Even Jane Birkin doesn’t see what the big deal is and doesn’t want to be associated with such animal cruelty to make these bags.
Honestly, I think the Birkin looks like a cute bag:
If I saw one for $1000 pre-owned, would I buy it?
Probably. It looks nice, has a good shape to it, style.. but ultimately, it is just a bag.
To me, Birkins at $10,000 a pop or higher up to $150,000 for more exotic skins are as rare as diamonds that is to say not at all.
You can find Birkins pre-owned for sale, or if you know the right people, get on this “list”.
It is just a bag and they know very well like the diamond industry does, how to limit the supply of these bags so that they SEEM rare when in fact they are not.
I find it hard to believe that there can be so much hype around this bag and frankly, I think it is just another way to show how uber rich you are. Like a Black Credit Card or something.
All that said, if you really want one and love it for the shape and look, by all means go for it!
AVOID CHEAP SUBSTITUTES
What I really don’t recommend is buying cheap substitutes (faux Birkins) or buying fake designer bags that look like Birkins from Hermes but are knockoffs.
AVOID ENTRY LEVEL LUXURY FOR THE SAKE OF IT
I also don’t recommend entry level luxury items like a Louis Vuitton Speedy just for the sake of having one, or a Chanel flap bag UNLESS YOU REALLY WANT ONE.
Stop trying to buy iconic handbags just to own an icon.
Own the handbag because you love it.
This is the reason why I tend to avoid buying iconic handbags. I like offbeat bags, I like bags that are a little different because I don’t want to be carrying an “entry level” luxury bag just to show that I have the means to do so.
I prefer independent designers, but I am not immune to iconic items like my beloved Burberry trench coat.
I hear the J. Crew version is very similar for a fraction of the price, but I take great pleasure in wearing my Burberry coat, knowing it is THE ONE I wanted, and the coat (each time I wear it), gives me great pleasure in addition to keeping the rain off me.
The only real iconic bag I’d want but can’t justify is the Givenchy Antigona in a nice, classic black.
I love the shape, the style and the look but refuse to buy it for the price tag. For now anyway.