She had just placed her straw bag in the overhead compartment of her seat, but the contents fell to the ground, leaving her to scramble to replace the contents.
Birkin explained to Dumas that it had been difficult to find a leather weekend bag she liked.
In 1984, he created a black supple leather bag for her: the Birkin Bag based on an 1892 design.
She used the bag for herself then later changed her mind. Nevertheless, the bag has since become an icon.
The prices for a Birkin range from $9,000 to $150,000. Costs escalate according to the type of materials.
The bags are distributed to Hermès boutiques on unpredictable schedules and in limited quantities.
The Hermes Birkin bag is one of my favourite. For me the Birkin bag and Chanel 2.55 bag are the holy grail of bags.
What's your fave bag?