Hermès Birkin Bag: Would you customize it?

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I posted a picture on my Instagram page a few weeks ago of a customized white Hermès Birkin bag. I found the art on it pretty amazingly special! Little did I know (although I really should have known better) that this bag belongs to the one and only Lady Gaga! I must say that it is such a Gaga thing to do, and kudos to that as I think the result is great.

A few weeks later, one of the most followed people on Instagram – yes, yes it’s Kim Kardashian of course – also posted a strange picture of another Hermès Birkin bag. The feeling that I got when I looked at it wasn’t exactly the same as I had for the Gaga’s customized Birkin. It was George Condo, incidentally, who painted Kanye West’s Christmas gift to Kim: a Hermès Birkin bag featuring three voluptuous nude women –maybe they were supposed to be the Kardashian sisters, who knows!-  and an angry green monster (Kris Jenner !?). We will never know what Kim genuinely thought about the gift but the Instagram community did not approve. “This shit is ugly”, read one typical comment (and I’m really sparing you the worst!).

So there was me thinking… is it that much of a fashion crime to get creative with such an expensive and legendary bag? The prices range from $7400 to $150,000 and there is a very long waiting list for buying the precious item.

If I had one, I don’t think I would want to start drawing on it as every inch of the bag would represent days and days of hard work and sweat. Yet if you have the means to buy dozens of Birkin, why not get creative with some of them?

Besides, have you ever come across a woman carrying a Birkin? There are plenty in London and they are usually associated with super wealthy women who look perfectly put together even on their way to pilates! I think the typical Hermès customer has also perhaps turned the bag into a glaring sign of wealth which is not so fashionable anymore (no pun intended).

I think it’s time to demystify luxury brands and unleash our creative potential! Maybe I’ll give it a try tonight with one of my Topshop bags 😉

Lady Gaga White customized hermes bag photo

Lady Gaga’s very own White Hermès Birkin Bag- before and after!

Il y a quelques semaines, j’ai partagé une photo sur mon Instagram d’un sac Birkin Hermès blanc mais totalement customisé. J’ai d’ailleurs trouvé le résultat super spécial ! Mais je ne savais pas – et franchement j’aurais dû le deviner- que ce sac appartenait à cette très chère Lady Gaga ! Typique Lady Gaga et sincèrement respect car le résultat est surprenant.

Quelques semaines plus tard, l’une des personnes qui possède le plus d’abonnés sur Instagram- et oui, ça n’est autre que Kim Kardashian – avait partagé une étrange photo d’un autre sac Birkin d’Hermès. J’avoue que mon impression n’était pas vraiment la même que celle que j’avais eu pour le sac de Gaga. C’est l’artiste George Condo qui a peint sur le cadeau de Noël de Kanye West pour Kim : un sac Birkin d’Hermès avec une sorte de peinture de trois femmes nues assez voluptueuses – les sœurs Kardashians peut-être ? Allez savoir ! – et un monstre vert qui n’avait pas l’air content (Kris Jenner ?! ). On ne saura jamais ce que Kim a vraiment pensé de ce cadeau mais une chose est sûre la communauté Instagram n’a pas aimé cette création. ‘Cette merde est horrible’ – l’un des nombreux commentaires désignant le sac (j’en passe et des meilleurs !).

Du coup, je me suis demandée… est-ce que c’est vraiment un crime de customiser un sac aussi légendaire que le Birkin d’Hermès ? Les prix vont de $7400 et peuvent atteindre jusqu’à $150000 et de plus, il y a une très longue liste d’attente pour ceux ou celles qui souhaitent acheter ce si précieux accessoire.

Si j’avais la chance d’en posséder un, je ne pense pas que je me mettrais à peindre dessus car chaque centimètre du sac représenterait des jours et des jours de travail et de sueur. Par contre, si j’avais les moyens d’acheter des douzaines de Birkin, pourquoi ne pas laisser libre court à mon imagination avec l’un d’entre eux ?

De plus, avez-vous déjà croisé une dame avec un Birkin ? Il y en a plein à Londres et ce sont généralement les femmes super aisées qui sont constamment super bien habillées et maquillées même pour aller à un cours de yoga ! Je pense que la cliente typique d’Hermès a, par la force des choses, transformé le sac en un signe de richesse ce qui finalement n’est plus vraiment à la mode (sans vouloir faire de jeu de mots).

Je pense qu’il est temps de démystifier les marques de luxes et laisse libre court à notre créativité ! Tiens, ca me donne envie d’essayer de customiser un de mes sacs ce soir… enfin mon sac Topshop 😉

Hermes and Condo for KimKim Kardashian’s cuztomised  Birkin by George Condo

hermes_6_traviswsimon_905 Hermes-Birkin-Bag-Travis-W-Simon Hermes-Birkin-Graffiti-Moda-Operandi

The Moda Operandi bunk boutique has added a late contender to the game: this Birkin bag customized just for Moda by artist Travis W. Simon


Nicola Formichetti is the former creative director of the French fashion house Thierry Mugler and has now launched his eponymous womenswear line. He is also the stylist of Lady Gaga. Among his designs, the front of his Birkin reads “This is Nicopanda” and the back says “This bag is not for you“.

Birkin Jane Birkin

In 1981, Hermès chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas was seated next to Jane Birkin on a flight from Paris to London. She had just placed her straw bag in the overhead compartment of 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 herbased on an 1892 design. She used the bag for herself then later changed her mind because she was carrying too many things in it: ‘What’s the use of having a second one?’ she laughs. ‘You only need one and that busts your arm; they’re bloody heavy. I’m going to have to have an operation for tendonitis in the shoulder.’Nevertheless, the bag has since become an icon. (Source : Wikipedia)

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    12th February 2014 at 21:32

    ahhh this is so cool!

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    14th February 2014 at 20:03

    Omg I find your blog such an amazing way to practice my French, especially my vocabulary with English translation aside. I’m a Dutch native speaker so I’m actually practicing with both! Plus it’s fun to learn while reading about subjects that are related to my passion (Fashion!) Thank you for your amazing and fun blog and keep up the good work! Greetz..

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      15th February 2014 at 12:02

      Hi Mercedez!! Thank you so much for your comment! It literally made my day, seriously touched- I’m so glad you’re enjoying reading it in both languages!!! Gros Bisous <3<3<3

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    14th February 2014 at 20:04

    And yess! I would customize one bag if I had two or more of them 😛

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    31st March 2015 at 07:45

    Go here to customize

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