The Hermès Birkin Authenticity Guide: 5 Tips to Ensure the Birkin You’re Buying is Real

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The Hermès Birkin Authenticity Guide: 5 Tips to Ensure the Birkin You’re Buying is Real

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The International Hermès Birkin Price Guide

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There is no designer handbag in the world as elusive as the Hermès Birkin. The legendary French leather goods house keeps a tight lid on everything about the bag, from the best way to get one to which colors and leathers might be available in a particular size or hardware type at any given time. Among the biggest mysteries around the Hermès Birkin, though, is its pricing structure, and we’ve done some digging to clear up Birkin prices as much as we can.

Beyond general Hermès secrecy, several factors make determining Birkin prices tricky. First, the bag’s price varies widely among Hermès’s extensive leather offerings, even before you start looking at exotics. There’s also much variation between international markets, and since Birkins are sought-after worldwide, understanding how currency and location can affect what you pay is important for the brand’s high-flying clientele. There are also frequent price increases to take into account–finding an Hermès Birkin price list from a year ago likely won’t give you an accurate picture of what the bag will cost now. On top of that, pop culture media loves to inflate the Birkins price tag to bring in readers looking to gawk at the wealthy–$30,000 is often the fake price tag used, and even Fortune claims the bags start at $12,000, which is patently false.

What we’ve set out to do is create an Hermès Birkin price list for three of the most common leathers–Clemence, Togo and Epsom–in the four sizes that are commonly used as women’s handbags. Right now, we’re focusing on the US, eurozone Europe, the United Kingdom and Japan, which are the four global markets for which pricing information is most available. Below, check out our findings, pulled from both our PurseForum and price lists across the web.

The information is incomplete, but we’ll be filling it in as much as possible as we find more information. If you know any current prices that aren’t represented below, please let us know in the comments!

Prices Last Updated: July 2016

United States Dollars

Size Clemence Togo Epsom
25cm $9,400 $9,400 $9,250
30cm $10,900 $10,900 $10,800
35cm $11,900 $11,900
40cm $13,200 $13,200 $12,900

Euros

Size Clemence Togo Epsom
25cm €5900 €6000
30cm €7000 €7000 €6950
35cm €7750 €7750 €7550
40cm €8450 €8450

British Pounds

Size Clemence Togo Epsom
25cm £5310
30cm £6100
35cm £6780
40cm £7360

Japanese Yen


Size Clemence Togo Epsom
25cm
30cm ¥1,260,000
35cm ¥1,340,000 ¥1,310,000
40cm

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Five Reasons I Want an Hermes Birkin

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Few pieces in fashion cause more chatter or stronger feelings than the iconic Hermes Birkin. The look, the price, the exclusivity – love it or hate it, the bag is an attention-grabber, not to mention a beautiful piece of handbag lore. The smell coming off of a brand new leather Birkin is nearly intoxicating, and for what people pay for those bags, they probably should get you high. It’s only fair.

That being said, I’ve always had slightly mixed feelings about Hermes’s most famous bag when it comes to whether or not I want to own one myself. And as my therapist always says, it’s good to talk these things out, so join me after the jump for my personal list of pros and cons. To Birkin, or not to Birkin? That is the question.

The Pros:

1. The Hermes Birkin is the ultimate handbag.Whether or not you’re a fan of the design, the Birkin has a very special place in the fashion industry that doesn’t appear ready to change any time soon. And handbags are kind of my life at this point (that and Real Housewives, someone pass me a cocktail), so it seems only fitting that I acquire one at some point in the future, right?

2. Birkins come in virtually every leather and color combination imaginable. I’m a big fan of getting exactly what I want as often as possible (and although true, I’m not as insufferable as that makes me sound) and the laundry list of colors, leathers, sizes and hardwares that are available from Hermes appeals to the stickler in me. Forget about waiting until the right season for the right color – if you know who to ask and where to look, you can probably find the Birkin you want right now.

3. A Birkin is neutral, no matter what color it is.Come on, who’s going to question you for carrying Hermes? No one, that’s who. And if someone does, you can just tell yourself that she’s incredibly jealous, which might actually be true. Haters gonna hate, and they’re gonna hate on your bag. But if you spend that much money on something, you have every right to carry it as much or as little as you please. Even if you’re just running to Rite Aid to buy a candy bar and some hand soap.

