Monthly Archives: March 2012

Watching Birkin Model

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We spend a ton of time spotting actors and singers with Birkins, but let’s not forget about the models who love Birkins as well! Lara Stone was seen out in London looking super sleek with her blazer and 35cm Orange Birkin with Gold hardware. But, as I flipped through the paparazzi photos of the model, I started feeling a bit uneasy for her. I am pretty sure we are in agreement here that the biker is not checking out her Birkin like we are, and she seems to be a little creeped out about it as well. Maybe I am judging too quickly though, and perhaps he was just trying to sneak a peek of the bag. You never know! Just don’t go out on foot with OR without that bag at night, Lara!

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An Hermès Birkin Fairytale

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Elizabeth Hurley hasn’t walked down the aisle with Shane Warne yet, but she has been walking down the streets of New York with the Aussie cricketer and his daughter, Brooke. The soon-to-be stepmom and stepdaughter even shared fashion similarities with their taste for Hermes Birkins. While out visiting the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Ground Zero, Hugo Boss, and Vince Camuto, Elizabeth carried a 35cm black Birkin while the 13-year-old wore an overstuffed matching Birkin. It seems as though the pair are getting along pretty well… perhaps the stepmother played the fairy godmother and bought the teen her Birkin, which would likely get any relationship off to a cheery start 😉 If so, I hope the young Cinderella appreciates the $10K handbag and doesn’t become too spoiled.

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Birkins, Garlic and Boys

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Photo: Astrid Stawiarz “The Thursday Night Garlic Girls,” from left: Marleen Aizman, Yana Bortnovsky, Esther Silber, Kristina Misakyants, Inna Rekeil (kneeling), Malky Berger and Sabina Safanov.

Sometimes, after spending so much time writing about celebrities and reality stars carrying Birkins, I find myself wondering about real women who carry theirs. I wonder about where these women are, what they are doing, and what they are talking about. Fortunately, these curiosities can be eased after I stumbled upon news about this uber-chic group from Murray Hill, New York.

Every Thursday night, a group of 20 women flock to a pizza-joint by the name of Garlic to get their weekly calorie-indulgent fix and to scope out male prospects. After ordering $200 black caviar pizza, the ladies discussed everything from opening an exclusive children’s clothing store in Manhattan to designer handbags. As Esther Silber, a philanthropic socialite, put it. “Oh my God, when my girlfriends come it’s all Birkins and Chanel. Birkins everywhere!” Then she sat her taupe, Birkin in a wicker chair explaining, “A Birkin always gets its own chair, and that’s the truth.” indeed, I agree with her and I’d rather sit a gem in a chair than on the beach like Kim Kardashian. I think these Garlic girls are onto something when it comes to Birkin placement.

Many iPhone photo-shoots and glasses of champagne later, a fire ignited after a napkin fell on a candle and everyone screamed. Anna Stanislalvsky, a student at Pace, made light of the situation by saying, “At least it wasn’t a Birkin,” and I agree with her to some extent. As long as nobody got hurt, it’s better the table cloth catch fire than a 10K plus handbag. I think it’s fine and even smart, to take care of bags this costly, and it will save money that would spent on “spa” trips or brand new bags altogether. However, let’s just hope that as much as these women seem to love Birkins that they don’t rush to save their collection before saving themselves in a more serious fire :)

 

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Marc Jacobs

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Marc we love you and we love that you love Hèrmes! Vacationing at the beach or out picking up some groceries you seem to always have one of your trusty Hèrmes bags at your side. Running around town has never looked so good!

 

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Bravo Birkin Blast

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Whether you’re watching Bravo channel or you’ve seen the Bravo reality stars walking the streets of America this month, chances are that you’ve seen a number of them carrying Hermès Birkins. I can’t pinpoint when or with what series the Bravo Birkin movement started, but it has certainly exploded in recent months by hitting shows like Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Real Housewives of Atlanta and Bethenny Ever After. It seems like I literally can’t go one episode on Bravo with out spotting a Birkin beauty, but no complaints here because I love playing “I Spy” for designer bags. Kyle Richards of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was spotted out and about with her Noir 35cm Birkin with Gold hardware while the Atlanta Housewives, Nene Leakes and Sheree Whitfield, have been seen out with an Etain 40cm Birkin with Palladium hardware and an Etain 35cm Birkin with Gold hardware. Bethenny Frankel was seen with a similar Birkin on her series, Bethenny Ever After, and we’ve seen her already in the same top with the same bag. Props to the “Skinnygirl” for mixing and matching!

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Our Favorite Hermès Color of the Week: Gold

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Hermès Hits All Time High

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Hermès just reported that 2011 was their record-breaking year with a 40.9 percent rise in net profit. The record net sales clocked in at 594.3 million euros, or 787 million American dollars, which beats the previous record year Hermes had in 2010. Although Hermès’ results were helped by the 45 percent sale of Jean Paul Gaultier to Spanish firm Puig, other luxury companies, such as Prada and Porsche, have also experienced strong sales for 2011. You may ask yourself the same thing I asked myself which is, “In an economic crisis, how is the retailer for the most expensive luxury fashion brand in the world overcoming the world’s financial struggles, and then some?!” Perhaps Asia’s new hunger for luxury goods attributed to the phenomenon. Maybe it’s because people want to live in a fantasy world in which they have money and status, when in reality they are struggling financially like most of the world’s population. Or it could be because of what the Hermès CEO, Patrick Thomas, told BFM Business Radio in France, “We make beautiful objects… I say this with pride, particularly for the skilled workpeople who make them. It is the only real explanation (for the success).” Patrick Thomas could be right, but it’s no coincidence that other luxury retailers are having profit increases. My guess is that people are definitely living beyond their means and financial trauma has put them under shock and denial. Not to tire of the Gaga references, but she might have been right when she said, “We need fantasy to survive because reality is too difficult.

 

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23 Days Left! Announcing the Current Top Three Participants for our give away:

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The top 3 in the run­ning for our Her­mès CDC give away are: @ack­er­mae (2,630@fashion_vain (1,925) and @kabiog03 (265)! Con­grat­u­la­tions and keep it up every­one! Good luck!

 

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Jessica Simpson’s Festive Birkin

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This past weekend, Jessica Simpson and her fiancé, Eric Johnson, were seen roaming the streets of Venice, California for the Irish holiday. I was very pleased to see the uber pregnant Jessica showed her St. Patrick’s Day spirit by carrying what looks like a 35cm Hermès Vert Fonce Birkin, even if her fur coat was a little distracting. Perhaps she was going for Eskimo/construction worker chic and if so, she succeeded beyond her expectations! Way to go, Jess! But hey, at least her fiancé tried to match her look with his finest St. Patrick’s green, rugged boots, and slightly worn jeans, so props to him for being supportive. I’ll cut Jessica some slack since the holiday was more about fun and less about walking down a runway. Plus, she opted to carry our favorite brand to show her holiday spirit, and I’m certainly anything but mad at her for that. Maybe when she finally gives birth to her baby girl, there will be micro Birkins in the little girl’s future. With the kind of money the celeb has, I wouldn’t blame her, and a little girl with a little Birkin would be too cute!

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Our Favorite Hermès Color of the Week: White

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