Anatomy of an It Bag: What Makes a Birkin a Birkin

The bag’s iconic status is undebatable. But what makes a Birkin a Birkin? Here, the parts that set this lusted-after carryall apart from all others.

Birkin Anatomy

By Anna Kuchinsky, Staff Writer

Enter our Bag a Birkin Giveaway today through March 30, 2013, for the chance to win your dream bag.

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March 23, 2013

Look Who Won a Birkin

Just announced: The first winner of our Bag A Birkin Giveaway

Laura & her Birkin.The excitement’s contagious. Here at Rue, we’re all buzzing about Laura, our first Birkin winner, and how adorably glowing she is with her new bag (ahem, Birkin!) in hand.

The best news for you? If you haven’t entered yet, there’s still time. We have two more Birkins to give away, so get on it.

Only 8 days left. Enter our Bag a Birkin Giveaway for a chance to win yours.

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March 22, 2013

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

Bag a Birkin

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

Enter our Bag a Birkin Giveaway today through March 30, 2013, for the chance to win your dream bag.

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March 16, 2013

Bring Home the It Bag: Our Bag a Birkin Giveaway

Because when Hermès calls, you answer

Bag a Birkin

The Birkin. It’s the object of endless fashion fantasies. And now? We’re making dreams of toting that perfectly luxe structured Hermès beauty a reality. Here’s how:

Starting today through March 30, 2013, we’re giving away a pre-loved Birkin every week. Simply invite five friends to enter the giveaway with you, and that’s it – you (and those very lucky friends) are in the running. Consider your Friend of the Year award in the bag – pun intended.

It’s seriously that easy. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to send some invites.

Enter our Bag a Birkin Giveaway March 9 – 30, 2013, for the chance to win your dream bag.

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March 9, 2013