Sunday, May 31, 2009

Poll Results

Birkin Blog Poll Results | 09.05.22-09.05.29

Do you think Hermes Birkin bags are reasonably priced?

We received 28 votes. The Results were:

Yes, they are worth it: 9
No, Hermes overcharges them: 19

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Guest Columnist

From our Guest Columnist "57and5"

Tip 4: Is the price right?

A Birkin bag starts at about $7,000 up to $170.000 at Hermes stores. There is no reason why an eBay seller wants less than $7,000 for a brand new authentic Birkin bag. 

Quiz Week

Quiz Week | Who is she?

Does anybody know who this lady is?
Celebrity | Kelly Rutherford

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Quiz Week

My Birkin Blog Asks | Who is she?

Does anybody know who carries the olive color Birkin bag on the right? Rachel Zoe (Left)
Celebrity | Victoria Beckham

Monday, May 25, 2009

Actress Charlotte Gainsbourg poses with her Best Actress award during the Palm d'Or Award Ceremony Photocall at the Palais De Festivals during the 62nd Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 24, 2009 in Cannes, France.

Do you know: Charlotte Gainsbourg is Jane Birkin's daughter?

Who is Charlotte Gainsbourg?

Gainsbourg was born in London, but was raised in Paris. She is the daughter of British actress and singer Jane Birkin and French actor/singer Serge Gainsbourg. Her maternal grandmother was actress Judy Campbell and her uncle is the screenwriter Andrew Birkin, who directed her in The Cement Garden. Gainsbourg's longtime partner and spouse is the French actor/director Yvan Attal, with whom she has two children, Ben (born on 12 June 1997) and Alice (born on 8 November 2002).


Article | Would you buy an Hermes Birkin? |

Okay, this is for all you crazy handbag lovers out there, who always wanted the King of Handbags (or so most social and fashion publications indicate). For those who want to be judgemental and negative about the incredulity of this question, I hope you can limit your posts to a few -- I'm merely interested in the responses of folks who would actually consider, or never consider this question.

Would you buy a Birkin if you could afford the money and weren't as attached to the funds for it? A Birkin runs about $8k-$11k, starting out. If you could only have one handbag, would you buy it?

Some ladies (and gents) opt for the versatility of the Louis Vuitton handbag lines. But they are becoming more common than when they first launched their multicolour campaign in 2002/2003. So, some ladies might even own a handful of Louis Vuitton handbags/wallets (but those actually may amount to the cost of 1 Birkin!).

Looking forward to hearing more!

Quiz Week

Quiz Week | Who is she?

Does anybody know who (in blue) shows a pink Crocodile Porosus Brillant HERMES Birkin Bag with diamond buckles? It costs $170.000USD+tax.

I also love the box. It is different from the regular Hermes boxes. It is made of wood with proper cushions for this baby.
Celebrity | Kate Moss

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Poll Result

Birkin Blog Poll Results | 09.05.14-09.05.21

Which smart phone goes with Birkin bags better?

We received 38 votes. The Results were:

Blackberry: 19
iPhone: 18

Friday, May 22, 2009

Guest Columnist

From our Guest Columnist "57and5"

Tip 3: Check where the seller is located.

A seller's location is on every page under his/her feedback. By knowing where a seller is located, you can:
  • learn if the item is in the same country you are in
  • know where the item is currently located and is shipped from
  • calculate the shipping cost
  • estimate the time of delivery
  • find out what kinds of shipping methods you can use
  • investigate if you need to pay customs duty or papers for exotic leather

Humor Week

Humor WeeK | When two red Birkin bags meet a red Kelly bag

Humor Week

Humor Week| Poor Naomi

Naomi Campbell: You have no clue how much a supermodel has to go through...
Celebrity | Julia Roberts

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Humor Week

Humor Week | Which one, Birkin or Chanel?

Anonymous Lady: It always gives me a headache when it is time to make a decision.
Celebrity | Elle McPherson

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Humor Week

Humor Week | Poor Lindsay

Lindsay Lohan : It is more secure to carry the bag on my below.

P. S. Lohan’s Hermes Birkin bag reportedly contained over $1 million in jewelry, dumbass, and was stolen at Heathrow Airport on August 2006.  Scotland Yard confirmed the incident only by stating, “theft of a bag at Heathrow Airport was reported to police by a 20-year-old woman.”
Celebrity | Olivia Palermo

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Just In

Article | Reports: Victoria Beckham owns about 100 Hermes Birkin bags worth more than $2 million | New York Daily News | May 19, 2009

Looks like Victoria Beckham loves the 'posh' life.

The singer/actress/designer - and wife of soccer legend David Beckham - owns 100 Hermes Birkin bags, the Daily Mail reports.  They're worth more than $2 million altogether.

