Falls Church News-Press: A short history: The Hermes Birkin bag is iconic. Featured and heralded as the second coming of Jesus in fashion circles since its invention, the Birkin bag is the be-all, end-all of secret luxury. Waiting lists reach into the years, the cost is outrageous, and the exclusivity is unparalleled. This is the kind of bag that is sold not just to those who can afford it, but also at the discretion of eagle-eyed sales representatives at Hermes shops worldwide. Even if you ask, and there is one available in a locked safe in the boutique’s back room, you may not be approved to even look at it.

I have been lucky enough to wear many Birkin bags in a multitude of colors over the years thanks to very generous fans, borrowing, and, as of late, by saving as if it were for a home. While on first-name basis with many boutique workers and managers, I am still relegated to queuing up like everyone else, for the hard-to-get Picasso of bags. My sources have kept an eye out for the last two years for a 35cm, orange Birkin to complete my collection. I have saved every penny possible to own this bag for two years, and it was hard for me to do so as I am a poor saver and impulse buyer of anything from oversized paper towel value packs to see-through T-shirts. In any event, for a Birkin, you sacrifice.

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