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Birkin Bag

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Since its 1984 debut, the Birkin bag has become a coveted status symbol as much as it has an exclusive collector’s piece. The handbag is among the most expensive in the world, and the appetite for the accessory is well-known inside and outside the fashion industry.

The history of the Birkin bag owes to a chance meeting on a flight from Paris to London in 1981, when British actress, singer and model Jane Birkin found herself describing her ideal handbag to another passenger. The two travelers hadn’t properly met, so it wasn’t immediately clear that she was practically brainstorming a future product with Hermès chairman Jean-Louis Dumas. When the latter identified himself, he told the star that Hermès was prepared to produce the accessory of her dreams. A discussion followed that involved rough sketches on an Air France airsickness bag, and the Birkin was introduced three years later.

A spacious and symmetrical rectangular bag that features dual handles as compared to the trapezoidal single-handle frame of the company’s popular Kelly, the Birkin has amassed a rabidly enthusiastic fan base since its inception. Because it is so pricey and sought after, the goatskin-lined Birkin has frequently been targeted by counterfeiters, and its modest aesthetic and understated branding prevent it from being easily discernible from fakes. An array of metallic hardware fixtures, most often produced in gold or palladium, helps distinguish this dynamic handcrafted tote, and likely assisted the French police officers who broke up an international counterfeit Birkin operation in 2012.

Among the characteristics that are integral to determining a Birkin’s authenticity as well as rendering it a truly desirable collector’s item are the signature lock and accompanying keys. The latter are tucked inside a lanyard made from a single piece of leather and draped around one of the handles. There are scuff-resistant base studs, too — a defense system to shield the durable leather exterior from damage should its owner park it on a gritty sidewalk. The studs are hammered in and can’t twist off, so there isn’t any danger of the bag losing its feet.

Each tote is hand-sewn according to Hermès’s centuries-old saddle-stitching technique, and the exotic leathers — a variety that includes ostrich and crocodile — are subsequently painted and polished by house craftsmen in France. Owing to the artisan construction effort behind this globally adored accessory, it may take up to several days to produce a single Birkin bag.

Jane had to wait for hers, too.

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Hermès 35cm Birkin Bubblegum Matte Alligator GHW 2011
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Hermès 35cm Birkin Bubblegum Matte Alligator Gold Hardware (O/2011)
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Turquoise Crocodile 30 cm Birkin with Gold Hardware
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Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Blue Paon Crocodile 30 cm Birkin is in pristine unworn condition with the protective plastic intact on the hardware. Hermès bags are considered the ultimate l...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 25 Sellier Green Vert Jade Epsom Gold Hardware 2021 NEW VERY RARE
By Hermès
Located in Miramar, FL
Brand New Ultra Rare Stunning Hermès Birkin 25 Sellier Epsom Leather Vert Jade Palladium Hardware. Z Stamp 2021 Full Set. Shop with Confidence from Lux Addicts. Authenticity Guaran...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30 Blue Paradise Epsom Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miramar, FL
Stunning Hermes Birkin 30 Blue Colvert Epsom Gold Hardware. Pristine Condition, Almost Like New Plastic on Hardware, Excellent corners and Structure. Shop with Confidence from Lux A...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 25 Vert Anis Green Chèvre Leather Gold Hardware RARE
By Hermès
Located in Miramar, FL
Very Rare and the Only ONE on eBay! Hermes Birkin 25 Vert Anis Green Chèvre Leather Gold Hardware. Like New Condition with Plastic on Hardware and feet, perfect corners and structure...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30 Rose Lipstick Pink Leather Palladium Hardware Rare
By Hermès
Located in Miramar, FL
Stunning Like New Hermes Birkin 30 Rose Lipstick Palladium Hardware. Plastic on Hardware, Excellent corners and Structure. Shop with confidence from Lux Addicts. Authenticity Guaran...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30 Rose Extreme Pink Epsom Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miramar, FL
Stunning As New Hermes Birkin 30 Rose Extreme Pink Epsom Gold Hardware. As New with Plastic on all Hardware and Feet, Excellent corners and Structure. D Stamp 2019. Shop with confid...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Birkin 35 Souffre Epsom GHW
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Birkin Souffre Yellow Birkin Bag. Gold hardware. Good condition. Light yellow color in epsom leather. Rare combination. Includes clochette, lock, keys, and dust cover. Guarant...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

