Cardi B Has Secured the Bag

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The Hermés Birkin is more than a bag. Few pieces inspire as much devotion (and hysteria) as the French brand’s classic leather holdall. Its namesake, Jane Birkin, may no longer wear the style—she auctioned off the original version designed for her in 1984 by Hermés’s then-chairman Jean-Louis Dumas to benefit AIDS research—but plenty of celebrities have stepped up to claim the title of resident aficionado. Beloved by a diverse group of stars (what other accessories can claim Beyoncé, Kate Moss, and Floyd Mayweather as fans?), it remains a status symbol nearly four decades after its debut. Amongst hip-hop royalty, the Birkin is wildly popular, and this morning Cardi B took to Instagram to share her collection. In a snapshot captioned, “pick a color,” she shared 20 of her favorites, and a peek into her expansive wardrobe. 

The variety within her collection is admirable. With everything from a 35cm croc model in Bleu Electrique to one of spring/summer 2020’s striped version of the minimalist Sellier Birkin style, Cardi’s selection speaks to her love of color, detail, and rarity. Hermés’s waitlist is notorious, but many of the pieces featured in Cardi’s collection are especially hard to procure. Her bandana print version is the work of Jay Ahr’s Jonathan Riss, the Belgian-born Hong Kong-based designer who artfully customizes Hermés pieces with print and embroidery. Likewise, the Swarovski crystal-embellished purse came straight from the luxury reseller, Privé Porter, who also assisted Offset when he lavished Cardi with over a 100K worth of Hermés goodies for Christmas last year. 

Fashion collectors often speak of the high that comes with new acquisitions, and Cardi has been vocal on social media about the thrill she gets each time she picks up a new Birkin. While she isn’t the only celebrity with an eye for Hermés, as Kim Kardashian-West, Victoria Beckham, and Kylie Jenner all have extensive collections, Cardi appears to be focused on Birkins in particular. Though you’ll spot a couple of Kellys resting on her shelf, she has been relatively consistent with her purchases. Only time will tell what happens once she branches out into the brand’s other styles (perhaps she'll post bikini selfies while holding an ostrich Bolide, or a Chaîne d’ancre bag that opens to reveal new music?), but it’s sure to be entertaining. 

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