Birkin Case Closed

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After a PETA investigation at a crocodile farm in Texas, Jane Birkin demanded that Hermes remove her name from the house’s most iconic bag due to inhumane animal practices. Imagining a Birkin by any other name is almost impossible. Luckily, the Birkin-Hermes union may continue after all…

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Came across an article in ‘The Independent UK’ sitting at Heathrow that reports the news that Hermes Vows to Protect Welfare of Crocodiles (Sanguine Croc Birkin 35)

Hermes took swift action after the report and conducted a thorough investigation at the Texas farm. Hermes concluded that the unethical, slaughter process at this crocodile farm was an “isolated irregularity”. Nonetheless, Hermes stands firm on ceasing relations with this Texas supplier if unethical practices continue in the future. Last week, Hermes released a statement to the public that Jane Birkin “is satisfied with the measures taken by Hermes” and the Birkin bag will retain its namesake:

“Following the heartfelt emotion expressed by Jane Birkin and her request for explanation, Hermès in agreement with her reiterates its firm commitment in the ethical treatment of crocodiles in its partner farms.

Hermès reasserts its commitment to implement best practice in the farming of crocodiles, working with professional crocodile farmers and their attached local communities. This is in strictest compliance with international regulations.

In consultation with local regulatory organizations and associations, Hermès is resolved to evolve its current recommendations to support the development of best standards for the entire profession. In the United States, the document of reference is the Best Management Practices for Louisiana Alligator Forming. We demand that these Louisiana practices be the reference applied by all our suppliers in the U.S.A., Texas included.”

Although the Jane Birkin and Hermes spat has been resolved, Birkin’s public stance against animal cruelty has opened the door for a bigger conversation. The practices behind and the use of exotic leathers in general is still a highly controversial topic. Many activist groups continue to fight for more transparent measures in the fashion industry surrounding animal resources. However, as demonstrated by this recent Hermes incident, there are still many issues that need to be brought to the table before conditions and practices can be standardized.

Now the question goes back to you, was Hermes’ response enough? Do you feel any differently about exotic bags? Click here to join the conversation on BopTalk

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How Much Should A Decent Replica Birkin Bag Cost?

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Fake Hermes Birkin bags have always been some of the most sought-after replica bags and where there’s demand there’s also supply, which means that there are a lot of Hermes Birkin replica handbags on the market as well, with different price tags depending on their quality.

Replica Birkin Bag Front View

But this replica Birkin bag bought off AliExpress was a really pleasant surprise because it just proved that you don’t need to pay a lot for a decent replica bag! Wonder how much it cost? Here’s your answer!

It looks like some AliExpress sellers really know what they’re doing and that they can be trusted for certain brands. We’ve found one for Goyard, one for Celine and this time it’s a replica Birkin bag! The obvious advantage of buying replica bags off AliExpress.com is that they usually come with pretty cheap price tags. This could also be risky unless you go straight to a trustworthy seller.

Hermes knockoff bags come in all price ranges and even though the price should indicate the quality of the bag, it’s not always like this. My friend here has a really good point: you would expect this replica Birkin bag to have lots of flaws considering its price, but I think it will surprise you in a good way! So if you’re also looking for a fake Birkin bag on a budget you should take a look here. If you’re wondering how much do Birkin bags cost (the real ones), the answer is that they are crazy expensive!

“Hi Eva!

I just bought this replica Birkin 35 in Grey from a seller on AliExpress.The bag itself was $152 and the EMS shipping an extra 35. For this price I am rather suprised over the quality, look and feel of the bag. I have bought other replicas for around $300 and they have been far worse than this, The leather is very smoothe and nice to the touch, it is a little soft and slouchy on the sides. Like a Birkin will become over time but I like it. The stamps looks spot on and the stitching is very nice. I would love to hear your opinion on this.

I have bought other replicas on AliExpress, for example a Celiné Mini Luggage Tote and it was superb leather and almost spot on. I almost feel the same about this. I don’t mind carrying this bag around Stockolm and I think it will be difficult to see a difference from an authentic unless you look inside. It has all the stamps in the correct places on the straps as well.”

