Friday, December 14, 2012

INTERNATIONAL SEEN - Hermés Birkin bag for babies? Tribute to popular bag made out of LEGO

It is one of the most coveted handbags of all time, but with a price tag of around £8,000 the Hermés Birkin bag isn't quite within every fashionista's price range (unless you're Victoria Beckham whose collection is worth a reported £1.5m).
But for arm candy fans on a budget, online handmade marketplace Etsy is selling a replica version of the much lusted after bag.

There's just one catch: it is made out of Lego.
Toy bag: The tribute Birkin bag is made out of Lego and is available on Etsy.com
Toy bag: The tribute Birkin bag is made out of Lego and is available on Etsy.com
Toy bag: The tribute Birkin bag is made out of Lego and is available on Etsy.com
The 20 x 26 x 13 cm bag, which would make a great Christmas gift for stylish children, is described on the site as 'fully functional' and 'designed for everyday use'.
The £89 bag can be made to order in a variety of colours and is made from brand new lego.
Describing the item, the site states: 'All the bricks used to make it are brand new (i.e. straight out of the box, never played with and of course only original LEGO bricks), so the bag has this amazing shine of new bricks.
'It is very elegant, does not seem at all like a toy handbag.'
Spot the difference: The Lego bag (L) would make the perfect gift for fashion savvy children, while the real version (R) is worth around £8,000
Spot the difference: The Lego bag (L) would make the perfect gift for fashion savvy children
Spot the difference: The Lego bag (L) would make the perfect gift for fashion savvy children, while the real version (R) is worth around £8,000
Prestigious luggage and accessories firm Hermés, who count many of the world's wealthiest women as fans, is known for luxury leather accessories.
Renowned for its immaculate finish and top quality materials, Hermès claims never to use any assembly lines with one craftsperson making a single handbag at a time, hand-stitching individual pieces to create the finished product.
The brand is rich in history, and some of its bestselling bags have intriguing stories behind them.
The iconic Kelly bag, one of Hermes most popular styles, was originally known as the Sac à dépêches when it was developed by Hermes in 1935.
In 1956, a photo of Grace Kelly, who had become the new Princess of Monaco, was pictured carrying the Sac à dépêches to hide her pregnancy.
Famous fans: Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian are big fans of the handbag- Victoria reportedly owns a collection worth £1.5m
Famous fans: Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian are big fans of the handbag- Victoria reportedly owns a collection worth £1.5m
Famous fans: Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian are big fans of Hermes ... handbag Victoria reportedly owns a collection worth £1.5m

Photographs were sent all over the world and put on the cover of Life magazine. As a result, the bag became known as the Kelly and has been hugely popular ever since.
The Birkin has similarly romantic roots, conceived as it was in honour of French star Jane Birkin. 
The Birkin was allegedly created after the company's CEO Jean Louis Dumas sat next to the actress on a Paris to London flight.
Birkin had been discussing her difficulty in finding a leather weekend bag, explaining her ideal.
Shortly after, in 1984, the bag she described arrived at her flat with a note from Dumas. Although nowadays the bag can be made to order, the design is still one of the most recognised in the fashion industry.

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