Jane Birkin Uses Her Birkin Bag As A Cat Bed

Jane Birkin, for whom the $5,000 Hermès tote was named, has only owned four Birkins in her lifetime. "I never have more than one bag at a time. I think one is already quite enough," she says. But they get a lot of use. "Any bag that's with me will take the same course as I will. It will take the same airplanes and will be squashed in the same way and will be used as a cushion in the airports. There's no fun in a bag if it's not kicked around, so that it looks as if the cat's been sitting on it — and it usually has. The cat may even be in it! I always put on stickers and beads and worry beads. You can get them from Greece, Israel, Palestine — from anywhere in the world. I always hang things on my bags because I don't like them looking like everyone else's." She's auctioning of the current Birkin to raise money for disaster relief in Japan. [Vogue UK]


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