If you are a fan of Hermès, chances are, you’ve had to experience going into your nearest store only to leave baffled at how to simply get your hands on one of their most sought after products, a Birkin or a Kelly. You’ve probably been told that ‘there are none in stock’ or you have to put your name on a list which has no time limit.
The two bag designs have been around for some time now, with the Birkin being introduced over 30 years ago. However, their popularity has not slowed down. Still considered an ‘it’ bag and fashion icon, celebrities such as Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian own several versions of the world’s most exclusive handbag. Here is how you can get your hands on one:
Know a Sales Associate.
If you are a trusted Hermès customer, who has invested in their jewellery, scarves and perfumes then you are likely to eventually be presented with a Birkin or Kelly. However, this can be a lengthy process as the Sales Associate in the store will ultimately decide when to let you know that the bag is in stock. One customer said that she had to wait eighteen months and buy countless items from the store before being presented with a Birkin. This option might take a while and cost quite a lot, but it is one of the ways to get your hands on this highly sought after bag.
Dress for the occasion.
When you to go a Hermès store, they will ultimately want to know if you are a serious buyer. Obviously, there is no way to actually tell if this is the case, so they often go based on what you are wearing (or carrying); so if you already have a designer handbag, it might be best to wear it. However, don’t go over the top and look like your about to walk the runway, as it’s likely this isn’t going to work in your favour.
Know a buyer.
If you have a friend or family member who own a Birkin or Kelly, it’s worth paying a visit to the store with them in tow. If they can introduce you to the Sales Associate, that will go down even better. This way you can built a rapport much easier and will likely speed up your chances of being presented with your dream bag.
Look at Auction Houses.
Famous auction houses such as Christie's and Heritage sometimes have Birkin's and Kelly's on offer, so it's worth having a look there. The selection may be small but it is a less time consuming solution!
One of the easiest and fastest ways to bag a Birkin or a Kelly is simply to go online. The pre-loved offering continues to grow and you are likely to have a much better choice of colours and hardware this way than you would in store. The only thing to watch out for is the authenticity of these items, always buy from a reputable online retailer who guarantees the authenticity, like Bagista. Often online stores will have a range of pre-loved and new Birkin’s or Kelly’s, so you can always choose a new one if you are hesitant to buy pre-loved. This is one way to avoid having to go through the hard graft it takes to buy one of these highly coveted handbags from a Hermès Boutique!
The good news is, Birkin’s and Kelly’s are absolutely worth the wait, and once you have the bag of your dreams, you will never look back!
The Birkin Bag
The Kelly Bag