It looks like the bi-color trend is picking up the phase in the world of fashion. Taking its cue and knowing when to strike while the iron is hot, Hermes takes the lead by introducing to the bag community its Bi-Color Birkin Bag.

A classic and an iconic fashion staple, the Birkin is a favorite among bag enthusiasts and this time around we are seeing it in haute couture bi-color design. As you can see, the handles and the sangles are in the same brownish color while the canvas itself is sporting a bold and solid color thus complementing and contrasting one another. The touret and the plaque on the other hand are in gold-tone hardware. Lastly, the Hermes logo is tastefully and artfully placed in the upper middle for snappy brand recognition.

This might come as a surprise for many but who doesn’t love to see a new bicolor Birkin bag, right? Every now and then, seeing significant changes in our cult favorite Birkin is definitely a pick-me-upper and puts us in a good mood. We do think that the bicolor design does more good than harm as it allows the Birkin Bag to continue and push it to reach the zenith of icon status.


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The Birkin Continues to Make Headlines

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The Birkin holds supreme status in the handbag world, but it is also getting its fair share of attention in all facets of media. The Hermes Birkin is just a hot topic! Its shocking price tag, mysterious exclusivity, and aesthetic appeal leaves everyone intrigued. PurseBop is here to keep you in the loop about the latest Hermes Birkin news. Read below and see how the Birkin has impressed the world yet again.
#1 New Record-Breaking Birkin Sold
As reported by CNN, a Birkin recently sold at the auction house Christie’s is being described as a piece of “fashion history.” This past Monday, May 30th, an exotic Birkin was sold by a private Asian collector for $300,168 making it the most expensive handbag ever sold at auction. The bag was truly exceptional: a matte white Diamond Himalaya Niloticus crocodile Birkin 30 with 18k white gold and diamond hardware. The Diamond Himalayan Birkin is an iconic, but very rare Hermes piece. Christie’s reported in a prior press release that “only one or two of the Diamond Himalayas are produced each year, globally, making it one of the lowest production runs for handbags.”

The final sale of $300,168 surpassed Christie’s bidding predictions of around $190,000 to $260,000. This particular Birkin style was previously even listed for $432,000 from the reseller 1stdibs, so it sounds like this bag’s buyer got quite the deal…right?

The record-breaking handbag triumphs previous Birkin sales from Christie’s ($220,000) and Privé Porter ($298,000).

Read our features on other amazing Birkin sales below:

Most Expensive Hermes Birkin Sold at Christie’s
New Record Set for Most Expensive Birkin Sold

Bloomberg Talks Birkins

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#2 PETA Confronts Hermes on Use of Exotic Skins
This recent record-breaking sale re-ignited PETA’s criticisms about Hermes’ use of exotic skins. As reported by WWD, a french spoksewoman for PETA Isabella Goetz confronted Hermes CEO Axel Dumas after the sale and asked Dumas if Hermes planned to stop using exotic skins. Dumas denied all allegations of Hermes’ cruelty towards animals and firmly asserts that their suppliers work under a strict ethical conduct. As supported by Dumas, “We ask all our suppliers to comply not only with international legislation but also our internal rules, which are much stricter than international policies in this regard.” Duma suggests that although Hermes will readily reply to any concerns  and respects PETA’s position, they will not discontinue the use of exotic skins anytime soon. This confrontation comes just after Jane Birkin threatened to remove her namesake from the bag until fairer animal treatment practices were put into place.

Learn more about the controversy in our features below:

A Birkin by any other Name…
Birkin Case Closed
Thoughts on Jane Birkin’s Namesake and Hermes’ Practices?

#3 Birkin bags are a better investment than the S&P 500 or gold
The world has gone Birkin crazy! Some people are willing to shell out big money just to join the Birkin Club. However, the desire for a Birkin is deeper than the look of the bag itself. As explored in a piece on, the Birkin may also be a  financially sound investment. The Baghunter compared investment returns on gold, the S&P 500, and the Birkin over the last 35 years, and the Birkin was the clear winner. The Birkin only continues to increase in price and holds its value better than any other handbag because it is a highly coveted bag, a status symbol to many, and overall a tribute to ultra-luxury.

