And now, here’s an adorable little something to get your mind off this increasingly frustrating Frankenstorm aftermath. Gossip Girl’s Kelly Rutherford was recently spotted balancing a teensy Maltese on top of her Hermes Evelyne bag – though from the looks of it, he could’ve fit neatly inside. (It’s a well known fact among toy dog owners that toy breeds love to go for walks…but hate walking.)
Many of you have been asking for me to do another Purseonal and trust me, I have WANTED TO. But with a lovely holiday, Fashion Week and hiring a new member into the group, I’ve been a little swamped. This Purseonals entry is a treat for me and you, as its subject is considered among the most iconic bags of all time (and in one of the most classic combinations leather and hardware combinations potential). This bag was my holy grail for several decades, it was the bag I kept telling everybody I dreamed of possessing, and it was the bag I had been lucky enough to receive a few years ago. The very first year I owned this bag I wore it — I was almost frightened of it. But now it has come to be one of my go-to choices. I’m not scared of it, I love it and use it often. This bag has lived up to a lot of my expectations.Here is the way my Hermes Birkin scores in our PurseBlog Purseonals ratings:I feel like you either love the aesthetic of this Birkin or you don’t. Most men and women feel very strongly one way or the other, and that I absolutely love it. In high school my girlfriend and I had been browsing a lavish lifestyle magazine also it was the very first time that I heard about the Hermes Birkin. She and I sat on her bed and dreamed of a future life where we’d have one. This is my dream bag, this was the tote I saved up for, this was the bag that I coveted.
Kelly is seen wearing her Etoupe Evelyne cross-body style here – which is the perfect way to style it when you’re motoring across town with a cup of joe and puppy in tow. Fun fact: Rutherford’s son is actually named Hermes. She claims he’s named after the Greek God, and not the designer, but her ridiculous brand loyalty says otherwise.
Baghunter, a website devoted to luxury online retail, did a study comparing gold, the S&P 500 (an American stock market indicator), and the Hermès Birkin bag over the past 35 decades. The shocker? The pricy Hermès bag favored by celebrities, that comes with a years-long waiting list, improved in value at an average of 14.2 percent a year. That adds up to a rise of more than 500 percent in the time period.Unlike the stock market or stone, Birkin bags do not have a bad year — in 35 years, the value hasn’t diminished. So next time that your parents want to talk to you about making a wise investment, you might want to mention an Hermes bag.But you’d better act fast: Baghunter also forecasts the price of this Birkin will double in the next 10 years.I first heard about the Birkin bag when watching Sex and the City (Season 4, Episode 11 branded “coulda, woulda, shoulda”) where Samantha, the sexpot character of the show reaches a Hermès boutique and asks to find a Birkin. As the sales clerk palms over the reddish Birkin, he informs her the price and the 5 year waiting list to which she answers “to get a sack?!!!” And his reply is: “It’s not a suitcase, it is a Birkin.” As that term indicates, a Birkin isn’t a bag, it is something in its own category. The Birkin is a announcement manufacturer, and that statement is a loud “I’ve arrived!” It is undoubtedly the “Holy Grail” of luggage and coveted by bag aficionados.
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It had been in 2003, shortly after my 1st child was born, that I purchased my first ever Hermes bag– it was an Hermes orange Kelly in 35cm, using palladium hardware.When I carried the bag around with my infant, among the younger “ladies who lunch” whom I visited in her family’s retail store asked me what bag I had been toting. She commented that it looked just like a “briefcase” and it was something she’d never be caught dead carrying since it was in her words “ugly.” LOL. I never forgot that remark because I roared with laughter after hearing her say those words, because she crinkled her nose. I really don’t remember the bag she was carryingout, but I distinctly recalled her not knowing what an Hermes Kelly or Birkin was. I respected her opinion of my tote. After all, it was my “ugly” bag. LOL. But hey I was so proud of this bag because it was something I’d bought for myself with my own hard- earned cash– my drive gift LOL. I bought the bag believing it was likely to be the costliest bag I’d ever buy, and that it was also my last. I’d bought the Hermes bag even before I ended up purchasing the Louis Vuitton Neo Denim Speedy.This was tote which jumpstarted this bag site as “The Bag Hag Diaries.” Back then I was still blogging under another website at Blogspot. Ok let us not become nostalgic because when I went to look at some of my old posts to pull out the photos of the bags above, I cringed hahahaha!! Men it’s NOT Throwback Thursday so let’s not go farther LOL.
