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Bon chic, bon genre.
August 8, 2009, 7:11 pm
Filed under: Chanel, Fashion, Hèrmes, Profile

Timeless, iconic, classic. These are some of the many adjectives that describe the Chanel 2.55 and the Hèrmes Birkin. These bags are owned by a few, but lusted after by many. The classicality of the 2.55 and the exclusivity of the Birkin are what make these particular bags so sought after. These bags also have very different characteristics, each with their own story behind them.

The large 2.55 in black caviar leather with gold hardware.
The large 2.55 in black caviar leather with gold hardware.

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The Chanel 2.55 has a burgundy lining, which were the same colour as the uniforms of the convent that Coco grew up in, the compartment with the zipper is where Coco reportedly kept her love letters, the chain handles of the bag is the same kind of chain that the caretakers of her convent kept their keys, and the quilted pattern on the bag which uses a running stitch might have been influenced by jockeys’ riding coats, the cushions in her apartment, or the stained-glass windows at the Aubazine, a monastery, most likely where the convent was.

Hèrmes Birkin in black crocodile skin with Palladium hardware encrusted with diamonds. (Wow, that was a mouthful.)

Hèrmes Birkin in black crocodile skin with Palladium hardware encrusted with diamonds. (Wow, that was a mouthful.)

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The Hèrmes Birkin originated from a conversation between Jane Birkin and the CEO of Hèrmes, Jean-Louis Dumas. Birkin discussed with Dumas on a flight from Paris to London, how she was having trouble finding a leather weekend bag. Shortly after this very conversation, the Hèrmes Birkin was born, and one arrived at her doorstep — literally. One was delivered from Hèrmes to her flat with a note attached to it, from Jean-Louis Dumas himself.

These bags have been spotted on celebrities, and sought after by bag aficionados, because of the classicality, iconography, and craftsmanship that are behind the seams.

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