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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. Its history 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 coveted, 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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Hermes Birkin 25cm Gris Tourterelle Togo Dove Grey Bag Gold Hardware ULTRA RARE
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 25cm Gris Tourterelle Togo Bag Gold Hardware NEW RARE Long discontinued from production, most coveted combination- do not miss! New or Never Worn in Pristine Condition ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 35cm Blue Nuit Deep Navy Togo Palladium Birkin Bag Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 35cm Blue Nuit Navy Togo Palladium Birkin Bag Y Stamp, 2020 The perfect navy Birkin 35cm has arrived for spring summer! Just purchased from Hermes store; bag bears new ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès 2014 Birkin 35cm Porosus Crocodile Leather Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Made in France, this beautiful 2014 Hermès ‘Birkin’ 35cm handbag has been made from shiny Porosus Crocodile exterior in ‘Royal Blue’ and matching leather interior, this piece is deco...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 25cm Rouge H Bordeaux Red Gold Hardware Bag Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 25cm Rouge H Togo Gold Deep Bordeaux Red Birkin Bag Y Stamp, 2020 Just purchased from Hermes store; bag bears new 2020 interior Y Stamp. Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 35cm Gris Tourterelle Ostrich Dove Grey Bag NEW ULTRA RARE
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 35cm Gris Tourterelle Ostrich Palladium Bag NEW ULTRA RARE Beyond sublime! Make a statement without saying a word! This is the ultimate lifetime exotic Birkin for the c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Braise Red Porous Crocodile Birkin 35
By Hermès
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Hermes Braise Red Porous Crocodile Birkin 35 in excellent condition. Gorgeous red porous crocodile exterior trimmed with silver palladium hardware. Signature twist lock double strap ...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30 Rouge Tomate Red Epsom Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Stunning Hermes Birkin 30 Rouge Tomate Red Epsom Gold Hardware. Excellent Pristine Condition, Plastic on Hardware, Excellent corners and Structure. X Stamp 2016. Shop with Confiden...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin Hydra Bleu 35 Bag
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Birkin 35 Hydra Bleu. Gold hardware. Excellent condition. Beautiful blue vibrant color. Includes clochette, lock, keys, and dust cover. Guaranteed authentic.
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 35 Rouge Casaque Bag
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Birkin 35 Rouge Casaque Bag. Some light crease wear. Good condition overall. Gold hardware. Priced to sell. Beautiful red color bag. Guaranteed authentic.
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès Colvert Togo Birkin 35 PHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermès Colvert Togo Birkin 35 PHW SKU: 111158 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Light scuffing to corners. Scratching to hardware. Marks to inter...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermés Birkin 35 Gold Togo Leather Bag With Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
This unique Hermés bag is made from exquisite Togo leather and it is accentuated with luxurious gold hardware. The beautuful shade of light brown color it is called Gold and it easy ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès 35cm Blu Togo Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
This Hermès Birkin 35cm is crafted from blue togo leather, a highly popular hide due to its ability to retain its shape and near-scratch resistance. Its deep, The blue exterior is of...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Bois de Rose Togo Leather 35 cm Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Hermès Bois de Rose Togo Leather 35 cm Birkin- excellent condition with the protective plastic intact on the hardware. Hand created, Hermès bags are highly sought after and can be...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 40 Rubis Bag
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Birkin Rubis 40 Bag. Size 40 hard to find size. Palladium hardware. Deep cranberry red color. Togo leather. Good condition. Includes clochette, lock, keys, and dust cover. Gua...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès Bleu Indigo Vache Liegee Birkin 35 PHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermès Bleu Indigo Vache Liegee Birkin 35 PHW SKU: 113104 Very Good Condition. Light scuffing to corners and exterior leather. Faint marks to handles. Scratching to hardware. Light m...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Black Birkin 35 Bag
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Black Birkin 35 Bag. Palladium hardware. Some wear throughout. Lots of life left. Still in good condition. Classic black color. Includes clochette, lock, keys and dust cover. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30 Blue Zanzibar Gold Hardware 2017
