The Hermes Birkin – The Ultimate Holy Grail Bag

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As handbag lovers, we are always looking to build our collections and find bags that we simply love to no end. However, acquiring the perfect bags is no easy task , which often results in endless wish lists and bag fantasies. At the top of your long term wish list is the “Holy Grail Bag” or HGB. A Holy Grail Bag is a bag that you desire intensely and that is your “end all be all” bag, but is hard to attain. Over the past few years especially, the Hermes Birkin bag has come to be associated with the ultimate Holy Grail bag.  Undoubtedly, the Birkin is one the most well constructed and aesthetically pleasing bags in history. However, from an objective standpoint, the Birkin craze is indeed hard to grasp overall.

PurseBop asks WHY Birkin? How does the Birkin manage to become the ultimate HGB for almost every fashionista?

We can only speculate, but read the reasons below to find out why the Birkin effortlessly wins so many hearts…

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1. The Birkin is the epitome of luxury

To many outside the handbag world, the word “Birkin” has more weight than “Hermes” because the bag itself is a huge icon. However, the Birkin was only able to become THE Birkin because it was an incredible Hermes’ masterpiece. Birkins are handmade and put through rigorous craftsmanship and quality control processes. Perfection is the main idea behind a Birkin, and it’s hard not to lust after something that is considered the best and incomparable to its peer.

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2. The Birkin leaves us breathless

The very look of the Birkin defines the picture perfect dream bag for most. It is classic, but timelessly flattering and chic. The B’s clean silhouette, in combination with rich, vivid materials and colors, creates an effect of awe every time. The Birkin is easily a HGB because it makes an effective statement and fits our ideal expectations of a handbag.

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3. We are consumed by the "Birkin Culture"

The Birkin has become the bag to strive for due to the influence of mass media. Many celebrities show their appreciation for the Birkin everyday, which creates an even bigger bandwagon effect. TV shows and songs portray the B as impossible to get. It is glamorized as the marker of everything good about living the luxury life.

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4. The Birkin is a fashion unicorn - highly mysterious and intriguing

With limited availability and high price tags, getting a hold of an elusive B can sometimes seem more like a fairy tale than reality. Hermes maintains the image that the Birkin is a distantly beautiful, unattainable marvel. Learning about stock of a Birkin from an SA is a privileged or fateful opportunity. In addition, exact prices of bags are not directly available from the Hermes website or by phone. Without additional resources or in-person experience, getting a fuller idea of the significance of Birkin can be difficult. Being offered a Birkin and purchasing one makes you feel like you’ve discovered Hermes secret magic.

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5. Winning the Birkin battle is an accomplisment within itself

Deciding on the perfect Birkin and the finding it can be a lengthy process, and sometimes a challenge you must persevere through. Researching the bags and developing a relationship with an SA is like gearing up for a game almost! Unfortunately, the Birkin game has high financial stakes, but low odds. Achieving victory with a Birkin doesn’t come without effort, and the bag itself is a marker for that.

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6. We need the golden 'H' stamp

To some extent, owning a Birkin is seen as a status symbol of exclusivity. The Hermes logo itself is a factor, but the legacy and reputation of the bag is the biggest part of it’s appeal. Acquiring your HGB Birkin makes you feel lucky enough to represent a bag that so many fashionistas have beautifully pulled off in the past.

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7. It's an investment!

Hermes Birkin bags hold their value spectacularly. On the second hand market, they tend to sell for even more due to preferred color and leather combinations being rare. The Birkin is on a lot of people’s HBG list because it seems like a smart, “can’t go wrong purchase”. Aside from monetary value, buying a quality bag that amps up your confidence and aesthetic is a long term investment. Having one amazing item that transforms your look and gives off the right impression better equips you to grow professionally, socially, and personally.

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8. The Birkin is more than just a bag

All the aforementioned facts from the quality, to the popularity, to the stunning design, and even to the involved nature of choosing a B, help elevate the Birkin to a level beyond a simple “leather accessory”. Carrying a Birkin becomes an experience, and for some, the Birkin is an important aspect of their fashion lifestyle. The Birkin characterizes the essence of a Holy Grail Bag because it’s proven time and time again to live up to its impeccable reputation. Being able to experience the paragon of luxury through an exquisite handbag becomes a vision, goal, and dream for many fashionistas.

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So, PurseBop must know: what is your HGB? Has the Birkin ever made it on your Holy Grail Bag list? Click HERE to answer and join the conversation BopTalk.

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HERMES BIRKIN TOTE FOUND IN HERMES ANTWERPEN

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We all know how hard it is to find a ‘Hermes Birkin Bag’, but one lady snapped it like it was dropped from heaven…accidentally.

Perhaps it was pure luck, if so, then life can you give me more luck?

Here are the facts; it’s a Birkin to be jealous about, in gorgeous strawberry-red color and refined in golden hardware. Packed in the traditional orange box with black stripes around the edges. It’s truly priceless.

Do you want to hear her story?

Well, her name is Betty and her hubby was in Antwerpen for some ties. He walked into a Hermes shop and got introduced to this baby; an Hermes Birkin Tote Bag in size 40 (perfect size by the way). It’s crafted in durable Taurillon Clemence.

It could be pure luck, but isn’t this bag stunning?

And you must be wondering about the price now? We were told that the price was 8200 euro. Well, do you think that you need to be lucky to get a Birkin or…?

(Betty, it was great buy! Congrats with your new bag!)

