- Two Philippine showbiz icons own ‘the rarest and most desirable handbag in the world’
- The Birkin bags are distributed to Hermès boutiques on unpredictable schedules and in limited quantities
- Its prices range from £7,500 to £100,000 (US$11,550 to US$150,000)
- StyleBible.ph said one or two of its kind are produced every year
Two top Philippine showbiz personalities – Heart Evangelista and Marian Rivera – possess ‘the rarest and most desirable handbag in the world’ as dubbed by Vogue.com.
Six days ago, Heart Evangelista’s followers on Instagram were amazed and expressed awe over her 30-centimeter Himalayan Birkin, an article written by Merla Fernandez on PEP mentioned.
Last May, the piece that was auctioned off and was purchased by a private Asian collector for $300,168 or PhP14,102,642 has 245 diamonds and 18-karat white gold hardware.
Online, the Himalayan Birkin is priced at a whopping $100,000 or roughly PhP4.6 million.
Meanwhile, Marian Rivera’s latest Hermes bag has the same design as Heart’s. It is white-colored on the center and with gray edges resembling the snow-capped Himalayas.
Unlike Heart’s piece, Marian’s bag has a single handle making it a Kelly.
Accented with an 18-karat white gold hardware studded with 245 diamonds, the bag is rarest that only one or two of its kind are produced every year, according to StyleBible.ph.
As cited by Fashion blog StyleGee.com, the famous Victoria Beckham was the first to own one of the three models released in the market. It was a Christmas gift from her husband David Beckham in 2009 which was priced at 80,000 pounds then or PhP5,143,268, added the Fashion blog.
The Birkin bag is a personal accessory of luggage or a tote by Hermès that is intricately handmade in leather and named after actress and singer Jane Birkin.
Its prices range from £7,500 to £100,000 (US$11,550 to US$150,000). Costs escalate according to the type of leather and if exotic skins were used.
The bags are distributed to Hermès boutiques on unpredictable schedules and in limited quantities; creating artificial scarcity and exclusivity. Small versions (25 cm) may be considered a handbag or purse.
For those who wish to order now, the waiting list is so long that you need to wait for four years to have it.