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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. Its history 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 coveted, 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.

Hermes Birkin Bag

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Hermès Fuchsia Ostrich Birkin 25 PHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermès Fuchsia Ostrich Birkin 25 PHW SKU: 110342 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Plastic on hardware. Light marks to corners. Brand: Hermès Mod...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Graphite Shiny Porosus Crocodile Birkin 35 PHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermès Graphite Shiny Porosus Crocodile Birkin 35 PHW SKU: 110345 Handbag Condition: Mint Condition Comments: Mint Condition. Plastic on most hardware. No visible signs of wear. Bra...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Gris Tourterelle Shiny Niloticus Crocodile Birkin 30 PHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermès Gris Tourterelle Shiny Niloticus Crocodile Birkin 30 PHW SKU: 110546 Handbag Condition: Excellent Condition Comments: Excellent Condition. Plastic on most hardware. Final sal...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Vert Anis Ostrich Birkin 30 PHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermès Vert Anis Ostrich Birkin 30 PHW SKU: 110547 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Partial plastic on hardware. Light marks and discoloration t...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30 HSS Special Order Blue Electric Anemone Brushed Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Like New Rare Hermes Birkin 30 HSS Special Order Blue Electric Anemone Purple Epsom Leather Brushed Gold Hardware. Shop with Confidence from Lux Addicts. Authenticity Guaranteed!
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Limited Edition Celeste & Mykonos Epsom Candy Birkin 35 PHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermès Limited Edition Celeste & Mykonos Epsom Candy Birkin 35 PHW SKU: 110052 Handbag Condition: Good Condition Comments: Good Condition. Scuffing to corners. Light discoloration t...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes NEW IN BOX 35cm Red Clemence Leather 35cm Birkin Bag PHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes NEW IN BOX 35cm Red Clemence Leather 35cm Birkin Bag PHW Made In: France Year of Production: 2013 Color: Red Hardware: Palladium Materials: Clemence leather Lining: Chevre le...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès Limited Edition Black & Orange Shiny Porosus Crocodile Birkin 35 PHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermès Limited Edition Black & Orange Shiny Porosus Crocodile Birkin 35 PHW SKU: 110762 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Light marks to exterior...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Tangerine Shiny Lizard Birkin 25 PHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermès Tangerine Shiny Lizard Birkin 25 PHW SKU: 110764 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Plastic on most hardware. Faint marks to interior. Bran...
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Early 2000s 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 35 Malachite Green Togo Leather Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
RARE HERMES BIRKIN 35 MALACHITE TOGO GOLD HARDWARE. Pristine Condition light hairlines on hardware excellent corners and structure. X Stamp 2016. Shop with Confidence from Lux Addic...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Feu Togo Birkin 35 PHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermès Feu Togo Birkin 35 PHW SKU: 109944 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Plastic on hardware. Faint marks to corners near base. Brand: Hermès ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès HSS Tricolor Togo Birkin 35 PHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermès HSS Tricolor Togo Birkin 35 PHW SKU: 110022 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Scuffing to corners. Faint cracking to handles. Scratching t...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Bleu Électrique Epsom Birkin 35 PHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermès Bleu Électrique Epsom Birkin 35 PHW SKU: 110053 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Plastic on some hardware. Scuffing to corners. Light mar...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 25 Capucine Red Orange Togo Bag NEW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 25 Capucine Red Orange Togo Bag NEW New or Never Worn. Pristine condition (plastic on hardware). Perfect gift! Comes full set with keys, lock, clochette, a sleeper for...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 25 Anemone Orchid Purple Gold Hardware Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 25 Anemone Orchid Purple Gold Hardware Y Stamp, 2020 Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. Pristine Condition (with plastic on hardware) Perfect gift! Comes in full set with ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 35 Bag Etoupe Gold Hardware Togo Leather Neutral Taupe
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers a guaranteed authentic Hermes Birkin 35 bag featured in Etoupe. Luscious with rare to find gold hardware. Supple Togo is scratch resistant and butter soft to the to...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 25 Classic Hermes Orange Gold Hardware Bag RARE NEW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 25cm Classic Hermes Orange Gold Hardware Bag RARE NEW New or Never Used. Pristine Condition (with plastic on hardware) Comes full set with keys, lock, clochette, a sle...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Sanguine Orange Red 30cm Togo Birkin Bag Gold Z Stamp, 2021
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Sanguine Orange Red 30cm Togo Birkin Bag Gold Z Stamp, 2021 Just purchased from Hermes store! Bag bears new interior 2021 Z Stamp. Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. Pristine Cond...