The Birkin bag, named after actressJane Birkin and designed by French fashion house Hermes, usually starts around $7,500.  However, the prices can sometimes hit six figures when the bag is made from more exotic materials.

And Ms. Beckham appears to like those exotic bags.  She has been seen carrying the pink ostrich skin and black crocodile versions.  She also owns the Silver Himalayan style, which comes with a three carat diamond and is worth about $120,000, the Daily Mail reports.

The Birkin bag is generally considered a good investment.  It is a bag that holds its value well, and sometimes increases in value.

Humor Week

Humor Week | The Most Important Thing

"Flights always give me a headache. I almost forgot my Birkin Bag when I left the plane." said Victoria Beckham: "Children? What children?"
Celebrity | Anna Kournikova

Monday, May 18, 2009

TV | Ugly Betty's Christine Baranski

I love Ugly Betty and I love Christine Baranski. I love Christine in Ugly Betty. Christine plays Matt's mother who is a New York Socialite and billionaire. She doesn't like the idea that her son is dating Betty. Last episode (May 14) Baranski carries two different Birkin bags within 5 minutes of her appearance on Ugly Betty. 

Humor Week

Humor Week | Happy Nicole

Nicole Richie: People who say money can't buy happiness do not know what they are talking about!
Celebrity | Katie Holmes

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Guest Columnist

From our Guest Columnist "57and5"

Tip 2: Check on the seller's history.

A reliable seller has a strong selling history. There are some sellers on eBay only sell and buy Birkin and Kelly bags. From a seller's feedback, you can also see the items a seller bought and sold on eBay. A seller will be quite reliable he/she sold certain numbers of Birkin bags on eBay before and got feedback from the buyers. Be aware if the seller is new to eBay or has a only few transactions.

Check List:
  • Does the seller have a long history on eBay?
  • Has the seller sold Birkin bags before?
  • Is the seller buying and selling luxury goods?

Friday, May 15, 2009


My Birkin Blog Poll | Blackberry or iPhone?

Q: Dear Birkin bag blog:

I love your blog! I am writing to ask an odd question: I am about to buy a new smart phone to match my Birkin bag. Do you use Blackberry or iPhone? I want to know your opinion.


Your reader Amy

A: Hi Amy,

Thanks for writing. You are writing in a great timing. It is time to post a poll. I think I will like to leave your question to our readers. 

Which smart phone matches your Birkin bag better? Blackberry or iPhone? Please go to the poll on the blog's top right corner.

Amy, I hope this poll result will help your decision.

My Birkin Blog
Article | Investing In Purses |

A question we've all asked from time to time: Can a handbag be an investment?

What about the Holy Grail of investment purses, the Hermes Birkin bag? We've seen Birkins make big numbers at auctions and they are hot sellers at consignment stores. Victoria Beckham reportedly owns more than 100 of the hard-to-obtain bags. And the recent book "Bringing Home The Birkin" tells the story of a man who made a living obtaining the hard-to-get bags and then selling them to customers interesting in jumping the famous waiting list.

Blume says that if you bought a bag, one of the more modest models, for around $7,000 in 2007 you could likely resell it at a resale boutique for around $8,300 but you would then have to pay a cut to the shop leaving you with about $6,000.
Celebrity | Hiedi Klum

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Article | Birkin Bags Remain the Hottest Bag Ever Made |

Why are these bags so hot?

The pricey status bag known as the Birkin starts at $7,500 and is sold in limited numbers, much to the chagrin of wealthy style mavens and their over-extended sisters around the world. The Hermès bag, which is the theme of a new book by a local author, is often seen adorning the arm of celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, Oprah Winfrey, Katie Holmes, Sofia Coppola, and Nicole Richie.
Celebrity | Janet Jackson

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Guest Columnist

From our Guest Columnist "57and5"

Tip 1: check on the eBay seller's feedback first.

We usually recommend buyers to check out the eBay sellers' feedback history first. 

Check List:
  • Does the seller have enough feedback to make you feel confident?
  • Does the seller have good feedback?
  • Has the seller got feedback with complaints about 'fakes' of 'scams'?
  • Have other buyers complained about "item not received"?
  • Has the seller got feedback with complaints about "item not as described"?

My Birkin Blog Announces | Guest Columnist

Based on a recent study, eBay has become the No. 1  after-market shopping location for Hermes Birkin bags.  Buyers are willing to pay premiums to the sellers who are able to get Birkin bags.  By shopping on eBay, you are able to get the size, color, and material you want. Plus, the wait is a couple of days instead of a couple of years. However, you also hear about counterfeits, scams... on eBay too.

We are very aware of this method of buying Birkins.  Some readers have sent us emails about how to purchase Birkin bags on eBay.

