Saturday, June 11, 2011

How To Buy A Birkin Bag

Hantu Laut

Interesting read about Birkin Bags by Raja Petra here.

Many Malaysian ladies with very rich husbands no matter how the wealth is gathered, honestly or dishonestly, coveted this most expensive and sought after bags by celebrities and the rich and famous.

Actresses, pop singers and wives of self-made millionaires and billionaires own one, two or dozens of them who cares it's their own money but should wives of Malaysian politicians carry this elusive bag of shameful extravagance knowing most Malaysians politicians have had humble beginnings.

The bag is not that elusive or hard to come by after all.It's a marketing gimmick to keep the price high for suckers of the world.

I did a bit of research to add to what RPK wrote.Read the story below:

Huffington Post

You've all heard of the oh-so-elusive Hermes Birkin bag. Carried by A-List celebs everywhere and knocked off by Canal Street vendors on every corner, a Birkin is the ultimate elitist symbol.

The elusive Birkin bag made by Hermes is so sought after as a status symbol by women worldwide that the French fashion house has a two year waiting list for potential owners...

The elusiveness of the Birkin has ensured it has remained one of the world's most coveted bags since Hermes named it after British actress Jane Birkin in 1984, with prices starting at about $9,000 and rising to about $34,000 for a crocodile skin bag.

However, HuffPost blogger Michael Tonello uncovers the mystery behind the Birkin and in the fashion equivalent of a tell-all book called Bringing Home The Birkin shows the masses of the world how they, too, can by-pass the marketing-ploy waiting list.

How did he do it?

"I would go into a store with a list in my Hermes Ulysse notebook and pile up scarves, shawls, bracelets, worth about $2,000. This made me seem a regular Hermes client," Tonello told Reuters in a telephone interview.

"Once I had that pile ready to buy at the last moment I'd ask for a Birkin and they would usually produce one of the back room. In 2005 I bought 130 Birkins in a three-month period -- and you tell me there is a waiting list?" Read more.


Freddie Kevin said...

Salam HL,

Ah, Jane Birkin. That song was a party hit in days of yore.

E-bay or

Nice article.

Thank you

Anonymous said...

The eluciveness made it much coveted. Price not a consideration. The Birkin is no more in my wishful(fool?) thinking. Michael Tonello got my thanks n hubby's sigh of relief (not that he's ever going to make the wish come true but, over the wife's obssn)
Phew 34k or even 9k for a bag! Agreed with hubby now - what was I been thinking.
Yippee me no sucker (maybe a hasbeen moron but not sucker). Thanks Hantu.

Pak Zawi said...

Who cares about the price as long as somebody else is paying for it. Well whe you have something in possession that is beyond your mean, who will think that you really paid for it? Even if it is the original but slung over the arm of a wife like Pak Zawi's, people will still regard it as one acquired from Petaling Street.

Hantu Laut said...

Pak Zawi, nice to her from you again.Apa khabar orang Kelantan? Best wishes to you and family.What you say is true.Anyway, politicians and their wives should not accept expensive gifts.

SM said...

Bro HL,

Best be careful...our First Lady may read your article & "feel" that you are trying to "hint" something!

Anon 10:42 said...

Salam HL
Pak Zawi - Ouch, but well said.
Apo nak kato kelemahan orangh pompuan, bagus jugak tak kesampaian kalau tak forever jadi peringatan yg tak di ingini.
Kadang2 kitorng ni pun perasan macam Posh, macam org lelaki yg perasankan Porche, kalau dapat mesti nak kan kan kan ...... apapun terima kasih Pak.