On a lovely Wednesday, we would like to present a personal accessory of luggage or a tote by Hermès.
It is handmade in leather and named after actress and singer Jane Birkin. In this sense, we would like to present you the story behind the bag.
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 traveling bag in the overhead compartment for 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 her, based on a 1982 design. She used the bag initially, but changed her mind because she was carrying too many things in it: “What’s the use of having a second one?” she said laughingly. “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, since that time, the bag has become a status symbol.
reference (Hermes Birkin Values Research Study”. Retrieved 31 May 2016)
The more interesting part for LoveStory is Jane’s and Serge’s unique love story.
The Secret Story of Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg
The love affair between Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, that to picture it retrospectively is to watch a flickering series of film stills in one’s mind. Enter the young British actress in 1970s Paris, basket swinging nonchalantly from one arm, baby daughter clasped carefully in the other, dancing down Boulevard Saint-Germain with the thoughtful French musician’s adoring figure at her side. They loved, smoked and fought fervently, their ten-year-long affair an archetype of that between musician and muse in bohemian Paris.
In 1969, Birkin and Gainsbourg made headlines with the super erotic Je t’aime… Moi Non Plus; a love song Gainsbourg had initially written for his then-lover Brigitte Bardot several years earlier, but who had refused to allow her own version to be publicly released as she was married at the time. A self-confessed jealous lover, Birkin claimed she couldn’t stand to see Gainsbourg record the song with anybody else. Her participation made it such a powerfully sensual affair – the song’s lyrics were accompanied by a soundtrack of gentle moans and groans which climaxed in a sated explosion at its end – that it was immediately banned in most of Europe, propelling it both to infamy and to a UK number one, almost instantaneously.
The couple quashed rumours that the song had been partially recorded by placing microphones under their bed, with Gainsbourg pithily remarking:”Thank goodness it wasn’t, otherwise I hope it would have been a long-playing record.” They revelled in the reaction the song caused: it was first played to fellow diners in a Parisian restaurant the pair had chosen to eat in immediately after having recorded it. “As it began to play all you could hear were the knives and forks being put down,” Birkin is reported to have remarked, delighted. Gainsbourg replied, “I think we have a hit record.” Birkin has since insisted that the record was utterly innocent, in spite of its reputation. “It wasn’t a rude song at all,” she stated in 2004. “I don’t know what all the fuss was about. The English just didn’t understand it. I’m still not sure they know what it means.”
Though their relationship ended after ten years together, when Birkin grew tired of Gainsbourg’s excessive drinking and the aggression that often followed, their love for one another remained fervent to the very end. When Birkin’s third daughter, with lover Jacques Doillon, was born not long after their separation, Gainsbourg sent her a box full of baby clothes and a card bearing the words “Papa Deux,” before later becoming the child’s godfather. He was her best friend, and they remained close for the rest of his life.
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