Some call it sacrilege, others call it customisation – but it's the newest celebrity trend and everyone from Lady Gaga, to Kelly Osbourne, to Kim Kardashian, to Nene Leakes is doing it: defacing their classic Hermes bag.
Lady Gaga took a marker to a brand new, white Hermes Birkin handbag in Tokyo and wrote: "I love little monsters, Tokyo love". Kim Kardashian had an artist paint hers. Kelly Osbourne put patches and stickers on hers. The name of the game is "one-of-a-kind".
It’s somewhat ironic that the first person to deface the Hermes Birkin bag was the woman that it was created in honour of: Jane Birkin. Jane has carried the bag since its creation, but has almost always ‘customised’ it with protest stickers, beads or ribbons so that it doesn’t look like everybody else's Birkin Bag.
So what do you think? Would you deface your 12k leather, impossibly-hard-to-get Birkin? Should I do mine?