Birks Bags

Oh the allure of the little blue box!

Even after nearly 150 years, the iconic Birks blue velvet box is an symbol of luxury that still can still set the female heart aflutter.

The Canadian heritage brand began as a small jewellery shop in Montreal opened by Henry Birks in 1879. The Birks blue box came into existence in 1920.

Perhaps generations of your family bought fine jewellery, china, silver, and glassware from Birks; or gifts to celebrate the special milestones in life—a graduation, wedding, or anniversary. When you got a blue box, you knew it was something special. The type of gifts that become heirlooms.

Or perhaps it was Meghan Markle, now Duchess of Sussex, who drew your attention to the venerable brand when she donned the stunning opal Les Plaisirs de Birks earrings at the official engagement announcement to Prince Harry.

Plaisirs de Birks Earrings
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It was not the first, or last, time she chose Birks gems.


 Birks Snowflake Snowstorm Diamond Earrings

My mother had wedding china from Birks as well as an extensive jewellery collection she amassed during her 80+ years. I inherited some of her Birks pieces, which I adore.

However, there is one item you might not associate with Birks—handbags. Likely because they don’t make them anymore. However, vintage Birks bags can be found. And, so far, I have three.

THE DORCHESTER
A 60’s Birks Kelly Bag in black leather with gold hardware. Could this be any more classic? A structured top-handle bag that will forever be stylish and fashionable. Beautiful, practical, and eternally chic.

Lined in suede with one slide pocket and one zipper pocket. Marked The Dorchester, Birks. . Made in England.

THE VICTORIA
Elegant black leather Kelly frame bag with gold details. Made in England.

And a recent acquisition made in Canada.

I wish Birks would bring back their handbags.
Then we’d be lusting after Birks big blue boxes.

Maison Birks: Website;Instagram
SHOP Vintage Birks handbags: Ebay; Etsy

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9 Comments

  1. Ms. Liz
    March 8, 2019
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    I love those Snowstorm Diamond Earrings! I have a couple of items from Birks – specifically some marcasite jewellery that my parents gave me as presents over time. The items were made in Germany, set in silver and are of exquisite quality. And I keep them in a Birks blue box.

    I remember going into Birks with my mother on our Saturday shopping trips. They always had a table of costume jewellery that we poured over looking for that special something that was affordable..

    The Birks handbags are of exceptional quality. I do remember them. Good for you for hunting them down.

  2. March 8, 2019
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    Quality and a touch of luxury, I can see why they’re well loved by their owners. It’s wonderful you have some of your mother’s Birks things, both to keep a reminder of her and to enjoy owning them yourself 🙂
    xx

  3. March 11, 2019
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    My wedding band is from Birks so I have a soft spot for the brand!

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