on a flight from Paris to London

1984 is the year the Birkin was created

2 is the number of bespoke hand-painted Birkin’s owned by Kim Kardashian

18K gold fittings were applied to the most expensive Birkin ever sold. The crocodile number was also encrusted with diamonds, naturally.

£100,100 is the price paid for Jane Birkin’s bag which she sold on eBay in 2011 to raise funds to benefit earthquake relief efforts in Japan.

5 is the number of sizes the Birkin is available in with sizes ranging from 25cm, 30cm, 35cm, 40cm and 45cm.

100+ is the figure Victoria Beckham put on her collection of Birkin bags (before she became a designer, that is)

1 is the number of Hermes Spa’s in Paris, which offers a spa-like treatments for overly-used bags

48 hours is needed for one artisan to create a single Birkin bag

1 is number codes which appear under the Hermes stamp of each gold lock

0 logos appear on the bag

£24,740 was how much David Beckham reportedly splashed out on wife Victoria’s burgundy Birkin – names the bordeaux porosus crocodile

6 is the amount of years for the longest waiting list for a Birkin

2010 was the year Lady Gaga defaced her Birkin bag- first with a marker pen, and then a mass of spikes

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