Find out more about bag investment below:

Gold, S&P 500, or Hermes Birkin?
Should a bag be an investment?

Queen B continues to amaze the world! Keep up to date with other H news in our Hermes Bulletin Boards.

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NYT Writes Up the New Hermes Birkin Sellier 40

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See Pursebop’s take on Sellier here. 

via NYT T Magazine:

An Icon Goes Minimal

It’s tough to improve on perfection, but that’s precisely what Hermès has done with the new hyper-pared-down Birkin Sellier 40. According to Couli Jobert, the leather artistic director at Hermès, natural brown was deemed too obvious for the new Birkin, which is only available in matte black with silver palladium hardware. As the goal was to create an essential design without clutter, the structured cowhide bag is extra-wide, has no lining and the stitching is extremely subtle. It’s a radically modern update of the elegant classic, which has been the subject of girl envy — and the cause of waiting lists — since it was first crafted in 1984.

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A Birkin by Any Other Name…

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Just the word “Birkin” is enough to set off a fashion frenzy. The Birkin Bag is inarguably Hermes’ most iconic bag ever. The eponymous bag was conceived after an anecdotal moment, but forever changed the handbag game. In 1981, Jean-Louis Dumas sat next to actress Jane Birkin on a plane and realized she was struggling to keep her belongings together in the straw bag she was carrying. Birkin lamented that she couldn’t find a leather bag she liked. After that Dumas, set out to design a leather bag adequate and stylish enough for the busy woman to keep her life together.


Since then, the Birkin has become a huge icon in the fashion world and frequently tops people’s Holy Grail Bag list. Being able to say you have a “Birkin ” is a big part of the Hermes bag experience. However, that could change after the statement released by Jane Birkin this past Tuesday. Jane Birkin, the namesake behind the Hermes’ Birkin bag, has demanded the company rename the bag.  Why you ask?

A recent PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) investigation in the Hermes owned alligator factory in Winnie, Texas found many instances of alarming, inhumane practices within factory procedures. Animals were being skinned in conscious states, and dying slow, painful deaths. A series of dialogues took place after the concerning report.


Jane Birkin first shared her objection to Hermes practices with AFP Tuesday. Even though most versions of the Birkin are made in plain leather, Birkin made no distinction in her request when demanding her namesake back:

Having been alerted to the cruel practices endured by crocodiles during their slaughter for the production of Hermès bags carrying my name…I have asked Hermès Group to rename the Birkin until better practices responding to international norms can be implemented for the production of this bag.

PETA commended Jane Birkin for her firm request:

Once, Birkin bags marked people as celebrities or at least members of the super-rich, but soon, no one will want to be caught dead carrying one, and animal advocates will then breathe a sigh of relief.

Hermes responded promptly to Birkin’s request:

Jane Birkin has expressed her concerns regarding practices for slaughtering crocodiles. Her comments do not in any way influence the friendship and confidence that we have shared for many years. Hermès respects and shares her emotions and was also shocked by the images recently broadcast.

An investigation is underway at the Texas farm which was implicated in the video. Any breach of rules will be rectified and sanctioned. Hermès specifies that this farm does not belong to them and that the crocodile skins supplied are not used for the fabrication of Birkin bags.

Hermès imposes on its partners the highest standards in the ethical treatment of crocodiles. For more than 10 years, we have organized monthly visits to our suppliers. We control their practices and their conformity with slaughter standards established by veterinary experts and by the Fish and Wildlife (a federal American organization for the protection of nature) and with the rules established under the aegis of the U.N.O, by the Washington Convention of 1973 which defines the protection of endangered species.


Based off the immediate and thorough response from Hermes, conditions in their factories are expected to change soon. With that being said, the Birkin may be able to keep its iconic name. Interestingly enough, Jane Birkin hasn’t been a big fan of the Birkin bag for a long time.  In 2012, she discussed how she disguises her “bloody heavy” bag with stickers.

However, PurseBop can’t help but wonder – what would you call it INSTEAD? The thought seems unfathomable given how the name Birkin is so engraved in our heads. Let’s take the conversation to BopTalk! Give your name suggestions, but more importantly, share your thoughts on the PETA findings and how you feel about Hermes crocodile bags going forward.

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