Your Birkin Facts

In 1981, Hermes chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas was seated next to Jane Birkin on a flight from Paris to London. She had just placed her straw travelling bag in the overhead compartment for her seat, but the contents fell to the deck, leaving her to scramble to replace them. Birkin explained to Dumas that it had been difficult to find a leather weekend bag she liked.

In 1984, he created a black supple leather bag for her and called it Birkin. From then on, the bag has been a luscious temptation for any fashionista. Let's see how much we know about the iconic bag and why it's so special.

1. The Birkin bag wasn’t an immediate hit. It only took off in the late ’90s.

7. Victoria Beckham is said to own at least 100 Hermes bags. She’s donated the last two to charity auctions.

8. The bags are handmade in France by expert artisans.

9. An average bag is created in 48 hours

10. The most expensive bag ever to go under the hammer was a red Porosus crocodile Birkin with 18-carat white gold and diamond hardware, sold for $203,150 at auction in Dallas in 2011.

Now you know why!