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Birkin Bag

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Since its 1984 debut, the Birkin bag has become a coveted status symbol as much as it has an exclusive collector’s piece. The handbag is among the most expensive in the world, and the appetite for the accessory is well-known inside and outside the fashion industry.

The history of the Birkin bag owes to a chance meeting on a flight from Paris to London in 1981, when British actress, singer and model Jane Birkin found herself describing her ideal handbag to another passenger. The two travelers hadn’t properly met, so it wasn’t immediately clear that she was practically brainstorming a future product with Hermès chairman Jean-Louis Dumas. When the latter identified himself, he told the star that Hermès was prepared to produce the accessory of her dreams. A discussion followed that involved rough sketches on an Air France airsickness bag, and the Birkin was introduced three years later.

A spacious and symmetrical rectangular bag that features dual handles as compared to the trapezoidal single-handle frame of the company’s popular Kelly, the Birkin has amassed a rabidly enthusiastic fan base since its inception. Because it is so pricey and sought after, the goatskin-lined Birkin has frequently been targeted by counterfeiters, and its modest aesthetic and understated branding prevent it from being easily discernible from fakes. An array of metallic hardware fixtures, most often produced in gold or palladium, helps distinguish this dynamic handcrafted tote, and likely assisted the French police officers who broke up an international counterfeit Birkin operation in 2012.

Among the characteristics that are integral to determining a Birkin’s authenticity as well as rendering it a truly desirable collector’s item are the signature lock and accompanying keys. The latter are tucked inside a lanyard made from a single piece of leather and draped around one of the handles. There are scuff-resistant base studs, too — a defense system to shield the durable leather exterior from damage should its owner park it on a gritty sidewalk. The studs are hammered in and can’t twist off, so there isn’t any danger of the bag losing its feet.

Each tote is hand-sewn according to Hermès’s centuries-old saddle-stitching technique, and the exotic leathers — a variety that includes ostrich and crocodile — are subsequently painted and polished by house craftsmen in France. Owing to the artisan construction effort behind this globally adored accessory, it may take up to several days to produce a single Birkin bag.

Jane had to wait for hers, too.

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By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
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Located in New York, NY
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Located in Miami, FL
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Hermès 40cm Birkin Verso Jaune Poussin Togo Palladium Hardware 2016
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Located in Miami, FL
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Located in New York, NY
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Palladium

Hermes Birkin 30cm Black Togo Gold Hardware Bag U Stamp, 2022
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
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Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Store SKU: 65138 For 19 years, Boutique Patina has specialized in sourcing and curating the best condition Chanel and Hermes vintage leather treasures by searching closets around th...
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Located in New York, NY
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Located in New York, NY
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Hermes Birkin 30cm Craie Off White Epsom Gold Hardware Bag Z Stamp, 2021
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Located in New York, NY
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Hermes Birkin 25 Rose Eté Swift Palladium Hardware Baby D'Eté Y Stamp, 2020
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Located in New York, NY
Guaranteed Authentic Hermes Birkin 25 Rose Eté Swift Palladium Hardware Y Stamp, 2020 Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. Pristine Condition (with plastic on hardware) Perfect gift! Come...
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Hermès Birkin Bag 35cm Orange Togo Leather with Palladium Hardware Stamp M 2009
By Hermès
Located in Huddersfield, GB
Hermès Birkin Bag 35cm Orange Togo Leather with Palladium Hardware Stamp M_Year 2009. This bag is still in very good condition. The leather still smells fresh and holds to the origi...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 25cm Craie Rose Gold Hardware Togo Off White Z Stamp, 2021
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 25cm Craie Rose Gold Hardware Togo Off White Z Stamp, 2021 Don't miss this most coveted Craie with Rose Gold Baby Birkin! It is sooo pretty in person! Brand New in Box....
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Hermes Birkin 30cm Gris Perle Togo Bag Gold Hardware Pearl Gray Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 30cm Gris Perle Togo Bag Gold Hardware Pearl Gray Y Stamp, 2020 Just purchased from Hermes store; bag bears new interior 2020 Y Stamp. Brand New in Box in Store Fresh, ...
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HERMÈS Black Togo Leather Vintage Birkin 35cm Retourne
By Hermès
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
HERMÈS Black Togo Leather Vintage Birkin 35cm Retourne Xupes Reference: HB4710 Serial Number: [D] Age (Circa): 2000 Accompanied By: Padlock, Keys, Clochette Authenticity Details: D...
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Located in New York, NY
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Located in New York, NY
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Hermes Birkin 35cm Gris Meyer Togo Grey Palladium Hardware Bag U Stamp, 2022
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Located in New York, NY
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Hermes Birkin 25 Sellier Black Epsom Gold Hardware U Stamp, 2022 RARE
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Located in New York, NY
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Hermes Silver Olga Charm Silver for Birkin and Kelly Bag Rare
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Located in New York, NY
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Hermes Birkin 25 Navy Blue Bag Gold Hardware Z Stamp, 2021
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Located in New York, NY
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Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Poppy Red Epsom Leather 25 cm Birkin is in pristine condition. A sensational shade of head turning lipstick red, it is perfectly paired with bright Palladium h...
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Hermès Birkin 25 In Gris Meyer Togo. Palladium Hardware (PHW) 2022
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Located in London, GB
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Located in Dover, DE
Excellent condition, like new, worn once. 2008 year.
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Located in Miami, FL
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Located in Chicago, IL
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Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Rouge Jaipur Clemence 35cm Birkin is in excellent condition. Hand stitched by skilled craftsmen, wait lists of a year or more are commonplace for the intensely...
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HERMES 35cm Crocodile Poussiere Porosus Birkin Bag
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Located in New York, NY
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Located in Newport Beach, CA
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Located in London, GB
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By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Gold Birkin 30 Bag. Togo gold leather with gold hardware. Excellent condition. Beautiful gold tan color is a classic. Includes clochette, lock, keys, and dust cover. Guarantee...
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By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Stunning 1 of 1 HSS Special Order Hermes Birkin 30 Bubblegum Pink White Rouge Casaque Gold Hwr Gold Hardware. Pristine Almost Like new with Plastic on Hardware. Shop with confidence...
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By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Gold Evergrain 25 cm Birkin is in pristine unworn condition. The protective plastic is intact on the Palladium hardware. Hand sewn and coveted worldwide, the...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

