Saw this amazing video on the creation of the gorgeous Hermes bag- stitch by stitch from start to end! It will really heighten your appreciation of hand crafted leather bags!
At the same time, there’s a story by blogger Michael Tonello as he uncovers the mystery behind the Birkin and in the fashion equivalent of a tell-all book called Bringing Home The Birkin shows the masses of the world how they, too, can by-pass the marketing-ploy waiting list. How did he do it?
“I would go into a store with a list in my Hermes Ulysse notebook and pile up scarves, shawls, bracelets, worth about $2,000. This made me seem a regular Hermes client,” Tonello told Reuters in a telephone interview.
“Once I had that pile ready to buy at the last moment I’d ask for a Birkin and they would usually produce one of the back room. In 2005 I bought 130 Birkins in a three-month period — and you tell me there is a waiting list?”
So there you have it. The one-step, one-stop shop guide to buying a Birkin. Do, however, learn from his mistakes and don’t buy too many, too quickly:
“In the store in Paris I went in maybe once too often and they checked the computer and discovered how many bags I had bought. They sent me a fax saying essentially they would no longer sell me any bags.”