Baghunter, a site devoted to luxury online retail, did a study comparing gold, the S&P 500 (an American stock exchange indicator), and also the Hermès Birkin bag over the past 35 years. The shocker? The pricy Hermès bag favored by celebrities, which comes with a years-long waiting list, improved in value with a mean of 14.2 percent a year. That adds up to an increase of more than 500 percent in the time period.Unlike the stock exchange or gold, Birkin bags do not have a terrible year — in 35 decades, the value has never diminished. As the sales clerk hands over the reddish Birkin, he tells her the price along with the 5 year waiting list to which she replies “to get a sack?!!!” And his response is: “It is not a bag, it is a Birkin.” As that term suggests, a Birkin isn’t a bag, it’s something in its own category. The Birkin is a statement maker, which statement is a loud “I have arrived!”
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Today in-store from the U.S., a 35cm all- leather birkin would set you back by US$10,500 *not including tax*. And that’s if you’re even lucky to evaluate one in-store. Paris costs will of course always be a lot cheaper, but that is if you are ready to wait in a queue of 20 or more individuals, wait over an hour to be served, and then take the opportunity to be provided the golden ticket and be told “yes, we have one” or be told, “sorry, we don’t have one available for you.” There are so many stores of Hermes Kelly Used Replica bags now to meet the demand, and also the black market prices have been unbelievably significant. If you have the money and can not be bothered to queue up or don’t have any “connections” at Hermes to be offered the bag, then your best choice is the black market or the reseller sector. But beware of fakes as there are equally as many unscrupulous sellers now waiting to pounce on unsuspecting bag fans who have been “dying” to get their hands on one of those highly covetable bags. I still highly suggest going to a Hermes boutique to get the complete Hermes bag buy experience. Nothing will ever conquer that.Which brings me to today’s topic. What is it using the Hermes Birkin (and Kelly) which makes people do the wildest things? I shall elaborate on these “crazy things” since I feel that it is time to go over the filthy side to this. And yes, it gets fairly juicy from hereon.
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The Kelly bag has just as glamorous a narrative behind it. A picture found itself on the cover of Life magazine. With that, the bag was immediately synonymous with Grace and it was re-named that the Kelly.The Hermes website boasts: ‘A Kelly is a rare and valuable thing’ and last week, a spokesman for the firm stressed that the number of luggage it can create is limited because only a few of craftsmen have the essential skills to earn them.They pointed out that one worker takes 18 to 25 hours to create each Kelly bag by hand, while the Birkin takes even longer, stating: ‘Our creation remains highly dependent on the know-how of our artisans.’
To be honest, apart from how amazing the tote appears, its narrative, and how well it is made, the birkin is not exactly the most practical tote to take. Women who carry the bag are equated with having attained a certain financial status or social standing. The bag turned into a status symbol. This is an overall perception. But then by now, most of us recognize that not every girl who carries the bag bought the birkin directly from the Hermes Kelly Bag 50 Replica boutique. And from those women who bought them from stalls, you will find a handful who did not pay for the bag with a one- time full payment. I have been asking about a lot in the last couple of years on payment schemes and there are a few resellers who even provide 12- month term payments for your bags in exchange for your tote, a partial payment is made in money, and the rest are paid via post- dated checks issued during a 12- month period. Of course with this staggered payment scheme comes the interest charges that the seller adds, to earn more cash.
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The Kelly bag has only as glamorous a tale behind it. Originally made as a saddle-bag in about 1892, it is named after the movie star Grace Kelly, wife of Prince Rainier of Monaco, since she fell in love with one used as a prop during filming of Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch A Thief.She set the large bag to great use in 1956, when, not ready to announce her pregnancy, she held up one to hide her emerging baby bulge in the paparazzi. A picture found itself on the cover of Life magazine. With that, the bag was immediately synonymous with Grace and it was re-named the Kelly.The Hermes site boasts: ‘A Kelly is a rare and precious thing’ and last week, a spokesman for the company stressed that the amount of luggage it can produce is limited because only a small number of organizers have the necessary abilities to make them.They pointed out a single employee takes 18 to 25 hours to create each Kelly bag by hand, whereas the Birkin takes even longer, stating: ‘Our production remains highly determined by the know-how of our artisans.’