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A history of defacing Hermes bags

Forget canada goose factory outlet private jets and magnums of Cristal, the Herms Birkin is the buy canada goose jacket international canada goose outlet store symbol of wealth. Victoria Beckham apparently has a collection worth in the region of 1.5 million. has 30, each housed in custom made canada goose Canada Goose Parka jacket outlet glass cases in her wardobe. Why, then, does this hand held status symbol so oft find itself the target of questionable ‘customisation’?

First, it’s time for a little bit of history. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin.

The bag was Canada Goose online conceived in 1981. “I remember it well. I’d been upgraded by Air France on a flight to London, and was sitting next to a man,”Jane Birkin told The Telegraph in March 2012.”I’m not quite sure what type of bag I had with me my husband, Jacques Doillon, had reversed his car over my basket, crushed it on purpose canada goose outlet parka not two days before. Little did he know that on this airplane journey, when everything fell out of whatever bag I had, the man next to me said: ‘You should have one with pockets’. I said: ‘The day Herms make one with pockets I will have that’, and he said: ‘But I am Herms and I will put pockets in for you’.”

The ‘man’ was none other than Jean Louis Dumas, the then chief canada goose outlet uk sale executive of Herms. Birkin then drew a design canada goose uk outlet on a sick bag, giving the specifications: “Why don’t you make a handbag that is canada goose outlet https://www.londonbc.co.uk shop bigger than the Kelly [the Herms style named after Grace Kelly] canada goose factory sale but smaller than Serge [Gainsbourg]’s suitcase?”

The bag finally came to fruition in 1984, with Dumas creating a version in black leather for Birkin, based on another Herms design from 1982. It has since become one of, if not canada goose outlet online Canada Goose Online uk the most, iconic designer handbag, a fact helped by its continued exclusivity and huge price tag. So, eldest daughter of Bernie, mainly spends her time building her Herms Birkin collection, which we’re sure can be just as tiring as a 9 to 5.

“The cheap canada goose whole point was to take an icon of consumerism and change it, canada goose clearance which is like blasphemy. ‘You can’t do this!’ It short circuits people’s concept of what’s untouchable, which is why it was fun to do,” the artist later told W Magazine. “If I had just done it and put it in my closet, it wouldn’t mean a canada goose thing,” he said, laughing. canada goose outlet “But when you stick that bag in the hands of Kim Kardashian, well, then you create a whole different atmosphere. It’s about context.”

Oddly enough, Kim has only been spotted using the bag once, preferring to use her extensive array of (less disturbing) Birkins instead.

Jane Birkin

It’s somewhat ironic that the first person to deface the Herms Birkin bag was the very woman that it was created in canada goose outlet black friday honour of. Birkin has carried the bag since its creation, but has almost always ‘customised’ it with protest stickers, beads and other trinkets so that it cheap canada goose “doesn’t look like a bloody Birkin bag!”, sheepish about the fact that she official canada goose outlet has a “snobbish bag” named after her.

Lady Gaga

Remember when you used to write on your school bag with Tipp Ex? Well this is like that, but for rich people. The queen of courting controversy, Lady Gaga isn’t one to miss a very expensive trick. In 2010, the singer scrawled in Japanese ‘I Love Little Monsters, Tokyo canada goose outlet nyc Love’ (a reference to her devoted fans) in black marker pen onto a pristine white Birkin. She then asked Japanese fans to write on the back of the bag. A few months later she debuted a black Birkin that looked as if it had been the victim of a 13 year old’s slap dash DIY session, covered in poorly placed studs. What’s that saying? Ah yes, more money than sense.