Controversial: Has The Hermes Birkin Bag Lost Its Appeal?


During my hunt for inspiration, I came across an interesting article. The writer made me stop and think. Of course as a Hermes fan, I am totally against it. But who knows what you might think. His article started with the headline: ‘’Has Hermes Birkin Bag lost its appeal?’’ and on the top of that, he supported his opinion with a few strong convincing points. Well, is he right?

A few bullets:

• If Birkin was so expensive and hard to get, why do so many woman – and men carry them?
• Too many people who are not fashionable have it. And they carry it everywhere.
• A Birkin cost thousands of dollars. It represent success, achievement and status.

In some way, I do agree with the writer. Why do so many actually carry Birkin and why are they available in all kinds of colors, shapes and materials. From what I heard, Celine has a serious buyer restrictions. Some people are saying that you can only buy one Celine bag in x amount of time, and they track you! But why? Because Celine doesn’t want their bags to end up on Ebay or in a luxury bag store selling for a premium price. Isn’t it time for Birkin to limit their supply, so that the proud owner can say: ‘I have a Birkin, and it’s hard-to-get’’.


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  • Jaceline


    Yes. The Birkin bag has lost its appeal. I purchased my first Hermes Kelly in the early 80s at the Rue Faubourg flagship in Paris. I walked in, chose the bag, paid and walked out. Same with the Birkin I purchased a number of years later. There was no drama, no wait (unless you wanted a custom bag), and the general public had no idea what they were. Fast forward almost 20 years. Hermès has become like DeBeers, trying to control the market hold on to brand status. Sadly, every D list pseudo celebrity and “influencer” manages to snag a Birkin. Fakes abound. Ridiculous Instagram Birkinmania has ensued. The Kardashians and the ex-strippers alone have ruined its appeal for me. It is an elegant bag now seen on the arms of many inelegant women. I still carry mine, but not as often. I’ve switched to other, under the radar Hermès models.

    March 30, 2021
  • Melissa1360


    Has the Birkin Bag Lost it’s appeal; Absolutely! I have been trying to building and collect a serious Designer closet collection for the past 10 years and a Birkin has always been at the top of the list. At $8K to wait for one, I have always hesitated to put my name on the wait list and now, more than ever, I am so glad I didn’t waste my money. What’s changed my mind is it’s not how many you see, IT’S LOOK AT WHO’S CARRYING THEM. Regarding Celine. It’s not possible to track the sale of 1 person buying Celine bags because you can buy them at, of course their boutiques, but also at Barney’s, Neiman’s, Bergdorf’s and a lot of other great privately healed boutiques across the county. I actually bought 4 different Celine bags in 1 year and nobody has said a word to me about it or denied me the purchase.

    July 31, 2013
    • Alex


      Hi Mellisa, you shared some high-value information that needs to be featured in our next newsletter. You are absolutely right, Birkin has been a headache for a lot people in our community, hard-to-get, even when the SA has the bag in store, they do not always show, thanks for your input.

      August 2, 2013
  • Anchal


    I recently came across your website and as I read more and more articles I’m falling deeper in love! You have many of my favourite designers and when I am on the look out to make a new designer purchase I always go with a new bag! These articles are a huge help so thank you, you’re doing a wonderful job! 🙂

    May 26, 2013
  • Linh


    There seems to be a lot out but that’s because a lot of people carry fakes. The birkin has a wait list I’m currently on it still waiting for that call. The SA also says it’s one bag per person per year.

    March 13, 2013
  • Hueyjin


    Although its a bag I wanna get because its premium pricetag also means success and achievement. But the number of people carry it, compared to years ago, have greatly increase. (But I also do heard of people buying it and be in credit card debt.)

    March 7, 2013
  • Julian


    It still takes at least 5 grand or more to buy Birkin. That’s a year saving for many people, not many people can buy them!

    March 6, 2013

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