MY BIRKIN REVEAL (FINALLY!)

 

 

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!

 

 

Don’t forget you can also keep up with me on Instagram @thatnewdress, Twitter @thatnewdress, Bloglovin That New Dress, Snapchat thatnewdress and Depop @dominiquew.

 

 

 

 

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  1. Meron Dymphana January 20, 2018 / 2:25 pm

    Oh my goodness!!! That Hermes bag is 10 years old? It looks as good as new!! I am so envious of you for owning such a prestigious bag!! Congrats on turning 30!!! Even though the bag is not your original color choice just appreciate that you have a Hermes bag!!
    http://www.fashionstylemogul.com

    • thatnewd January 24, 2018 / 1:21 am

      I knowwww, it’s amazing that it’s in such good condition considering the age! xx

    • thatnewd January 24, 2018 / 1:23 am

      Thank you so much Cris! xx

  2. Kinga January 21, 2018 / 12:01 pm

    This bag is wonderful <3 great post !! 🙂

    • thatnewd January 29, 2018 / 3:02 am

      Thank you Kinga xx

  3. Pentené January 21, 2018 / 4:31 pm

    Such a cute bag! Love the color. Second hand sounds like a great way to shop for a Birkin. Thanks for sharing babe! And Happy belated Birthday!

    Xoxo
    http://www.stylemefancy.com

    • thatnewd January 24, 2018 / 1:26 am

      It’s definitely a lot easier to buy one second hand than new! Thank you for the birthday wishes hun xx

    • thatnewd January 29, 2018 / 3:35 am

      Thank you so much! It definitely is a once in a lifetime purchase xx

    • thatnewd January 24, 2018 / 1:29 am

      Thank you Lucy xx

  4. Vika January 21, 2018 / 7:19 pm

    As usual very interesting! Thanks a lot for sharing)

    • thatnewd January 24, 2018 / 1:29 am

      Thank you so much lovely xx

  5. Julia January 21, 2018 / 9:26 pm

    Birkin looks awsome in this color! <3

    • thatnewd January 24, 2018 / 1:30 am

      Awww thanks so much hun xx

    • thatnewd January 24, 2018 / 1:30 am

      Awww thanks so much hun xx

    • thatnewd February 8, 2018 / 11:53 pm

      Thank you darling, it’s such a beautiful statement bag xx

    • thatnewd January 24, 2018 / 1:33 am

      It really was a lot of ups and downs but it was sooo worth the effort! I’m in love with it xx

    • thatnewd January 29, 2018 / 3:36 am

      Haha thank you hunny xx

    • thatnewd January 24, 2018 / 1:43 am

      It’s very exciting! I’m in love with it xx

    • thatnewd January 24, 2018 / 1:44 am

      It such an amazing pop of colour, I love it with denim at the moment xx

    • thatnewd January 24, 2018 / 1:45 am

      Thank you so much hun xx

  6. Carmen January 22, 2018 / 8:53 am

    Oh yaaay it was definitely worth to wait babe! Such a beauty – and I love the color of it. It’s the perfect eye-catcher with every look!
    xx, Carmen – http://carmitive.com

    • thatnewd January 24, 2018 / 1:45 am

      Yay, so much you think so, thank you hun xx

    • thatnewd January 24, 2018 / 1:45 am

      Thank you xx

  7. Marisa Cavaleiro January 22, 2018 / 12:47 pm

    That is someting…
    Love the color..
    Xoxo from Portugal

    marisascloset.blogspot.com

    • thatnewd January 24, 2018 / 1:51 am

      Thank you so much sweetie! xx

    • thatnewd January 24, 2018 / 1:51 am

      Yay, that’s great to hear hun xx

  8. Sinéad January 22, 2018 / 5:17 pm

    I’ve been waiting for this post for so long! And it was so worth the wait, WHAT a beautiful handbag! I actually love that you got it in such a vibrant colour! I think with designer you can go 2 ways; classic, versatile and goes with anything orrrr totally out there statement art piece. I think yours kind of fits in both those categories which is really cool, Excellent choice and you’re soo lucky to have a relative who collects Hermes handbags! I would love to see inside their wardrobe!