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Stunning Hermes Birkin 30 Blue Zanzibar Gold Hardware. Excellent Pristine Condition, Plastic on Hardware, Excellent corners and Structure. A Stamp 2017. Shop with Confidence from L...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30cm Etain Rose Gold Tin Grey Togo Bag Z Stamp, 2021
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 30cm Etain Rose Gold Tin Grey Togo Z Stamp, 2021 Etain with Rose Gold is SO PRETTY in person. Don't miss the most wanted combination this fall! Brand New in Box. Store ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 25 Rouge Casaque Verso Bag Red RARE Limited Edition Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 25cm Rouge Casaque Verso Bag Red Y Stamp, 2020 RARE Limited Edition Limited Edition Bi-Color Verso Birkin featuring Hermes' two most beloved reds! Just purchased from H...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 25cm Etain Tin Grey Rose Gold Hardware Bag Z Stamp, 2021
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 25cm Etain Tin Grey Rose Gold Hardware Bag Z Stamp, 2021 Just purchased from Hermes store; bag bears new interior 2021 Z Stamp. Brand New in Box. Store fresh. Pristine ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30cm Black Togo Gold Hardware Bag Z Stamp, 2021
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 30cm Black Togo Gold Hardware Bag Z Stamp, 2021 Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. Pristine Condition (with plastic on hardware) Just purchased from Hermes store; bag bears...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès 2011 Birkin 35cm Candy Collection Epsom Leather Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Made in France, this beautiful 2011 Hermès ‘Birkin’ 35cm Limited Edition Candy Collection handbag has been made from textured Epsom leather exterior in ‘Kiwi’ and leather interior in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hérmes 30cm Black Crocodile / Togo Birkin Touch Bag
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
The Hermés Birkin bag embodies the quintessence of style and luxury due to its impeccable design, craftsmanship, and significance. Being that it is the most iconic and desired piece ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès Birkin Togo 35 Gold tone Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Capri, IT
Hermès Birkin Togo 35 Gold tone Hardware This bag comes in a really good condition, like unworn. Togo leather in perfect condition Gold tone hardware Comes with: Dust bag, origin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin Taupe 35
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Birkin Taupe 35 Bag. Palladium hardware. Excellent condition. Very nice neutral color bag. Epsom leather. Don't miss out on this one. Includes clochette, lock, keys, and dust ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès 2012 Birkin 35cm Porosus Crocodile Leather Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Made in France, this beautiful 2012 Hermès ‘Birkin’ 35cm handbag has been made from shiny Porosus Crocodile exterior in ‘Pelouse Chevre’ green and matching leather interior, this pie...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès Feu Togo Birkin 35 PHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermès Feu Togo Birkin 35 PHW SKU: 109944 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Plastic on hardware. Faint marks to corners near base. Brand: Hermès ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Bleu Nuit Clémence Leather Birkin 35 GHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Hermès Bleu Nuit Clémence Leather Birkin 35 GHW SKU: 109737 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Condition Description: Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30cm Rouge Casaque Birkin Bag Red Epsom Gold Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 30cm Rouge Casaque Birkin Bag Red Epsom Gold Brand New in Box. Store fresh. Pristine condition (with plastic on hardware). Just purchased from Hermes store! Bag bears ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès 2010 Birkin 35cm Matte Niloticus Crocodile Leather Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Made in France, this beautiful 2010 Hermès ‘Birkin’ 35cm handbag has been made from Matte Niloticus Crocodile exterior in ‘Poussiere’ beige and matching leather interior, this piece ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès Rose Candy Collection Epsom 30 cm Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Rose Candy Collection Epsom 30 cm Birkin is in pristine unworn condition with the protective plastic intact on the hardware. In very high demand, vibrant Rose...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès Limited Edition Harlequin 35cm Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Crafted in France from soft, clemence leather, this limited edition and highly sought over Arlequin Harlequin Birkin bag by Hermès is a true testament to the quality of the house's c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès Bleu Électrique Epsom Birkin 35 PHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermès Bleu Électrique Epsom Birkin 35 PHW SKU: 110053 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Plastic on some hardware. Scuffing to corners. Light mar...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Chocolate Shiny Porosus Crocodile Leather 30cm Birkin
