Bag lady: Victoria Beckham’s 100-strong Birkin bag collection that’s worth £1.5m

Inspiration: Namesake of the classic Hermes bag, Jane Birkin

Enlarge Any bag as long as it’s a Birkin: Starting at a staggering 4,200 Victoria Beckham accessorises with a baby blue version on a shopping trip in LA in April; plumps for plum on yet another airport dash in March; and chooses a bright red bag for a trip to New York last summer The bag, which was designed in 1984 by French fashion house Hermes and named after the actress Jane Birkin, is seen as a fashion classic. It follows in the footsteps of the 1935 Kelly bag – named after Princess Grace of Monaco because of her many appearances with it. The Birkin was allegedly created after the company’s CEO Jean Louis Dumas sat next to the actress on a Paris to London flight. Hermes habit: Victoria with her red Birkin at a children’s party in March last year; at JFK airport with her pink ostrich bag in September 2007; in Dubai with the 80,000 Silver Himalayan version in January this year Birkin had been discussing her difficulty in finding a leather weekend bag, explaining her ideal. Shortly after, the bag she described arrived at her flat with a note from Dumas.

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