    Sinéad xo Fabuleuse Du Jour

    • thatnewd January 24, 2018 / 1:54 am

      Haha I kept you waiting for this post! I love your comment so much and that you think it’s a statement and classic xx

    • thatnewd January 24, 2018 / 1:54 am

      Thank you so much! I’m so happy with it xx

  9. Florentina January 22, 2018 / 5:44 pm

    Your look is perfect and impecable as always but this bag is simply awesome! Love, love, love the color!
    Wish you a beautiful evening.
    Greetings,
    Flo

    • thatnewd January 24, 2018 / 1:55 am

      I’m so happy to hear you love the colour darling! xx

    • thatnewd January 29, 2018 / 3:11 am

      Isn’t is fab doll?! xx

    • thatnewd January 24, 2018 / 1:59 am

      Thank you so much Lauren xx

    • thatnewd January 24, 2018 / 1:59 am

      Thank you darling! xx

  10. Izabela January 22, 2018 / 9:11 pm

    Wow, that bag is dreamy. The Birkin is the classiest bag out there. I adore the colour of yours.

    Her Style Hive

    • thatnewd January 24, 2018 / 1:59 am

      It definitely it is a landmark bag to have! xx

    • thatnewd January 29, 2018 / 3:11 am

      Awww thank you doll xx

    • thatnewd January 25, 2018 / 2:54 am

      Haha thank you hun! It was definitely a long time coming! xx

    • thatnewd January 25, 2018 / 2:54 am

      Thank you so much Noelle xx

    • thatnewd January 25, 2018 / 2:55 am

      Awww thanks, that is great to hear xx

    • thatnewd January 25, 2018 / 2:55 am

      Hehe, thank you so much doll xx

  11. Jessica January 23, 2018 / 3:52 pm

    I super love the grey outfit and the vibrant color of your gorgeous orange Hermes bag!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • thatnewd January 24, 2018 / 2:00 am

      Thank you so much, this bag is a perfect pop xx

    • thatnewd January 25, 2018 / 2:59 am

      Oooh I can’t wait to see it sweetie xx

    • thatnewd January 25, 2018 / 2:59 am

      Yay, that is SOOO lovely to hear, thank you so much xx

    • thatnewd January 24, 2018 / 2:00 am

      Haha I am VERY happy with it and I think it shows xx

  12. Mercy January 24, 2018 / 2:08 am

    I’ve been waiting for your Birkin reveal post and finally it’s here. I find her beautiful too and it would suit to most outfits. So lucky of you to have relos who owned these ultimate bags and willing to part them. I’m still waiting to find a good deal too haha. Enjoy your bag dear!

    http://www.busyandfab.com

    • thatnewd January 29, 2018 / 3:12 am

      I knowww, I’m super lucky! It was such a bargain too! xx

  13. Ana January 24, 2018 / 3:08 pm

    My dear Dominique, I had been waiting for this big reveal for a long time and all I can say is WOW. I absolutely love it, it looks so immaculate and perfect! I really like the color. I’m so happy that after all that happened you still got to keep a Birkin.
    Sending you lots of love,
    xx
    Ana

    http://www.anapicazzo.com

    • thatnewd January 25, 2018 / 3:00 am

      I know, what a stressful experience but I finally managed to make one mine! It wa a long time coming, haha! xx

  14. Lorna January 24, 2018 / 7:32 pm

    It’s literally stunning! When you mentioned before about the colour not being what you originally wanted, I did think orange immediately as it’s one of the more iconic but harder to match ones. It’s so pretty! I can’t believe it’s 10 years old! That’s a seriously great 30th birthday present!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

    • thatnewd January 25, 2018 / 3:01 am

      I know the condition is amazing considering the age! I think it’s a testament to the quality of these bags xx

    • thatnewd January 29, 2018 / 4:04 am

      You’re so lovely, thank you xx

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