Bringing Home the Birkin: My Life in Hot Pursuit of the by Michael Tonello

By Michael Tonello

An insider's hilarious, whirlwind account of his years spent globe-trotting looking for the holy grail of purses: the Birkin For greater than two decades, the Herm?s Birkin bag has been the enduring image of style, luxurious, and wealth. notwithstanding the bag is usually visible dangling from the palms of celebrities, there's a fabled ready checklist of greater than years to shop for one from Herm?s, and the typical fashionista has a greater probability of mountain climbing Mount Everest in Prada pumps than of owning this kind of coveted carryalls. until, after all, she occurs to grasp Michael Tonello . . . Michael's newfound occupation began with an impulsive stream to Barcelona, a vanished activity project, no paintings visa, and an Herm?s shawl bought on eBay to generate a few fast funds. yet quickly the ingenious Michael stumbled on the reality in regards to the ready checklist and discovered the key to getting Herm?s to half with the sort of priceless luggage. thousands of bucks worthy of Birkins later, Michael had develop into certainly one of eBay's so much profitable entrepreneurs—and a Robin Hood to hundreds of thousands of determined wealthy girls. With down-to-earth wit, Michael chronicles the bizarre ventures that took him to almost each continent, from eBay to Paris public sale condominium and into the lives of celebrities and poseurs. Flirting with chance, Michael recounts the heady rush of hand offering his first significant ranking to famed songwriter Carole Bayer Sager in Paris; how he needed to rent thugs to rescue a bag that one among his "shoppers" held for ransom; and the tale of the Oscar-worthy performances that allowed him to snag "reserved" baggage from different, much less dogged Birkin seekers. no matter if he is touching on his wining and eating, trading, dodging and weaving, guffawing and crying, or schmoozing and stammering, Michael is a grasp raconteur who weaves jointly stories of searching Birkins within the world's so much posh locales, thoughts of nutrition that might make any gastronome salivate, anecdotes of obsessed creditors with insatiable wants, and sweetly intimate tales approximately his family members, associates, and discovering real love. the result's a memoir that's unique, enjoyable, page-turning, and as addictive as its namesake.

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At a good $3,000 more, what could this one do? Take out my fucking trash for me? Shine my shoes? Maybe it doubled as a parachute. Then it dawned on me. I was in a whole new league. Suddenly, I couldn’t stop obsessively pricing everything in the store. Men’s cotton boxers? Only $295 each. My Ralph Lauren underwear became about as designer as Fruit of the Loom. The cheapest thing I could find in menswear was the $110 handkerchiefs. I tried my luck in housewares. A brightly colored cotton beach towel with an elephant motif caught my eye: $450.

Kate was more than eager to hear all the details of my new venture, and I wanted all the newest gossip, of course. It felt strange, though—in a few short months, my life had radically changed, but hers was precisely the same. Driving the long, gray highway down, I had wondered if I would feel regretful when I saw everyone and everything I had left behind. Instead, although I still loved the house, and Kate, and Ptown, it was definitely a love that felt more like a reminiscing than a rekindling.

I stood outside for a moment, perusing. Although I sensed real marketing genius in their whimsically alluring displays, I gradually realized something surprising. Personally, I just wasn’t allured—however opulent this merchandise, I didn’t see a single thing that I wanted. I’d never really been the horsey type, I guess. If I hadn’t been on my mission, I would have headed to the Louis Vuitton store across the street. On the bright side, temptation wouldn’t be an issue. I sensed the doorman’s silent appraisal as I walked in.

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