HERMÈS Gris Paris Matte Alligator Leather Birkin 35cm
By Hermès
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
HERMÈS Gris Paris Matte Alligator Leather Birkin 35cm Xupes Reference: JJLG088 Serial Number: [Q] Age (Circa): 2013 Accompanied By: Hermès Dust Bag, Box, Padlock, Keys, Clochette, R...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes White Birkin 35 Bag
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes White Birkin 35 Bag. Rare white Birkin with gold hardware. Sought after white in good condition. Plastic still on hardware. Includes clochette, lock, keys, and dust cover. Gua...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30 Blue Paradis Bag
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes 30 Birkin Blue Paradis Bag. Interior mykonos blue color. Candy collection. Epsom leather. Interior and exterior mint like new condition. Rare size and most wanted. Collector's...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès Birkin 30cm Feu Togo Leather Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Sydney, New South Wales
Brand: Hermès Style: Birkin Retourne Size: 30cm Color: Feu Leather: Togo Hardware: Palladium Year: 2021 Z Condition: Pristine, never carried: The item has never been carried and is...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Birkin Togo 35 Gold tone Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Capri, IT
Hermès Birkin Togo 35 Gold tone Hardware This bag comes in a really good condition, like unworn. Togo leather in perfect condition Gold tone hardware Comes with: Dust bag, origin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès Rose Tyrien Epsom 35 cm Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Rose Tyrien Epsom 35 cm Birkin is in excellent plus condition. Considered the ultimate luxury item, the Hermès Birkin is stitched by hand. Waitlists are com...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30 Lime Yellow Epsom Leather Gold Hardware 2020
By Hermès
Located in Miramar, FL
Stunning As New Hermes Birkin 30 Lime Yellow Epsom Gold Hardware. As New with Plastic on Hardware and Feet, Excellent corners and Structure. Y Stamp 2020. Shop with confidence from ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Blue Crocodile 35 cm Birkin with Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Blue Crocodile 35 cm Birkin is in pristine unworn condition with the protective plastic intact on the hardware. Hermès bags are considered the ultimate luxur...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 35cm Black Togo Gold Hardware Bag U Stamp, 2022
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 35cm Black Togo Gold Hardware Bag U Stamp, 2022 Brand New in Box. Store fresh. Pristine Condition (with plastic on hardware). Just purchased from Hermes store; bag bear...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

HERMES Birkin 35 Tan Natural Courchevel Leather Gold Top Handle Tote Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 1998 Collection Courchevel Leather Gold Hardware Measures 13.75" W x 9.75" H x 7.5" D Handle Drop 3.5" Includes Clochette, Padlock and Keys 100% Au...
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Late 20th Century Tote Bags

Limited Edition Hermes Toile de Camp Dechainee Canvas Birkin 35
By Hermès
Located in Philadelphia, PA
NWOT Limited Edition Hermes Toile de Camp Dechainee Canvas Black 35cm Birkin Bag in excellent condition. Black box calf leather with Toile de Camp Dechainee Canvas knotted rope print...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Birkin 35 Rouge Casaque Epsom PHW
By Hermès
Located in Antwerp, BE
Hermès Birkin 35 Rouge Casaque Epsom Palladium Hardware This Birkin is one of the most sought-after handbags worldwide. This refined combination of "Rouge Casaque" red and palladium...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Haut-a-Courroies (HAC) 55 Nature Canvas Body and Barenia Leather Bag 1978
By Hermès
Located in Stuttgart, DE
HERMÈS weekender "HAC - HAUT A COURROIES 55", coll. 1978 ('H' in a circle. Historical collector's item and rarity! The weekender comes from a special vintage! Robert Dumas-Hermès (1...
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1970s Luggage and Travel Bags

Hermes Birkin 30 Craie White Epsom Leather Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miramar, FL
Absolutely Stunning Like New Condition Hermes Birkin 30 Craie Epsom Complimented by Palladium Hardware. 2017 with plastic on all hardware and feet. Shop with Confidence from Lux Ad...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

HERMES Birkin 35 Tan Beige Nude Parchemin Togo Leather Palladium Tote Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 2009 Collection Parchemin Togo Leather Palladium Hardware Measures 14" W x 11" H x 7" D Handle Drop 4" Includes Clochette, Padlock, Keys, Rain Cover...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Hermes Birkin 35 Bag Emerald Porosus Crocodile Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers an Hermes Birkin 35 bag featured in Emerald Porosus Crocodile. This stunning Hermes Birkin bag is a rich jewel toned emerald and one the most collectible and rare c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 25 Blue Bleu du Nord Leather Handbag Bag Gold Hardware RARE
By Hermès
Located in Miramar, FL
ery Rare and the Only ONE on eBay! Hermes Birkin 25 Bleu du Nord Leather Gold Hardware. As New with Plastic on Hardware and feet, perfect corners and structure. Shop With Confidenc...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

