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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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Hermes Birkin 30cm Celeste Birkin Sky Blue Epsom Gold Hardware Bag U Stamp, 2022
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 30cm Celeste Birkin Sky Blue Epsom Gold Hardware Bag U Stamp, 2022 Just purchased from Hermes store! Bag bears new interior 2022 U Stamp. Brand New in Box. Store fresh....
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

HERMÈS Mauve Sylvestre Clemence Leather Birkin 30cm Retourne
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Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 25 Sellier Vert Criquet Epsom Leather Gold Hardware New 2021
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Located in Miami, FL
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Rouge Red Epsom 25 cm Birkin
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Rouge Red Epsom 25 cm Birkin is in pristine unworn condition; the protective plastic is still intact on the hardware. Considered the ultimate luxury item, t...
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2010s 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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Hermès Birkin Bag 35cm Geranium Togo Leather with Gold Hardware Stamp A 2017
By Hermès
Located in Huddersfield, GB
Hermès Birkin Bag 35cm Geranium Togo Leather with Gold Hardware Stamp A_Year 2017. This bag is still in excellent condition. The leather still smells fresh as when new, and it still...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 25 Black Togo Rose Gold Hardware Bag Z Stamp, 2021
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 25 Black Togo Rose Gold Hardware Bag Z Stamp, 2021 Rose Gold hardware is so rare in production; this is the most coveted combo for fall! Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès 30cm Birkin Sellier Vert Criquet Epsom Gold Hardware 2021
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Hermès 30cm Birkin Sellier Vert Criquet Epsom Gold Hardware (Y/2021)
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès 35cm Birkin Soufre Epsom Palladium Hardware 2014
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Hermès 35cm Birkin Soufre Epsom Palladium Hardware (R/2014)
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès 40cm Birkin White Epsom Palladium Hardware 2014
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Hermès 40cm Birkin White Epsom Palladium Hardware (R/2014)
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Sage Green Togo Leather 30 cm Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Sage Togo Leather 30 cm Birkin Bag is in pristine unworn condition with the protective plastic intact on the hardware. Waitlists exceeding a year are commonpla...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 35cm Black Fray Fray Toile Swift Bag VIP Limited Z Stamp, 2021
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 35cm Black Fray Fray Toile Tote Bag VIP Limited Z Stamp, 2021 Very rare limited edition piece offered to VIP's! Just purchased from Hermes store. Bag bears new interi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30 Blue Paradise Epsom Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Stunning Hermes Birkin 30 Blue Colvert Epsom Gold Hardware. Pristine Condition, Almost Like New Plastic on Hardware, Excellent corners and Structure. Shop with Confidence from Lux A...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin Gold 30 Bag
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Gold Birkin 30 Bag. Gold hardware. Hard to find gold on gold combination. Epsom leather. Stunning bag. Amazing structure. Small white spot inside interior. Exterior look like ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Gold Birkin 30 Bag
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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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès Birkin 35 Souffre Epsom GHW
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Birkin Souffre Yellow Birkin Bag. Gold hardware. Good condition. Light yellow color in epsom leather. Rare combination. Includes clochette, lock, keys, and dust cover. Guarant...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Rouge Casaque Birkin 35 Bag
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Rouge Casaque Birkin 35 Bag. Excellent condition. Beautiful most wanted red color. Gold hardware. Beautiful combination. Includes clochette, lock, keys, and dust cover. Guaran...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès Berry Rose Crocodile 30 cm Touch Birkin
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Framboise Rose Crocodile 30 cm Touch Birkin is in pristine condition with the protective plastic intact on the hardware. A subtle way to add an exotic “touch” ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 35 Bag Black Rose Gold Hardware Togo Leather
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers a sleek classic Black Hermes Birkin 35 bag. Rich and timeless with coveted rose gold hardware. Togo leather is textured and resistant to scratches. Accompanied by l...
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Hermès Bordeaux Chevre 35 cm Birkin with Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Bordeaux Chevre 35 cm Birkin is in excellent condition. Chevre (goat hide) is a highly sought after leather as it is scratch resistant with a lovely texture. ...
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Early 2000s 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

Hermès Limited Edition Bleu Encre Swift & Epsom Tressage Birkin 35 with PHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermès Limited Edition Bleu Encre Swift & Epsom Tressage Birkin 35 with PHW SKU: 106287 This Limited Edition Birkin featured in Bleu Encre Swift leather and Bleu Du Nord and Gold E...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Rose Tyrien Epsom 35 cm Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Rose Tyrien Epsom 35 cm Birkin is in excellent plus condition. Considered the ultimate luxury item, the Hermès Birkin is stitched by hand. Waitlists are com...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Black Box Calf 30 cm Birkin with Palladium
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Black Box Calf 30 cm Birkin is in pristine unworn condition with the protective plastic intact on the hardware. Each Hermès piece is sewn by hand and waitlists ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 35cm Blue Nuit Deep Navy Togo Palladium Birkin Bag U Stamp, 2022
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 35cm Blue Nuit Deep Navy Togo Palladium Birkin Bag U Stamp, 2022 The perfect navy Birkin 35cm has arrived for spring-summer! Just purchased from Hermes store; bag bears...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 25 Capucine Orange Red Gold Hardware Z Stamp, 2021
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 25 Capucine Orange Red Gold Hardware Z Stamp, 2021 Just purchased from Hermes store; bag bears new 2021 interior Z Stamp. Brand New in Box. Store fresh. Pristine condi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30cm Gold Tan Togo Gold Hardware Bag U Stamp, 2022
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 30cm Gold Tan Togo Gold Hardware Bag U Stamp, 2022 Just purchased from Hermes store- bag bears new 2022 interior U Stamp! Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. Pristine Condit...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30 Rose Confetti Pink Epsom Leather Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
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

