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Paris – Part 2: Hermes

Disclaimer: originally I wanted to do a big post on all my shopping in Paris – but this part was so long already that I decided to make a post for just Hermes.ย Warning now that this is a text heavy post ๐Ÿ™‚

So as I mentioned yesterday, Mr. Feather and I didn’t do much shopping on this trip. The only thing I really wanted was another Hermes bag, to use for work and travel.ย I have visited the Hermes flagship at 24 Faubourg for many years, starting from when I would go with my mom with I was little. I really love the brand and have the best memories of going to the shop and being surrounded by all the lovely items and beautiful service.

24 Faubourg, Hermes flagship store

So on our first day in Paris, after a nice breakfast, Mr. Feather and I set off to 24 Faubourg. I had my camera ready to take photos of the window displays for you all….which I unfortunately forgot to do when I saw the enormous lineย outside! I have seen lines at Louis Vuitton but never at Hermes! Thus that morning,ย I had the opportunity to teach Mr. Feather a hurried cultural lesson about “Asian line behavior.”ย Lesson below:

If thou is Asian, and see a line

a) thou must get in the line, for it must be something good, and
b) thou must also shove and push to be get far ahead in the line, because they may run out of whatever is good.

Mr. Feather didn’t believe me and laughed it off until an elderly grandma knocked him in the head with her Gucci belt bag in the rush that occurred when the doors opened at 10:30 AM. “This is madness!”ย I could hear him calling to me, as I was dodging my own way through, trying my best to avoid a trampling. Our long time sales associate ended up being away, so we found someone else. I asked her if I could please have the bag with the specific specs I wanted. She gave me a sympathetic look and said, “No Birkins, no Kelly bags.”

Some of my favorite displays, photos courtesy of Hermes

What?” I said, confused – “Last time I was here, there was so much selection!”

The sales associate nodded. “Yes that was before…and now, see all these people, waiting here? They are all waiting for these bags. Some wait here all day. We haven’t had a single Birkin come in since early last week.”Slowly, I looked around….there were at least thirty people in the handbag shopping alone, all milling around, asking the same questions: “Birkin? Kelly? Birkin? Kelly?”

Another young couple was leaning against the wall with a picnic sack– the look on their faces said they were prepared to wait ALL DAY LONG, and wouldn’t hesitate to commit at the very least, extreme shoving. So…we left the shop. Over the next few days we stopped by again, and the bag I wanted wasn’t there…and so as were having some wine at a cafe, I told Mr. Feather that I gave up: “I’ll just get it some other time…it wasn’t meant to be, this trip.”

“Okay, well I still need to buy a tie,” Mr. Feather said. “You can wait here and enjoy your wine…I’ll go pick it up.” I was busy on my second glass and feeling quite happy with myself and the world when Mr. Feather came back. “Can you come back to the store with me?” he said, “I forgot my passport and need yours for the VAT.”

So I went back with Mr. Feather…gave my passport, drank some tea the lovely manager brought out, and then signed the passport documentation. I was rooting around for my sunglasses, getting ready to go, when they brought out an ENORMOUS orange box from behind the counter…”Dude, why is the box so big?” I asked. “Oh…I don’t know!” said the smiling manager…”You’ll just have to see.”So I will just end the story now and say that with the help of some lovely and gracious staff, Mr. Feather was able to find the exact bag I wanted and have it held for me. I was so thrilled! I am not a very emotional person but I was dancing out of the store and saying YAY!

I love gold hardware and the color Etoupe (a dark taupe) and so this was the exact bag that I wanted. The pairing I think is a little unexpected but very neutral and classic. Sorry that this was all so long – I wanted to write down the details so that I could remember the memory myself later on ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for reading about my trip to Hermes and I encourage everybody to visit the shop in Paris – even if you don’t buy anything, you will leave with wonderful memories and a few more items on your wishlist.

