Both Moda Operandi and Heritage Auctions are well known for their abilities to wrangle rare fashion pieces into something a little more friendly for online shoppers, and when they get together, it usually means good things for the bag-buying public.


The world’s most popular handbag brands go to great lengths to make their handbags difficult to get, but thanks to the democratizing forces of the Internet, it’s no longer as hard as it once was. Accessibility to those bags often comes by way of auctions and trunkshows of pre-owned bags, but yesterday, I realized there’s a place where you can shop a fairly large selection all the time:


Hermès‘ marquee handbag design has been named after French actress Jane Birkin since its creation in 1984, but as of this week, Birkin would like that to change for at least some of the iconic Birkin Bags.


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.


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.


When I really sit down and think about it, it seems like being very wealthy would be, among other things, super weird. It would be great in a lot of ways, of course–for instance, I could command someone to grill me a medium-rare steak for lunch, and I would surely enjoy that.


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.


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.

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