My Birkin reveal has been a long time coming! If you caught my previous blogpost about buying a Hermes Birkin (catch it HERE if you missed it) you’ll know my road to owning one hasn’t been an easy. It’s worth having a quick read if you haven’t yet as it has some of the back story as to how I got my hands on this one.
As you may already know I turned 30 this month and I wanted to buy myself a present which would really mark the occasion. Deciding what to buy was an easy decision, I knew it had to be the one bag which evaded my wardrobe for far too long, a Hermes Birkin. As all my fellow fashionistas will know this bag needs no introduction. It is the pinnacle of handbags and if you’re a fan of luxury fashion this is the ultimate accessory to have.
While making the decision to buy a Birkin was easy, getting my hands on one was less so. Buying one from an Hermes boutique is near impossible, so I had to go down the preloved route.
There are several obstacles to overcome when buying second hand. First, is authenticity. Fakes are getting harder and harder to spot so it’s essential to buy from someone reputable.
Secondly, the exorbitant price. The supply versus demand of these bags means you’ll often end up paying more for them on the second-hand market than they retail for in store.
Finally, there are so many different colours, leathers, sizes and hardwares finding the exact combination can be tricky.
I was incredibly fortunate and massively lucked out when I found this bag. I have a lovely relative who has been a collector of Hermes handbags for over 2 decades. She was letting go of a few of her Birkin’s which she no longer used and had sat in her closet unworn for years.
When she offered me the opportunity to buy one from her I jumped at the chance. Not only were there no authenticity concerns to worry about (she wouldn’t be caught dead with a fake!), I also paid a bargain price. I got serious “mates rates” so I couldn’t have been more chuffed.
The only downside was none of the bags she was selling were in my original colour and leather choices. Initially I wanted one in a hard-wearing leather in either a grey, taupe or black but I ended up buying an orange one! Even though the orange is a lot brighter than I originally wanted, it’s such an iconic colour for Hermes, I figured it was a good choice.
Although this bag is 10 years old already the condition of it is incredible. The leather is immaculate with only slight wear on some of the hardware.
There are two ways to own a Birkin bag, either as an investment or to enjoy it. If you have it as an investment you need to keep it in as pristine condition as possible. I, on the other hand, plan to use this bag and enjoy it as much as possible. This is a once in a lifetime purchase for me and I intend on making the absolute most out of it!