Jane Birkin says she doesn't mind that Hermès has made a mint off the luxury handbag that bears her name. "I got Hermès to fork out for my charities once I saw the fortune they were making," explains the singer and actor. "A certain amount of money every year goes straight to my charity and it will continue to after my death. This year I was able to [use some of that money] to go to Japan for a benefit concert after the earthquake. We use some of the money to feed the poor people who can't afford to eat in France. I sold one of my Birkin bags for $163,000 to help the Japanese Red Cross. So that rather trivial piece of heavy luggage has done a lot of good in the world." As we all know, Jane Birkin prefers to use her Birkin as a pillow, a cat bed, and an occasional pet carrier. How cool is Jane Birkin? Still cooler than just about anyone else on earth, in case you were wondering. [WWD]
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