Is the Hermes Birkin Bag Worth it? An Honest Review of the Hermes Birkin Bag 2021

Black Hermes Birkin Togo Leather size 30 Review of the Hermes Birkin Bag
Diane carrying a black Special Order Hermes Birkin Togo Leather

In the fashion world you’re always hearing chatter about a Hermes Birkin bag. With questions such as, who is carrying what Birkin bag, what are the new Birkin colors, how much does this leather cost, how long did it take to get a Birkin bag and is the Birkin Bag worth it, and finally what is my honest review of the Hermes Birkin Bag? These questions are constantly being circulated, discussed and answered. 

However, if you aren’t directly involved or follow fashion, you are probably wondering what a Birkin bag is? Today I’m excited to explain to you what exactly a Birkin bag is and all the details you need to know about the timeless Hermes Birkin bag. Plus at the end of the Article, I’ll share with you my honest opinion of the Hermes Birkin Bag. 

If you’re a Sex and the City fan you probably remember the iconic episode where Samatha walks into a Hermes store to try to get a Birkin bag. Then the sales associate informed her she had to go on a waiting list. In the end she was only able to get a Birkin bag because she said she was Lucy Liu’s PR manager. That episode was my first introduction to the Birkin bag.

Ever since then I began fascinated with understanding what a Birkin bag was and why it was so difficult to purchase one. In this article, you’ll discover what a Birkin bag is, the history of a Birkin, why they are so expensive, if it’s even worth the price, and why people buy Birkin bags second hand. 

History of the Hermes Birkin bag 

Hermes Birkin Collection
Hermes Birkin Collection© Hermes.addict

Before we jump into what a Birkin bag is, I think it’s important to understand the history. The history of the Hermes Birkin bag is quite unique. The year is 1984 and CEO of Hermes at the time Jean-Louis Dumas boarded a plane traveling from Paris to London. He was seated next to Jane Birkin.

While Jane Birkin was trying to load her belongings to the overhead compartment, she dropped her bag and all her contents spilled everywhere. After gathering her belongings from the ground, Jane Birkin casually started chatting with Dumas on how hard it is to find a high quality leather tote bag that holds all her stuff.

Before the flight landed Dumas sketched a bag few designs with the help of Jane Birkin… Hence the beginning of the Birkin bag. Shortly after, Hermes created the first Birkin bag: a black Birkin bag specifically for Jane Birkin. 

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What is a Hermes Birkin bag & Hermes Quality?

Black Hermes Birkin with Gold Hardware
Black Hermes Birkin with Gold Hardware © Thebirkinfairy

In 1984, Hermes created its iconic Birkin bag. The Birkin bag can be classified as a tote bag or luggage bag. Shortly after its release, the Birkin bag became a symbol of wealth for the rich and famous. Many people wait years to get their hands on one of these coveted tote bags. Today, Hermes doesn’t have a wait list for the Birkin and the deliveries of the Birkin bag into Hermes stores are sporadic and are unpredictable.   

All Birkin bags are created by hand and one artisan and take 48 hours of work to complete. Before an artisan is able to work on a Birkin bag they must spend at least five years learning how to sew on a saddle. One of the most unique things about a Birkin bag is that the artisan makes a hidden stamp in the bag and if the bag is returned for repairs only that artisan will work on your bag, unless the artisan no longer works at the company.

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What is the price of the Hermes Birkin bag in 2021?

Hermes Birkin Sellier Vs Birkin Retourne
Hermes Birkin Retourne left Hermes Birkin Sellier Right © petite_h

Below is a table of the Hermes Birkin pricing for 2021. (Whenever there is a price increase, I will update this section) It should be noted, that every year the price of the Hermes Birkin Bag increases. This is why I always encourage people if they are looking to make the purchase they should do it as soon as possible because next year the price will go up. It is also important to note, that sometimes Hermes will randomly increase the price in the middle of the year.

The price breakdown of the Hermes Birkin Bag Retourne and the price of the Hermes Birkin Sellier for 2021. In short, the difference between a Retourne and a Sellier Birkin is the stitching. The stitching for the Birkin Sellier is on the outside which gives the Birkin a more structured look. The Sellier stitching is relatively new for the Birkin but has been around for years with the Kelly Bag.

2021 PricingSellierRetourne
Birkin 25$10,800$9,750
Birkin 30$12,400$11,000
Birkin 35$13,000$12,300
Epsom Calfskin Birkin (USA Pricing)

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Why do people seek the Hermes Birkin bag?

Hermes Birkin Bag with twilly
Hermes Birkin 25, Cartier Bracelet© Thebirkinfairy

When I begin writing my honest review of the Hermes Birkin bag, I was brainstorming a few reasons why the bag is so sought after. The first one is that Hermes does a really good job of supply and demand. Hermes constantly controls how many bags go into circulation and are very controlling on who is able to obtain and purchase a bag. The mystery behind who obtains one and who doesn’t is part of the allure.

