At once dramatic yet understated, the Shadow Birkin was first introduced in 2009 by famed French designer Jean Paul Gaultier. A decade later, Hermès re-released the bag in limited numbers. Gaultier sought to create a trompe-l’œil effect through the illusion of a top flat and sangles, shown casually strewn. In reality, the design is a raised impression, making it the only Birkin to stray from the traditional structure. The simple embossed clochette on the rear of the bag completes the design, along with snap-ended sangles that slide inside the front of the bag to allow for a bit of extra security.