The cast of 'The Rich Kids of Beverly Hills' were seen arriving at Yellowtail Restaurant in West Hollywood, CA

Since we started doing daily celebrity coverage a couple of years ago, you guys have picked up on the same phenomenon I have: a star’s cultural clout is almost always inversely proportional to the quality of her handbag collection. There are exceptions here and there–most notably, Reese Witherspoon–but the reason that reality stars and tabloid fixtures love carrying designer bags is the same reason that many of us do, or at least why we did when we started.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West arriving at an office for a meeting in Woodland Hills **NO DAILY MAIL SALES**

Two days ago, Kim Kardashian did something that tends to garner her a lot of attention, both here and elsewhere: she carried an Hermès bag that was not in its original, fresh-from-the-boutique state. Kim’s a pageview boon all over the Internet, so fashion sites were quick to pick up on the debut of her new Hermès Birkin, painted by none other than baby North.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West head to an office building in Los Angeles, CA

Oh yes, you read that correctly. Kim Kardashian recently became the proud recipient of an Hermès Herbag that was lovingly (and intentionally) hand-painted by her daughter North. This “customized” Herbag is, of course, a gift from Kanye. Here’s the happy couple walking into a meeting together in LA, with Kim’s new bag/North’s handiwork on full display.

Kim Kardashian Hermes So Black Birkin

Here’s Kim Kardashian, leaving the dermatologist’s office after what was obviously just a quick consultation that did NOT involve Botox injections in low key, all-black gym clothes. Kim is carrying her trusty Hermès So Black Birkin. We’ve seen Kim carry this gorgeous bag numerous times, and I would guess that it’s probably her all-time fave.

North West Saint Laurent Monogramme Studded Shoulder Bag

She’s already been photographed carrying (“carrying”) Chanel in CR Fashion Book, and with parents like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, it was clearly only a matter of time until little North West started carrying bags of her own, even if she still lacks the manual dexterity necessary to actually grasp them in her adorably chubby little toddler hands.

The Many Bags of Kim Kardashian

[Editor's Note: This week, the PurseBlog staff is out of the office to enjoy the last little bit of summer. We'll return after Labor Day, but in the meantime, we'll be running both new posts and a few of our favorites from the past few months to get you ready for fall.]

We’ve been waiting a long time to do this one, and finally, The Many Bags of Kim Kardashian has arrived.

North West Chanel Bag

I just can’t, you guys, this baby, she is so cute, look at her little cheeks.

*deep breath*

Ok! So. Now that my hormones have been shoved back into their proper places, I’m here to tell you that North West, instantly famous child of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, has her very own page in the forthcoming 5th issue of CR Fashion Book.

The Many Bags of Celebrities at LAX

In a lot of ways, air travel is the great equalizer. Only the richest of the ultra-rich fly exclusively private, and for run-of-the-mill famous people, even A-listers, working means boarding a lot of commercial flights. Often those flights either land or originate at Los Angeles International Airport, or LAX, where paparazzi are poised every day to document one of the few mundane activities that a star can’t protect or control: checking in, checking her bags and walking to security.

Kim Kardashian Hermes So Black Birkin

People got excited for a hot minute when Kim Kardashian tweeted that she had dyed her hair blond again, but then Kim later burst everyone’s bubble by revealing via Instagram that her new blond locks were actually just a wig. Which is too bad, because I liked blond Kim.

Kim Kardashian Hermes So Black Birkin

Here’s Kim Kardashian, navigating her way through LAX amid an enormous mob of paparazzi, carrying her extremely rare Hermes So Black Birkin, and we’ve seen her carrying this coveted Birkin before. Kim is quite the collector of exotic Birkins, in fact, it could easily be argued that she’s one of the most prolific Birkin collectors, because she has both the wealth and the high profile necessary to gain access to the really good stuff.