Handbag, Hermès, French, 1998

Alligator skin and metal

This ‘Birkin’ bag was named after the actress and singer Jane Birkin for whom it was initially made as a leather weekend bag. It is offered in a variety of sizes, colours and materials, including custom specifications such as the addition of diamonds to the hardware. Skilled craftsmen construct each bag, which takes about forty-eight hours to complete.
Accession Number: SHM.2010.A.221:i

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