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Can You Really Snag a Birkin in Paris With No Purchase History?

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Earlier this year I was scrolling through Instagram reels. It was way past my bedtime and I was delirious. Somewhere between a reel giving a play by play of a day in the life of a spoiled Frenchie, a GRWM and a what I eat in a day was a video of a creator chronicling the story of how she got a Birkin in Paris with no purchase history.

In my overtired state of delirium, I thought I was imagining things, but I did store that tidbit of information away in a tiny corner of my brain. Weeks later, after booking flights for my Spring trip to Paris, I came across another reel which jogged my memory.

This one was published by a fashion creator who also heard that same bit of Hermès folklore that I did. Suddenly I realized that I did, in fact, see that last video, which honestly felt like a fever dream because we all know how hard it is to get a Birkin or a Kelly with a purchase history, let alone without.

So has it been done? Is it actually possible?

The Hermès Game

In many ways Hermès is strictly a game of numbers. Whether it’s nailing the art of pre-spend or being in the right place at the right time to score your holy grail in the exact size, color, leather and hardware; there’s a reason why purchasing Hermès is an entirely different beast. It’s also why so many shoppers skip the game entirely in favor of the resale market.

But what if all it took to snag an Hermès bag—in Paris no less—was a stroke of luck (or two) and a bit of persistence?

In order to get a leather appointment at Hermès Paris, you have to fill out an online form a day in advance and pray to the gods that you’re granted an appointment. The appointment system is rumored to receive thousands of entries per day, so in many cases you’re more likely to get mugged during your trip to Paris than snag a leather appointment (sorry, I had to).

@itscelesta

yall its easier getting into stanford than winning the lottery at hermes? #hermes #birkin #hermesfsh #paris #parisshopping #DoritosTriangleTryout

? Escapism. – Super Sped Up – RAYE

Still, one google search of ‘Hermès Appointment Lottery’ yields pages on pages of internet threads and videos of first-hand accounts dedicated to the saga, and I for one, am intrigued. Should I try it?

I have no business purchasing a Birkin right now. However, my love affair with the Picotin continues, and if I were offered one, given the savings of shopping internationally I certainly would figure out how to make it work.

After all, you cannot argue with fate when luck is on your side. Have you ever won the H game and snagged a leather appointment in Paris?

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Adam
Adam
1 month ago

Years ago, in 2008 or so, I was walking past Hermes on Grant Ave in San Francisco, and saw a beautiful B40 in noir Togo with gold hardware in the window. I worked in fashion at the time and was an admirer of Hermes’s world renowned craftsmanship. Naturally, I assumed the Birkin was merely a window display, but decided to hedge my bets and inquire, mostly for fun. To my amazement, the lovely SA removed the bag from the window, let me play with it and told me I was free to purchase it if I wanted. I was a young man with almost no purchase history (a belt, perhaps a bracelet) and I was certainly not prepared to buy a $7,000 bag that day. But I was so caught up in the excitement of the moment, I went ahead – against my better judgment – and put the bag on a credit card. (Note to anyone reading this, this is not an endorsement to be irresponsible the way I was).

All these years later, and that bag has been around the world with me. I use it every time I travel. It has been to the spa twice and still looks immaculate. Times have unfortunately changed and the “game” keeps me away from Hermes these days, but it does make me happy to read that the occasional shopper still gets to experience the thrill of being offered the bag of their dreams, totally out of the blue, whether it be in Paris or San Francisco.

Antonia
Antonia
1 month ago
Reply to  Adam

What a great story!!! So glad you kept it and got your money’s worth!!

Sandy
Sandy
1 month ago

I refuse to play this game, humiliate yourself to give them thousands of dollars, nope!

Joan
Joan
1 month ago

Yes. I got my B30 in Paris two months ago.

Megs Mahoney Dusil
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Megs Mahoney Dusil
1 month ago
Reply to  Joan

So happy for you! Which color did you get?!

Terri
Terri
1 month ago

No. Despite purchasing several items at Faubourg, the SA was terribly rude.
However, the SA in Madrid was an absolute angel.

JPH212
JPH212
5 days ago
Reply to  Terri

They’re everywhere 😉 But so are nice people.

Megs Mahoney Dusil
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Megs Mahoney Dusil
1 month ago
Reply to  Terri

I really dislike anyone being rude. It is simply not necessary!

Josieverona
Josieverona
1 month ago

Yep. Youtuber Dayle’s Addiction went to an Hermes appointment with her friend with absolutely no Hermes history and a healthy disdain for the ‘journey’. With no prompting or enquiring the SA offered her a Birkin in a colour that was a dream for Dayle and, of course, she purchased it. Interestingly enough her friend, who has a major purchasing history with Hermes, was not offered a Birkin that she liked and came away quite disappointed.

Shelley
Shelley
18 days ago

No. Tried in Paris for an appointment 8 days in a row with no luck. Went in twice and they did see me. I had a short (non handbag) shopping history. They offered me a couple of non iconic bags but refused me a Constance, Birkin, Kelly. What a marketing strategy!

JPH212
JPH212
5 days ago

I got my Mini Kelly in Paris with no purchase history; however, it was not at FSH. I purchased at the Sèvres store and it was on a day where there were surprisingly few people in the store. I don’t like the whole concept of “spend $X at our store before we give you the opportunity to purchase a $15K bag…” and I would rather buy it from a reputable reseller like Redeluxe.

If you are fortunate enough to have an incredibly high income – enough such that spending $50K on handbags and accessories is part of your budget (or non-existsant budget) then go for it, it’s your money, do what you want. Reality is that it’s not like that for most people. And not a lot of people love everything a brand manufactures, and they don’t enjoy being sort of forced to buy other things so you can buy the one thing you really want. That said – it seems like Hèrmes is doing very well.