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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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2013 Hermès Crevette Clemence Leather Birkin 35cm
By Hermès
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
HERMÈS Crevette Clemence Leather Birkin 35cm Xupes Reference: HB3394 Serial Number: [Q] Age (Circa): 2013 Accompanied By: Lock, Keys, Clochette Authenticity Details: Date Stamp (Mad...
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2013 Hermès Malachite Togo Leather Birkin 35cm
By Hermès
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
HERMÈS Malachite Togo Leather Birkin 35cm Xupes Reference: HB3393 Serial Number: [Q] Age (Circa): 2013 Accompanied By: Lock, Keys, Clochette Authenticity Details: Date Stamp (Made i...
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Hermes Birkin HAC 55 Cognac Leather Gold Large Men's Travel Top Handle Tote Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Gold tone hardware Leather lining Date code present Made in France Handle drop 4" Measures 21.5" W x 17.5" H x 11" D Includes padlock, keys, clochette and dust bag 100% authe...
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Hermes Birkin 35 Milk Chocolate Brown Gold Top Handle Satchel Tote Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Gold tone hardware Leather lining Turn-lock closure Date code present Made in France Handle drop 4" Measures 14" W x 11" H x 7.5" D Includes padlock, keys and clochette 100%...
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Late 20th Century Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 35 Orange Yellow Limited Edition Gold Top Handle Satchel Tote Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Gold tone hardware Leather lining Turn-lock closure Date code present Made in France Handle drop 4" Measures 14" W x 11" H x 7.5" D Includes padlock, keys, clochette and dus...
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Hermes NEW Birkin 30 Brown Crocodile Exotic Top Handle Satchel Tote Bag in Box
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Our Newest Hermes Birkin Has Arrived. Featuring matte exotic crocodile skin leather, this Hermes Birkin 30 is one of the most coveted Birkin from the French fashion house. Featur...
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Hermes HSSBirkin 40 Bag Electric Blue / Rose Jaipur Togo Brushed Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic striking Hermes HSS Birkin 40 bag is featured in Blue Electric. This limited edtion Hermes birkin bag has Rose Jaipur Pink interior and is accentuated with rare ...
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2010s Tote Bags

Hermes NEW Birkin 30 Cream Ivory Crocodile Exotic Top Handle Satchel Tote Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Our Newest Hermes Birkin Has Arrived. Featuring matte exotic crocodile skin leather, this Hermes Birkin 30 is one of the most coveted Birkin from the French fashion house. Featur...
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Hermes Birkin 35 Gold Togo Camel Tan Gold Hardware Bag D Stamp
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Gold Togo Camel Tan 35cm Birkin Gold Hardware D Stamp Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. Pristine Condition (with plastic on hardware). Just purchased from Hermes store; bag bea...
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Hermes Ultraviolet Togo Leather Palladium Hardware Birkin 35 Bag
By Hermès
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Hermes is known for its flawless craftsmanship and high quality. The Hermes Birkin was inspired by Jane Birkin and is one of the most desired handbags in the world. A timeless classi...
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2010s Tote Bags

Hermes White Togo Leather Palladium Hardware Birkin 35 Bag
By Hermès
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
It was a significant day in the history of handbags when Jane Birkin met Jean-Louis Dumas, the Chief Executive of Hermes in 1981. The meeting led to the creation of the Birkin; a bag...
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Early 2000s Tote Bags

2017 Hermès Malachite Togo Leather Birkin 25cm
By Hermès
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
"HERMÈS Malachite Togo Leather Birkin 25cm Xupes Reference: HB3420 Serial Number: A Age (Circa): 2017 Accompanied By: Hermès Dust Bag, Box, Lock, Keys, Clochette, Rain Cover, Protec...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Hermes Birkin 35 Rose Tyrien Pink Crocodile
By Hermès
Located in Lancaster, CA
Stunning Hermès Birkin 35 Rose Tyrien Pink Crocodile. Excellent Condition with plastic on hardware with some regular signs of use. Shop with confidence from Lux Addicts. Authentici...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 35 Cognac Leather Gold Top Handle Satchel Tote Bag in Box
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Togo Leather Gold tone hardware Leather lining Turn-lock closure Date code present (2019) Made in France Handle drop 4" Measures 14" W x 11" H x 7.5" D Includes padlock, keys, cloch...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin HSS 25 Bag Gris Perle / Black Matte Alligator Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Hermes Birkin HSS 25 featured in coveted Gris Perle with dramatic Black matte Alligator. Complimented with palladium hardware. This divine jewel and easily move...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 40 Cognac Leather Silver Travel Men's Top Handle Satchel Tote
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Palladium tone hardware Leather lining Date code present Made in France Handle drop 4" Measures 15.75" W x 11.5" H x 8" D Includes original Hermes clochette, keys, padlock a...
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Late 20th Century Tote Bags