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Hermes Chocolate Shiny Porosus Crocodile Leather 30cm Birkin Bag. Age: 2008 Serial Number: [L] Colour is Chocolate Shiny Porosus Crocodile Two rolled top handles Signature twist...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès Parchemin Ostrich Birkin 30 GHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermès Parchemin Ostrich Birkin 30 GHW SKU: 110779 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Plastic on some hardware. Faint wear to corners. Light scrat...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30 Bag Etoupe (Taupe) Gold Hardware Togo Leather
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers a guaranteed authentic Hermes Birkin 30 bag featured in coveted neutral Etoupe with rare to find lush gold hardware. So neutral - wear this Etoupe like a black bag ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Pearl Grey Birkin 35
By Hermès
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Hermes Pearl Grey Birkin 35 in excellent condition. Rare pearl grey clemence leather exterior trimmed with silver palladium hardware. Signature triple notch top flat double strap bir...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

HERMES Blue Jean Togo leather & Palladium BIRKIN 40 Bag
By Hermès
Located in Zürich, CH
Hermès 'Birkin 40' bag in Blue Jean (light blue) Veau Togo leather with contrasting white stitching and palladium hardware. Lined in Chevre (goat skin) with an open pocket against th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès Fuchsia Ostrich Birkin 25 PHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermès Fuchsia Ostrich Birkin 25 PHW SKU: 110342 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Plastic on hardware. Light marks to corners. Brand: Hermès Mod...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Limited Edition Black & Orange Shiny Porosus Crocodile Birkin 35 PHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermès Limited Edition Black & Orange Shiny Porosus Crocodile Birkin 35 PHW SKU: 110762 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Light marks to exterior...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

HERMES Rouge de Coeur Swift leather Ecru Toile H BIRKIN 35 FRAY FRAY Tote Bag
By Hermès
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Hermès 'Burkin 35 Fray Fray' tote in Ecru (off-white) Toile H. canvas and Rouge de Coeur (red) Swift leather. with mini fringe edges. Limited edition for spring/summer...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermès Rouge H Shiny Porosus Crocodile Birkin 40 PHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermès Rouge H Shiny Porosus Crocodile Birkin 40 PHW SKU: 112665 Very Good Condition. Scuffing to corners. Cracking to handles. Scratching and tarnishing to hardware. Marks to interi...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Black Matte Mississippiensis Alligator 30cm Birkin
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Hermes Mississippiensis Alligator Leather 30cm Birkin Age: 2006 Serial Number: [J] Colour is Matt Black with Tone Stitching Two rolled top handles Signature twist-lock fasten...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 25 HSS Special Order ROUGE H Red Blue Electric Togo Palladium Hwr
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
As New, Hermes Birkin 25 HSS Special Order Bi-Color ROUGE H Red Blue Electric Togo Palladium Hardware. As New, From collectors closet. Bag has been displayed and handled but never wo...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Fuchsia Ostrich Birkin 35 GHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermès Fuchsia Ostrich Birkin 35 GHW SKU: 110986 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Plastic on some hardware. Faint mark to skin. Faint scratching...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin HSS 35 Bag Black / Turquoise Brushed Palladium Togo Leather
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers a guaranteed authentic Hermes Birkin HSS 35 bag featured in Black with Turquoise interior and piping. A stunning special order Hermes Birkin bag. Unique with rare ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

HERMES black Monsieur leather BIRKIN 30 SELLIER Tote Bag w Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Hermes 'Birkin 30 Sellier' bag in Noir (black) Veau Monsieur leather with gold-plated hardware. Lined in Chevre (goat skin) with an open pocket against the front and a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

HERMÉS Weekend "HAC " - HAUT A COURROIES 55 coll. 1978 H in circle
By Hermès
Located in Stuttgart, DE
HERMÈS weekender "HAC - HAUT A COURROIES 55", coll. 1978 ('H' in circle). Historical collector's item and rarity! The bag comes from a special vintage. Robert Dumas-Hermès (1898-197...
