Sitting next to Jane Birkin on a flight from London to Paris in 1981. Jean-Louis Dumas (really?) the then chief exec of Hermés noticed Miss Birkin's straw bag falling over. Then being useless in general as she attempted to put it in the overhead lockers.
She explained to him how difficult it was to get a good leather weekend bag. (quelles sont les chances?)
Fast forward to 1984 and he presented to her a black soft leather weekend bag. I'm resisting to say the rest is history but well....
The Hermés Birkin bag was born, let's put it that way. Probably the most expensive and collectable bag of all bag history. Prices begin at £7500 and wing their way up to £100,000 plus.