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By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers an Hermes Birkin 35 bag featured in rich deep Bleu Nuit. This beauty comes in Togo leather with Gold hardware. Comes with lock, keys, clochette, sleeper, raincoat a...
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Hermes Birkin 25 Rose Mexico Shiny Alligator Bag
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Birkin 25 Rose Mexico Shiny Alligator Bag. Brand new 2022 with receipt and Cites certificate. Extremely rare and highly coveted size 25 Birkin in exotic alligator. Stunning pi...
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Hermes Togo Leather Rubis Birkin 35 PHW
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Hermes Togo Leather Rubis Birkin 35 PHW The most desired Hermes bag, the Birkin is a timeless style with a better investment rate than Gold! This 35, the most popular style is in a ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

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By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 40cm HAC Gold Tan Togo Palladium Bag Z Stamp, 2021 ULTRA RARE Ultra rare Z Stamp 2021 production Gold Birkin 40 HAC! Just purchased from Hermes store; bag bears new 202...
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By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
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Hermes Birkin 30cm Craie Off White Togo Palladium Hardware Z Stamp, 2021
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 30cm Craie Off White Togo Palladium Hardware Z Stamp, 2021 Just purchased from Hermes store; bag bears new 2021 interior Z Stamp. Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. Pristin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

HERMÈS Gris Paris Matte Alligator Leather Birkin 35cm
By Hermès
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
HERMÈS Gris Paris Matte Alligator Leather Birkin 35cm Xupes Reference: JJLG088 Serial Number: [Q] Age (Circa): 2013 Accompanied By: Hermès Dust Bag, Box, Padlock, Keys, Clochette, R...
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2010s French Top Handle Bags

Hermès Rose Tyrien Ostrich Birkin 30 PHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermès Rose Tyrien Ostrich Birkin 30 PHW SKU: 110987 Handbag Condition: Excellent Condition Comments: Excellent Condition. Plastic on hardware. No visible signs of wear. Please note...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

HERMES NEW Birkin 25 Dark Blue Ostrich Exotic Rose Gold Top Handle Tote Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
New Condition From 2020 Collection Bleu Indigo Ostrich Rose Gold Hardware Measures 10" W x 8.25" H x 5.25" D Handle Drop 2.5" Includes Clochette, Padlock, Keys, Rain Cover, Dust Bag...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Hermes Birkin 25 Lizard Rouge Moyen
By Hermès
Located in Dover, DE
Excellent condition
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes 30cm Red Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
HERMES 30cm Red Birkin Bag with Silver Hardware 100% Authentic Hermes Birkin Bag COLOR: Red MATERIAL: Leather HARDWARE: Silver ORIGIN: France CONDITION: Good Includes: Dustbag, lock,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

HERMÈS Rouge Tomate Togo Leather Birkin 40cm
By Hermès
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
HERMÈS Rouge Tomate Togo Leather Birkin 40cm Xupes Reference: JJLG097 Serial Number: [P] Age (Circa): 2012 Accompanied By: Hermès Dust Bag, Padlock, Keys, Clochette Authenticity Det...
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2010s French Top Handle Bags

Hermès Navy Blue Epsom 25 cm Sellier Birkin
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Navy Blue Epsom 25 cm Sellier Birkin is in pristine unworn condition; the protective plastic is still intact on the hardware. Considered the ultimate luxury ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

HERMES Birkin 35 Black Matt Crocodile Alligator Leather Top Handle Tote Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

HERMES NEW Birkin 30 Touch Cognac Leather Crocodile Exotic Palladium Tote Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
New Condition From 2019 Collection Miel Sienne Chèvre Mangalore Leather Crocodile Palladium Hardware Measures 11.5" W x 9.5" H x 6" D Handle Drop 4" Includes Clochette, Padlock, Key...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

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Located in Miami, FL
Absolutely Stunning and most coveted Pink. Brand New Rare Hermes Birkin 30 Rose Confetti Epsom Leather Palladium Hardware. 2020 Y Stamp. Includes all Accessories and Box. Shop with...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

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Located in Miami, FL
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Located in Miami, FL
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2010s Top Handle Bags

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Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 2002 Collection Vachette Grainee Des Ardennes Leather Gold Tone Hardware Leather Lining Measures 15.75" W x 10.5" H x 8.25" D Handle Drop 4.25" Inclu...
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Located in New York, NY
Hermès Bois De Rose Matte Alligator Birkin 35 PHW Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Plastic on some hardware. Natural darkening to skin at corner...
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Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 30cm Black Togo Rose Gold Hardware Bag U Stamp, 2022 Don't miss it- Black with Rose Gold is soooo pretty! Just purchased from store; bag bears new 2022interior U stamp!...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

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