Hermès Birkin Bag and Its Appearances in “Sex and the City”


Undoubtedly, this iconic television series, aired from 1998 to 2004 on HBO, and its sequel, “And Just Like That…”, premiered in 2021, have been a style reference for several generations. But why have Hermès Birkin bags been present throughout its history? Join us, and we’ll show you the reason. Don’t miss it!

  1. Samantha Jones’ Birkin
  2. Seema’s Orange Birkin 35
  3. Carry’s Bright Blue (Fake) Birkin

Samantha Jones’ Birkin


“It’s not just a bag, it’s a Birkin” the salesperson explained to Samantha.

One of the most iconic appearances of the exquisite Hermès Birkin model in “Sex and the City” took place in Season 4, Episode 11 of the series. Samantha Jones, a successful publicist portrayed by actress Kim Cattrall, who handles public relations for actress Lucy Liu, uses her client’s fame and status to bypass a waiting list of no less than five years to obtain the coveted accessory.

Our expert eye tells us that this is the 35 Hermès Birkin handbag, made of red Togo leather, which is a soft yet durable calf leather and one of the most commonly used materials for these pieces.

Although the exact color code or shade that captivated Samantha is not specified in the episode, what is seen on screen indicates that it is a bright tone within the brand’s range of reds, such as Rouge Pivoine, Rouge de Coeur, or even Vermillion, according to the brand’s color guide.

The bag in question also features an internal leather lining in the same color, a zip pocket, and a flat pocket, making it a spacious, multifunctional, and very comfortable bag.

To top it off, this creation boasts gold-plated hardware, one of the most commonly used by the brand, made with 18k gold.

It is noteworthy that in 2001, the year the memorable episode aired, its price ranged from $4,000 to $5,000; however, at present, the same piece would have an approximate value ranging from $10,000 to $30,000, demonstrating a solid appreciation of Hermès bags as luxury and high-end items. It is important to mention that this wide price range is due to the bag’s condition and its year of manufacture.

Seema’s Orange Birkin 35

Seema with Hermès Birkin Orange Ostrich bag

Sarita Choudhury, who plays Seema in the sequel to the series “Sex and the City” called “And Just Like That…”, premiered in 2021, is the real estate agent for Carrie Bradshaw. She has enough purchasing power to afford a beautiful 35 Birkin bag in orange ostrich leather.

This type of leather is highly valued in the luxury industry, and here’s why:

  • It has a distinctive follicle pattern: You can see small bumps or protrusions in the texture, which give ostrich leather its characteristic appearance.
    It’s soft and flexible despite its strength: Ostrich leather is notably soft to the touch and has a flexibility that makes it ideal for a variety of applications, from handbags and wallets to footwear and clothing.
  • It has a wide pore structure: This makes it more breathable, preventing moisture damage.
  • It’s easy to dye: While natural ostrich leather tends to be a light shade, it takes dye easily, allowing for a wide range of vibrant colors. Since it absorbs dyes well, the resulting colors are rich and long-lasting. Furthermore, over time, the bag and its colors gain more character and definition, a phenomenon known as patina.

Now, back to Seema, unfortunately, a thief snatches her bag, and knowing the value of this piece and reluctant to part with it, she pursues the thief in an attempt to recover it. Once again, a Birkin bag becomes an object of desire.

Carry’s Bright Blue (Fake) Birkin

Carrie with fake Blue Birkin bag

“Maybe if it were a real Hermès bag, it would have worked better!” Confessed the protagonist of both series, Sarah Jessica Parker, in her interview for Vogue, “Life in looks.”

In one of the episodes of the fifth season of “Sex and the City,” broadcast in 2002, the year she was pregnant with her first child, a “Hermès Bag” was used – exactly! An imitation of the Birkin bag in bright blue. The reason? To hide the actress’s advanced pregnancy, which didn’t work because numerous press reports at the time noticed it, and the news came to light.

“That bag had a job to do, and it did it very poorly” Parker declared.

This anecdote takes us back in time once again, specifically to the year 1956, when an elegant Grace Kelly, pregnant with her daughter Caroline of Monaco, used a Hermès bag to cover and hide her condition.

At that time, the bag was called Sac à dépêches, but from then on, its notoriety, status, and relevance skyrocketed, and what’s more, it stood the test of time. Such was the frenzy that in 1977, Hermès’s creation was renamed the Kelly bag.

Probably a genuine Hermès bag, like the 35 Kelly model, a Herbag, or a Garden Party, if they had existed in 2002 (or in 1956), would have made a difference in Sarah and Princess Grace’s attempts to conceal their pregnancies.

Another excellent reason to acquire genuine and authenticated Hermès bags, don’t you think?

In conclusion, “Sex and the City” and Hermès have a history together. Both have made their mark over the years and become incomparable classics, leaving a lasting impact on fashion and style culture. The message is clear: Hermès bags have been, are, and will continue to be coveted by style and luxury connoisseurs.

Don’t wait like Samantha or use a fake Birkin like Carrie – we are ready to make your dream come true, without delays or surprises. We take care of everything.

We understand that an investment of this magnitude requires time, specialized guidance, and attention to detail, which is why we offer our online store, where you can find the authentic Hermès bag you desire, without waiting lists and from the comfort of your home.

If the bag you desire is not in our stock, no problem – you can order it with us, and our team will find it for you.

Don’t wait any longer; get your new Hermès bag at The Birkin’s and Kelly’s House!

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