Recently I attended the Hermés Leather Forever exhibit at the Royal Academy of London I decided to go mostly because I wanted to see a bit of Hermés history, but also because I wanted my husband to come along and see what all the fuss was about. Let's just say he has some concerns about the pricing. Well, with a Birkin and/or Kelly on my ultimate never ending wish list, I decided this would be a good place for him to learn about the complexities and intricacies associated with the historic leather goods house.
I love to read and I love to read fashion books. (Please let me know if you have any recommendations.) Since my fashion Library is growing, I need to start cataloging some of the pieces I already have. BRINGING HOME THE BIRKIN by Michael Tonello is one of my favorite reads. It's the story of a man who moves to Spain and finds himself without a job. His journey begins with an Hermés scarf he sold on eBay to make a little money. The story is amazing and his search takes him across continents shopping the World's supply of Birkin bags.
THE BOOK includes photos, personal correspondence (including a fax from Hermés), and the truth about the mythological two year waiting list. In the end, Tonello becomes one of the world's leading Hermés resellers, catering to rich women everywhere. It's
funny hilarious and full of colorful characters (read the "Hermés Store Employee Roster"), but I think the real reason I liked this book so much is because a Hermés Birkin is always on my wish list. I'm hoping one day I'll get to bring one home.