he classic shape was originally created in 1985 for Jane Birkin, after the chief executive of Hermès Jean-Louis Dumas sat next to her on a flight and heard her complain about her struggle to find the perfect leather weekend bag. "I remember it well," Birkin has previously said to The Telegraph . "I'd been upgraded by Air France on a flight to London, and was sitting next to a man. I'm not quite sure what type of bag I had with me - my husband, Jacques Doillon, had reversed his car over my basket, crushed it on purpose not two days before. Little did he know that on this airplane journey, when everything fell out of whatever bag I had, the man next to me said: 'You should have one with pockets'. I said: 'The day Hermès make one with pockets I will have that', and he said: 'But I am Hermès and I will put pockets in for you'."