In 1981, Jane Birkin happened to be on the same plane as Jean-Louis Dumas, who was the chairman at the time, and she complained that there was no bag designed to meet the needs of a young mother. Dumas then sketched a suitable and spacious model corresponding to her description. 1984 saw the introduction of the first Birkin Bag, which owes its name to the English actress Jane Birkin. In the meantime, the Birkin has become one of the most soughtafter handbags worldwide. Due to the meticulous and elaborate craftsmanship – it takes a single employee around 40 hours to make a Birkin – the number of pieces is limited. Therefore, potential customers have to anticipate waiting for years. The Birkin Bag is available in sizes 25, 30, 35 and 40 in various leather and colour combinations.