Friday, October 30, 2009

Jane Birkin and her Basket

The Birkin bag that came to the market in 1986, is a design inspired by the encounter during a trip between the fifth president of Hermes Jean Louis Dumas and the French acctress Jane Birkin.
When the president of HERMES at that time met with the Franch singer Jane Birkin on the airplane, she complained to the president that it was hard to find a big tote bag which was exquisite in workmanship as well as practical. Therefore, the president has specially designed this handbag for her, which was also named after her. Birkin bag is developed on the basis of Kelly bag, and with a larger size and without the cover; Birkin is perfect for trips and serves as briefcase. What’s more, Birkin has a more casual style than Kelly and a richer choice of materials and colors as well.
Turns out that, according to Wikipedia, Jane Birkin herself had to pay for the now famous Hermes bag that was first made for her. Cheap french!
She was later reimbursed with a 10% discount on all Hermes products.

to find out more, please click on the following links:
Jane Birkin et Serge Gainsbourg
J Birkin: Best of Jane Birkin
Serge Gainsbourg: A Fistful of Gitanes

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Models behaving badly

I know, I sound like an old lady, but I hope they were joking.
Picture by Terry Richardson

Neon Signs by Tracey Emin

The artist and her work. She is one cool lady.

Gypset Style

I came across this book by Julia Chaplin for Assouline today and couldn't put it down, so very inpirational.
Gypset: fusing the ease and carefree lifestyle of a Gypsy with the sophistication of the jet set, author Julia Chaplin coined the term "Gypset" to refer to an international group of bonvivants, artists, and designers. There counterculture forebears include: Victorian explorers, the lost generation of hippies, and beatniks.

180 Pages
7 1/4 x 10 3/4''
20 x 28 cm
150 Illustrations
ISBN - 9782759403967