HERMES Birkin 35 Black Matt Crocodile Alligator Leather Top Handle Tote Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 2011 Collection Matt Crocodile Alligator Gunmetal Hardware Measures 14" W x 9.5" H x 7" D Handle Drop 4" Includes Clochette, Keys, Padlock and Dust...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Hermès Rose Candy Collection Epsom 35 cm Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Rose Candy Collection Epsom 35 cm Birkin is in pristine unworn condition with the protective plastic intact on the hardware. In very high demand, vibrant Rose...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30 Rouge Grenat Red Clemence Leather Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miramar, FL
Stunning Hermes Birkin 30 Rouge Grenat complimented by Gold Hardware. Excellent Pristine Condition with Plastic on Hardware. 2016 X Stamp. Shop with Confidence from Lux Addicts. Au...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Chocolate Shiny Porosus Crocodile Leather 30cm Birkin
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Hermes Chocolate Shiny Porosus Crocodile Leather 30cm Birkin Bag. Age: 2008 Serial Number: [L] Colour is Chocolate Shiny Porosus Crocodile Two rolled top handles Signature twist...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 25 Bag Fauve Barenia Leather Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers a limited edition Hermes Birkin 25 bag featured in coveted Fauve Barenia with white topstitch. This prized Barenia leather Birkin is virtually impossible to find, a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 25 Bag Jaune de Naples Novillo Leather Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers an Hermes Birkin 25 bag featured in Jaune de Naples. This beautiful warm yellow is a beautiful year round color! Lush with Gold hardware. Bull leather, Taurillion N...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30 Blue Colvert Epsom Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miramar, FL
Stunning Rare Hermes Birkin 30 Blue Colvert Gold Hardware. Excellent Pristine Condition, Plastic on Hardware. Excellent corners and Structure. Shop with Confidence from Lux Addicts...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Rouge Sellier Togo Leather Birkin 25cm Retourne
By Hermès
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
"HERMÈS Rouge Sellier Togo Leather Birkin 25cm Retourne Xupes Reference: JJLG056 Serial Number: Z Age (Circa): 2021 Accompanied By: Hermès Dust Bag, Box, Protective Felt, Lock, Key...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Hermes Birkin HSS 35 Bag Etain Lime Brushed Palladium Togo
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers a rare Hermes Birkin HSS 35 bag featured in Etain with Lime interior. Etain is the most perfect medium gray and is utterly neutral. Subtle brushed palladium hardwa...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 35 Bag Blue Nuit Gold Hardware Togo Leather
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers an Hermes Birkin 35 bag featured in rich deep Bleu Nuit. This beauty comes in Togo leather with Gold hardware. Comes with lock, keys, clochette, sleeper, raincoat a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30cm Mykonos Blue Birkin Gold Hardware Bag Z Stamp, 2021
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 30cm Mykonos Blue Birkin Gold Hardware Bag Z Stamp, 2021 Just purchased from Hermes store! Bag bears new interior 2021 Z Stamp. Brand New in Box. Store fresh. Pristine ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

HERMES brown leather BIRKIN 35 Etrusque Skipper Palladium
By Hermès
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Hermès 'Birkin 35' bag in Chocolate Togo leather with palladium hardware. Lined in Chevre (goat skin) with an open pocket against the front and a zipper pocket against...
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Early 2000s Tote Bags