Hermes Birkin 40 Cognac Leather Silver Travel Men's Top Handle Satchel Tote II
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Palladium tone hardware Leather lining Date code present Made in France Handle drop 4" Measures 15.75" W x 11.5" H x 8" D Includes original Hermes clochette, keys, padlock ...
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Hermes Birkin HAC 40 Black Leather Palladium Men's Travel Top Handle Tote Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Palladium hardware Leather lining Date code present Made in France Handle drop 3.5" Measures 15" W x 16" H x 9" D Includes padlock, keys, clochette 100% authenticity guaran...
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Hermes Birkin 40 Orange Red Leather Silver Travel Men's Top Handle Satchel Tote
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Palladium tone hardware Leather lining Date code present Made in France Handle drop 4" Measures 15.75" W x 11.5" H x 8" D Includes original Hermes clochette, keys, padlock, ...
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Hermes Birkin 25 Bag Etoupe Neutral Togo Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
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2010s Tote Bags

Hermes Birkin 35 Limited Edition Ghillies Bag Rare Bamboo Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic rare limited edition Hermes 35 Ghillies Birkin bag featured in vibrant Bamboo. Palladium hardware, togo and swift leather. Comes with lock, keys, clochette, sle...
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Hermes Birkin 30 Capucine Orange Red Togo Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Lancaster, CA
Hermes Birkin 30 Capucine Orange Red Togo Palladium Hardware. Excellent Condition, light hairlines on hardware and excellent structure and corners. Shop with Confidence from Lux Add...
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Hermes Birkin 35 Purple Amethyst Shinny Crocodile Palladium Hardware W/ Plastic
By Hermès
Located in Lancaster, CA
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By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
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By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
• Leather • Palladium plated hardware • Leather interior • Turn lock closure • Date code present • Made in France • Handle drop 4" • Measures 11.25" W x 9.5" H x 5.75" D • Includes ...
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Hermes Birkin 40 Cognac Leather Gold Travel Men's Top Handle Satchel Tote
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
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By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
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Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Gold tone hardware Leather lining Date code present Made in France Handle drop 4" Measures 15.75" W x 11.5" H x 8" D Includes original Hermes clochette, keys and padlock 100...
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Located in Chicago, IL
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By Hermès
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Hermès Birkin 25 cm Tonal Stitching Togo Leather, the most durable leather The interior is lined with Malachite chevre and has a zip pocket with an Hermès engraved zipper pull and ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 35 Canopee Army Green Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Lancaster, CA
HERMES BIRKIN 35 CANOPEE ARMY GREEN PALLADIUM HWD EXCELLENT CONDITION. Light scratching on hardware, excellent corners. Shop with confidence from Lux Addicts. Authenticity guarante...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 35 Blue Electric Bleu Electrique Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Lancaster, CA
Hermes Birkin 35 Blue Electric Bleu Electrique Togo Gold Hardware W/ Plastic. Excellent Pristine Condition with original plastic on hardware and lock! Shop with Confidence from Lux ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 35 Blue De France Togo
By Hermès
Located in West Hollywood, CA
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin HSS 30 Bag Gris Tourterelle / Blue Sapphire Porosus Crocodile
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 35 HSS Special Oder Tri Color Graphite Blue Marine Violet Croc
By Hermès
Located in Lancaster, CA
Hermes Birkin 35 HSS Special Oder Tri Color Graphite Blue Marine Violet Crocodile. Excellent Condition Light Hairlines on Hardware some water marketing nothing major or highly notice...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 25 Gris Etain Togo Rose Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Lancaster, CA
RARE New Hermes Birkin 25 Gris Etain Togo Rose Gold Hardware. From Collectors Closet! Has been displayed but never carried out. Shop with Confidence from Lux Addicts. Authenticity ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin Micro Mini Kiwi Epsom Palladium Hwr W/ Strap
By Hermès
Located in Lancaster, CA
Ultra Rare Limited Edition Hermes Birkin Micro Mini Kiwi Epsom Palladium Hardware With Shoulder Strap. Excellent Pristine Condition. Light Hairlines on Hardware, Perfect corners and ...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermes Birkin 30 Ultraviolet Purple Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Lancaster, CA
Hermes Birkin 30 ultraviolet purple Palladium Hardware. Excellent condition, light hairlines on hardware, perfect corners and excellent structure. Shop with Confidence from Lux Addi...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30 Rouge Casaque Red Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Lancaster, CA
Hermes Birkin 30 Rouge Casaque Red Palladium Hardware. Excellent condition, light hairlines on hardware, perfect corners. Q Stamp 2013. Shop with Confidence from Lux Addicts. Authen...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30 Bleu Paon Palladium Hardware 2017
By Hermès
Located in Lancaster, CA
Hermes Birkin 30 Bleu Paon Palladium Hardware 2017. Pristine Condition with all plastic! Shop with Confidence from Lux Addicts. Authenticity Guaranteed!
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 35 Togo Craie Beige White Palladium Hardware 2016
By Hermès
Located in Lancaster, CA
Hermes Birkin 35 Togo Craie Beige White Palladium Hardware 2016. Excellent Pristine Condition, light hairlines on hardware. Shop with Confidence from Lux Addicts. Authenticity Guara...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30 HSS Special Order Blue Aztec Gris Tourterelle Chèvre Leather
By Hermès
Located in Lancaster, CA
Hermes Birkin 30 HSS Special Order Blue Aztec Gris Tourterelle Chèvre Leather. Excellent condition, light hairlines on hardware, excellent structure. O Stamp 2011. *Missing Clochette...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 35 Rose Tyrien Pink Candy Collection Rubis Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Lancaster, CA
Hermes Birkin 35 Rose Tyrien Pink Candy Collection Rubis Interior Palladium Hardware. Excellent Condition, Some scratching on hardware. Shop with Confidence from Lux Addicts. Authen...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30 Malachite Green Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Lancaster, CA
Hermes Birkin 30 Malachite Green Palladium Hardware. Excellent pristine condition, light hairlines on hardware, perfect corners and excellent structure. T Stamp 2015. Shop with Conf...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 35 Porosus Crocodile Fire Orange Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Lancaster, CA
Pristine Hermes Birkin 35 Porosus Crocodile Fire Orange Palladium Hardware. O stamp 2011. Excellent Condition Light Hairlines on Hardware. Best Price on eBay! Includes Lock, Clochet...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 25 Bougainvillea Epsom Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Lancaster, CA
Hermes Birkin 25 Bougainvillea Epsom Palladium Hardware. Excellent Pristine Condition with Plastic on Hardware. Shop with confidence from Lux Addicts. Authenticity Guaranteed!
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 40 Cognac Leather Gold Travel Men's Top Handle Satchel Tote
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Gold tone hardware Leather lining Date code present Made in France Handle drop 4" Measures 15.75" W x 11.5" H x 8" D Includes original Hermes clochette, keys and padlock 100...
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Late 20th Century Tote Bags

