The Birkin before the Birkin: Jane's original statement purse

The Birkin Bag is one of the most recognizable pieces by French fashion house, Hermès. However, British actress and singer Jane Birkin was making statements of her own with a very different purse before the namesake bag was created: her very own...basket. Woven from wicker and casually slung across her arm, Jane Birkin was photographed prolifically throughout the 70's -- whether it be for afternoons by the beach or black tie dinners for Cannes Film Festival -- toting the effortlessly chic...

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