Another reason a Hermes Birkin bag is so sought after is because they are high quality products and withstand the test of time. Many people will carry these bags for an entire lifetime. The final reason that I believe the Birkin bag is so sought after is because it’s a status symbol. 

I’ve written an entire article on how to purchase a Birkin Bag in Paris here.

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Is the Birkin bag worth the high price tag?

Hermes Birkin Gold with Gold Hardware
Hermes Birkin Gold with Gold Hardware© Hermes.addict

This is a question I get asked time and time again, is the Hermes Birkin bag worth the high price? The answer is simple yet complex at the same time. Yes, the Birkin bag holds a hefty price tag ( At 7,500 Euros for a black togo leather) However, the quality of a Birkin bag is unlike any other bag you will ever purchase. The Hermes Birkin craftsmanship is impeccable and unmatched.

The reason for this is Hermes like many high end designers use the same factory to choose their leather. The difference between Hermes and another high end designer is that Hermes gets to choose their leather first. Meaning that Hermes gets the crème de la crème when it comes to leather. Thus making the quality of the bag immaculate. 

In short, yes the Hermes Birkin bag is worth the price if you are in the market for a luxury bag. It’s the upper echelon of bags.

Why does the Birkin bag hold its value? 

Hermes Birkin himalayan bag
Hermes Birkin himalayan bag size 25© Hermes_community

The Birkin bag is one of the most desired handbags in the world. It’s been known to fetch a cool $500k in auction for exotic leathers (crocodile, himalayan), but what makes these bags hold their value? 

If you handle your Birkin bag appropriately and take care of your bag you’ll see bags from the early days of the Birkin that still look in pristine condition. With that being said, the Birkin bag is notorious for increasing their prices every year. This is why I tell people, if you can afford it now and you want it now, now is the best time to buy a designer handbag such as the Hermes Birkin Bag because it will never go down in price. I remember when I first moved to Paris the price of the Hermès Bag was roughly 6k Euros, now it’s almost 8k Euros. Looking back, I feel like the 6k Euros price was a “deal.”

To sum it up, yes the Birkin Bag holds it’s value, and if it’s taken care of you can actually sell it for more than you purchased it for!

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Should you buy the Hermes Birkin Accessories or a bag insert? 

Pink Hermes Birkin with Twilly and Charm
Hermes Birkin 25 with a dog charm© Hermes_community

There are several official Hermes Birkin accessories and bag inserts and then some unofficial Birkin accessories. 

The most popular Hermes Birkin accessories include: the hermes charms, but more specifically the Hermes Rodeo Charm which is extremely popular, bag inserts / bag pillows (which you can find great ones on etsy) and finally the Hermes Birkin Twilly to protect the top handles. 

It’s important to keep in mind, when storing the bag it’s important to store the Birkin bag in the box to protect the outside of the bag. Also, if you have the space keep the Birkin in the box standing up, not laying down.

Personally, I don’t have any accessories for my Hermes Birkin, but my Sales Associate highly recommends adding the Twilly’s to the top handles if you have a lighter color Birkin. I’m also looking to add the bag insert to help the Birkin keep its shape.

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Why do people buy the Birkin bag second hand? 

Many Hermes Bags and Boxes
Hermes Boxes© TravelFashionGirl

It is incredibly hard to get your hands on a Birkin bag. With only 200,000 in circulation it’s no wonder people turn to second hand shops to buy one of these most coveted bags. However, buying second hand typically means a lower price, right? Well, with the Birkin bag this is not the case, if you buy the bag second hand you will not only be paying more than retail price you sometimes could be paying up to double. This begs the question then why do people even buy Birkin bags second hand then? 

The short answer is, many times people don’t want to deal with going to the Hermes store and building a relationship with their SA (Sales Associate).  In addition, even if you walk into a Hermes store, there is absolutely no guarantee (unless you’re a celebrity) that you will be able to get your hands on one. It can be frustrating going to a Hermes store and being told over and over again no. This is why people turn to second hand shops or resellers to buy a Birkin bag. 

If you are buying from a second hand shop, it’s very important that they are reputable. Make sure you do research to ensure they have a Hermes expert on hand to authenticate your Birkin bag purchase. I’ve written an entire article on how to buy authentic secondhand designer bags.

My favorite places to shop preloved Hermes Birkin bags are The RealReal and Fashionphile.

Recap on Honest Review of the Hermès Birkin Bag? 

I’ve owned my Hermes Birkin Bag for over a year now, and I wanted to give you my honest opinion on the bag. I absolutely adore it! I definitely recommend adding this staple piece to your wardrobe. What do you think of the Hermes Birkin Bag?

Sincerely Petite in Paris,

Diane 

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