Oh, the Hermes Birkin Bag…so beautiful, so well crafted, so unattainable. This is the bag that can run into the tens of thousands and is rumored to have a 5 year waiting list, yet I wonder how many of those people know why the Birkin came to be. Call it a meeting of chance. A young Jane Birkin found herself sitting next to Monsieur Dumas of Hermes on a plane. He found her agenda to be a mess and offered to add pockets to it. She then said what he should do is make a bag smaller than a suitcase but large enough to throw a lot of stuff into. And voila-the Birkin Bag was born!
Today, this bag has an almost cult-like following. In his book, “Bringing Home the Birkin”, Michael Tonello chronicles his journey as an eBay luxury reseller of all things Hermes. It is a fabulous read for anyone obsessed with the brand or shopping in general. It is amazing the lengths people will go to to get their hands on this legendary bag.
Bringing Home the Birkin by Michael Tonello $19.99
available at Amazon
Celebrities are also in the love with the bag (maybe because their the only ones who can afford the real deal). Victoria Beckham is rarely photographed without one.
If you’re one of the “regular” people who love the bag but not the price tag, I found two very cute styles at Aldo. Some may say they are knock offs or replicas, but I say they’re a tribute to the magnificent Hermes.
Teem Bag $55
both available at Aldo
I also found adorable reusable bags that pay homage to the mighty Birkin.
Thursday-Friday Totes $20+
available on eBay
Do be very wary of websites selling Birkins. Many claim that they are real, but no real Birkin will sell for $200. When in doubt, pass on it. Meanwhile, I’ll be dreaming of the day I am able to obtain the wonderfully magical Birkin…