Bringing Home the Birkin: My Life in Hot Pursuit of the World's Most Coveted Handbag
For more than twenty years, the Hermes Birkin bag has been the iconic symbol of fashion, luxury, and wealth. With a fabled waiting list of more than two years to purchase one, the average fashionista has a better chance of climbing Mount Everest in Prada pumps than of possessing this coveted carryall. Unless, of course, she happens to know Michael Tonello. . . .
In a funny, whip-smart memoir sure to be a sensation among Vogue and W devotees, erstwhile hair and makeup artist Tonello (now a columnist for HuffingtonPost.com) chronicles a surprising (even to him!) trans-Atlantic move from Provincetown, R.I. to a city he’d fallen in love with on a short trip: Barcelona, where he knows no one and doesn’t speak the language. Tonello’s initial euphoria dissolves when his new job fails to materialize. To stay afloat, Tonello starts...more
So are you familiar already with what's known as the Birkin bag? It's the product of Hermés, one of those European "designer boutiques" that exists for no other reason than to severely overcharge rich people with self-esteem issues; you know, one of those places that sells hundred-dollar handkerchiefs...more
Tonello, however, came up with a "formula" to byp...more
It's light, funny, and the story draws you along. The characterisations are fantastic - it's easy to view people and scenes in your mind's eye (important to me!). Michael Tonello doesn't take himself too seriously and better still, knew when to give it all up.
It's going on the shelf as a re-read. A keeper - for at least a while, and I'm off...more
I'd also recommend it if you're interested in traveling to Europe just because it gives an American's insight into being dumped into land...more
Though the book got off to something of a slow start for me, by the time he got to writing about sticker s...more
This was a cute story (I'm sure the author will cringe at my use of the word "cute", but that's how I felt about it). I'm not one for chick-lit and would not have thought to read this if it hadn't been given to me, but I'm glad I did.
This story was quite anecdotal in parts. It didn't feel forced at all or take itself too seri...more
This is coming from someone with a strong handbag fetish...I cannot believe people pay such ridiculous amounts of money for a status handbag. Thousands of dollars! You could buy a car instead...and a NICE one. But apparently some rich ladies (and men) collect them like some the rest of...more
A great quick read filled with humor and enviable (and sometimes not so enviable) tales of great handbag pursuit.
The Birkin will still remain elusive and mythological to me but it was a great read to hear Michael's adventures. I couldn't imagine having all that Hermes merchandise passing through my hands!
Quick, fun and fabulous!
I love the authors writing style and storytelling talent. This book is fun and funny, interesting and international.
This is a book that only comes around once in a lifetime!
Michael Tonello went where no man had dared to go. He was the first and the last maverick
in the history of Hermes;to round up such a herd of hides.
Oh, and the cover of the book is too wonderful to hide on a shelf!
It's a memoir about how Michael Tonello learned he could make a tidy profit by buying Hermes products in pers...more
Buku ini menceritakan petualangan penulis berburu Birkin bag. Dengan cara coba-coba penulis akhirnya menemuka...more
Actually, my children saw me smiling and laughing so much while readin...more
That in essence is what this book is about. The author decided to move...more
By Michael Tonello
* Hardcover: 272 pages
* Publisher: William Morrow [April 22, 2008]
* ISBN-10: 0061473332
First, this isn’t a YA book. Thought I’d give ‘ya a heads up. I found it on the shelf at the library under New Books the other day, and I sat down and started reading it. I left five hours later, having finished it.
The book is a nonfiction memoir, and the author recounts how, in a period of about five years...more
He writes so conversationally. Each chapter was like sitting down with a friend over some yummy cake and ice cream and having your friend tell you all about his latest adventure.
The book is a fun read but I'm terrified of the prices of a Hermes bag! Scray! I would love try out h...more