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Late 20th Century Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30 Lime Fluo Yellow Epsom Gold Hardware Bag RARE Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 30 Lime Fluo Yellow Epsom Gold Hardware Y Stamp, 2020 Just purchased from Hermes store; bag bears new interior 2020 Y Stamp. Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. Pristine con...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30 Bag Rouge Casaque Epsom Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offer a guaranteed authentic Hermes Birkin 30 bag featured in lipstick red Rouge Casaque. This beautiful red has a fabulous depth of color. Fresh with Palladium hardware a...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes HSS Birkin 30cm Rose Azalee Gris Mouette Epsom Gold NEW VIP EXCLUSIVE
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes HSS Birkin 30cm Rose Azalee Gris Mouette Epsom Gold NEW VIP EXCLUSIVE New or Never Worn. Pristine Condition (with plastic on hardware) Perfect gift! Comes in full set with cl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin Kiwi Candy Birkin 35
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Birkin Kiwi Candy Birkin 35. Green interior leather. Palladium hardware. Mint condition. Like new. Beautiful bright lime color in Epsom leather. Rare combo. Includes clochette...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Sanguine Two Tone Birkin 35 Bag
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Sanguine Two Tone Birkin 35 Bag. Stunning sanguine red/ brick color with white interior. White leather on bottom. White contrast stitching. Excellent condition. Like new. Rare...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin Griss Torterelle 35
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Griss Torterelle Clemence Birkin 35. Light grey color with palladium hardware. Most wanted neutral color. Good condition. M stamp. Don't miss out on this one. Includes cloche...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Maroon D'Inde Birkin 35 Bag
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Maroon D'Inde Birkin 35 Bag. Clemence leather. Gold hardware. #O stamp from 2011. Good condition. A shade darker than gold color on Hermes color chart. Beautiful neutral color...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermès Vibrato Birkin 35
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Crafted in France, this limited edition and highly sought over pre-owned Birkin Vibrato bag from Hermès is a true testament to the quality of the house's craftsmanship, exuding timel...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 35cm Blue Nuit Deep Navy Togo Palladium Birkin Bag Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 35cm Blue Nuit Navy Togo Palladium Birkin Bag Y Stamp, 2020 The perfect navy Birkin 35cm has arrived for spring summer! Just purchased from Hermes store; bag bears new ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Rouge H Red Birkin 30cm Togo Palladium Bag Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Rouge H 30cm Birkin Togo Palladium Y Stamp, 2020 Devastatingly gorgeous!! Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. Pristine Condition (with plastic on hardware). Just purchased from H...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30cm Gold Camel Tan Togo Gold Hardware Bag NEW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Gold Togo Camel Tan 30cm Birkin Gold Hardware NEW Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. Pristine Condition (with plastic on hardware). Perfect gift! Comes with lock, keys, clochette...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin Jaune 35 Bag
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Birkin Jaune Yellow 35 Bag. Palladium hardware. Epsom leather. Mint condition. Like new condition. Beautiful bright yellow color. From 2005. Includes clochette, lock, keys, an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30cm Sauge Clemence Leather Handbag 2016 COMES WITH RECEIPT, DUST
By Hermès
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Company-Hermes Model- Birkin 30cm                                   Color-Sauge Date Code-XIS081 FM- 2016 Material-Clemence Leather Measurements-12" W x 10" H x 9.5" D Strap-3.5" Dro...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30cm Ostrich Leather Exotic Vert Olive Gold Tone Hardware Handbag
By Hermès
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Company-Hermes Model-Birkin 30cm                                            Color-Exotic Vert Olive Date Code-R Square 50 - 2014 Material-Ostrich Leather Measurements-12" W x 10" H x...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30 Rouge Casaque Red Epsom Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Hermes Birkin 30 Rouge Casaque Red Epsom Palladium Hardware. Excellent Condition, light hairlines on hardware. Excellent corners and structure. Shop with Confidence from Lux Addict...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin HSS 35 Bag Black / Turquoise Brushed Palladium Togo Leather
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers a guaranteed authentic Hermes Birkin HSS 35 bag featured in Black with Turquoise interior and piping. A stunning special order Hermes Birkin bag. Unique with rare ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30 Black Noir Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Hermes Birkin 30 Black Noir Palladium Hardware. Excellent Condition, light hairlines on hardware excellent corners and buttery structure. Shop with Confidence from Lux Addicts. Aut...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin Ultraviolet 35 Bag
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Ultraviolet Birkin 35 Bag. Palladium hardware. From 2012. P stamp. Excellent condition. Still has plastic on hardware. Vibrant purple color. Includes clochette, lock, keys, ra...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin Natural 35 Bag
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Birkin 35 Natural Bag. Tan neutral color. Vintage Birkin from 2006 in fair to good condition. Looks great for its age. Light wear throughout. Handles have a little wear. Pleas...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin Blue Colvert 35 Bag
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Birkin Bkue Colvert 35 Bag. Beautiful vibrant blue color. Gold hardware. Highly coveted combo. Excellent condition. Togo leather. Stunning bag. Won't last. Includes clochette,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Rouge Casaque Birkin 35 Bag
