Probably the most coveted handbag in the world is the Birkin Bag by Hermès. It was designed in 1984 for the British film actress, Jane Birkin. The Birkin bag is a wedge-shaped, flat-bottomed bag made by a single craftsman, who spends 18 to 25 hours making it. The Hermès Birkin bag is larger and considered less-formal than the Kelly Bag. Hermès artisans can only make about five Birkins a week. Ttraditionally the Birkin was made out of brown crocodile but now available in many luscious colors. It is the iconic symbol of fashion, luxury and wealth. Recently a crocodle Hermès Birkin bag with diamonds sold at auction for $222,000.