Hermes Birkin 30 Sellier Bronze Dore Madame Leather Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Absolutely Stunning and most coveted Sellier Birkin. New Rare Hermes Birkin 30 Sellier Bronze Dore Madame Leather Gold Hardware. 2020 Y Stamp. Includes all Accessories and Box. Sho...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30 Special Order Blue Electric Blue Sapphire Epsom Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Absolutely Stunning 1 of 1 HSS Hermes Birkin 30 Special Order Blue Electric & Blue Sapphire Epsom Leather complimented by Gold Hardware. Pristine Condition with Plastic on Hardware. ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30 Rose Extreme Pink Epsom Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Stunning As New Hermes Birkin 30 Rose Extreme Pink Epsom Gold Hardware. As New with Plastic on all Hardware and Feet, Excellent corners and Structure. D Stamp 2019. Shop with confid...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès 35cm Birkin Graphite Matte Niloticus Crocodile Palladium Hardware 2012
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30 Lime Yellow Epsom Leather Gold Hardware 2020
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Stunning As New Hermes Birkin 30 Lime Yellow Epsom Gold Hardware. As New with Plastic on Hardware and Feet, Excellent corners and Structure. Y Stamp 2020. Shop with confidence from ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 25 Poppy Orange Togo Leather Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Stunning Rare Hermes Birkin 25 Poppy Orange Togo Leather Gold Hardware. Pristine Condition with Plastic on Hardware, perfect corners and structure. 2016 X Stamp. Shop With Confiden...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin Rose Tyrien 35 Bag
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Rose Tyrien Pink Birkin 35 Bag. Stunning hot pink color bag with gold hardware. Excellent like new condition. Still has plastic on hardware. Epsom leather. Beautiful bag. Incl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Bamboo Birkin 35 Bag
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Bamboo Birkin 35 Bag. Rare bamboo green color Birkin with palladium hardware. Togo leather. Excellent like new condition. Includes clochette, lock, keys, and dust cover. Guara...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Limited Edition Hermes Toile de Camp Dechainee Canvas Birkin 35
By Hermès
Located in Philadelphia, PA
NWOT Limited Edition Hermes Toile de Camp Dechainee Canvas Black 35cm Birkin Bag in excellent condition. Black box calf leather with Toile de Camp Dechainee Canvas knotted rope print...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès 35cm Birkin Bubblegum Matte Alligator Gold Hardware 2011
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès 35cm Birkin Cargo Bleu Marine Palladium Hardware 2021
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Hermès 35cm Birkin Cargo Bleu Marine Palladium Hardware (Y/2021)
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Birkin 35cm Orange Epsom Leather Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Sydney, New South Wales
Brand: Hermès Style: Birkin Retourne Size: 35cm Color: Orange Leather: Epsom Leather Hardware: Palladium Year: 2014 R Condition: Preloved Excellent: This item is preloved. Hardware...
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2010s 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 Top Handle Bags

Hermès 25cm Birkin Alezan Togo Gold Hardware 2022
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Hermès 25cm Birkin Alezan Togo Gold Hardware (Z/2022)
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30 Bamboo Bag
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Bamboo Birkin 30 Bag. Rare green color with gold hardware. Sought after size 30. Looks brand new. Excellent condition. Don't miss out on this one. Includes clochette, lock, ke...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès Blue Crocodile 35 cm Birkin with Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Blue Crocodile 35 cm Birkin is in pristine unworn condition with the protective plastic intact on the hardware. Hermès bags are considered the ultimate luxur...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

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

Hermes Birkin Anemone 35 Bag
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Birkin Anemone 35 Bag. Nice purple color togo leather with gold hardware. Good condition. Light wear and slight slouch. Beautiful color. Includes clochette, lock, keys, and du...
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21st Century and Contemporary 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 Birkin 35 Rouge Casaque Epsom PHW
By Hermès
Located in Antwerp, BE
Hermès Birkin 35 Rouge Casaque Epsom Palladium Hardware This Birkin is one of the most sought-after handbags worldwide. This refined combination of "Rouge Casaque" red and palladium...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

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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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès Rose Candy Collection Epsom 35 cm Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Rose Candy Collection Epsom 35 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 Violet Ostrich 35 cm Birkin with Palladium
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Violet Ostrich 35 cm Birkin is in excellent condition. Hermès bags are considered the ultimate luxury item the world over. Hand stitched by skilled craftsmen, w...
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Early 2000s 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

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

Hermes Gold Birkin 35 Bag
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Gold Birkin 35 Bag. Gold tan leather color with palladium hardware. The most classic Birkin Bag. Togo leather. Excellent condition like new. Includes clochette, lock, keys and...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

1stdibs Exclusive Hermes Birkin 35cm Rubis Togo Leather Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Sydney, New South Wales
1stdibs Exclusives From Three Over Six Brand: Hermès Style: Birkin Size: 35cm Color: Rubis Leather: Togo Hardware: Gold Stamp: 2015 T Excellent Condition: The item has been used, ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 35cm Black Rose Gold Hardware Togo Bag Z Stamp, 2021
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Black Togo 35cm Birkin Rose Gold Hardware Power Birkin Z Stamp 2021 Black with Rose Gold is soooo pretty in person! Just purchased from Hermes store; bag bears new 2021 interi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30 Blue Paradis Bag
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Located in Athens, GA
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès 30cm Birkin HSS Mimosa/Bleu Paon Matte Porosus Crocodile BGHW 2015
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
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2010s Top Handle Bags

HERMES Birkin 35 Black Matt Crocodile Alligator Leather Top Handle Tote Bag
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Located in Chicago, IL
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