The Birkin bag is named after British actress and singer Jane Birkin. During a chance encounter with Jean-Louis Dumas in 1981 on a flight from Paris to London, she complained that her bag was not practical for everyday use and expressed her desire for a perfect bag for a weekend walk. Hermès CEO at the time, Mr. Dumas, was very interested and asked her to describe the exact size and features of her desired bag. Just a few days later, Jane received a satisfied one, and since then, Hermès Birkin has become a powerful icon in the fashion world.
The Kelly bag was first produced in the 1930s when it was known as the Sac à dépêches (improved from a saddle bag). In 1956, a photo of Grace Kelly, who had become the new Princess of Monaco, was pictured carrying this bag to hide her pregnancy. These iconic photographs surfaced in media all over the world and as a result, the bag became known as the ‘Kelly’ and has become a signature Hermès bag.
Since the very first silk square was produced in 1937, Hermès’ 90cm x 90cm carré has gained a great reputation. Each season, more than 10 new designs are transposed onto silk from paper in multiple colors and each print tells a unique story. The different types of the Hermès carré square scarf – 45cm, 70cm and 140cm – have become an essential part of the contemporary women’s wardrobe. Famous for its incomparable softness, the silk from which the Hermès carré is made comes from a Brazilian mill. In Lyon, raw silk is processed, spun and woven until developing the final carré scarf. This Hermès scarf is derived from endless inspiration of image, color, material, size and style.