Elizabeth Hurley carries a rare Hermes Birkin in London (5)

Elizabeth Hurley was recently spotted leaving her humble abode in London carrying an Hermes So Black Birkin. If you’ve ever wondered why the So Black Birkins only appear in the hands of an extremely select set of celebs, allow us to regale you with a little So Black Birkin backstory. This extremely rare all-black version (black box calf with matching black hardware) of the traditional Birkin was first released in 2010. Because of production issues, some of the bags weren’t released until 2011, and they haven’t been reproduced by the brand since then, according to our research. That makes the So Black exponentially rarer than your average Birkin.

These bags were available in both matte alligator and box calf, and Hurley has the box calf version, as does Kim Kardashian, who owns a crazy stash of Birkins of every make and model. Tamara Ecclestone also lays claim to dozens of Birkins, including the Hermes So Black Alligator Birkin, which is the most ridiculously gorgeous Birkin of the whole lot, IMHO. It’s no secret that I’m pretty blah about most Hermes Birkins, both as bag and cultural phenomenon, but the So Blacks are so alluring, I honestly wonder why Hermes ever tried black hardware again.

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  • Lilly

    I must be the only person on this planet not impressed by the Birkin.

    • goodnightluck

      Yep, I think so.

    • Deedee

      Yeah I have never been a fan of the Birkin. Sure, if you hand me one, I’ll take it. But to go out and get one? Nah…

  • Rashida

    It is lovely.

  • Gabriel

    The fact that Kim Kardashian owns it, makes it not that desirable.

  • Jane

    So so so beautiful. I love how rare it is and that only a select few celebs have them and sadly one is Kim Kardashian, that is a waste.

  • Averil

    Kim Kardashian ruins everything… *sad face*

  • Lilly

    How ridiculous to say because Kim K. owns Birkins it somehow diminishes its snootiness. Last time I checked, money was still green, if she can afford them, good for her. All this vitriol over this woman is silly and immature. Grow up already. I don’t care for Birkins because the style is old ladyish, even if I could afford or was given one, I would pass. I could care less who owns one, who deserves to own one, who looks better carrying one.

  • gosc

    I think that the whole flared gusset trend has been started by the Birkin nonchalantly carried around. At Celine that must have sat down and think what made Birkin so chic. And they concluded (rightly so) that the chic thing comes when it is carried open, with straps flying and gussets flaring. So they made their flared from the very start :-)

  • Elena

    I own one, and I am not a celebrity. Just lucky, there was one available in the store.

    • Anna

      me too!!!!

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