4. I feel left out. I now live in a neighborhood where it seems like even the homeless people have Birkins and I’m starting to feel entitled to one. Why wasn’t I issued my Birkin upon entering the Upper East Side? Did I slip through a crack of some sort? It was surely a very expensive, well-bred crack, if that’s the case. But now that I’ve figure out that I was overlooked, someone needs to make this up to me. I’m just going to grab the next one that I see. What? That’ll get me arrested? And beaten by the NYPD, in all likelihood? Well then.

5. Take away the name and the prestige, and the Birkin is still a beautiful piece. It wouldn’t command the five-figure price tags if it weren’t. Prestige can get you a lot of places in the fashion industry, but the Birkin wouldn’t have been sustained this long (and Hermes wouldn’t still be growing rapidly year-on-year) if the construction and finishing of the bag weren’t impeccable. Even someone who’s not interested in fashion can look at a Birkin and tell that it’s a special piece. It just has that special aura about it, which is so hard to find in a day and age when nearly every manufacturer has moved to mass production.

The Cons:

1. They cost more than many used cars. As jaded as I am when it comes to prices in the fashion industry, five figures is still quite a strong pill to swallow. With tax, that’s the starting figure for a Birkin big enough to be carried as an everyday bag, and I can think of a lot of other ways to spend ten grand. I’m sure you can too, unless you’re the lucky lady who looks at $10,000 as though it’s pocket change. In that case…would you like to buy me a Birkin?

2. I don’t have much use for bags that sit in the crook of my arm. I already have a Celine Luggage Tote, which I love dearly and carry any time that I feel as though I should look extra fashionable. Other than that, I’m a shoulder bag and crossbody girl, through and through. That’s only been dialed up since I moved to the city and realized that arm-carried bags get heavier and heavier, the further you walk. Birkins are heavy to begin with and only get heavier when filled, so until I’m car-service rich, maybe I should consider an Hermes Jypsiere instead.

3. I’m not really in the Birkin demographic.Although I’ve seen many women my age carrying Birkins and I’m a firm believer that fashion has no age requirement so long as you’re self-confident, I’m not sure that the Birkin really fits my look. I’m more of a slouchy bag person, whereas the Birkin requires a certain sort of buttoned-up sophistication that I’ve yet to adopt. Perhaps if I worked in an office, I’d be ready for a Birkin. Maybe then I’d also have that law degree like my dad always wanted.

4. Everyone has one. Sadly, this con goes hand-in-hand with pro number four. I prefer to be ahead of the curve instead of behind it, and although the Birkin doesn’t really have a curve of which to speak, sometimes I feel as though buying one would be like pledging an exclusive sorority that doesn’t really need or want new members. I only lasted for a month in my actual sorority in college, but thankfully that didn’t cost as much as a Birkin would.

5. I’m a fickle pickle. $10,000 handbags really aren’t a great idea for someone who likes to follow her fashion whims. If I were to spend that much money on a handbag, I would be fresh out of whims for at least a year and probably resent my bag for killing all of my other options.

To me, I think the clear answer is that I don’t need a Birkin for a very, very long time. What about you – could you ever see yourself buying one? Already have a dozen in the closet? Let us know in the comments.

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HERMES BIRKIN BAGS 7 THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING YOUR FIRST BIRKIN BAG

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Congratulations on your decision to buy a Birkin bag! Some of the most important questions to address before you being your process include: “How to buy a Birkin?” “Where to buy a Birkin?” “How do you make sure it is authentic?” At PORTERO we have been selling and consigning Birkin bags for more than 10 years, and here are the 7 things you absolutely must consider when buying your first Birkin bag.


1. Authenticity

How to Buy a Birkin BagHermès Tosca Fjord Birkin 35cm with Palladium Hardware $20,850

The first thing to consider when purchasing your first Birkin bag is whether it’s authentic or not. Always buy from a reputable seller who provides lots of pictures of different angles of the bag. If the bag is authentic the seller will have nothing to hide.

2. Size

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When buying your first Birkin, consider your lifestyle. Are you a mom on the go who needs a roomy bag? Do you plan on using your Birkin mostly for travel? Perhaps you’re really loving the current mini bag trend, or maybe you’re petite and prefer a bag that doesn’t overtake your figure. Because of the many options available, consider all these factors before making your purchase.

