In anticipation of her upcoming performance at Town Hall in NYC, style icon, songstress and philanthropist Jane Birkin spoke to WWD about music, her famous and hip offspring and that bag that Hermès named after her, which happens to have just broken the world record for most expensive bag ever to be sold at a public auction. Instead of putting the bag on a pedestal like the person who paid $203,150 for one might, she leverages it for charity:
I got Hermès to fork out for my charities once I saw the fortune they were making. A certain amount of money every year goes straight to my charity and it will continue to after my death. This year I was able to [use some of that money] to go to Japan for a benefit concert after the earthquake. We use some of the money to feed the poor people who can’t afford to eat in France. I sold one of my Birkin bags for $163,000 to help the Japanese Red Cross. So that rather trivial piece of heavy luggage has done a lot of good in the world.
We love that the Birkin will be remembered for more than just being the most expensive handbag ever, and that Jane Birkin is still the coolest lady around.