Hermes Birkin 35 Blue Leather Palladium Top Handle Satchel Travel Tote Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Togo Leather Palladium hardware Leather lining Date code present Made in France Handle drop 4" Measures 14" W x 10.25" H x 7" D Includes original Hermes clochette, padlock and keys ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 35 Burgundy Leather Palladium Top Handle Satchel Travel Tote Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Togo Leather Palladium hardware Leather lining Date code present Made in France Handle drop 4" Measures 14" W x 10.25" H x 7" D Includes original Hermes clochette, padlock, keys and...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 25 Feu Orange Togo Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Hermès Birkin 25 cm Togo Leather, the most durable leather Orange Feu Gold Hardware Stunning new Birkin Collection D Hermes box, tissue, lock , keys, clochette, booklet, ribbon
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Woman Birkin 35 Blue
By Hermès
Located in Milan, IT
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Mid-20th Century Top Handle Bags

Hermes Woman Birkin 35 Grey
By Hermès
Located in Milan, IT
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Mid-20th Century Top Handle Bags

Hermes Woman Birkin 40 Black
By Hermès
Located in Milan, IT
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Mid-20th Century Top Handle Bags

Hermes Woman Birkin 40 Black
By Hermès
Located in Milan, IT
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By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
The Crème de la Crème of Hermès. The most prized Hermes Birkin in the world, this beautiful Gris Cendre Hermes Birkin 30 Himalayan boasts spectacular Crocodile Niloticus skin. Bran...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

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Located in Port Saint Lucie, FL
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Hermes Birkin Bag 35cm Vintage Black Ardennes Leather 90s
By Hermès
Located in Port Saint Lucie, FL
This Birkin is a lovely example of Hermes fine craftsmanship. Made from black Ardennes leather, which is one of the more durable and resilient hides and is no longer manufactured by ...
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1990s Tote Bags

Hermes Chocolate Brown Togo Leather Birkin 30cm
By Hermès
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
HERMÈS Chocolate Brown Togo Leather Birkin 30cm Xupes Reference: CB189 Serial Number: C Age (Circa): 2018 Accompanied By: Hermès Dust Bag, Box, Lock, Keys, Clochette, Care Booklet, ...
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Located in Chicago, IL
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By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
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2010s Top Handle Bags