Birkin, Holy Grail 🏆 of Bags 👜
Well, if you're a fashion enthusiast and know about the brand Hermes and their iconic bags. You would see that they change the way money define shopping. In an ordinary world, brands would push so many marketing and promotion to get more and more customers to purchase their products but not this brand. They never promoted their iconic product, and they choose who they'll let them buy it.
Birkin along with her sister bag model Kelly are the most holy grail item in fashion world. The top model which made from crocodile skin known for it record to be the most expensive handbag in the world. Known from many celebrities like Victoria Beckham, Kim Kardashian, Pippa Middleton and Kate Moss. It is a true status of wealth in the society and very low key one because the bag itself is not yelling the brand like monogram bag but it just the design that make it different.
The creation of the bag is a very funny story for me actually, the CEO back in the day met Jane Birkin on a flight from Paris to London and she just complaining about her bag didn't realized that she was sitting next to CEO of Hermes. He offer her to come in and do a custom design with the house which become the iconic bag of their brand "Birkin".
First Birkin at Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré store in Paris, France 🇫🇷
The first Birkin we score was during the summer of 2016. I sign up to go study abroad in Paris with my friends from Thailand. Conviencly my cousin lives in Paris so my mom decide to fly out with me ahead before the program start and travels around Paris. She were very hype about trying to get the bag because the reseller in Thailand sell them for 2 to 3 times the original price (which is already expensive). The good thing about purchasing luxury goods in Europe is that as a tourist we can get a refunds between 10%-20% depends on the store and amount of the purchase.
Moreover, when it comes to Hermes it is another story. Everyone into the brand and their iconic bags like Birkin and Kelly know that the only way you can get these bags is through a good relationship with the sales associate and also the purchasing amount in your history for each country/store.
On the first day we walk into the store and straight ask for the Birkin or Kelly bag but they said we need to download an app and make an appointment for tomorrow through the app. We did ask that is purchase record matter to determind wheather we have a chance to score it or not, which they said no depends on stock.
I don't really believes them so we just purchased couple of items to make sure that we have a record in France because eventhough you have purchase in-store with Hermes store but the record from each country even Germany or Italy itself won't connected. As well as making a connection with sales associate so they can hook us up with the queue or short cut on getting the bag. Sadly, they can only help with makning an appointment at best because Hermes have dedicated team working on leather department which not associate with others department.
We tried for 3 consecutive days at couple stores to get the bag but no success, we almost gave up on the bag that the next day we decide to go to Disneyland Paris and chill. But for some reason we were so bored at Disneyland and it was a very humid and hot day. We end up went back to Paris in the afternoon to do some shopping before my mom left to Thailand. Conveniecnly, we were in the same area as Hermes Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré store. We decide to go in and see if we can book the last appointment the next day to come in and see if they have any.
We went into the store the next day hopeless. Sales associate walk about with So Kelly bag at first and my mom was like yeah at least their is someting she can bring it back from Hermes eventhough it not Birkin. However, we ask her that are there anychance she could try to get us a Birkin bag. She went back into the storage room and came up with this huge orange box and she said "Yes, we do have one in Gold color do you want to see it?". Yep, and the rest was a history. We finally score our first Birkin at its birth place.
Second Birkin, First in the United States 🇺🇸
I've been studying abroad in the United States for quite some time now (my 3rd year) and when my parents visit I usually take them to shop American brand like Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Kate Spade, and Tory Burch. We feel like in the United States it is a lot more expensive to buy European brands like Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Chanel. As I mentioned before that in Europe tourist get tax refunds ranging from 10% to 20% based on the brand and purchasing amount.
I recently gave it a try at Hermes in Chicago. We were eating at a fine Vietnamese restaurant, Le Colonial, which I highly recommended. Which happen to be next to the Hermes store so we decide to check it out. I know that we don't have any purchase history with Hermes in the United States before so we probably don't have a chance of getting the iconic bags. Although we decide to ask the sales associates for the bags, but it was strong and straightforward no. Although my mom saw a Herbag which she really wanted due to its color and size that hard to find so she bought the bag.
We talk to the sales associate on the chance of getting the Birkin bag in size 25 because my mom has size 30 but its too big for her. They said that it is weekend so there are no more bag but insist on me writing my number down and if anything comes up on Monday they'll give me a call (We were there on Friday).
When Monday comes we never receive a call so we decide that on Tuesday we will go to the store and try to see the sales associate and ask for the bag because we are leaving on Wednesday to another state. Sadly, our sales associate take a day off. So we try to talk to another sales associate that we were told by another sales associate that he would give us a call on Monday but we never get them. The new sales associate take my name down and went to talk with the manager. She came back to us with a surprise respond that she have one Birkin bag with size 25. She took us up to the second floor and has us sit down to look at the bag.