Handbag Holy Grail Trail: Orange Is The New Black!

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Commonplace it is for anyone wanting to invest big bucks in a high-end piece of designer branded arm candy to choose one in a trusty hue like the ‘ole faithful black.  Black; it goes with everything, right?  You may joke you’ll quit the whole black thing when Pantone invent a darker colour, and that women think of all colours except for the absence of colour (to coin a phrase from Coco Chanel).

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However, life is, honestly, too short to stick to one colour when after the darkest storms emerge the fruitiest rainbows.  On the ground a growing trend to have “one in every colour” has been blooming amongst the stars for some time now and I could think of no better example of a real life rainbow than the ultimate celebrity must-have designer bag.

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The Birkin is the popular leather handbag by French designer Hermes, which gets its name from Jane Birkin, the well-known actress and singer.  The price tag of the Birkin bag has made it a symbol of wealth; want one?  be prepared to pay any eye-watering figure between £6,700 up to £100,000!  Okay, so a Birkin could cost you more than your car or take every penny of your salary if you want to invest in the bag Victoria Beckham seems to have in every colour; however, there an extensive range of sizes are available if you don’t want the one that will fit everything in.  25 centimetres being the smallest of the bags, then 30, 35 and 40.  There are also the two largest meant for travelling which are 50 and 55 centimetres.  The Birkin’s colour choices are endless, so is the choice of hides; calf leather, ostrich, crocodile and lizard are available but the most expensive hide of all the Birkins is the saltwater crocodile skin!

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The likes of Victoria and Renee wear theirs so well, whether they’re dressed up for an occasion or checking in at LAX.  VB’s pretty pink crocodile compliments the dress she’s wearing perfectly whilst Hermes’ signature orange tote brightens up an everyday casual look for Renee and ensures a comfortable flight with all her essentials at hand.  Hermes are notorious for their use of bright orange in the packaging of their goodies, an area where most designers stick to black.

Thank you, Polyvore, for helping me go through a rainbow of juicy Birkins to create some fun mix n’ match looks, complimented beautifully with the holy grail of handbags!

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Orange and black is not just for Halloween!  Offset a bright bag with some rock n’ roll black skinny jeans and biker boots for a comfortable yet edgy look!

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Maximise your monochrome maxi or midi dress with some gold sandals and gold accessories and a yellow Birkin to help you put the shine into sunshine!  They call me mellow yellow!

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Earth tones never got so exciting!  An ostrich skin tote in khaki, olive or lime will make green groovy!  For the ultimate ethical girl look keep your make up nude and add gladiator sandals to really take you back to nature!

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Be with your cool cobalt or baby blue Birkin beside the seaside and compliment all of your breezy nautical inspired ensembles!

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Casual cool is continued when you step away from the sun, sea and sand and a lively day to day look can be created if you’ve still got a galaxy print sweater lying around.  Just add your “second skin” jeans and flats for an easy to slip into look for shopping, meeting friends or going to the cinema.

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Carry the must have tote in pretty pink to that friend’s wedding and give guests major bag envy!  Pale pink and summer weddings go so well!


The chief executive of Hermes, Jean-Louis Dumas just happened to be seated next to Jane Birkin during a flight from Paris to London in 1981.  Jane had just placed a straw bag in the aircraft’s overhead compartment above her seat, but the bag’s contents fell out and onto the deck, leaving her to scramble to replace them.  Jane explained to Dumas her difficulty in finding a leather weekend bag that she actually liked.

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In 1984, Dumas created the black leather supple bag for her that was based on a 1982 design. She later used this for herself, changing her mind later because she was carrying too many things around in it.  “What’s the use of having a second one?,” she laughed, “you only need one and that bursts your arm; they’re bloody heavy.  I’m going to have an operation for tendonitis in the shoulder.”  Nevertheless, the bag has since become as much an icon as the stars who carry it.

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The Birkin has its own special little lock and keys which are enclosed in a leather lanyard known as a clochette, carried by looping through a handle.

To close your Birkin you must simply close the top flaps over buckle loops, wrapping the buckle straps, or closing the lock on the front hardware.  A bit Fort Knox?  Detail is good.  Detail stops unwanted little fingers we say!

To prevent tarnishing, the lock, keys, buckle and base studs are plated with palladium.  Metallic hardware is regularly updated to ensure that the top quality is always available.

This is one industry that maintains the best of the best is maintained by employing the highest quality leathers and most robust of metals.  Quality and durability is one of the most important factors to consider when investing in a designer handbag like a Birkin!

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