[Editor’s Note: This post generated the most fascinating comments on Purse Blog in 2015 (and was still generating them as recently as Thanksgiving, five months after its original publication), and we wanted to give you guys a chance to catch up and chime in with your own stories while we finish up the holidays and spend a little bit more time with our loved ones.
If you haven’t read through the comments, we really recommend it–some of them are incredibly interesting and insightful about the process of acquiring the world’s most sought-after handbag.] For some reason, it seems like the entirety of the fashion Internet has been talking about how to buy a Birkin lately.
Tales of wait lists and long-term relationship-building with Hermès boutique employees abound, but Megs got her black Birkin by going into a store where she had no prior purchase history and asking nicely.
Authentic Birkins are bought and sold every day on e Bay, buyers are more than willing to scoop them up at traditional auctions like Heritage or Christie’s and sites like Moda Operandi regularly host short-term sales of expertly sourced Birkins.
In some ways, getting a Birkin now is easier than ever, as long as you’re not a stickler about buying it directly from the brand.
(And, in many cases, as long as you’re not picky about paying a markup for the immediate gratification.) There are, of course, many people who become trusted Hermès clients and eventually get offered the bag of their dreams; our Purse Forum is filled with stories about magical calls from Hermès boutiques, many out of the blue.
The purchase of almost any bag has a story, and when the particular bag starts at $10,000 and only goes up from there, the stories are often well worth a listen. Did you stick with the traditional route, get lucky or seek out alternative avenues?
Cachet by Prince Matchabelli is a Chypre Floral fragrance for women. Top notes are aldehydes, green grass, spices and galbanum; middle notes are patchouli, orris root, jasmine, vetiver and rose; base notes are leather, amber, musk, civet and oakmoss.How can you tell if you have the original vintage formulation? Like many other people on here I tried to find it again but when I eventually bought it off Amazon it was nothing at all like the original.I bought a bottle off e Bay that looks just like the one I had in the seventies -- twisted clear bottle with silver "shoulders" and cap. Being a bit of a hound on a trail I I tracked down the now owner of the Cachet name who is based in America.The sprayer is white, large, and old- school, like a hairspray bottle of my mother's. Cachet has been reformulated a number of times since the 70's but the now owners also own a fragrance company that sells perfumes that smell like i.e. People are spending cash on what is basically a copy.The scent is a blast of aldehydes at first, very soapy to my nose. As many of you know reformulation is another way to say we (the manufacturer) are using cheaper ingredients, which might smell something like the original, will cost you the same if not more and not give you the fragrance you are looking for.I think there should be legislation regarding reformulation in that it should be illegal to sell a product where the ingredients are altered without informing the buyer.