 

PS: Since writing this post, I’ve received quite a lot of emails about getting your “dream bag” at Hermes. My advice would be not to fixate on that “one perfect item” but to just be happy you are in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, at one of the best shops in Paris. There are tons of goodies in Hermes so just go in, take a look, and you may leave with a completely different “dream item” than what you started with. And please be polite to both your fellow shoppers and the sales associates! A smile and patience can go a long way – and remember – enjoy, you are in Paris!ย 

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109 Comments

  • Reply
    vanda
    June 24, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    This is amazing!!!! I have one that ''looks like yours'', but not the real one(I got the same colour).This bag is CLASS and ELEGANCE!!! You are a very lucky girl to have the real Hermes bag in your closet!!!! WOW!!!!!

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    knockedupfabulous
    June 24, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Ooooh…exciting story! And such a beautiful bag to have in your collections!

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    Julie
    June 24, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    That is GORGEOUS!!!!! super yay on whatever serendipity led that bag to you. It was obviously meant to be!

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    B.Inspired
    June 24, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    SO GORGEOUS!!! This was meant to be and I am so happy for you to add this to your collection! Beautiful and Congratulations!

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    Lissy
    June 24, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    GORGEOUS! What a truly fabulous gift!!!

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    Lindsay @ A Walk in the Closet
    June 24, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Your soon to be hubby is SOO sweet!!! He's definitely a keeper! Hehe.

    I love the combination of the gold hardware and the dark taupe. It's so classic yet as you say, something different. Congrats on the new bag!

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    very married
    June 24, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    YES! I totally understand the "line rules" – i lived in China for a year and every time I got in line for a train ticket, I started throwing elbows like a madman. Kill or be killed!

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    Anonymous
    June 24, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Love your blog!! can you tell me how much you can save if you buy a birkin in Paris? Can you tell me in usd? thanks

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    Anonymous
    June 24, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    that's amazing! do you think he ordered it before you even went to paris, or just asked the manager do they have one?

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    Ashley
    June 24, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Oh Hermes! Swoon. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for swinging by my blog, lady! Keep in touch.

    -Ashley
    http://lerougestylo.blog.com

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    Julia
    June 24, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Hi Katherine, love your "If thou is Asian, and see a line:" line ๐Ÿ™‚
    Anyhow, here is the poem that perfectly decribed your bag searching story.
    ไผ—้‡Œๅฏปไป–ๅƒ็™พๅบฆ๏ผŒ่“ฆ็„ถๅ›ž้ฆ–๏ผŒ้‚ฃไบบๅดๅœจ็ฏ็ซ้˜‘็Šๅค„ใ€‚
    ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Lisa
    June 24, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    OH..my…gosh..I love that story. He is a great guy and that is the perfect purse. I think it's the perfect color and hardware. My hubby was also in shock by the line!

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    Jennipher
    June 24, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    O.M.G. What a great story! LOVE the bag.

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    K
    June 24, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    OMG, Mr. Feather is AWESOME!!!!! Also, can he please teach me his brand of Hermes voodoo magic? I'm a good pupil, I swears it!

    In other news, I burst a gut guffawing at your "Asians + lines" rules. Too true, them rules be. I always have to remind myself to turn off my "Western" brain and turn on the "Eastern" one every time I go to Asia, lest I wish to die a horrific death by trampling by little, but fierce, women.

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    Sarah
    June 24, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    He is SUCH a sweetheart!!!!! And I am just dying over that bag – PERFECTION!!!! Loved this story, hilarious and so touching how sweet your guy is!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    -Sarah
    http://pencilskirtsandlattes.blogspot.com/

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    Katherine
    June 24, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    @vandaI'd love to see your bag! I love all taupe bags…

    @AnonymousYou save a bunch of money…probably around 20% if you are figuring in local US taxes, after VAT is all done.

    @AnonymousI think he asked the manager…he definitely did not order it for me, LOL

    @JuliaThank you…I need to brush up on my Chinese!

    @LisaYes the line was crazy! Was your husband scared like my fiance? Haha!

    I am so glad that other people also agree with my "Asian line rules" all your anecdotes and comments made me laugh!

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    psclausen
    June 24, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Oh gosh, you have no idea how much I L.O.V.E Hermรจs! Really! I even made a post about it a few days ago. http://psclausen.wordpress.com/2011/06/19/im-bagging-you/

    I'm, in a good kinda way, jealous of yout trip and shoppings hahaha

    L.O.V.E.D your blog, just great. CONGRATS ๐Ÿ˜‰

    http://psclausen.wordpress.com

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    Anh
    June 24, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    OMG! She's gorgeous!!! You chose such a classic, but unique color, I LOVE IT! Congratulations!

