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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 25 HSS Special Order ROUGE H Red Blue Electric Togo Palladium Hwr
By Hermès
Located in Miramar, 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

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

Hermes Birkin 25 Rose Eté Swift Palladium Hardware Baby D'Eté Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
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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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30cm Black Togo Rose Gold Hardware Bag Z Stamp, 2021
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 30cm Black Togo Rose Gold Hardware Bag Z Stamp, 2021 Don't miss it- Black with Rose Gold is soooo pretty! Just purchased from store; bag bears new 2021 interior Z stamp...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 35 Shinny Crocodile Bougainvillea Red Pink Palladium Hardware 2016
By Hermès
Located in Miramar, FL
Stunning 2016 X Stamp Hermes Birkin 35 Bougainvillea Red Pink Crocodile Palladium Hardware. Excellent Pristine condition, light hairlines on hardware, excellent corners and structure...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Capucine Red-Orange 30cm Togo Birkin Palladium Bag NEW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Capucine Red-Orange 30cm Togo Birkin Palladium Bag NEW Rare find in New or Never Worn, Pristine Condition (with plastic on hardware) Perfect gift! Comes in full set with lock,...
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Late 20th Century Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 35 Vert Anis Green Crocodile Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miramar, 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

Hermes Birkin 30cm Gold Camel Tan Togo Gold Hardware Bag Z Stamp, 2021
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 30cm Gold Camel Tan Togo Gold Hardware Bag Z Stamp, 2021 Just purchased from Hermes store- bag bears new 2021 interior Z Stamp! Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. Pristine ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès SS19 Ombré Haut à Courroies Cosmos HAC 50 Nuit Violet Limited Edition Bag
By Hermès
Located in San Francisco, CA
Authentic Hermès Ombré Haut à Courroies Cosmos HAC 50 Limited Edition Travel Bag shown during the Spring Summer 2019 Menswear Presentation. Exquisite gradient ombre in Blue Nuit, Vio...
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21st Century and Contemporary Luggage and Travel Bags

Hermes Birkin 35cm Rouge Casaque Blue Thalassa Bag Permabrass Candy Rare NEW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 35cm Rouge Casaque Blue Thalassa Bag Permabrass Candy Rare NEW Very rare Limited Candy Edition Birkin in Sexy Rouge Casaque! New or Never Worn. Pristine Condition (with...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

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

Hermes Birkin 25cm Black Togo Gold Hardware Bag Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 25cm Black Togo Gold Hardware Bag Y Stamp, 2020 Statement Baby Birkin! The only bag you need! Just purchased from Hermes store! Bag bears new interior 2020 Y Stamp. Bra...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin Bag 35 Black w Orange Poppy Togo Gold Hardware -
By Hermès
Located in Delray Beach, FL
HERMÈS Special order Horseshoe stamp Black togo with contrasting Orange Poppy Chevre leather interior Why buy boring black when you can standout with this VIP Special Order Descri...
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2010s Top Handle 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

Hermes Birkin 30 Sauge Sage Gray Grey Palladium Hardware 2018
By Hermès
Located in Miramar, FL
RARE Stunning Hermes Birkin 30 Sauge Sage Clemence Palladium Hardware. Excellent Pristine Condition with Plastic on Hardware. C Stamp 2018. Shop with Confidence from Lux Addicts. ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 35 Curry Yellow Bag
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Birkin 35 Curry Bag. Gold hardware. Beautiful combination. Neutral yellow tone bag. Good condition. Includes clochette, lock, keys, and dust cover. Guaranteed authentic.
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21st Century and Contemporary 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

HERMES Indigo / Noir / Frida Epsom leather BIRKIN 30 SELLIER CASAQUE Bag Gold
By Hermès
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Hermes 'Birkin 30 Sellier Casaque' bag in Bleu Indigo (blue) and Noir (black) Veau Epsom leather with gold-plated hardware. Limited to 18 pieces worldwide. Lined in Bl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Hermes Birkin Rubis 35 Bag
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Birkin Rubis 35 Bag. Palladium hardware. Pretty cranberry red color bag. Epsom leather. Good condition. Guaranteed authentic.
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21st Century and Contemporary 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

Hermès Birkin Touch 30cm Bleu Saphir/Bleu Marine Alligator/Novillo RGHW
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
An unworn limited edition Hermès Touch Birkin 30 cm bag. The exterior of this Birkin "Touch" features a bleu marine matte Mississippienis alligator and bleu saphir Taurillon Novillo ...
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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

Hermès Graphite Matte Crocodile 25 cm Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès 25 cm Graphite Matte Crocodile Birkin is in pristine unworn condition with the protective plastic intact on the hardware. Hermès bags are considered the ult...
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2010s 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