1stdibs Exclusive Hermes Birkin 35cm Rubis Togo Leather Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Sydney, New South Wales
1stdibs Exclusives From Three Over Six Brand: Hermès Style: Birkin Size: 35cm Color: Rubis Leather: Togo Hardware: Gold Stamp: 2015 T Excellent Condition: The item has been used, ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 25 Himalaya Matte Crocodile Exotic Top Handle Satchel Tote Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
The Crème de la Crème of Hermès. The most prized Hermes Birkin in the world, this beautiful white Hermes Birkin 25 Himalayan boasts spectacular Matte Crocodile Niloticus skin. Excel...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Hermes Birkin 25 Framboise Pink Red Leather Handbag Bag Palladium Hardware RARE
By Hermès
Located in Miramar, FL
Very Rare and the Only ONE on eBay! 2021 Z Stamp Hermes Birkin 25 Framboise Leather Palladium Hardware. Includes all accessories and Box. Shop With Confidence from Lux Addicts. Auth...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Togo Leather Rubis Birkin 35 PHW
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Hermes Togo Leather Rubis Birkin 35 PHW The most desired Hermes bag, the Birkin is a timeless style with a better investment rate than Gold! This 35, the most popular style is in a ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Camel Crocodile 35cm Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Camel Crocodile 35cm Birkin is in excellent plus condition. Incredibly rare and specially ordered, this exotic Birkin is truly stunning in neutral camel with w...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin Gold 30 Bag
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Gold Birkin 30 Bag. Gold hardware. Hard to find gold on gold combination. Epsom leather. Stunning bag. Amazing structure. Small white spot inside interior. Exterior look like ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Gold Birkin 35 Bag
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Gold Birkin 35 Bag. Palladium hardware. Clemence leather. Very good condition. Classic color and size. Includes clochette, lock, keys, and dust cover. Priced to sell quick. Gu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès Poppy Red Epsom Leather 25 cm Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Poppy Red Epsom Leather 25 cm Birkin is in pristine condition. A sensational shade of head turning lipstick red, it is perfectly paired with bright Palladium h...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Poussière Matte Alligator Birkin 35 PHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermès Poussière Matte Alligator Birkin 35 PHW SKU: 110184 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Plastic on hardware. Light scuffing to skin on base....
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 40cm HAC Gold Tan Togo Palladium Bag Z Stamp, 2021 ULTRA RARE
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 40cm HAC Gold Tan Togo Palladium Bag Z Stamp, 2021 ULTRA RARE Ultra rare Z Stamp 2021 production Gold Birkin 40 HAC! Just purchased from Hermes store; bag bears new 202...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Chocolate Shiny Porosus Crocodile Leather 30cm Birkin
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Hermes Chocolate Shiny Porosus Crocodile Leather 30cm Birkin Bag. Age: 2008 Serial Number: [L] Colour is Chocolate Shiny Porosus Crocodile Two rolled top handles Signature twist...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hérmes 30cm Veau Epsom Birkin Bag
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
The Hermés Birkin bag embodies the quintessence of style and luxury due to its impeccable design, craftsmanship, and significance. Being that it is the most iconic and desired piece ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès Parchemin Ostrich Birkin 30 GHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermès Parchemin Ostrich Birkin 30 GHW SKU: 110779 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Plastic on some hardware. Faint wear to corners. Light scrat...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Kelly 28 Sellier Kellygraphie Capucine Ambre Blue Obscure Letter R
By Hermès
Located in Miramar, FL
Ultra Rare Stunning As New, Limited Edition Hermes Kelly 28 Sellier Epsom Chevre Mysore Sombrero Kellygraphie Lettre M Capucine Bleu Obscure Ambre. Shop with Confidence from Lux A...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermes Feu Orange Birkin 35 Bag
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Feu Orange Birkin 35 Bag. Gold hardware. Good condition. Togo leather. Brighter orange color. Clean interior. Includes clochette, lock, keys, and dust cover. Guaranteed authen...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30 Matte Alligator Black Bag Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers a rare Hermes Birkin 30 bag featured in Black matte alligator. Lush with gold hardware. Classic and timeless this beautiful Hermes bag takes you from to evening in ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes 35cm Black Ardennes Birkin Handbag, Year 2002
By Hermès
Located in Holland, PA
AUTHENTIC! GREAT CONDITION HERMES 35CM BLACK ARDENNES BIRKIN HANDBAG, YEAR 2002 *Please note, color may not be fully representative of handbag based on monitor and lighting. This ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermés Birkin 35 Gold Togo Leather Bag With Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
This unique Hermés bag is made from exquisite Togo leather and it is accentuated with luxurious gold hardware. The beautuful shade of light brown color it is called Gold and it easy ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès JPG Shoulder Birkin 42 Chocolat Togo PHW
By Hermès
Located in Antwerp, BE
Hermès JPG Shoulder Birkin 42 Chocolat Togo PHW Sold out worldwide! One of the most iconic bags, the Hermès Shoulder Birkin 42 will make a stand-out addition to your bag collection....
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30cm Gris Meyer Rose Gold Grey Togo Bag U Stamp, 2022
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 30cm Gris Meyer Rose Gold Grey Togo Bag U Stamp, 2022 Gris Meyer with Rose Gold is SO PRETTY in person! Don't miss this perfect new neutral shade with rare Rose Gold! B...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

HERMES NEW Birkin 25 Dark Blue Ostrich Exotic Rose Gold Top Handle Tote Bag
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Located in Chicago, IL
New Condition From 2020 Collection Bleu Indigo Ostrich Rose Gold Hardware Measures 10" W x 8.25" H x 5.25" D Handle Drop 2.5" Includes Clochette, Padlock, Keys, Rain Cover, Dust Bag...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Hermes Birkin Anemone 35 Bag
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Located in Athens, GA
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès Bleu Ciel Togo Birkin 35 PHW
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Located in New York, NY
Hermès Bleu Ciel Togo Birkin 35 PHW SKU: 110780 Handbag Condition: Good Condition Comments: Good Condition. Heavy wear to corners. Marks to clochette. Scratching to hardware. Marks ...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags