Kim Kardashian was recently mobbed by paps while leaving lunch at The Ivy in LA – as you can see, she’s clutching a relatively teensy 30cm Hermes Himalayan Crocodile Birkin, which is an extremely rare Hermes bag. Kim has a special talent for acquiring the rarest of Birkins, of course, and then cycling a few out of her wardrobe by selling them at auction at a later date). You can peruse her extensive collection of Birkins and other Kanye West-approved handbags in “The Many (Many) Bags of Kim Kardashian.”
The name “Himalayan” actually refers to the color of the Birkin, not the region from which the crocodile comes from – which, yes, is needlessly confusing because Himalayan crocs sound like they could be a real thing, but are not. Kim’s bag is actually made from the hide of a Niloticus croc, just like a lot of other Hermes bags. What makes this bag rare (and notably more expensive than other croc Birkins) is that the tanning process necessary to achieve this finish is particularly delicate. Reportedly, Hermes has no plans to keep producing the Himalayan Croc Birkin, so maybe this bag will be the next to appear on the auction block?