“Investment” is a word that gets thrown around a lot when it comes to luxury fashion, but when it comes to actual, annual increases in value, Hermès Birkins are the gold standard. According to a data evaluation recently done by resale platform Baghunter, that might be even truer than bag lovers previously thought.
Model and Beautiful Rich Young Person Gigi Hadid walked in her very first Victoria’s Secret runway show last week, and the week before that, the video of her freaking out upon being offered a spot in her first VS runway show went viral, but this week, we’ve noticed another first for Ms. Hadid: her first Hermès Birkins. Two of them, to be exact.
It’s only right that a matriarch of a family would have the best collection of Birkins, and Kris Jenner is definitely ahead of her daughters in the Hermès-acquisition column. You might expect Kim to be the heir to that particular handbag throne (and, to her credit, she has some beautiful rarities), but when it comes to Birkins, Khloé Kardashian might really be the sister next in line. As is customary, we’ve assembled ample evidence.
Believe it or not, I get sick of looking at both Hermès Birkins and Kardashian-Jenners occasionally. Not because I dislike either of them–in fact, I quite like both, and I’m fascinated by both of their pop cultural significance–but simply because I spend a lot of time on the fashion Internet, which is a place both Birkins and Kardashians are somewhat ubiquitous. Today, though, I can’t stop looking at photos of Kendall Jenner and her itty bitty Birkin.
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. If I’ve learned anything in my time at PurseBlog, though, it’s that there’s no One True Way to get a Birkin.
Waiting list or not, it can still be super tricky to get the Hermès Birkin of your dreams. If you walk into an Hermès store, anyone can buy anything off the shelf, but you will rarely find a Birkin or a Kelly waiting for you. Those bags, if available, are usually kept out of sight and require speaking to a salesperson.
You don’t have to watch many episodes of Top Chef to notice that Padma Lakshmi is extremely polished. That might be an understatement: she’s almost imposingly polished. When you stack that on top of being beautiful and very smart, it’s not surprising that even the paparazzi rarely catch her looking at all ruffled. At least a small part of that is thanks to her Hermès Birkins, which she turns to more than anything else in her closet.
Baghunter, a website devoted to luxury on line retail, did a study comparing gold, the S&P 500 (a digital stock market index), and the Hermès Birkin bag over the previous 35 decades. The shocker? The pricy Hermès bag preferred by celebrities, which includes a years-long waiting list, increased in value with an average of 14.2 percent a year. That adds up to an increase of more than 500 percent in the time period.Unlike that the stock market or gold, Birkin bags do not have a terrible year — in 35 years, the value hasn’t decreased. As the sales clerk hands over the red Birkin, he tells her the cost along with the 5 year waiting list to which she answers “for a sack?!!!” And his response is: “It is not a suitcase, it’s a Birkin.” As that term suggests, a Birkin is not a bag, it’s something in its category. The Birkin is a statement maker, which statement is a loud “I have arrived!” , a status symbol of wealth and unlimited disposable income. It’s definitely the “Holy Grail” of bags and coveted by bag aficionados.
Search the whole galaxy on the market and nevertheless, you wan’t anything even near Hermes Birkin. It was never a handbag for individuals; it is a lifestyle, an elite class label, a fruit of labor specialisation along with the ID of Hermes immortal journey of success.Now let’s head to the style, will we? The plan is such that it does not need to shout for focus, the elegancy is sufficient of a weapon. Hermes also put four little feet in its underside to ensure bag’s cleanliness and to possess it in a stay-upright posture all of the time. You know what never goes of style? The cute hanging accessory at it’s front, it’s a leather lanyard where the keys are attached.Its centre enclosed lock is gravity! Everything about this iconic lock just pulls at your center. Just have a look at this incredible and timeless design, it’s basically wrapped by the two leather strap buckles and you can observe the frontal flap secured with these straps.The “Shooting Star” characteristic of some Birkins, just enhance its sophistication. It is essentially a star stamp of either silver or gold, fitting with all the hardware, depicting the craftsmen’s signature, which left the tote. To ensure quality and prevent tarnishing, the hardware is coated with palladium or stone. Moreover, to guarantee quality the hardware is updated frequently. There’s also a custom choice of covering your Birkin’s metal lock with diamond or leather.
Is it madness to invest $10K in a single handbag, or is it madness to invest $10K in a single handbag, and then get it in white? Reese Witherspoon seems like exactly the type of person who would tempt fate with a brilliant white Hermes Birkin. Here she is leaving a hair salon in LA with her perfectly unblemished Birkin in tow. (Places I would not take a white Birkin: the hair salon, the park, a bar, a restaurant…it would just live in my closet in a glass case, basically.)