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Saturday, April 19, 2008

I call *cough cough*

I've always wondered how true the stories are of years-long waiting lists to purchase an Hermes Birkin handbag. Well, someone has called bullshit and written a book about it. In "Bringing Home the Birkin," Michael Tonello writes of his short-lived career as a Birkin re-seller. It seems any Joe Blow can walk into an Hermes store and purchase the unicorn of the accessories world. The secret?

In a nutshell, you need to go in and spend enough money on non-Birkins—for me the magic number was about $1,000, though it depends the store—and then ask for the bag. I loved going shopping in the last few days of the month, when stores were trying to make their sales targets. I had one store that agreed to sell me two crocodile Birkins as long as I put them on two different cards or paid for one in cash so the fact that one person bought two wouldn't be picked up on by Hermès.

You can read more of Style File blog's interview here.