Our Expert Tips for Protecting Your Birkin Bag

The iconic Hermès Birkin bag was created in 1984 but it wasn’t an immediate hit: it only really took off in the late ’90s, at the dawn of the It-bag era. Since then, it has become one of the most desired items in – almost – every woman’s list. According to Baghunter, a luxury retail company, in the last 35 years, the Birkin handbag has increased in value by more than 500 percent!

The company compared three different types of popular investments: the S&P 500, gold and Hermès Birkin Handbags. The study shows that the bag has never shown a downward decrease in value, making it worth more than both gold and the S&P 500. Read the full story here.

While the study shows that Birkin bags are among the safest investment types available, it’s important to point out that IF properly preserved it increases in value. If you currently own or are thinking of purchasing high-valued items such as the Birkin bag, it is vital to protect it against improper storage for years or harmful conditions.  
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That being said, we prepared a list of interesting facts you may not know about the iconic Birkin bag. Enjoy!

* The first of these incredible handbags was manufactured in the early 80′s for model, singer, and it-girl Jane Birkin. After being seated next to Hermès CEO Jean-Louis Dumas on a flight from Paris to London, Jane expressed her disdain for her messy datebook (only to receive one with a pocket in the back cover) and her quest to find the perfect weekend bag.

* Hand-built by expertly trained craftsman, the production of one Birkin can take up to 48 hours of work, more than a week for a single bag on a regular full-time schedule.

* An Hermès Birkin bag with diamonds set a record for the most expensive handbag ever sold at auction, bringing $221,846.

* Originally, Jane Birkin accepted a free bag in exchange for the use of her name. Although she’s still not a paid ambassador or face of Hermès, the brand does now give her an annual payment for use of her name, which she donates to charities of her choice. Jane uses a single Birkin in a neutral color until it is wrecked; only then does she get a new one and auction the used bag for charity.

* The wait list for a Birkin can be as long as six years, a factor that has also worked to drive demand and value.

* Hermès most famous two bags, the Birkin and the Kelly, are not even listed on the fashion house’s website.

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