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Rouge Casaque Birkin 35 Bag. Beautiful hard to find red color. Gold hardware. Epsom leather. Looks like new condition. Includes clochette, lock, keys, and dust cover. Guarante...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Rose Jaipur Candy Birkin 35 Bag
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Rose Jaipur Candy Birkin 35 Bag. Epsom leather. Gold hardware. Excellent condition. Plastic still on hardware. Inside color is gold tan. Rare and limited combo. Includes cloch...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin HSS 30 Bag Rose Shocking / Gris Perle Brushed Gold Hardware Chevre
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers a guaranteed authentic Hermes Birkin HSS 30 bag featuring coveted rare Rose Shocking and Gris Perle. Vivid pop all grown up pink with clear Gris Perle in coveted Ch...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30 Bag Black Gold Hardware Togo Leather
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers a guaranteed authentic Hermes Birkin 30 bag featured in Black Togo leather. Coveted with gold hardware. Togo leather is supple and highly scratch resistant. Comes w...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 25 Bag Rouge Exotic Lizard Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offer a guaranteed authentic Hermes Birkin 25 bag Rouge Exotic in rare coveted Lizard. Toned down strawberry red that is utterly neutral and striking. Fresh with palladium...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 25 Black Noir Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Stunning Hermes Birkin 25 Black Noir Swift Leather Palladium Hardware. Pristine Almost Like New with Plastic on Hardware and Feet. 2017 A Stamp. Shop with Confidence from Lux Addic...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 35cm Rouge Casaque Blue Thalassa Bag Permabrass Candy Rare NEW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 35cm Rouge Casaque Blue Thalassa Bag Permabrass Candy Rare NEW Very rare Limited Candy Edition Birkin in Sexy Rouge Casaque! New or Never Worn. Pristine Condition (with...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 35 Sanguine Bag
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Birkin 35 Sanguine Bag. Gold hardware. Excellent condition. Plastic is still on hardware. Vintage but looks like it was never carried. Beautiful neutral color. Sanguine color ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 25cm Rouge H Bordeaux Red Gold Hardware Bag Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 25cm Rouge H Togo Gold Deep Bordeaux Red Birkin Bag Y Stamp, 2020 Just purchased from Hermes store; bag bears new 2020 interior Y Stamp. Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 25 Rose Eté Swift Palladium Hardware Baby D'Eté Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Guaranteed Authentic Hermes Birkin 25 Rose Eté Swift Palladium Hardware Y Stamp, 2020 Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. Pristine Condition (with plastic on hardware) Perfect gift! Come...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin HSS 25 Craie / White Rose Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers a guaranteed authentic Hermes Birkin HSS 25 Special Order bag featured in Craie and White. This subtle colour combination brings you one of the most beautiful HSS b...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 35cm Blue Pale Bleu Palladium Hardware Bag Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Guaranteed Authentic Hermes Birkin 35cm Blue Pale Bleu Palladium Hardware Bag Y Stamp, 2020 Just purchased from Hermes store; bag bears new interior 2020 Y Stamp. Brand New in Box in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30cm Rose Confetti Pink Epsom Palladium Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 30cm Rose Confetti Pink Epsom Palladium Y Stamp, 2020 Brand New in Box. Store Fresh. Pristine Condition (with plastic on hardware). Just purchased from Hermes store; ba...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30cm Craie Off White Epsom Gold Hardware NEW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Craie 30cm Birkin Epsom Gold Hardware Off White New or Never Used. Pristine Condition (with plastic on hardware) Perfect gift! Comes in full set with lock, keys, clochette, s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 25cm Black Togo Palladium Bag Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Black Baby Birkin 25cm Palladium Hardware Y Stamp, 2020 The ultimate gift for yourself or your loved one this holiday season! Just purchased from Hermes store; bag bears new 2...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

New Hermès Black Shiny Porosus Crocodile Birkin 35 GHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
NIB Hermès Black Shiny Porosus Crocodile Birkin 35 GHW SKU: 110966 Handbag Condition: Mint Condition Comments: Mint Condition. Plastic on hardware. No visible signs of wear. Brand: ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin HAC 40 Black Leather Gold Women's Men's Travel Top Handle Tote Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Gold tone hardware Leather lining Date code present Made in France Handle drop 3.5" Measures 16" W x 16" H x 9" D Includes padlock, keys, clochette 100% authenticity guaran...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Hermes Birkin 40 Feu Orange Togo
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Birkin 40 Feu Orange. Togo leather. Palladium hardware. From 2015. Excellent condition. Bag looks unworn. Client kept in dust cover. Full set. Comes with original box, dust co...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 35 Bag Vermillion Red Togo Gold Hardware New w/ Box
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Vermillion red Hermes 35 Birkin bag. Unique warm red tone - is lush with gold hardware. Togo leather is scratch resistant. NEW or NEVER WORN. Comes with lock, k...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 35cm Black Rose Gold Hardware Togo Bag Z Stamp, 2021
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Black Togo 35cm Birkin Rose Gold Hardware Power Birkin Z Stamp 2021 Just purchased from Hermes store; bag bears new 2021 interior Z stamp. Brand New in Box. Store fresh. Prist...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes Birkin 30cm Gris Perle Togo Bag Gold Hardware Pearl Gray Y Stamp, 2020
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes Birkin 30cm Gris Perle Togo Bag Gold Hardware Pearl Gray Y Stamp, 2020 Just purchased from Hermes store; bag bears new interior 2020 Y Stamp. Brand New in Box in Store Fresh, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags