Forget private jets and Belair mansions, the Hermès Birkin is the international symbol of wealth. A celebrity fave, it’s rumoured that Victoria Beckham’s collection is worth over $2 million, Tamara Eccleston has 30, and the bags are seen clutched in the talons of every one of the Kardashian/Jenner-clan.
But there’s a new trend on the scene. It seems the Birkin is in competition with itself, as more and more of Hollywood’s A-listers have stepped out with a slathering of paint on the holiest of handbags. That’s right, from Lichtenstein-esque renderings to North West’s Birkin-Pollock impresario, rarity and uniqueness are omnipotent on the Birkin scene. Let’s take a look, shall we?
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Khloe "Khlomoney" Kardashian had her bag custom painted by graffiti artist Alec Monopoly.
Apparently, Amber Rose's "You Fake Like This Birkin" has caused some controversy.
For Christmas 2013, Kanye West gifted his wife Kimmy K a Birkin bag painted by George Condo, the same artist who painted the artwork from Yeezy's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" album.
Rita Ora seen arriving home after a day of shooting for Rimmel in London
Tamara Ecclestone's husband gifted her a red custom Birkin, also painted by the artist Alec Monopoly, for her 31st birthday.
Nicola Fomichetti, former stylist to Lady Gaga and Diesel Creative Director, took a marker to his luxury designer bag:dog carrier.
NeNe Leakes arrives to the "Watch What Happens Live" studio in NYC
It's somewhat ironic that the first person to deface the Hermès Birkin bag was the very woman that it was created in honour of.
Photos: The Telegraph, She Finds, NY Post