Did you know?10 Facts about the Birkin Bag
Price and quality
Each bag is handmade in France and takes around 48 hours, spread out over many weeks. The prices differ depending on the size (between 25-55cm), colour (pink, red, brown, baby blue, navy blue, olive green, orange, white, black and tan) and materials used as each bag is customised.
Locks and keys are number-coded, and the craftsman’s marks and letter year of manufacture are stamped in a square underside of right belt. It does not have a logo.
The price is also dictated by the supply and circulation to stores, which is rare and highly prized – remember the Sex and the City episode (season 4, episode 11 for those of you keen to watch it in full again) where Samantha used Lucy Liu’s name to try securing her own?
Take a look at Samantha’s efforts here as well as some other celebrities who already own a Birkin, and a top tip for getting yourself up higher up the waiting list if you’re in the fortunate position to purchase one: