The Mini Birkin, affectionately known as the Baby Birkin, has embarked on an impressive journey since its introduction in 2019 as a limited edition called Birkin 20 Faubourg. In this blog post, we will not only look back at the past but also speculate on what lies ahead for this coveted Hermès collection. The Birth of the Mini Birkin 20 Faubourg: An Architectural Masterpiece In 2019, Hermès entered the world of miniature luxury handbags with the introduction of the Birkin 20 Faubourg, also known as the “House Birkin.” This limited edition captures the architectural essence of the iconic flagship and quickly became a hit among collectors. The initial pieces featured classic day and night colors, with Matte Alligator flaps on a Madame Calfskin body. Swift window frames, Epsom leather glass, and a Sombrero leather base complemented the luxurious ensemble. A notable feature of the Faubourg Birkins was the use of Orange H Swift for the
canopies—an homage to Hermès‘s iconic color. Palladium hardware completed the stylish appearance. These early iterations of the 20 cm Birkin captivated collectors worldwide and became coveted treasures due to their rarity. The limited edition Birkin 20 Faubourg also introduced a more structured Sellier construction, casting the Mini Birkin in a new light. The term “Mini Birkin” or “Baby Birkin” was coined, becoming synonymous with refined elegance in a compact form. Continuation of the Saga: Midnight or Minuit and Snow or Neige Editions (2021) The Mini Birkin’s journey continued in 2021 when Hermès introduced two new versions of the Birkin 20 Faubourg: Midnight or Minuit and Snow or Neige. The Midnight edition presented itself almost entirely in black, with PVD hardware reminiscent of the So Black collection. The Snow edition, on the other hand, charmed with a body of Matte Alligator and a flap in White Togo. The windows of the Neige Snow Faubourg shimmered in a frosty blue Brume Chevre. Collecting all four of these delightful editions was referred to as “Place de Faubourg”or “Faubourg Square,” and collectors worldwide sought to possess these exclusive treasures.
The Revolution of 2023: Birkin 20 Sellier in Matte Alligator
In 2023, another fascinating turn unfolded for the Mini Birkin with the introduction of the Birkin 20 Sellier in Matte Alligator on the secondary market. This new variant retains the compact size of 20 centimeters and presents itself in the Sellier model, inspired by the architectural essence of Hermès.The limited edition Birkin 20 Sellier in Matte Alligator has already been spotted in Lizard and Matte Alligator, becoming the latest obsession for Hermès collectors. The unique texture of alligator leather, combined with the structured Sellier construction, transforms this Mini Birkin into a masterpiece that redefines the boundaries of luxury. Outlook for 2024: What’s Next? With Hermès’s continuous innovation and creativity, collectors and enthusiasts of the Mini Birkin collection can eagerly anticipate what 2024 holds. We can confidently expect more captivating color and hardware combinations that will further enhance the Mini Birkin’s unique splendor. The Mini Birkin has established itself as a timeless symbol of luxury, and its journey is far from over. We can look forward to more exciting chapters in the evolution of this small masterpiece, as Hermès continues to exceed expectations and reshape the world of luxury handbags. Conclusion: The Mini Birkin Remains a Timeless Jewel From its first introduction in 2019 to the latest Matte Alligator edition in 2023, the Mini Birkin has undergone an impressive journey. The past and present of the Mini Birkin are equally fascinating, and the future promises even more innovation andexclusivity. As lovers of Hermès, we can anticipate more exciting revelations, while the Mini Birkin continues to capture the hearts of collectors worldwide. Welcome to a world where luxury radiates in miniature—the world of the Mini Birkin.