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    Sammie
    June 24, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Love love the color choice! Mr. Feather is too sweet ๐Ÿ™‚

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    newpetite
    June 24, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    LOL! The Asian line bit was funny! We Indians are similar… See a line behave like you didnt know the line existed and try and get in!!!

    Thats so nice of Mr. Feather.. Now Im seriously curious to know how he managed to get it?? BTW can you hear me screaming.. 'He is a keeper'! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Alysson
    June 24, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    SO SO beautiful!! what a classic lovely piece! Mr. Feather sounds very well trained ๐Ÿ™‚ I don't think my Mr/ would have been so patient. XO

    http://simplicityisultimatesophistication.wordpress.com/

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    Anonymous
    June 24, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I am so happy for you! And I wish I had a rich BF to take me to Paris.

    I have the same thing in my head. They have a lot more in the back just if they want to. :p

    Your hubby is one smart and thoughtfull man! I think he will be a very good business man too. It's a compliment. :p

    Ps! Love the fact that you are so neutral and a ghw girl!

    EA

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    Lisa
    June 24, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    KAT OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG

    NO FREAKIN' WAY!

    you don't understand.. i've only wanted ONE birkin for the last two years.. and it's even written on my "dream wishlist" sheet.. (yes i have a dream wish list sheet HAHA)

    "Hermes Birkin etoupe w/ GHW Togo 30"

    that's what it says.

    i.have.no.words.

    OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG YOU ARE SO GONNA ROCK THIS IT'S NOT EVEN FUNNY! i can't believe you found one i'm SO JELLY!! hahahaha.

    and

    ps. how awesome is Mr. Feather?!?! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    June 24, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    I'm so happy for you that Mr F was able to procure the EXACT Birkin you wanted. I felt bad about being the bearer of bad news but it's just ridiculously difficult to get either a Kelly or Birkin in London. Mr F is a keeper for sure. Such a sweet gesture!

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    Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    June 24, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    I'm so happy for you that Mr F was able to procure the EXACT Birkin you wanted. I felt bad about being the bearer of bad news but it's just ridiculously difficult to get either a Kelly or Birkin in London. Mr F is a keeper for sure. Such a sweet gesture!

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    Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    June 24, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    I'm so happy for you that Mr F was able to procure the EXACT Birkin you wanted. I felt bad about being the bearer of bad news but it's just ridiculously difficult to get either a Kelly or Birkin in London. Mr F is a keeper for sure. Such a sweet gesture!

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    Holly
    June 24, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Hi!

    OMG that is so true about asians and lines… that is why i stood in that darn 85 deg C line (even though i hated myself for it) and now i'm ADDICTED!!!

    Another thing… i read the book "Bringing Home the Birkin" by Michael Tonello and this is EXACTLY what he says in his book! that the sales people TELL YOU there are no Birkins, until you shell out some cash on other Hermes goods, THEN they bring out a Birkin for you. It's like they only want people who really love the brand to buy the bags, not just random people who ONLY want a Birkin bag. So he'd go to all the Hermes stores in Europe and buy all kinds of Hermes stuff just to get them to bring out the Birkins. I never heard of this actually happening to someone besides what I read in the book!!! but i always have wondered how people do get the Birkins (if sometimes they do just sell a Birkin alone).

    CONGRATS it is GORGEOUS! if i could have any Birkin it would totally BE THAT COLOR!!!! it's beautiful!!!!

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    Melissa
    June 24, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! What was I saying the other day about him being a catch?? Can I just multiply that by 48o735692385?!? You are seriously lucky, girl!!

    xxMelissa

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    Sydney
    June 24, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Holy crap, the colour on that bag is GORGEOUS!!

    When my husband and I went to the Gallerie Lafayette, there was a massive line to the LV store and it was full of Asians. We had no interest in buying anything, but then a random lady stopped me in the mall and asked if I could get in line to buy her some bags/wallets. She then handed me a freaking LIST several pages long of stuff she wanted. Apparently, there was a limit and she was all maxed out (her husband had a giant suitcase full of LV goodies that they had just purchased). I was unsure but she then hands me thousands of Euros and says, "I'll meet you back here."

