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Drake collects Hermes Birkin Bags for the wife he hasn't even met yet – and if that's not romance, we don't know what is.

We always knew the Canadian rapper was a bit of a softie, but this latest revelation has made all other men look emotionless fools.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the 31-year-old admitted that he's been stocking up on the designer handbags for years so that he could eventually gift them to the women he ends up with.

Birkin bags, named after actress Jane Birkin, can cost anything from $11,900 to an eye-watering $300,000 and are not available to buy online.

It remains to be one of the most in-demand handbags in the world, with stars like the Kardashians, Victoria Beckham, Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Lopez all been known to sport the luxury accessory.

Potential buyers pretty much need to have personal relationship with the brand risk being placed on lengthy waiting lists.

Drake was most recently linked to 21-year-old model, Bella Hadid, though her mother later confirmed that the pair were just “friends” – meaning we're all still in with a chance!

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We're all told to make smart financial investments, but we never thought that buying a handbag would be one of them. 

Brands like Chanel, Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Mulberry often increase in value as the years go on, but one style of bag in particular stands out above the rest.

The Hermes Birkin bag, named after the iconic Jane Birkin, has increased in value over 500 per cent in the last 35 years, beating out gold as a better investment. 

 

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"An investor who purchased a Hermes Birkin handbag would enjoy a profitable return regardless of when they decided to cash in as the value has only risen since 1980," according to data collected by Bag Hunter.

"While economic factors affect the value of the S&P 500 and gold, the exclusivity of Hermes Birkin bags has seen them maintain and increase their value, even during times of recession."

"This makes Hermes Birkin handbags by far the least risky investment of the three."

 

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Since 1981, the value of a Birkin has increased by 14.2 per cent each year, on average. 

Waiting lists for the bags can be up to six years long, and the exclusivity of the bags propels their value, as the demand for them is much higher than the supply. 

The average Birkin can cost anything from €7,000 to €15,000, with prices climbing as you consider all the various different options for leather types, sizes and hardware. 

 

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2015 saw a record-breaking year for the bag, when a record sale for a single handbag sold at auction was broken by a hot pink crocodile-skin Hermes Birkin, which sold for an exorbitant €210,268.

While a Birkin may be slightly out of our price range, a girl can dare to dream, right? 

Feature image: Instagram / The Birkin Fairy / The_Caroo

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If you thought North West was the only Kardashian grandkid with an ultra-luxe wardrobe, you'd be wrong.

Penelope Disick was spotted out and about in Los Angeles this week, toting her very own Hermès Baby Birkin bag.

Emphasis on the word 'baby,' because little Penelope is only three.

The youngster was accompanying her mum Kourtney Kardashian and baby brother Reign on some errands, and was working some serious outfit co-ordination in her black and pink ensemble.

At €7,500 a pop, it's unlikely Penelope bought her new bag with pocket money, but given her grandma Kris's obsession with Baby Birkins it could well have been a Christmas present from her.

The Kardashian momager took to Instagram last year to tell fans how much she loved the mini versions of the hugely popular Hermès design.

Of course, it's not only Penelope who was working some high-end fashion on the family outing – Kourtney's black-lace up St. Laurent ankle boots retail at a cool €830.

Quite the mum-and-daughter fashion duo.

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In a move that brings together the worlds of luxury fashion and technology, Apple announced yesterday that they are teaming up with fashion label Hermés to create a collection of Apple watches. 

While many may anticipate the fashion giant merely lent it's expertise to creating a new series of straps, Apple Watch Hermés is a very collaborative line. 

Each watch comes engraved with the Hermés signature, the typeface can be customised to Hermés's famous orange and three exclusive dials reference classic Hermés watch face designs. 

You can also choose between three different strap designs – the single tour, the double tour and the cuff – which are all handcrafted in Paris with the label's famous leather. 

"Apple and Hermès make very different products, but they reflect the deep appreciation of quality design," said Apple's chief design officer Jonathan Ive.

"Both companies are motivated by a sincere pursuit of excellence and the desire to create something that is not compromised. Apple Watch Hermès is a true testament to that belief."

The product will be available just before December at selected Apple and selected Hermés retail stores. 

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The Hermès Birkin bag is one of the most widely recognised handbags in the world, and despite the design being over three decades old it is still seen on the arm of countless celebrities.

Now though, the iconic bag could be no more as actress Jane Birkin has asked for her name to be disassociated with the cult accessory.

English actress Jane became something of a muse for Hermès CEO Jean-Louis Dumas back in the Eighties, and since then has had her name attached to the fashion house's most sought-after handbag design.

However after discovering that crocodiles are allegedly harmed during the bag's production, Jane has called for the bag's name to be changed, or for better practices to be implemented.

"Having been alerted to the cruel practices endured by crocodiles during their slaughter for the production of Hermès bags carrying my name… I have asked Hermès Group to rename the Birkin until better practices responding to international norms can be implemented for the production of this bag," the actress said in a statement via animal rights group PETA.

A recent exposé by PETA showed grahpic images of crocodile and alligator slaughtering in factory farms across the world. Responding to Jane's statement and PETA's revelations, a rep for Hermès said the brand "respects and shares her emotions" regarding inhumane treatment of animals.

The legendary totes cost anywhere from €10,000 to €135,000 or more depending on the animal skins used. Jane's demands will no doubt put a dampener on the bag's appeal, but for now the Birkin Croc is still a firm favourite among fashion-conscious celebs.

Kim Kardashian
The reality star stepped out last year with a smaller version of the bag in cream and brown

Victoria Beckham
VB is said to have the bag in over 100 styles.

 

Beyoncé
The singer keeps it classic with an oversized black version

Jennifer Lopez
J-Lo works the colour co-ordination with her coral Birkin

 

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In possibly the strangest news of the day, something very weird is happening to Hermes Birkin handbags, and customers are not happy.

According to reports today, customers have been returning their notoriously expensive arm candy, complaining that the leather smells like marijuana!

Yes, you read that correctly.

Concerns were raised when a ‘badly tanned’ collection of the handbags – some of which can cost up to $20,000 – arrived at a boutique, with customers later returning the luxury items over the nasty smell.

Before anyone starts to think that there might be some funny business going on at the Hermes factory, there is a perfectly reasonable explanation!

Apparently – due to aforementioned ‘bad tanning’ – the leather used to create the bags can sometimes give off an unpleasant smell when placed in direct sunlight.

A source told Page Six that the famous fashion house are pretty mortified about the whole thing, saying: “The bags are being sent back to Paris as nobody knows quite how to deal with this embarrassing situation.”

The Hermes bag, beloved of celebrities such as Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian, is one of the most hotly-coveted items among fashion lovers, so we doubt this will do much to tarnish the brand’s reputation.

 

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