"Rue la la has a Birkin for $14k" was the headline.
"Well," I typed back, "they must not be real."
Now, Rue La La is a fine online establishment. I haven't visited the site in about two and a half years... But it does get some great designer things.
But a Birkin? It's hard enough to get an Hermes store to sell you one. So the likelihood of a gorgeous Birkin being for sale on a discount site like Rue La La was less likely than Kim Kardashian not whoring herself out to the media.
So I dug around in my email history for my login to the site, and went in search for this thing. Took a few minutes, but I found the page.
They indeed had an Hermes Blue Jean (my least favorite color) Birkin for sale for $14k on the site. However, as I quickly scanned the small print, I discovered that it was not a new bag.
So it was a real bag... But it has been worn and used before appearing on the site!
I have opinions about acquiring used stuff. Only certain things are okay to buy "vintage" or "used":
- Cars (I would never buy new)
- Elizabeth Taylor's Jewelry
- Anything touched by Madonna
- Some furniture (Never mattresses though - but really, do I have to write that?)
When it comes to bags, I would buy one that is vintage. However, not for $14,000! Not unless Beyonce or Grace Kelly herself carried it. And even then... I would have a very difficult time going into debt for such a thing!
If one is going to procure a Birkin, it should be brand new. And from an Hermes store. Preferably the one on Rue Saint-Honore.