3. Color

Where to Buy a Birkin BagHermès Rouge Vif Epsom Birkin 35cm with Palladium Hardware $8,500

Think about your wardrobe and how your Birkin fits in it. A lot of people opt for black as their very first Birkin color because it’s so versatile. However, perhaps a neutral color like Etoupe or Gold might work best for you. Maybe you want your Birkin to stand out and want to get a pop of color. Hermès has a large amount of beautiful colors you can choose from, so it’s worth spending some time researching them, and deciding on the one you’ll wear the most.

5. Hardware

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The two most popular hardware options offered by Hermès are Gold and Palladium. When picking out a hardware for your first Birkin you should consider which tone of accessories you wear the most. If you don’t care much for a matchy-matchy look, or you wear both tones the same, then hardware selection will not be an important factor. However, most women prefer one over the other.

4. Leather

Buy Hermes Birkin BagHermès Electric Blue Clemence Birkin Bag with Palladium Hardware $17,425

Hermès also offers an array of different leathers. Togo is the most popular one because it does not scratch easy and can be refurbished at the Hermès Spa to make it look like new. However, Togo is heavier than other leathers. For example, Clemence is smoother to the touch but will not hold its shape over time, this gives the bag a slouchier feel. We recommend researching the different types of leathers (and exotic skins) Hermès has available before making your decision. You can refer to our Hermès Leather Guide video for more information.

6. Price

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By now you must know Birkin bags are an investment. Though what is the best price to buy a Birkin bag? You should be prepared to spend anywhere from $7,000 to $100,000 on your first Birkin, depending on the leather (or skin), size, color and hardware of your choice. Purchasing a Birkin in the secondary market will come with a premium but will guarantee instant gratification and guarantees you will get the exact same Birkin bag you want. At the boutique you will not only have to wait, but you will be offered what they have, which may not be the bag you want. In the secondary market you also have the option of perusing pre-loved handbags that will come with a lower price tag. And always remember, if the price is too good to be true, the bag is most likely a fake.

7. Accessories

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A pre-loved Birkin may or may not come with its original orange box, but if it does it will cost you extra. An Hermès dustbag is always preferable, but you can keep you first Birkin safe in any other dust bag that is size appropriate. Before purchasing your first Birkin, be honest with yourself about how much you want the accessories, and consider if you have the appropriate room in your closet for them.

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Hermes Birkin Bag Sizes and Prices

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The Hermes Birkin bags sizes are available in 25, 30, 35, 40 and 50cm sizes. There are also two bigger models, the 45cm and 55cm, which are intended to be used as traveling bags, but these are no longer made.

The Hermes HAC is similar to the Birkin and most people cannot tell the difference. This bag comes in 27cm, 32cm and 37cm sizes and features shorter straps. It is no longer made though. But you can find some in the resale market.

Birkin Bag Sizes

Birkin 25cm
L25×H20×W13
L10xH8xW5
Price Approx: $8,000
The smallest of Birkin bags, the 25cm one, appeared in 2004. It remains a popular accessory for evening events such as dinner parties.

Birkin 30cm
L30×H22×W16
L12xH8.5xW6
Price Approx: $9,000
The 30cm Birkin has proven to be popular in certain markets because it fits more diminutive statures. Great for those looking for an evening bag look or those around 5’2″ or under.

Birkin 35cm
L35×H25×W18
L14xH10xW7
Price Approx: $10,000
The 35cm Birkin is regarded by most as the best choice and remains the most coveted bag from Hermes. For most women, the size is not overpowering, and holds a lot for our busy lifestyles.

Birkin 40cm
L40×H30×W21
L15.5xH13xW8
Price Approx: $11,000
It’s the size of the first Birkin, made by requirement of Jane Birkin. The 40cm Birkin will always be known as the original design. It is a little too big for most woman but is a great size for a man. Also great for a woman looking for more of a briefcase or a small travel bag.

Birkin 45cm
L45×H30×W19
L17.5xH12xW7.5
Price varies per Resale market
The 45cm Birkin was once the biggest model available with two types of a handle and a shoulder strap.

Birkin 50cm
L50xH?xW?
This is now the largest Birkin bag current sold by Hermes. It is clearly a travel bag and only comes in certain leathers. The price is rumored to be around $15,000. Unfortunately I cannot find the actual dimensions. The next time I’m in the store, I’ll ask and update the post.

Birkin 55cm
L21xH18xW10.5
Price Varies per Resale Market

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