Bringing Home the Birkin

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For more than twenty years, the Hermès Birkin bag has been the iconic symbol of fashion, luxury, and wealth. With a fabled waiting list of more than two years to purchase one, the average fashionista has a better chance of climbing Mount Everest in Prada pumps than of possessing this coveted carryall. Unless, of course, she happens to know Michael Tonello. . . .

With down-to-earth wit, Michael Tonello chronicles the unusual ventures that took him to nearly every continent—and from eBay to Paris auction houses and into the lives of celebrities and poseurs alike—on the road to becoming a successful entrepreneur and Robin Hood to thousands of desperate rich women.

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Kate Moss has one in denim, Kelly Osbourne has one in classic black, and Victoria Beckham, of course, has one in every colour of the rainbow. Elle Macpherson, Lindsay Lohan, Sarah Jessica Parker and Naomi Campbell are A-list fans, too. Even Coleen McLoughlin has one in tan. I am talking about the Hermes Birkin: the ultra-chic handbag that is one of the most iconic fashion items of all time. The bag has even got its own kiss-and-tell biography: Bringing Home the Birkin, by former beautician, Michael Tonello. It has just been published in the US and has caused a bit of a flutter at Hermes HQ. The press office would issue only this statement: No comment. The book spills the beans on the luxury handbag business and details Tonellos formula for cracking the code to bypass the brand s famous waiting list. It explains how he managed to buy up Birkins in their thousands for his cash-rich, time-poor, zero-patience clients and make himself a small fortune. --Daily Mail, 28 April 2008

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Originally from Massachusetts, Michael Tonello traveled the world as a makeup artist and hairdresser before resettling in Spain to become an eBay luxury reseller of all things Hermès. He resides in Barcelona with his partner, Juan.

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