What Can You Say About a Handbag Priced at $432,000?

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The Hermes Himalayan Crocodile Birkin Bag

That it’s a ridiculous price for a handbag or any fashion item?

That you could pay for four years at a top university or a nice roof over your head instead, not to mention more worthwhile items such as charitable contributions?

Recently,  The Bag with its white gold hardware set with diamonds weighing close to 10 carats was auctioned off in Hong Kong in four minutes to a private collector (Would you want your name out there for such a purchase?!) who paid $244,490, apparently setting a record for this type of extravagance. Prices for The Bag obviously vary depending on the source.

We are told on vogue.com that The Bag is made of Nilo crocodile, in a dyed grayish white tone “that is meant to evoke images of the majestic Himalayan mountains.” So get on a plane and check out the Himalayan mountains in the flesh – that trip certainly can be had for less than 400K.

And here we have two other members of the shameful Birkin Brigade – Kris Jenner and Victoria Beckham.

I thought years ago it was made illegal to use crocodile. There is a horrifying video online showing how crocodiles are slaughtered on a Texas farm so their skins can end up in fashion accessories such as handbags, watch straps and belts.

Speaking of Texas, Robert Smith, a hedge fund fellow, and his wife, Hope Dworaczyk, a Playboy Playmate who appeared on “Celebrity Apprentice, requested a handbag dealer in FL find 30 Birkins to give away at a staff Christmas party. The dealer, Jeff Berk, was given a budget of $500,000. Oh, I guess no crocodile for the staff. “It took us 30 days (to round up the bags), but we did it,” noted a proud Mr. Berk.

 

One thought on “What Can You Say About a Handbag Priced at $432,000?

  1. Thanks to Miss Espy, my 10th grade English teacher, in 1954, I remember these lines, Pammispeak: “The world is too much with us, late and soon, getting and SPENDING, we lay waste our powers . . . .” The next words, from Wordsworth, (am I right?), are “little we see in Nature that is ours.” Perhaps the consumer might heed these words and “take a hike.”

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