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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Celebrity Style: Hilary Duff and the Hermès 35mm Birkin Bag

Hilary Duff photo via Celebutopia

A fellow handbag lover and friend who has quite the impressive collection once told me she didn't own a single Hermès bag. The fact that she didn't own one surprised me because she literally has at least one bag from every major designer label in existence. When I questioned her about her lack of Hermès, she responded with a rather interesting observation. While she loved the sophistication and exceptional craftsmanship imbued in Hermès handbags, she felt she'd always have to dress up to carry one, particularly a Birkin or Kelly bag. Her rationale was, "I can schlep to the market, to cocktails or out to dinner and a movie with my MJ Stam or Fendi Spy, but I would never feel comfortable carrying a Birkin in any of those scenarios. It's just not worth it to me to spend thousands on one bag when I could get 4 or 5 really fabulous bags I feel comfortable with for the same investment." I'm not certain I ever agreed with her assessment because I think the woman makes the bag, not the other way around.

Look at Hilary Duff in this photo. The young starlet is out shopping in a high-end department store dressed in gym clothes and rockin' a Hermès 35mm Birkin. I don't know how or why, but the whole look works. Perhaps it's the sheer classic nature of the 'Birkin's' design that can withstand being downgraded by such a ho-hum ensemble. Maybe we can attribute it to Hilary herself. She's walking around without a care in the world, and she's not worried about looking great because she just does. She makes the bag, not the other way around. Looking at this photo has made me reconsider my own thoughts on Hermès bags in general. My lifestyle is not exactly Hermès-worthy, but the elegance of the 'Birkin' amid any situation has certainly won me over. I'm sure my husband will be thrilled my handbag tastes just entered an entirely new financial bracket.

Hermès handbags available for sale from reputable eBay sellers or, of course, at Hermès boutiques worldwide. Good luck with their waiting lists;-)


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