photos via Vogue
this is why i love Jane Birkin. she's putting her much-loved, namesake Birkin bag up for auction on eBay and the proceeds will be donated to Red Cross relief efforts for Japan.
read the entire Vogue interview here. some choice excerpts:
when asked about the unique condition of her bag:
JB: 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.
on what's in her Birkin:
JB: I’ve got my agenda, my BlackBerry, photos of all the children [daughters Kate Barry, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Lou Doillon], and my makeup, which is all upside down. It’s the nice mess that I always like.
and the idea of passing on her Birkin to her daughters:
JB: My daughter Lou does not have one. Personally, I think it would be a horrible thing to have a Birkin bag from your mother.
so very cool and contrarian and flying in the face of so many women's attitudes about investment handbags. JB's carefree attitude and generous spirit is so refreshing and kind of reminds me of MK Olsen's totally and endearingly beat-up Hermes kelly.
which brings me to the question: isn't this really what luxury is all about? not being afraid to use your bag as you would any practical everyday object? how do you treat your expensive handbags or other items?