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1970s Luggage and Travel Bags

Hermès Birkin Touch 25cm Orange Poppy Alligator Mississippiensis GHW
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
A Rare And Exquisite Hermès Birkin 25 cm bag. The exterior of this Birkin features an orange poppy alligator Mississippiensis leather with gold hardware. The exterior is complete wit...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès Bleu Ciel Togo Birkin 35 PHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermès Bleu Ciel Togo Birkin 35 PHW SKU: 110780 Handbag Condition: Good Condition Comments: Good Condition. Heavy wear to corners. Marks to clochette. Scratching to hardware. Marks ...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Birkin 35cm Poussiere Matte Alligator Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Sydney, New South Wales
1stdibs Exclusives From Three Over Six Brand: Hermès Style: Birkin Size: 35cm Color: Matte Alligator Hardware: Palladium Stamp: 2011 P Condition: Vintage excellent: This item is ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30cm Craie Rose Gold Off White Epsom Bag Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 30cm Craie Rose Gold Off White Epsom Bag Y Stamp, 2020 Don't miss this sublime and most wanted Craie and Rose Gold Hardware combination! Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30cm "Special Order" Aztec & Confetti Chevre Brushed Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Sydney, New South Wales
Brand: Hermès Style: Birkin “Special Order" Size: 30cm Color: Blue Aztec & Rose Confetti Leather: Chevre Hardware: Brushed Gold Stamp: 2016 X Condition: Vintage excellent: This ite...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Intense Blue and Purple Epsom 30 cm Horseshoe Birkin
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Intense Blue and Purple Epsom 30 cm Horseshoe Birkin is in pristine unworn condition; the protective plastic is still intact on the hardware. Considered the ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Lipstick Red Togo 25 cm Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Lipstick Red Togo 25 cm Birkin is in pristine unworn condition with the protective plastic intact on the hardware. Highly sought after in the 25 cm silhouette,...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 35 Togo Rose Jaipur
By Hermès
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
Hermes Birkin 35 cm Togo Leather Rose Jaipur Silver Hardware Serial Number: [N] 2010
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Birkin 30cm Gold Togo Leather Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Sydney, New South Wales
Brand: Hermès Style: Birkin Sellier Size: 30cm Color: Gold Leather: Togo Hardware: Gold Year: 2021 Z Condition: Pristine, never carried: The item has never been carried and is in p...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Very Rare Hermès Birkin 30 handbag in Croco Nilo Améthyste, PHW
By Hermès
Located in Paris, Paris
Gorgeous and rare Hermes Birkin Handbag 30 cm in Niloticus Crocodile Amethyst Matt, palladium metal trim, double handle made of Crocodile Amethyst allowing a handheld Purple leather...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 35cm Gris Tourterelle Dove Grey Togo Palladium Bag NEW RARE
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 35cm Gris Tourterelle Dove Grey Togo Palladium Bag NEW The last and only New Gris Tourterelle Birkin 35cm in the market! Extremely rare discontinued cult favorite Gris ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 35 Vert Anis Green Crocodile Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Stunning Hermes Birkin 35 Vert Anis Green Crocodile Palladium Hardware. Excellent condition, light hairlines on hardware, excellent corners and structure. Shop with Confidence from...
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2010s Top Handle Bags