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Heritage Auctions’ Super Rare Hermès Birkin Sold For $185,000

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Not long ago, we brought you the tale of one very rare bag: the Hermès Himalayan Crocodile Birkin above, complete with pavé diamond hardware. The bag, arguably the most sought-after in the world, was about to be sold at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills, and some speculated that it might break price records. It didn’t quite make it that high, but it did sell for more than a respectable family home does in many perfectly lovely areas of our fine country.

The record-holder that the Himalayan bag needed to beat was that of another diamond-encrusted crocodile Birkin sold by Heritage, that one in glossy red. It sold for over $200,000, and I still can’t figure out exactly why; it’s a beautiful bag, for sure, but it’s not one that’s known to be rarer than any other exotic, diamond-encrusted Birkin. Perhaps the wife of an oil baron just particularly liked the color.

At any rate, the person who snapped up this Himalayan can count themselves lucky; Hermès has no plans to make additional Himalayan bags available and they’re considered extremely desirable to ultra-rich bag collectors, so snagging one at any price is something of a coup.

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Irina Shayk Appears to Have a New Croc Birkin

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Here’s Irina Shayk, who definitely wins the prize for NYC’s most casual supermodel (RESPECT), going for a little morning walk in NYC while wearing flip flops, a sweatshirt and cut-off shorts, as well as carrying a glossy Hermès Crocodile Birkin. There is a small chance it might be alligator, but croc is more common for Hermès bags. We’ve never seen Irina with this bag before, so we’re guessing this is a fairly recent acquisition.

This isn’t Irina’s only Birkin, of course. We saw her with a bright blue Hermes Birkin back in June. Irina doesn’t have her own edition of “The Many Bags of…” just yet, but I suspect she’s probably on Amanda’s shortlist. In the meantime, you can check out more of Irina’s best bags in “50+ Bags on the Arms of Our Favorite Supermodels.”

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Irina Shayk Texts While Crossing the Street, Endangering Her Givenchy Bag

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Here’s supermodel Irina Shayk, crossing the street in the West Village while engrossed in her phone. She’s carrying a beautiful Givenchy Pandora Box Bag, which is (you guessed it) an even boxier, more structured take on the popular Pandora bag. You can find this extremely tempting new Givenchy design.

We just saw Irina in the city last month with a bright blue Hermes Birkin. A simple maxi dress or skirt accented with a conspicuously high-end bag seems to be her go-to look for summer 2014. Irina doesn’t have her own edition of “Many Bags” just yet, but you can see some of her best handbags in “50+ Bags on the Arms of Our Favorite Supermodels.”


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Hermes Knock-off Totes & Messenger Replicas

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Hermes was founded in year 1837 by Thierry Hermes and is still a family owned company. The company key products today are scarves, ties, leather goods, jewellery, perfumes, home objects and fashion products. The brand's headquarters are in Paris and the company operates in over 30 countries. The Birkin craziness is still not over and the brand is winning over thousands of fashion conscious people who value their elegance, quality and traditions.

At the beginning the brand's main specialty was leather products and saddles. When Emile-Maurice Hermes inherited the company he turned the company away from the saddle business and started manufacturing various leather luggage items. Famous handbags, including Victoria purse and Hermes silk purses are available on their web page.

Handbags from this brand are among the most exclusive purses in the world. They are not only a status symbol, but also represent a unique quality of material and manufacturing. Purses from this French luxury manufacturer are made of the finest quality leather, including also such materials as crocodile, ostrich, calf and lizard. There are several bags which are world famous, for example, the Kelly bag and Birkin. Kelly bag is named after Monaco Princess Grace Kelly. Grace Kelly appeared on the cover of Life Magazine in 1956 with the Kelly bag, trying o hide her pregnancy. This IT bag has been one of the most dominating on the market and it is also one of the first luxury handbags to receive the fashion name IT handbag. There are actually many ways to purchase Birkin bag and there are some possibility to buy it over internet. More on Hermes purses 

Another sought after luxury purse is the Birkin bag named after famous actress Jane Birkin. She happened to travel on one airplane with Hermes president Jean-Louis Dumas and complained that the Kelly bag she owned was not comfortable for daily use - after that she co-designed the new bag with the French luxury brand. Price of Birkin bag starts from six thousand dollars up to whatever a true Birkin bag admirer is willing to pay. Wait time for Birkin bag is several years, although depending on availability of bag in the store one could simply go into shop and buy the desired Birkin. Birkin is very popular among celebrities and has become even more popular after featuring on the Sex and the City and Gilmore Girls. Now famous Birkin is available in smaller version designed by Jean Paul Gaultier. One of the ultimate versions is the bright blue 35 centimeter Hermes Birkin in Crocodile leather with Diamond detailings. A piece of art, nothing less.

There are rumours that one can actually go into the boutique of the brand and get a Birkin bag right away. The key is to buy some other Hermes products, be well dressed and know a lot about the brand merchandise. Whether it is true, nobody knows.

Every year thousands of replica Birkin bags are hand made in Asia. Nowadays quality and materials are very good and although it will not replace the original designer bag fake Hermes replica handbags cost less and have similar look than original purse. Replica Kelly Wallet will be the mirror image Hermes wallet. However replica fake Birkin bags and fake Hermes wallets is not a solution. Cheap fake purses are only distort the market.

The latest success is the beautiful Kelly Long Wallet in alligator. This is another luxury leather item available also in other materials from goatskin to calfskin, and in different colours. Its price is about $2000. This brand has always been about the excellence and luxury. The Kelly Long Wallet is sought after accessory. Most likely there soon be replica wallets all over the internet, copying this excellent French brand.

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