My Birkin Blog teams up with 57and5- a powerseller on eBay who has been buying and selling luxury goods on eBay since 1999. 57and5 is not only a good friend of mine, she is also a personal shopper who has a broad knowledge of trading and authenticating luxury goods. As a Birkin bag collector herself, she is as crazy about Birkin bags as us. She will drop by a couple of times a week to give us some tips about how to purchase Birkin bags on eBay happily and safely.

I hope this announcement means a great deal for our readers. Please don't forget to check out 57and5's eBay store:

If you have any questions to 57and5 regarding how to purchase Birkin bags on eBay or any other questions, please feel free to write to us:

Birkin Blog Poll Results | 09.05.08-09.05.13

What is your favorite exotic leather for Birkin bags?

We received 32 votes. The Results were:

Crocodile: 13
Alligator: 8
Ostrich: 7 
Pony Skin: 3
Don't like them: 1

Our readers' favorite exotic leather is Crocodile.

Article | Hermes Birkin bags are Well Known in the World of Hand Bags |

The number of designers and designer houses that offer all sorts of products in clothes, perfume and other markets is pretty impressive. And the list is growing. One of such groups is Hermes, Paris. They offer wonderful collections in different areas but lately they have become well-known thanks to their Hermes Birkin bags. Jane Birkin bags that are offered under the mark Hermes have grown in popularity but they also have Hermes Kelly bags and several others.
Celebrity | Reese Witherspoon

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Article | Hermès Seduces the Elite by Selling Luxury Slowly | WSJ
Buyers' 'Bag Envy' Builds as Waiting Lists Stretch for Years; Swank Strategy Helps Firm Fare Better in Slump

PARIS -- Kasia Al Thani owns 18 versions of the $7,000 Birkin handbag made by French luxury-goods company Hermès and is on waiting lists for two more bags, including one in white crocodile skin.

"When I see other women carrying a Birkin in a color that I want, I get bag envy," says the 32-year-old chief executive of luxury retail Web site "The more you can't have something, the more you want it."

Celebrity | Sarah Jessica Parker

Monday, May 11, 2009

Article | Hermès Porosus Crocodile Birkin 35cm Pelouse |

As someone who is obsessed with fashion, I (try to) understand why some pieces cost they way they do: exclusivity, fine attention to details, luxurious materials, impeccable tailoring, exquisite craftsmanship, so on and so forth.

Now. I love Hermès and all but I have never, ever, EVER seen anything as outrageous as THIS in my entire life. Ladies and gays, meet the US$97,000 (NINETY SEVEN THOUSAND DOLLAR) crocodile Hermès Birkin bag.

OK I lied. I think I saw a croc Birkin up for auction at Doyle New York a long, long time ago for much less than that but it has diamonds in it.

I know it's crocodile and yes, I know it's an Hermès Birkin, but come on.

Why do I find the price point outrageous other than the fact that it doesn't even have precious stones in it?

I dunno, just think of what one could do with $97,000.

I, knowing that I probably would NEVER have the chance to know what it's like to have 97 grand in this lifetime (ok... ninety seven cents, yes), would probably:

  • buy a gorgeous, well-endowed husband from the Baltics
  • adopt six kids of different nationality and colour
  • buy a pick up truck
  • buy a whopping 41 acres of land in the glorious, exotic American town of Houlton, Maine (where gay marriage is now allowed) for the bargain price of US$19,800
  • buy a horse named Lily
  • buy a dog named Fifi
  • buy a cat named Pipi
  • buy a naked houseboy named Kiki.

I betcha my brown ass I'd still have plenty of change left.

After a year, I'll sell the whole lot (husband, kids, house and pets) on eBay and I'd prolly get triple or quadruple my investment.

Enough daydreaming. Ninety seven thousand dollars? You've got to be kidding me.

Just sayin'.

Article | Legally Yours. Don't Mess With the Birkin! |

Whoa! Sellers of fake Birkins...beware! According to WWD, a former employee of Hermès Taiwan has been ordered by Taiwan’s newly formed Intellectual Property Court to pay the French luxury goods house $7.5 million for the alleged sale of four fake Birkin bags. Even though Birkin's retail for about $16,000 this is a serious fine!

Defendant Joyce Lee, worked for Hermès from 1998 and 2000, and later began flying to Paris to purchase bags for her own customers. Later, Lee allegedly passed off fake bags as real ones to her customers. Allegedly Lee used her previous position to gain credibility with her customers and then sold the counterfeit items for even higher prices than genuine bags.

In December 2006, Hermès Paris sued Lee for trademark infringement, and she was found guilty in April 2008. A civil suit was subsequently filed in Taiwan’s new Intellectual Property Court. The $7.5 million fine is the largest award ever for trademark infringement.
Celebrity | Sharon Osbourne

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Friday, May 8, 2009

Birkin Blog Says | Blog My Birkin

I have found this photo journalist (User name: Jolyon) on flickr who cleverly uses his Birkin bag to take photos.