Friday, July 6, 2012

There would be no Birkin without Jane

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Jane Birkin, an actress, a model, a singer, a muse, an icon of the 60s and 70s. There is so much to talk about when it comes to Jane Birkin but today I'm inspired by 2 of her very fashionable bags: the straw basket that she used to bring along with her on shopping sprees, at the beach and fun nights out (4 decades ago), and obviously everyone's beloved Birkin bag.

How cool would it be to have Hermès name a bag after you?!
This is how the story went: One day, Jane was sitting in a plane next to Hermès chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas on a flight from Paris to London where 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 and the Birkin bag was born.

That's what I call an icon :)

Jane and her straw basket: 

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Jane and her Birkin:

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*All pictures from Pinterest
** Birkin bag story from Wikipedia




48 comments:

  1. I love this post! Jane Birkin is a legend. There was so much talk about that itsy bitsy transparent dress she wore when she went out with Serge Gainsbourg! She is still so cute, love her. And her daughters are equally stylish but when your mother is Jane Birkin, how can you not be?? Lou Doillon is the coolest x

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  2. Lovely post! If you get a sec, I would love you to check out my new post about a shoot I styled.

    Eimear x

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  3. nice pics ! ;)
    xx
    http://maybe-not2day.blogspot.com

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  4. Great pics!

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  5. Lovely pictures, she had a great style!

    http://everythingcanbefixed.com/

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  6. I love your blog, I will follow you, if you will pass by us
    kiss kiss
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  7. Nice pictures!!i love her!

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  8. she looks awesome, still now!:) kisses dear!

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  9. the straw basket should totally be in right now!

    http://blog.dawnelia.com

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  10. Birkin is my dream bag! Happy Friday xx

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  11. love these post!
    Kisses!!

    www.marilynsclosetblog.com
    Sorteo mundial en mi blog (reloj de Anne Klein) // Worldwide Giveaway on my blog (Anne Klein Watch)

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  12. I love Jane Birkin! She's very simple and elegant. Her bag is gorgeous.
    Love your selection of pictures.
    Great post.

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  13. great post! and so true! her style is amazing! and timlesse!

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  14. she's so sweet:)

    May be we could follow each other-let me know and I'll return the favor
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    Helen
    xx

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  15. Oh I so love Jane as well...she's the true example of how actual Style is personal, not a question of age, brand, or money. Style is personality! Good job dear!

    Alice Mirta

    www.thestyleinspire.blogspot.com

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  16. Thats so fantastic!I would be so happy if some designer made my perfect bag. Ohhh....

    xoxo Ra

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  17. this pictures are great,love birkin

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  18. wow! amazing post!
    :-)
    birkin is every girl's love!

    xxx Ros.e.

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  19. love it!

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  20. Interesting post! Perfect bag:)
    Melu

    meluandmila.blogspot.com

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  21. That would be amazing having a bag named after me :)

    katiesbliss.com

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  22. How not to love her with that big smile on her face and the cute basket? Great photos, she's such an inspiring woman!

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  23. Lovely blog :) <3
    Come and see mine :)

    Adam,
    http://bmagazyn.com

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  24. Very cool story. I never knew this! Thanks for sharing :)

    xo
    Quiet Luxury

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  25. How young they look - Gainsbourg and Jane. I liked very much this nostalgic post.

    Nora

    http://notenora.blogspot.com

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  26. nice sharing

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  27. lovely post, beautiful pictures :)

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  28. She's on another level;)Great post honey!
    xx
    B.
    http://www.beeswonderland.com/

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  29. I love the story of the Birkin bag. I knew it was named for her but didn't know the story. An icon indeed :) xoxo

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  30. Oh wow! She was absolutely gorgeous! This is a great post, I had no idea she was in relation to the Birkin though! I love her straw basket :) It would be nice if you could stop by my blog again, I have made some changes to it and I think you might like it :)

    www.raindropsofsapphire.com

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  31. Oh wow, I love her straw basket and I never knew she was in relation to the Birkin! How cool! It would be nice if you could stop by my blog again, I have made some changes to it and I think you might like it :)

    www.raindropsofsapphire.com

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  32. Is it fashion suicide to admit that I never actually knew how she had that strong a link to the Hermes Birkin bag? That is amazing. It really is - style icon or what? I LOVE all the pics of her with her infamous straw bag too, now that is something I did know, only because my mum growing up used to carry one everywhere and say she was Jane Birkin! haha

    Anna xo
    http://www.lifesshinyprettythings.blogspot.com.au/

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  33. Oh, I heard so many stories about this bag!!! For sure it is the most popular bag in the world. But, though, I really don't understand why people are so crazy about it..

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  34. she is a really style icon! great post!
    If you like we can follow each other and exchange some advice! I love to relate with other bloggers! It helps me improve! :) kisses!
    My Daily Style

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  35. Jane Birkin is awesome! Love her style!
    -Morgan

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  36. I love her style! Her long hair and bangs with her outfits back in the day are so classic! I LOVE that look!

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  37. The straw bag is the French touch... :) In her book La Parisienne, Ines de la Fressange always talks about the decalé style and she advises us wearing a straw bag with a more polished look to give it a spontaneity touch :)

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