    SHE TOTALLY TRUSTED THAT I WOULD WALK TO THE STORE, WAIT IN LINE, AND BUY HER STUFF! The LV store is right next to the mall entrance! I was amazed!

    (Yes, I did wait in line to buy her stuff.)

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    Heather Sario-Mahi
    June 24, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    OMG OMG OMG!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! I could almost feel myself dancing out of the store with your description. Swoons. I MUST show this post to my hubby. Hope he gets the not-so-subtle hint! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    s.singh
    June 24, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Mr.Feather is so sweet and awesome! I love your story! Your purse absolutely beautiful! Havin a jealous moment…but very happy you had a great experience!

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    DSK Steph
    June 24, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    lol @ Asians in line!!!!! ahahahaha hilarious!

    I'm so happy for you! Congrats on your new bag <3 Mr. Feather sounds like such a cool guy! ^_^

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    makeupandpearls
    June 24, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    oh my god. bag lust. congrats on that beauty!

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    Annette
    June 24, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Oh my gosh, I love Mr. Feather! What a wonderful man he is ๐Ÿ™‚ the bag is so freaking beautiful, I'm happy you got the one you wanted!

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    FleurLapin
    June 24, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Congrats on your lovely bag! That is such a beautiful color and different from your everyday neutral handbag. LoL.

  • Reply
    Chanello
    June 24, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    K-don't you already have a Gris T or something in the neutral/grey/taupe/gold family with PHW?

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    Sabrina
    June 24, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    OH MY GOODNESS IT'S BEAUTIFUL!!!! Sorry for the caps. What a hilarious and lovely story all at the same time. "If thou is Asian …" LMAO, so true. So true!

    This a beautiful color bag. I'm so happy for you. Can't wait to see some modeling pictures soon (hint hint). Congrats!

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    marishberry
    June 24, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    What a lovely story! Mr. Feather is definitely a keeper ๐Ÿ™‚
    Katherine, I'm so glad for you! Can only imagine how happy you were opening that orange box ๐Ÿ™‚
    Etoupe is one of my favourite Hermes colours too. I don't own any Birkins (yet, hopefully), but for my first one I still cannot choose between Gold and Etoupe. Since it may be my only Birkin I want a bag that would go with everything (but no black for me), both colours are great neutrals, both looks stunning… I think you own Birkin in gold… Did you notice any colour transferring from jeans? That worries me a little…

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    Vasu
    June 24, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    wow…amazing post….love the bag….so classic

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/Rosabellebyvasu

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    glam fashionista
    June 24, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Love your Hermes Birkin, I share with you your love for High Fashion.

    Glamfashionistafashionista.blogspot.com

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    Katherine
    June 24, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    @newpetite thank you! I'm not sure how, I think it may have helped that we have shopped before and my mom is also a customer..

    @Lisa you are so funny! I love your new flap and I'm sure you are going to get a B in the future

    @Chocolate, Cookies, thank you! Yes London was absolute mayhem…you were right…:)

    @Holly I have heard of that book! I think it was like that before but nowadays especially in the cheapest places like Paris it is pretty difficult regardless…I think you need to have very high $$ spend..

    @Sydney I LOLed at that anecdote!

    @Chanello Yes! I have a 30 gold (it looks lighter than that due to the leather). I wanted a 35 for size/work stuff..next I would love a colorful one like yours!

    @marishberry I have gold but it is a little lighter than it'd be in Togo due to my leather (vache liagee). Honestly gold is a bit lighter and jean transfer does happen (it happened to mine) but it can also happen to Etoupe. If you wear lots of browns, etc I would recommend gold – otherwise if you do a mix of blacks and browns, I would recommend Etoupe, it's the "new" gold and a versatile classic color which goes with everything. If I could only have one B it'd be a 30 in Etoupe (but I'm a shortie). Feel free to email me if you have more questions!

    Thank you again everybody!

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    Melissa
    June 24, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    What a sweet, sweet story!!! Your husband is magical and how incredibly romantic to have surprised you that way. WOW!!! Thank you for sharing this!

