Fashionistas know that the epic Hermès Birkin bag is named after Jane Birkin. It was in 1984 that Birkin sat next to Hermès CEO, Jean-Louis Dumas in a plane. She complained of not being able to find the perfect leather bag, he made one and named it after her. Nowadays Birkin bag is the It bag with a price tag starting from € 7.000,-. It is so exclusive the bag is only sold in Hermès boutique, not online.
Jane Birkin is a British actress and singer. She has been living in France from 1960. Moving to France from England, Birkin was lucky to passed to audition for a movie.
She starred in the movie Slogan, paired with Serge Gainsbourg whom she was going to marry a few years later. The picture above was Jane Birkin during her heyday. Like Brigitte Bardot in the 60’es Birkin was beautiful and sexy in an innocent way. Let’s say like the representation of Nabokov’s Lolita.
In 1969 Birkin recorded Je t’aime…moi non-plus (I love you….me neither) with Serge Gainsbourg. This song is rubbish if you ask me 🙂 It is actually filled with Birkin’s sighing and Gainsbourg’s singing. Je t’aime …… moi non plus was banned in several European countries. Actually it hit the Dutch chart in 1974, 5 years after its release.
Hear and judge yourself.
With Serge Gainsbourg Birkin got a daughter, Charlotte. Charlotte is born in 1971. A splitting image of her mother she is a real française with an air of je ne sais quoi (literary translation: something special which is difficult to explain). I love her style, a bit bohemian, hippie with the trendy elegant edge which only French women can effortlessly pull off. Ok, her mother is British, but for me Charlotte is 100% French.
This is one of Charlotte’s song I like: In the end. Not enough of Charlotte, Jane Birkin’s daughter? Watch her in Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac later this year. I will.
Back to Jane Birkin, she still sings and acts. This is how she looks like now, the woman whose name has become a status symbol of wealth and style in the pop culture today.