In fashion these days, it can feel as though a season is virtually over before it begins.
A slight exaggeration, perhaps, but with ‘It’ bags coming and going and obscure trends fizzling out faster than you can say “Where are my bike shorts?”, it’s arguably a reminder of what constitutes a wardrobe classic with truly enduring style.
And if we needed any proof of what that might be, we needn’t look much further than the incredible Hermès Birkin bag that sold for almost $300,000 AUD at a Christie’s auction in London, that attracted bidders from 41 countries.
Selling for well above its predicted sales price of $13,000 to $50,000 AUD, the specific style in question was an ultra-rare 2015 Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Birkin 35.
Its sale makes it the second-most expensive handbag sold at the auction, with the most expensive one, also a Birkin Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Birkin 35 but with 18 karat white gold and diamond detailing, selling for approximately $435,000 AUD.
Created and named after British actress Jane Birkin in 1981, the 182-year-old French maison’s iconic accessory clearly remains a symbol of timeless style today. Revered for its artisanal construction, each bag takes around 18 to 20 hours to make by a single crafts-person, with wait-lists to obtain one spanning several years.