    Come take a look inside A Working Mom's Closet

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    Neris
    June 24, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    OMG! This is like THE BEST gift EVER!!! Love it! You are such a lucky girl!

    xxx,

    Fashion Fractions

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    kileen
    June 24, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    omg, how amazing that you were able to go to the Hermes flagship store! i LOVE the bag you picked up and it's such a beautiful classic that will last forever!

    cute & little

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    Mary โ™ฅ Mur
    June 24, 2011 at 8:52 pm

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    Love your blog.))
    โ™ฅ
    I now spend a survey of bloggers with such questions.
    1. Why did you create a blog?
    2. For whom you taking him? Want to be popular?
    3. How long will it keep going?
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    Erin
    June 24, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Ahhh yay! I'm so glad Mr. Feathers and his voodoo magic worked! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    The bag is simply gorgeous! I love that color!

    xx

    http://www.trufflesnruffles.com/

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    emc
    June 24, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    what a great story! you are so lucky!!

    http://www.style-extraordinaire.com/

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    Erica
    June 25, 2011 at 12:17 am

    wowwww those Hermes photos are absolutely stunning! great displays

    -Erica
    http://allaboutitt.blogspot.com/

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    Michelle
    June 25, 2011 at 1:13 am

    Thanks for sharing your Hermes experience. I'm a huge fan especially their scarves. Loved visiting the Hermes store in Paris. What a great bag and well done to Mr Feathers. He's just upped the bar for all men!
    Looking forward to the rest of your Paris exploits.

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    homestilo
    June 25, 2011 at 1:47 am

    This is such a great story! And your fiance sounds like an amazing guy (and now he can pull a print out of all these comments if you ever get upset with him over anything!)

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    Cortney
    June 25, 2011 at 2:38 am

    Congrats! That's such a great story! Mr. Feather is definitely a keeper! Also, I loved this post so much I read it to my guy. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Swe3tGirl
    June 25, 2011 at 4:03 am

    I love your new Birkin! The colour is mesmerizing!! Your hubby is very thoughtful! You are one lucky woman!

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    Sakura
    June 25, 2011 at 7:17 am

    the bag is gorgeous! i never have hermes bags or anything! they're very expensive. i wish i could have one when i get older. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Kate L.
    June 25, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    It is just gorgeous!!

    Fashion Cat
    http://www.firstlookbook.blogspot.com

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    Make Mommy Chic
    June 25, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Hi Katherine, Aweome, awesome, post. Can't wait to see pics of you with that bag!! I shouldn't be reading your blog at work, since I end up drooling at my desk over your gorgeous finds ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a super weekend!

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    Fifth Sparrow
    June 25, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Oh my gosh, you lucky lucky girl! That is the most beautiful bag! Sounds like you're having quite the amazing trip! xx

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    Robots in Trouble
    June 25, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    oh my gosh… that bag is GORGEOUS! i like LV and hermes now ! thanks to you!

    -robots in trouble

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    Laura J
    June 26, 2011 at 1:29 am

    Your Hermes is perfection!!! I love yourt acct. of the whole store – I always find your posts so amusing and funny! And seriously – where can I find a Mr. Feather?!
    Happy Weekend!
    xo
    lj

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    Sarah
    June 26, 2011 at 3:09 am

    Thanks for commenting on my blog! I love your style, and that is such an amazing story – fit for an amazing bag I might add! I love the colour too – more unique than the traditional silver hardware and black leather for sure. I'm following you now – care to follow me?

    xx,
    Sarah
    http://semplicemente-sarah.blogspot.com

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    Kristal
    June 26, 2011 at 3:19 am

    oh my hermes has quite the eye candy inside. lucky girl xx

    http://thegypsyandthefox.blogspot.com/

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    Chic 'n Cheap Living
    June 26, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Mr. Feather rocks and I'm totally telling my Mr. Spend 'n Chomp about this! How awesome that you got it on the last day! Congrats and what an awesome color combo!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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    Kristina
    June 26, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    absolutely love the bag!!

    Kristina
    http://spottedappeal.blogspot.com/

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    Cecicat
    June 26, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Congrats! Etoupe is gorgeous! And you could probably make a mint with Mr. Feather's Birkin procuring skills. He clearly has some incredible powers of persuasion.

