Bringing Home the Birkin by Michael Tonello

Bringing Home the Birkin by Michael Tonello
Posted by Katie Huffman on Fri, 02/10/2012 - 9:33am

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This book was one of my book club reads about three years ago and whenever we talk about a good beach read, this book still bubbles up to the surface as a good example. It is a well written, humorous account of one man’s pursuit of the “iconic symbol of fashion, luxury, and wealth”, the Hermes Birkin handbag.  The author is a Massachusetts native, who on a whim moved to Barcelona, Spain and found himself in need of money.  For quick cash, he decided to sell a Hermes scarf on eBay. That sale sparked the idea that he could sell the much-in-demand Hermes handbags on eBay if he could find a way to buy the coveted items from Hermes stores that tended to only sell to select buyers.  In finding a way to do this, the author takes the reader on a fun romp around the continent enjoying a quest worthy of Don Quixote.