Replica Birkin Bag Back View

Replica Birkin Bag Back View

Replica Birkin Bag Stamp

Replica Birkin Bag Stamp

Replica Birkin Bag Padlock

Replica Birkin Bag Padlock

Replica Birkin Bag Engravings

Replica Birkin Bag Engravings

And this was my answer:

“As promised, here is my feedback. I do understand why you were so surprised by the quality of this replica bag given its low price. It’s true, I’ve seen more expensive replica Hermes bags that looked far worse than this.

Still, as you probably expected, this is not a perfect replica. I noticed that the stitching is sloppy especially on the two leather tabs at the back of the bag and the stamp is not that great either, the space in between the letters is not equal and the letters are unequal as well ( you can easily see how the “S” in Hermes is smaller than the other letters).

But if you say that the bag is actually made of real leather, then I will declare myself impressed! And in the end all that matters is that you love wearing your bag!

I would also like to see some photos of the interior of the bag if that’s okay with you – you made me curious: what is it about the inside that gives the bag away as a replica?

Also, can you share the name of the AliExpress seller?

Thank you for sending your review, I really appreciate it!”

Here is my friend’s answer:

“Yes I also noticed some flaws on the bag but that’s expected when I only paid $190 for it :) I have bought more expensive Birkins with far more and noticable flaws. The other day I actually walked passed the Hermés boutique in one of our department stores and when I passed by the entrence one of the SAs there popped her head outside and complimented me on my Birkin :)

Here are some pictures of the interior Eva. Thanks for your feedback! I love your blog and your feedback is amazing for us replica lovers.”

Replica Birkin Bag Top View

Replica Birkin Bag Top View

Replica Birkin Bag Interior Pocket

Replica Birkin Bag Interior Pocket

Replica Birkin Bag Inside Stitching

Replica Birkin Bag Inside Stitching

Replica Birkin Bag Interior - Side View

Replica Birkin Bag Interior – Side View

It’s true, looking at the interior of this fake Birkin bag it becomes clear that it’s a replica. But I’m not going to start criticizing it because it wouldn’t be fair and I’m one who appreciates honesty! My friend didn’t expect the bag to be perfect and it isn’t…but you can’t deny it’s good for the price! Sure, the details are not that spot on but to me it’s important that the bag was made of real leather because a bag that’s made of quality leather is a bag that lasts!

My friend is 100% right: there are many replica Hermes handbags sites that offer less quality for more money. When you buy a cheap replica Birkin bag at least you know from the start that the bag is going to have some flaws. But let’s face, it’s better to be pleasantly surprised than have high expectations and get disappointed by some shady replica site! So considering that a Hermes replica Birkin bag that cost $190 looks like this, it’s only normal to expect much more from a replica Hermes handbag that costs twice or even more! The Birkin bag cost depends not only on the quality but also on each site and seller.

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Hermès Sales Continue to Grow Because It Plays Hard-to-Get with Birkin Bags

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Although sales are slowing in the long-booming Asian luxury market, it probably won’t surprise bag lovers to hear that Hermès continues to increase its sales and meet the expectations of industry-watching analysts. It also probably won’t surprise you to hear why;Bloomberg credits the brand’s strength with the Birkin’s perpetual scarcity.

Hermès’s total sales climbed 15% in the third quarter of 2015, raking in $1.2 billion for the Paris-based brand. When you adjust for currency fluctuations, that’s 7.9%, which Bloomberg reports as right on target with analysts’ forecast of 8%. Sales in Japan in particular were up a whopping 17%, which Bloomberg attributes to the yen’s weak position against the yuan, spurring spending from Chinese tourists shopping abroad. Hermès sales also grew 2% in the Americas in the same period.

The luxury sector is having a tough time overall in Asia, partly because of anti-extravagance regulations curtailing the market in China, but Hermès has something other brands don’t (and can’t) have: the Birkin. The bags are, of course, legendarily difficult to purchase, and the scarcity of its most famous product gives Hermès a status and exclusivity that’s unrivaled in the luxury market. When dealing with wealthy consumers who have plenty of options when it comes to spending their money, that counts for a lot.

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Is This Even A Fake Birkin Bag?

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It’s amazing to see how many replica sites appear in the course of a year but not many last. I’ve recently received this review of a fake Birkin Bag and I was curious to see what this new site is all about.

Gladbuybags.com Review

You know what the thing is with these new replica websites? Even though they are not scam, most of the time they are not reputable or professional either.

