Beyond The Bag: Unpacking Jane Birkin’s Love for Beirut

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French actor, singer, and style icon Jane Birkin passed away in Paris at the age of 76. She was found dead in her home. Birkin had previously suffered a mild stroke in 2021 after dealing with heart problems for years.

Jane Birken visited Lebanon three times and even performed in a concert in Beirut in 2008.

She has expressed her love for Beirut; remembering it through its people, sitting at cafes, the culture, the pride, the anger, reconstruction, and the very green tabbouleh.

Birkin reached international status for her romantic relationship and musical collaborations with the legendary French musician Serge Gainsbourg, including the provocative song “Je t’aime… moi non plus.” She has also acted in notable films such as “Blow-Up” and “Don’t Look Now.”

Jane Birkin is most famously known for her association with the famous luxury handbag, the Birkin bag. The story behind the Birkin bag begins in the early 1980s when Jane Birkin was seated next to the chief executive of Hermès, Jean-Louis Dumas, on a flight from Paris to London.

During the flight, Birkin expressed her frustration with the lack of practical and stylish bags available, and the two engaged in a conversation about what an ideal bag would look like, and this is how the Birkin bag was born.

Jane Birkin’s name has become synonymous with elegance, effortless style, and a free-spirited attitude, making her an enduring cultural icon.

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