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

Hermes Birkin 30 Blue Zanzibar Gold Hardware 2017
By Hermès
Located in Miramar, 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 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 35cm Black Togo Gold Hardware Bag Z Stamp, 2021
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 35cm 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 bear...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30 Rouge Casaque Togo Bag Lipstick Red Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Rouge Casaque 30cm Birkin Lipstick Red Togo Gold Hardware Y Stamp, 2020 Don't miss this most rare and coveted red from Hermes in the most desired Togo! Just purchased from He...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès Birkin 30 Croco Porosus Lisse Fuchsia PHW
By Hermès
Located in Antwerp, BE
Hermès Birkin 30 Croco Porosus Lisse Fuchsia PHW This extremely rare and precious Hermès Birkin 30 Croco Porosus Lisse Fuchsia truly is the height of luxury. Its bright fuchsia hue ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès Birkin 30 Bleu Ciel Croco Niloticus PHW
By Hermès
Located in Antwerp, BE
Hermès Birkin 30 Bleu Ciel Croco Niloticus PHW What an absolute beauty! This exquisite Hermès Birkin in the tiny size 30 is a true gem and a very rare one as well. Crafted out of ex...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

*RARE* Hermès Birkin 35 Vert Bronze Veau Trekking PHW
By Hermès
Located in Antwerp, BE
Very rare colour, Hermès Birkin vert bronze, with just as rare leather veau trekking. This is one of the more exclusive and rare leathers from the house of Hermès. An extremely and g...
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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

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

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

*RARE HSS* Hermès Birkin 25 HSS Chèvre Bougainvillier/ Lime Interior GHW
By Hermès
Located in Antwerp, BE
*RARE HSS* Hermès Birkin 25 HSS Chèvre Bougainvillier/ Lime Interior GHW This limited edition Hermès Birkin 25 HSS Chèvre Bougainvillier bag doesn't need an introduction, because w...
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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

Hermes Rouge Birkin 35 Bag
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Rouge Birkin 35 Bag. Palladium hardware. Excellent like new condition. Togo leather. G square stamp. From 2003. Kept in dust cover. Beautiful burgundy color. Includes clochett...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Rouge Casaque Epsom Birkin 35 Bag
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Rouge Casaque Birkin 35 Bag. Bright true red color in epsom leather. Palladium hardware. Excellent condition. Looks like new. Still has plastic on hardware. Hard red color to ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 25 Sellier Bag Bleu Indigo Palladium Hardware Epsom Leather New w/
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers a guaranteed authentic Hermes Birkin Sellier 25 bag featured in chic Blue Indigo. Richly saturated and jewel toned, Hermes Bleu Indigo is gorgeous for year round we...
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2010s 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

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

Hermes Birkin 25cm Blue Nuit Jewel-Toned Navy Gold Hardware Bag Z Stamp, 2021
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Navy Blue Nuit Togo 25cm Birkin Gold Hardware Jewel-Toned Y Stamp, 2020 Just purchased from Hermes store! Bag bears new interior 2020 Y Stamp. Brand New in Box. Store fresh. P...
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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

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

Hermes Birkin 35 Blue Saint Cyr Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miramar, FL
Absolutely gorgeous Hermes Birkin 35 Blue Saint Cyr Gold Hardware. Pristine Like New Condition with all plastic on hardware and feet. Shop with Confidence from Lux Addicts. Authent...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Birkin 25 Veau Togo Rouge H GHW
By Hermès
Located in Antwerp, BE
If you're looking for the perfect Hermès Birkin 25, then you're at the right address! This warm Rouge H color can be worn throughout any season. Handcrafted from Veau Togo leather ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 25 Blue Zellige Verso Capucine Orange Bag Z Stamp, 2021
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 25 Blue Zellige Verso Capucine Orange Bag Z Stamp, 2021 Limited Edition Bi-Color Verso Birkin in gorgeous Blue Zellige and Capucine Orange! Brand New in Box. Store fres...
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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 Rouge H Red Bordeaux Birkin 30cm Togo Palladium Bag Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Rouge H 30cm Birkin Togo Palladium Y Stamp, 2020 Devastatingly gorgeous! Perfect holiday gift! Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. Pristine Condition (with plastic on hardware)....
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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 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

Hermes Birkin 30 Bamboo Bambou Green Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miramar, FL
Stunning Almost Like New Hermes Birkin 30 Bamboo Green Gold Hardware. Pristine Almost Like New Condition with Plastic on Hardware, Perfect corners and structure. Shop with Confiden...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Ocean Green Porosus Crocodile 25 cm Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Green Porosus Crocodile 25 cm Birkin is in pristine unworn condition with the protective plastic intact on the hardware. Considered by many to be the premier H...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes 35cm Black Ardennes Birkin Handbag, Year 2002
By Hermès
Located in Holland, PA
AUTHENTIC! GREAT CONDITION HERMES 35CM BLACK ARDENNES BIRKIN HANDBAG, YEAR 2002 *Please note, color may not be fully representative of handbag based on monitor and lighting. This ...
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21st Century and Contemporary 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 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 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 25 Rose Shocking Jonathan Pink Bag Z Stamp, 2021
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 25 Rose Shocking Jonathan Pink Bag Z Stamp, 2021 Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. Pristine Condition (with plastic on hardware) Perfect gift! Comes in full set with cloc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin HSS 25 Bag Vert Cypress Rose Gold Hardware Togo Leather
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers a guaranteed authentic Hermes Birkin HSS 25 bag featured in Vert Cypress with Gold interior. This rich deep green Special Order Hermes Birkin bag is accentuated wit...
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2010s Top Handle Bags