From the Birkin to the Alexa: celebrity muses who have inspired designer bags

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From the Birkin to the Alexa: celebrity muses who have inspired designer bags

Birkin by Hermès

In 1981, Hermès chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas was seated next to Jane Birkin on a flight from Paris to London.

As she placed her straw bag in the overhead compartment of her seat, the contents fell to the floor, prompting her to exclaim how difficult it was to find a leather weekend bag she liked.

In 1984, Jean-Louis created a black supple leather bag for her