One time when I was travelling, the train door closed behind me and shut my handbag outside the carriage. I couldn’t do anything except watch my bag drag against the tunnel walls until we pulled into the next station. My bag was wrecked, and the contents were almost entirely gone. Lucky the bag was only a cheap knock-off (and I was holding my wallet).
An Hermes Birkin Bag sold for AUD $285, 490 at a Hong Kong auction on Monday.
TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS.
You know what that could buy? Everything, as far as I’m concerned. An apartment. A fancy car. Approximately 27.5 square feet of the White House (I don’t think you’re allowed to do that though, probs don’t ask Barack).
The full name of the bag is the Hermes Exceptional Collection Shiny Rouge H Porosus Crocodile 30 cm Birkin Bag with Solid 18K White Gold & Diamond Hardware.
Fancy name, sure. But can I eat it?
Why do rich women (or men, whatever floats your boat) spend a not-so-small fortune on a piece of leather?
Patrick Thomas, who was once the CEO of Hermes, tried to explain.
“It requires not only specialised skills but also high experienced craftsmen, and the labour cost is equal to the hours of work that is needed to get the product done. Then you have to deal with raw materials, Hermes source and only use the best of the best for each Birkin.”
The nice thing about Birkins is that one highly skilled (and properly paid) craftsmen is responsible for each bag from beginning to end of creation, which takes somewhere between 15-20 hours. The company is independent and family-owned, and sticks to it’s traditions of old-world craftmanship.