Jane Birkin auctions Hermès bags for charity


Jane Birkin will auction two Hermès bags that she once owned with former husband Serge Gainsbourg on 19 July as part of the Hermès Summer Collection sale in Monaco.

The money raised will go towards NGO Doctors of the World, which provides healthcare for people in need around the world, WWD reports. Birkin and Gainsbourg used the bags when they travelled between Paris and London during the 70s.

The two styles – the Haut à Courroies 50cm bag and the American Garment Bag – have now been restored for resale. They are expected to raise between 2,000 euros and 4,000 euros and between 1,500 euros and 2,500 euros, respectively.

The Birkin bag was born in 1984, after a chance meeting between the singer and Hermès chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas on a plane. Birkin had complained that she couldn’t find a bag roomy enough to fit her daughter Lou’s bottles, so Dumas had a holdall designed that would cater to her needs.

“I said, ‘Why don’t you make a handbag that is bigger than the Kelly but smaller than Serge’s suitcase?'” Birkin recalled of the meeting. “And [Dumas] said, ‘Well, what would it be like?’ And I think I drew it on the sickbag – or the not-be-sick bag. And he said, ‘I’ll make it for you’.”


From Harper’s Bazaar UK

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