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    Je suis Sophie
    June 26, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    really nice buy. although it's soooo expensive!

    x Je suis Sophie

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    Jackie
    June 26, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    How wonderful that Mr Feather was able to get you the exact bag you wanted. It is a gorgeous bag.

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    Lydia
    June 26, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    I LOVE (& drool) over your Hermes bag (especially the color!). Thanks for sharing the story. Too funny ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Mrs. Hot Cocoa
    June 26, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Your Asian people line rules are funny and right on point. Have you ever crossed the border from Hong Kong to Shenzhen? It's a shove-fest. The bag is GORGEOUS.

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    0000
    June 27, 2011 at 2:32 am

    You are pretty much spot on about the line impulse. I am as Americanized as they get and I still can't pass up the urge to whack a granny with a cinderblock just to catch a glimpse of what might be at the end of the line! I've also heard that Parisians are not so good with lines. It's definitely something that would drive my boyfriend insane (he once grumbled about a guy cutting in line at Starbucks for 3 days–given, it was exam week but still). Also, Mr. Feather is so sweet! This story definitely gave me fuzzy feelings all around!

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    RedSole
    June 27, 2011 at 5:02 am

    Congrats on the GORGEOUS Etoupe w/GHW! It's LOVELY!

    Really sweet and thoughtful of Mr. Feather! Out of curiousity, how did he end up getting it? Did he reserve it prior and went to pick it up or he just walked in and managed to score one? So very happy for you!

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    christine brightside
    June 27, 2011 at 8:07 am

    oh WOW! What a beautiful surprise and what a wonderful bag! Congrats to Mr Feather AND the new bag ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Sydney
    June 27, 2011 at 9:28 am

    @Julia

    hahaha right right!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Maya
    June 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Oh my goodness, SO amazing– I absolutely love that color. Congrats!

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    Samantha
    June 27, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Katherine!!!

    What an amazing story! Mr. F is SO SWEET and thoughtful! And that etoupe with GHW is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!! It's the perfect neutral color (and on my wish list but in 25 or 30)!

    LOL @ "if thou is Asian"!! That's the best! I feel sorry for Mr. F for getting hit on the head! My DH has had to go through some learning lessons with my Asian family! :o)

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    audrinajulia
    June 28, 2011 at 8:33 am

    This post is lovely, romantic and drooling as well. Hope I can visit Paris in my life time.There's so many place and store to visit that will be a life time memories. So happy for you that you get what you really want. I know that until this time the feeling is amazing!God bless!

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    ipoel
    June 29, 2011 at 1:34 am

    wow… total jealousy…. congrats

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    deuxarmoires
    July 5, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Congrats on your new Birkin!

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    October 28, 2011 at 1:54 am

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    Anonymous
    November 29, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Hi there, I love your blog very much and thank you for this post – it was so lovely. I love your new Birkin very much. Anyway..Iยดm planning to buy birkin 35 or 30 and I donยดt have any idea how much they really cost. because some say that you pay 10000 dollars for Birkin bag, another that you pay 25000. Could you please tell me what is the real price for 30 -35 Birkin (no fancy leather, just the most basic leather)
    Thank you so much!!!

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    Katherine
    November 29, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    @Anonymous Aww thank you! The price in USD should be around $10K for a 30cm possibly a little more for 35cm in the US + tax. You can save some by buying from Europe if qualify for VAT refund but stock can be quite low, especially in Paris. Hope that helps!

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    Anonymous
    December 1, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    You are amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for your help. Actually I am from Europe (Slovakia) and I plan to buy Birkin in Vienna or Prague because these cities are very close to my home town ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyways thank you again, hope you will enjoy lots of wonderful moments with your Birkin ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a nice day!

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    Arsh
    December 19, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    oh what an amazing story! Loved reading it and love your bag.

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    jin
    January 12, 2012 at 10:00 am

    how romantic!!!! i loved the story behind the bag!
    and of course..love love love…the bag itself! such a timeless piece!

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    Mrs C
    February 19, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Hahaha! Love the Asians in line bit! I have to agree with you. I just came back from Paris and witness the same. I got shoved at least half a dozen times! Thank Goodness I am not into Hermes, (yet) at least Rue Cambon was quiet 'civilised' that day ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, must take your advice and visit Rue Faubourg on my next visit!

