Handbag brands often go out of their way to make their bags difficult to obtain, but if you’re a savvy shopper with a rare bag on your wish list, there are some choice ways to cut through the red tape and get your hands on the bag of your dreams.
Hermès Handbags and Purses
It’s good to have goals. Healthy, even. I’m not sure if that applies to shopping goals, exactly, but many of us have them nonetheless. On our PurseForum, our members have taken to calling the ultimate bags of their dreams their “Holy Grails,” or HGs for short.
Last week, we took a look around Hermès‘ website to find the weirdest stuff you could spend several hundred to several thousand dollars on; the selection was bountiful. Yesterday when we checked in with the brand’s site, I noticed something that definitely hadn’t been there last week: an option to buy one of two mystery boxes with unnamed pieces inside, the most expensive of which costs $1,875.
For some reason, it seems like the entirety of the fashion Internet has been talking about how to buy a Birkin lately. Lauren Sherman wrote about the bag’s enduring appeal for Bloomberg, Megs mentioned how she got hers in an interview with Racked and this one Harper’s Bazaar story on the process keeps tumbling down my Facebook newsfeed.
Looking through Eva Longoria‘s paparazzi archive taught me one thing: she’s remarkably consistent. Eva dresses in mostly neutrals, both light and dark, and she seems to like luxurious materials more than eye-catching embellishments or fashion-forward experimentation. Hers is a relatable, practical personal style, full of plush knits and, of course, lovely bags.
Last week, Bloomberg published an interesting look at the enduring popularity of the Hermès Birkin, highlighting the bag’s somewhat unlikely endurance in a fashion landscape besotted with novelty. Over a decade after Sex and the City centered an entire episode around a character’s quest for a Birkin, women are still questing for it all over the globe.
A maximum price that collectors are willing to pay for a rare Hermès Birkin surely exists, but based on a Christie’s auction in Hong Kong on Monday, we have yet to find it. One bidder is now the proud owner of the pink crocodile Birkin you see above, to the tune of $221,844.
If you’ve got enough money to buy a well-kept suburban ranch home in my beloved hometown of Atlanta burning a hole in your pocket, you’re in luck: Moda Operandi and Heritage Auctions have teamed up once again for another jaw-dropping pre-owned Hermès trunkshow, and this time around, a diamond-encrusted crocodile Birkin is the star of the show.
It’s rare that the diamond-encrusted version of something costs less than its original version, but Hermès is a rare company indeed. It’s worth noting, of course, that the diamond-encrusted versions of the brand’s popular Birkin, Kelly and Constance bags are meant to be worn around one’s neck and are therefore very small, but still: diamonds.