Hermes Birkin Review: Reasons To Want And Not Want

The best and the worst
By: agnes
March 17, 2022

Did you know that the Hermes Birkin was first introduced back in 1984? That’s more than three decades and it has since become the symbol of wealth. It’s also one of the top luxury bags that women look for these days. Due to its rarity, there’s a long waiting list should you ever want to get your hands on the Hermes Birkin. Furthermore, alongside plain colours, the Birkin also comes in unique skins and jewels. However, these cost way more than the normal ones and are produced in fewer numbers. If you’re interested in splurging for a Hermes Birkin, it’s important to know if it’s worth all that money. Therefore, here at Glitz, we’re giving you a full Hermes Birkin review plus the reasons you’ll want one and why you won’t.

History Of Hermes Birkin

On a journey from Paris to London in 1984, Hermès CEO Jean-Louis Dumas was sitting next to Jane Birkin. Birkin had just stowed her straw travel bag in the overhead locker for her seat when the contents spilt out onto the deck, forcing her to scurry to replace them. Birkin told Dumas that finding a leather weekend bag she adored had been tough.

Dumas was inspired by this experience to develop a supple black leather purse based on an earlier Hermès creation, the Haut à Courroies, from approximately 1900. Birkin had intended to use the bag, but she changed her mind because she was holding too much in it. Nonetheless, the bag has been a prestige symbol since the late 1980s, despite the fact that aftermarket resales have made it much easier to obtain.

Hermes Birkin Review: Reasons To Want

1. Looks Luxurious Every Time

The great thing that we noticed when we did the Hermes Birkin review was how long the bag lasted. As women ourselves, bags are something we carry every single day. Therefore, it’s normal for our bags to get worn out after a long time. Nevertheless, the Hermes Birkin still looks luxurious even after years of wear. Due to this, it’s understandable that people would want to splurge on such an expensive bag. After all, you get what you pay for and this is a testament to every other bag that Hermes produces.

2. Gets Attention

A Hermes Birkin is not an easy bag to get your hands on. Thus, when you do, people notice and pay attention. If you’re looking for a statement item to show that you’ve arrived, the Hermes Birkin is your answer. You can go for a brightly coloured Birkin that can complete any outfit you choose or go for limited edition ones. However, we recommend that you use the unique editions for events or dinners, as they seem to suit those settings better. But no matter where you choose to take these bags with you, rest assured that it gets attention all the time.

3. Saturated Colour

Pic Cred: Collectorsquare

Have you ever gotten a bag that doesn’t have the same saturated colour all around? Truth be told, we have. In addition, the colour fades over time and leaves us with patches throughout the bag. Well, one thing we noticed in our Hermes Birkin review is that this doesn’t happen. Hermes Birkins are always saturated with colour and is even throughout the bag. Furthermore, there are a wide array of colours for you to choose from. Whether you prefer something on the darker side or a candy hue, the Hermes Birkin has it all. Trust us when we say you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a Hermes Birkin.

Why You Wouldn’t Want A Hermes Birkin

1. Handle Design

Here’s one thing we realised in our Hermes Birkin review: there’s no other way to carry it. That’s right, you’re only able to carry the Hermes Birkin by your hand or on your forearm. You are not able to swing it around your shoulders or sling it. Therefore, if you’re someone who carries a lot of other things when commuting to work, this is probably not ideal for you. Imagine having to carry your laptop on one side and trying your hardest to find your house keys. It’s a hassle and can be a nuisance, which will defeat the purpose of buying such an expensive item.

2. The Birkin Is Heavy!

Surprise, surprise – we bet you didn’t know that the Birkin is one heavy item. An empty Birkin can weigh up to 1kg on its own. Thus, it becomes difficult when you start filling it up with your essential items. Now some of you may think that the weight does not matter. After all, women are used to carrying heavy handbags. However, in the long run, it will surely wear you out. Soon after, having to decide what to carry and what not to carry will become a hassle. Therefore, if you’re someone who prefers to go light especially when you’re on the go should probably not buy the Hermes Birkin.

3. Price Point Is Too High

There’s no easy way to put this, a Hermes Birkin is expensive. A Hermes Birkin is known to be around US$12,000 to US$18,000. That’s approximately RM50,000 to RM75,000 for a single handbag! And while many may argue that it’s a great investment, we’re pretty sure that you can get a whole lot of others for a cheaper price. Furthermore, when you purchase a bag that’s so expensive, it’s normal to be extra cautious. Thus, you won’t really be enjoying the full experience of the bag because you will be so worried about ruining it. Even the slightest stain would make you panic. So here’s what we suggest: if you’ve got the money to splurge then go for it. But if you’re looking for a good everyday bag, we think there are more suitable ones out there. 

Hermes Birkin Fun Facts

  • The most expensive Hermes Birkin bags are made from saltwater crocodile skin.
  • Every bag is lined with goatskin.
  • Hermes offers spa treatments for your Hermes Birkin.
  • The Hermes Birkin comes with a lock and key.

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