    Thanks for the lovely story, Kat!

    http://mrsjackofalltradesdaily.blogspot.com/

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    Mrs C
    February 19, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Hahaha! Love the Asians in line bit! I have to agree with you. I just came back from Paris and witness the same. I got shoved at least half a dozen times! Thank Goodness I am not into Hermes, (yet) at least Rue Cambon was quiet 'civilised' that day ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, must take your advice and visit Rue Faubourg on my next visit!

    Thanks for the lovely story, Kat!

    http://mrsjackofalltradesdaily.blogspot.com/

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    Anonymous
    March 3, 2012 at 2:36 am

    Hi, Can anyone tell me whats the deal with showing your passport in Paris high end boutique? If you show your passport to LV store, Chanel will you get some type of discount or do you get your tax back once you claim it once you go back to your country? Canada & USA?

    Please advised. I would appreciate it very much! THANK YOU

    -Anna

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    Katherine
    March 5, 2012 at 2:56 am

    Here! This might help…

    http://www.lonelyplanet.com/travelblogs/654/19721/Getting+Your+VAT+Refunds?destId=359975

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    thebaghag
    June 3, 2012 at 5:10 am

    bag colour and hardware = perfection! congratulations!!! i love the bag!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Nanne
    July 29, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Thanks for sharing your hermes story- and although I just follow you recently, I truly enjoy reading your blog.

    I really like your Etoupe Birkin with GH- I have a chanel jumbo in the same colour from 2010 collection and I totally loves it since it goes with everything. Since I am new with Hermes would you mind sharing the details of this bag? I have bought Chanel in Paris and other city in europe and I understand that there is a big saving buying there than in north america. Is that also the case wiht Hermes? How much this bag cost in the US and what did Mr Feather paid in Paris? I am debating whether to buy it here or wait until my next trip to Europe. Thanks so much !!!

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      Katherine
      July 29, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      Hi Nanne,

      Thank you for your kind comment! Your jumbo sounds so pretty (I think I know which one it is – I’m jealous!). Hermes does cost quite a bit less in Europe especially with the current euro situation – this bag was around $10K in the US (+ tax) but from Europe I believe it came out to be around $7.5K. However Etoupe is a popular color and can be difficult to find – if you have your heart set on it, I might advise that you just purchase it wherever you happen to find it. Good luck!

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    Dissertation
    November 7, 2012 at 9:44 am

    aweomse! awesome! thanks for sharing. you’re gaining audience from Appi Paris ๐Ÿ˜€

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    B
    June 5, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Can anyone tell me how much does such a bag cost in Paris? I’m planning on going there and would love to have one of these but I’m clueless when it comes to pricing in France.

    Thanks!

    PS: LOVE YOUR BLOG

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    Adelyn
    July 2, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Is your 35cm Etoupe Birkin a Clemence leather?
    Thanks!

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    Promosi Jubah
    August 16, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Maaf tanya .. adakah pos yang sebelum nie berkaitan dengan pos nie ??
    saya agak keliru dengan link dalam blog awak nie..

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    Marrisa
    March 20, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Hi guys I have a question, I have my hermes bag for 5 years now. And unfortunately I lost 2 of the base studs ;( and I’ve been trying to find where can I get or where can I buy the base studs parts for my hermes bag???? I am soooooooo desperate right now

    Please help me!!! Thank you and much appreciate

    Marrisa

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      Katherine
      March 20, 2014 at 9:19 am

      I would take it to Hermes.

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        Anonymous
        March 21, 2014 at 3:10 pm

        But where is it

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    Marrisa
    March 20, 2014 at 8:38 am

    And please email me if you guys know where can I buy the base studs for hermes bag?
    Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuu

    Email: sweetest_cha@hotmail.com

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    Anonymous
    March 21, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    But where can I find hermes in Canada? Can you please help me? Thank you

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    Anonymous
    August 21, 2014 at 7:10 am

    Heyyy

    Love the bag were can i get it from !

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    Vivian
    April 8, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    I love this bag I wish I can afford it! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜

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