Bringing Home the Birkin: My Life in Hot Pursuit of the World's Most Coveted Handbag
For more than twenty years, the Hermés 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. . . .
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
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
Though the book got off to something of a slow start for me, by the time he got to writing about sticker s ...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
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
Tonello, however, came up with a "formula" to byp ...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
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!
by Michael Tonello
3.5 Stars (I rounded up because I enjoyed the writing)
A guilty pleasure
After just finishing a heavy book, I turned to this book expecting a light read — and maybe even enlightenment on how to wrench a Birkin bag out of the tight fists of the snooty French Hermès company, since I know a woman who has been trying to buy one of these super-sought-after bags, yet despite having the cash, ...more
The appeal of this one, for me, was the peek it offered into the unbelievable world of the ultra-rich Hermes clientele. Most folks don't have $20K to drop on a car or a house down payment, let alone a handbag. ...more
Buku ini menceritakan petualangan penulis berburu Birkin bag. Dengan cara coba-coba penulis akhirnya menemuka ...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