This review is useful because I think many could get tempted by this replica site. They have a diverse selection of replica bags and they are pretty cheap too. I’m sure that their photos are of replica handbags and not authentic bags but at the same time they are not consistent or detailed enough.

A new friend of the blog came across this replica site in her search of a replica Hermes Birkin and here is her review:

“Hi Eva!

I recently bought my first replica bag and that’s how I found your blog. While I don’t have experience with replicas, I love fashion and I read about designer bags all the time.

I discovered this replica site through a Facebook group and I said I could give it a try because they had a 15 days return policy anyway. Now that I’ve learned more about replicas I know that the bag was actually really expensive considering the poor quality.

The experience with this site was not great which is why I even sent this Gladbuybags.com review even though I’ve already returned the bag. Paying for the bag was a hassle and contacting their customer support team was a nightmare! The payment processing page did not work when I tried to fill in my card details and it took forever to get an answer for their CS. You can only talk to them through a contact form which is really frustrating when you have a serious problem like that.

The bag arrived after 8 days and I was in shock! I don’t know what that was, but it was definitely not a Birkin! It looked so terrible, you can see it in the photos I attached! I had to pay the shipping costs and I had to send tens of messages and even threaten them to finally get my money back!

Please let other women know about this too!”

Fake Birkin Bag Front View

Fake Birkin Bag Front View

Fake Birkin Bag Inside View

Fake Birkin Bag Inside View

Fake Birkin Bag Bottom View

Fake Birkin Bag Bottom View

Fake Birkin Bag Hardware

Fake Birkin Bag Hardware

Fake Birkin Bag Defect

Fake Birkin Bag Defect

This has to be one of the worst Hermes knockoff bags I’ve ever seen! It looks more like an inspired Birkin, not a replica. I think you can find something better even in a flea market!

I’m really glad that you got your money back in the end but this replica site still looks really shady to me. I would have probably canceled my order the moment I realized they are so difficult to reach. Trustworthy replica sites are also easy to reach because they have nothing to hide. This is why I’m sure that this site will not last for long if they don’t change the way they treat their customers!

Girls, I know that things like low prices and free delivery are tempting but it’s not just about that! If they seem unprofessional and make it difficult for you to contact them, stay away!

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$221,000 Hermès Birkin Sets New Record for Handbag Auction

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A maximum price that collectors are willing to pay for a rare Hermès Birkin surely exists, but based on a Christie’s auction in Hong Kong on Monday, we have yet to find it. One bidder is now the proud owner of the pink crocodile Birkin you see above, to the tune of $221,844.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Christie’s did not reveal the identity of the bag’s new owner, who bid via phone, although the auction house did say that the majority of the auction’s bidders were private Asian collectors. The sale included 366 lots that sold for a total of nearly $6 million, which easily beat the auction’s estimate of $3.25 million. The ever-increasing amount collectors are willing to pay for bags is surprising even to those who make a business of selling them.

The bag is made of Porosus crocodile, with diamonds set into its gold hardware. The previous auction record for a handbag was $218,500 for an evening bag owned by Elizabeth Taylor, also at a Christie’s auction, according to Business of Fashion. The previous record for an Hermès bag was over $203,000 for a similar Birkin in red from Heritage Auctions in 2011.

A price ceiling for these bags exists somewhere, but as the Asian market continues to grow, it’s unlikely that we’ve found it quite yet.

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Heritage Auctions’ Super Rare Hermès Birkin Sold For $185,000

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Not long ago, we brought you the tale of one very rare bag: the Hermès Himalayan Crocodile Birkin above, complete with pavé diamond hardware. The bag, arguably the most sought-after in the world, was about to be sold at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills, and some speculated that it might break price records. It didn’t quite make it that high, but it did sell for more than a respectable family home does in many perfectly lovely areas of our fine country.

The record-holder that the Himalayan bag needed to beat was that of another diamond-encrusted crocodile Birkin sold by Heritage, that one in glossy red. It sold for over $200,000, and I still can’t figure out exactly why; it’s a beautiful bag, for sure, but it’s not one that’s known to be rarer than any other exotic, diamond-encrusted Birkin. Perhaps the wife of an oil baron just particularly liked the color.

At any rate, the person who snapped up this Himalayan can count themselves lucky; Hermès has no plans to make additional Himalayan bags available and they’re considered extremely desirable to ultra-rich bag collectors, so snagging one at any price is something of a coup.

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