Okay, we knew the recession had hit the It Bag market hard, but we never imagined we would see the day when Hermes would abolish the infamous waiting lists for its Birkin bags.
The waiting lists, which would previously have seen customers facing delays of up to three years to receive one of the handmade, made-to-order luxury handbags, were so legendary that they formed the plot-line of an episode of Sex and The City (remember when Samantha attempts to use actress Lucy Liu’s name to jump the Birkin waiting list). And two years ago, Michael Tonello, who works full time sourcing Birkin bags for his rich and famous clientele published his memoir Bringing Home The Bacon – My Life in Pursuit of the World’s Hottest Bag, which quickly became a cult hit amongst fashion fanatics.
But today, shopping blog Shefinds.com has reported that an Hermes boutique in the US confirmed that signing up to a waiting list is no longer necessary “they told us we could walk right in and get one today” claims the blog.
Of course, with prices for the Birkin starting at £4,200 for a basic leather model, and rocketing to up to £80,000 for a crocodile version, we can’t help thinking that the waiting lists weren’t exactly the biggest barrier to attaining one in the first place.
But there’s no denying that, as of today, the iconic bag that was once so tantalisingly out of reach, is now just that little bit more accessible. Question is, will Birkin devotees like Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs and Jane Birkin herself, ditch the bag now that they’re so much easier to get hold of?
To add insult to injury, last week, Lady Gaga was pictured carrying her own white Birkin bag that had been scrawled all over in black marker pen.
Is nothing sacred anymore?
[SheFinds] via [The Cut]