This is not the Birkin bag I met.
I met an Hermes Birkin bag this weekend. Photographic proof to follow. Not coincidentally, I came out to my family as a designer bag aficionado. (Aficionado sounds much better than addict.) My fashionista sister in law was so proud.
You won't find me spending the rent money on the latest trendy designer bag dangling off the arm of your average sorority girl. My specialty is the rare bags, only available to the rich or famous. I appreciate these bags like an art student appreciates a Matisse or a Dali. Sure, it would be great to have one in your home, but you are just fine admiring this work of art at the museum.
(Note, I would not say no to a gift of a designer hand bag.)
What is an Hermes Birkin bag? In a nutshell, a $10,000 - $16,000 bag designed by the company Hermes in honour of the British-born, France residing actress, Jane Birkin.
Even if you happen to have 10 to 16K to spend on a handbag, there is still a three to five year waiting list you have to get on.
Also, The Birkin bag as it is known, if one of the few designer hand bags that increases in value over time.
This information, and more flowed out of my mouth when my mother in law asked what the big deal about this bag was. Normally, I am the quiet, sophisticated,intellectual and deep wife of her third born child. I couldn't help myself. I mean, to quote Samantha from SITC, "It's a fucking Birkin!".
It's a complete status symbol thing. Yes, the craftmanship is great, the leather is fabulous, and the lock on the bag is better than most household security systems, but it is still just a handbag.
Oh, how I love the Birkin bag.
Don't judge our love. It is pure and good.