styleICON – Bringing Home the BIRKIN

birkin12Every fashion blogger is posting about Spring Style and every magazine is now showing it, but some things will remain in style all season long…like the Birkin.

Pamela Anderson
Pamela Anderson

For most of us unfortunately this luxury bag will remain inaccessible, but maybe that is part of the allure of having such an iconic bag.

It is not an “IT bag” it is “THE BAG.” Between the wait lists, the iconic namesake and its ladylike allure, the Birkin maintains as the bag to have.

The namesake: Jane Birkin  (born in 1946) is an English actress and singer who lives in France. Why is she carrying a basket? That must have been before Hermès   named it after her.
The namesake: Jane Birkin  (born in 1946) is an English actress and singer who lives in France. Why is she carrying a basket? That must have been before Hermès  named it after her.

Where did it originate?

As seen in Harper’s Bazaar  – Tracing the  Birkin Influence.




Victoria Beckham
Victoria Beckam

One of fashions chicest designers, Victoria Beckam has remained loyal to the bag style.

The Stylist

Rachel Zoe
Rachel Zoe

Rachel Zoe might possibly be credited with bringing the Birkin to modern heights.  She has an array of colorful bags.

Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez

The Star Power

It hardly gets more glam than Jennifer Lopez.

The Next

Rita Ora
Rita Ora


Leading the heritage bag an edge with trainers and a backwards hat, singer-songwriter and actress, Rita Ora is a next generation Birkin lover.


The Devottee

Kim Kardashian can hardly be seen without the bag (surprise?) – she collects them in many colors.

The Original


Lady Gaga’s birkin comes super-studded for that avant-garde style the songstress is synomymous with.

The Weekender

Katie Holmes
Katie Holmes
Ambrossia & Moss
Ambrosia & Moss

Katie Holmes garnered attention for her way over-

sized one version in bold red.

The Supers

The bag looks especially at home on the arms of Alessandra Ambrosia and Kate Moss

Nicole Richie
Nicole Richie

The Gym Bag

Nicole Richie carries hers even when she’s feeling sporty.

Street Style

A street style mainstay, the Birkin is the perfect finish for the expertly-styled.

on the streets
on the streets
Birkin Now
Birkin Now



A chic carryall for the new bitch on the block.  

Timeless style – what you might not know

About the World’s Most Popular Handbags

The Bag: Chanel 2.55

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Chanel 2.55 – Getty Images

What You Might Not Know: People often focus on the bag’s quilted leather material, but what was really revolutionary about the 2.55 was the chain strap. Back when Coco Chanel invented it, women used to carry their bags in their hands all the time. What a hassle!

The Bag: Hermès Birkin

Kris Kardashian - Getty Images
Kris Jenner with her Birkin – Getty Images

What You Might Not Know: Lots of people refer to the bags as coming in two different hardware options: gold and silver. But that’s not silver! It’s actually palladium, a metal Hermès uses expressly because it never tarnishes. Good thing, considering what an investment one of these bags is.

The Bag: Fendi Baguette

Celebrity Street Style
Sarah Jessica Parker – Celebrity Street Style

What You Might Not Know: Released in the late 1990s, the Baguette’s  the brainchild of the brand’s creative director Karl Lagerfeld (of Chanel fame). How can we forget SJP’s many baguettes on several episodes of Sex & the City.  Remember when a guy stole her bag & she yelled after him correcting him that “it’s not a bag…’s a baguette!”

bagsspeedyThe Bag: Louis Vuitton Speedy

What You Might Not Know: It’s easy to associate the Speedy with in-your-face logos, but some of the most timeless, elegantly cool women have loved it through the decades, like Audrey Hepburn. She was a huge fan. This is just a timeless piece that reminds me a bit of a doctors bag.

The Bag: Longchamp

Longchamp carryall – Paris

What You Might Not Know: If you’re not a French speaker, you may not have connected that “pliage” is the French word for fold. (Makes sense, because the most celebrated aspect of the bag is that it folds up, making it beyond ideal for traveling.) A fashionable friend of mine told me it helped her with bringing back extra outfits from Paris & so on an Air France flight I bought the same bag right on the plane (since it was in their duty free magazine & saved me a trip to the store) and I’ve been using it ever since.  So light & convenient plus you can fold it tiny & store it in your suitcase (in case you need it). You will!

The Bag: Balenciaga City

Nicole Ritchie - Balenciaga. Getty Images
Nicole Ritchie – Balenciaga. Getty Images

What You Might Not Know: Originally, Balenciaga executives didn’t like the City bag all that much, and decided not to produce it—crazy, right?—until the designer, Nicolas Ghesquière, pleaded with them to make a few of the City bags as a trial. One just needs to look at the Fashionistas carrying it to know it was indeed the right decision, although personally it was never my favorite.

The Bag: Mulberry Bayswater

Kate Moss with her Mulberry. Getty Images
Kate Moss with her Mulberry. Getty Images

What You Might Not Know: Mulberry may be all about naming their recent bags after pop culture icons—the Del Rey for Lana Del Rey, the Alexa for Alexa Chung— the King for me but the Bayswater has a different genesis. True to the brand’s British roots, Bayswater’s the name of a West London neighborhood known for leafy streets and Georgian houses.

The anti-Bag: Anya Hindmarch “I’m Not a Plastic Bag” Tote

bagsplasticWhat You Might Not Know: while people were lining up to buy the cheeky, eco-friendly tote at a New York Whole Foods in 2007, the bag was massively popular everywhere around the globe. Especially in Taiwan, where the $7.50 tote created a riot (a legitimate riot!) upon its release.

*Every person in the country was using an average of 167 plastic bags each year, totalling around 10 billion bags. The company wanted to do something that repositioned bringing your own bag to the supermarket as something a little more stylish. Back in 2007, the general public, let alone the fashion elite, wouldn’t be seen dead pulling out a pocket full of old carrier bags at the till.

Confession: I paid about $20 for an eco-friendly grocery bag at Dean & Deluca in Napa because I liked the interesting foodie quotes scribbled all over which made carrying around my groceries more fun & fashionable.  A sampling of….What You Might Not Know:

Cacao, means “food of the gods” and “cacao” is a Mayan word meaning ‘God Food’.

Honey is believed to be the only food that does not spoil.  It was found in the tombs of the Egyptian pharaohs, tasted by archaeologists and found to still be edible.

The term ‘barista‘ is thrown around very lightly nowadays.  In definition, you are not classed as a barista until you have made coffee on a full time basis for 5 years.

Now can the Louis Vuitton’s & the Chanel’s compete with that?