Highlights from Our Chat with Author and Birkin Guru, Michael Tonello

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We all know the power of a Birkin, but no one knows it better than Michael Tonello, author of Bringing Home the BirkinHe’s beloved in the luxuries market – particularly for his work with the iconic Hermès bag. Here, some highlights from our chat with him. Read the full interview here.

What’s the craziest thing you had to do in order to deliver a Birkin to a client?
I once sold a Birkin to a client, but the sale was predicated upon me being able to “deliver it by tomorrow at 11AM” in Nice, France. She was about to board a private yacht for a three-week cruise. I was in Barcelona at the time, so I rented a nice car and drove like the wind.

Say you’ve found a pre-loved Hermès bag. What are three tricks to determine it’s real?
The single most important factor is the stitching. The bag should be saddle stitch with linen thread that has been coated with beeswax. Fakes are typically made with polyester thread and entirely machine stitched. The Hermès logo and font are also tough to replicate exactly. Finally, the interior stitching and craftsmanship of the bag should be as nice and clean as the exterior.

By Anna Kuchinsky, Staff Writer

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March 16, 2013