How I Scored My First Birkin

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For years, I toyed with the idea of “building my profile” to purchase a Hermes Birkin bag. Yes, one must build a profile with Hermes and be offered the elusive and exclusive Birkin bag. I am a member of many handbag groups and have a close-up view daily of the members and their beautiful bags. Seeing the women with their bags, many of whom own several Hermes Birkin and Hermes Kelly bags, spurred me to action.  I decided I loved the bags and wanted to get into the game and I finally decided I was ready to build my own profile.


I purchased my first item, a belt kit, from Hermes in January 2015. At the time, Since I am impatient, I still wasn’t convinced that I wanted to go through the process and wait of building a profile. It would be December 2015 before I purchased another item from Hermes. As much as I loved the bag, I still wasn’t convinced that I wanted to spend thousands of dollars on the chance that I would be offered a Birkin.


It wasn’t until December 7, 2015, that I was convinced I wanted to build my profile and patiently wait to be offered a Birkin. During that time, I was offered several bags by resellers, but I wanted my own Hermes experience. I wanted a brand new and fresh bag straight from the Boutique. I decided I would rather spend the money to build my profile than pay a reseller over retail or the same as retail for a preloved bag.


I visited the Hermes store in Honolulu and purchased a twilly and a belt strap. While there, I asked if they had any Birkins. They asked my name and came back and said they didn’t have any. I’m quite sure they were checking my purchase history. Over the course of the year, l visited the Las Vegas, Beverly Hills, and Denver Boutiques. Still, no Birkin. However, the last store I visited, in October 2016, I made a small purchase and asked for a Birkin. The kind gentleman took my name and I was almost certain he was going to the back room to get a bag. Nope! That wasn’t the case. I left only with the cute items I purchased.


By this time, I decided, I am too impatient to wait and enlisted the help of a girlfriend who is a Hermes VIP. Because she loves me, she decided that she would purchase a bag for me. We were all set to purchase the bag in January 2017. She is a serious Hermes collector so I wasn’t surprised when she called and said, “I ended up buying something for myself” but I will get your bag in two weeks. While I was a little disappointed, I knew she would eventually get the bag for me so I was fine with waiting. I wanted the bag for my birthday which was February so the timing would be perfect.  Luckily for me, we never made it to February. On Monday, January 23, 2017, I received the telephone call that every handbag lover and collector wants to receive! My Sales Associate called and offered me a Birkin!


Thursday, January 26, 2017 is a day I will never forget! I got the experience! I picked up by Brand New Etoupe, 35cm Hermes Birkin Bag and several other goodies!

Tags: Hermes, Birkin, Farandole, Twilly

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