In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Drake revealed that he has been collecting Hermès Birkin bags "for years" as a future gift for the woman he ends up dating someday.
"It was one of those things that I, you know, just started collecting as well for, I guess, the woman that I end up with one day," he explained.
Actually Drake, I do not know. I have never bought a Birkin bag, nor do I own a Birkin bag that was bought for me by my boyfriend. When I started dating my boyfriend, he was really cagey about taking me back to his flat – but that was because an entire wall of his bedroom in their ex-council flat was growing mould rather than because he was hiding an entire room of Birkin bags. Same, same but different.
"So,” he continued, “I have a fairly vast collection of Hermès to offer somebody at some point in life."
"I’ll have a flat, you can have the moral high ground," Sam told me, thinking of the potential investment opportunities the bags could give the woman who captures Drake’s heart
For any couple starting out in a new relationship, there are plenty of complicated landmarks to navigate, but if you’re Drake, it’s even more complex because you have to work out when, exactly, is the right moment to show a woman the Hermès Birkin bags that you’ve been collecting for years. Is it before or after you say, “I love you”? Is it pre or post writing a song inspired by your love for them? Do you wait until you’re engaged? Married? Or after the birth of your first born?
When this story was brought up this morning, The Pool office was firmly divided in two camps: those who saw the opportunity these bags would afford them and those who thought this was really, really weird. “I’ll have a flat, you can have the moral high ground,” Sam told me, thinking of the potential investment opportunities the bags could give the woman who captures Drake’s heart. She’s right: the iconic Birkin bag, created 33 years ago for the model Jane Birkin, often comes with a five or even six-figure price tag and, according to some, is a better investment than gold. Emily agreed, but for a different – albeit equally alluring – reason. “You’ll be sorry,” she told me, “When I’m married to Drake and I’m the new Rihanna.”
But not everyone was as enamoured with the idea. Zoe joined me in my skepticism, “It’s so creepy,” she cried. “What if she doesn’t even like Birkin bags?” asked Amy. Roxane Gay, who doesn’t work at The Pool but is mentioned enough to feel like she does, took to Twitter, writing, “This isn’t romantic. It’s weird and bad. What if his future wife dgaf about Birkins? He has literally created a thirst dowry.”
Drake’s comment about the Birkin bags was a throwaway line in a 3,000 word interview, but it does raise a lot of questions about what romance should look like in 2017.