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How Jane Birkin Was Able to Profit Off of Her Namesake Bag

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Since its creation in 1984, the Hermès Birkin bag has been a staple of fashionistas around the world. But the woman who inspired it, Jane Birkin, didn't get a share of the luxury house's profits. She tells WWD that she was eventually able to make money from being the namesake of the world's most famous handbag.

"I got Hermès to fork out for my charities once I saw the fortune they were making," she says. "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."
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