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Bringing Home the Birkin: My Life in Hot Pursuit of the World's Most Coveted Handbag

Michael Tonello

ISBN 10: 0061473340 / ISBN 13: 9780061473340
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks, 2009
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Title: Bringing Home the Birkin: My Life in Hot ...

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

Edition: Reprint.

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Michael's newfound career started with an impulsive move to Barcelona, a vanished job assignment, no work visa, and an Hermes scarf sold on eBay to generate some quick cash. But soon the resourceful Michael discovered the truth about the waiting list and figured out the secret to getting Hermes to part with one of these precious bags.

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“Funny, whip-smart. . . . Both a hilarious raid on fashion’s strongholds and a memoir that satisfies like a novel. Fashion die-hards, and many others, will be delighted from beginning to end.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“The one-step, one-stop shop guide to buying a Birkin.” (Huffington Post)

“The one-step, one-stop shop guide to buying a Birkin.” (Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post)

“ [Tonello] reveals the key to scoring that Holy Grail of handbags in a clever memoir.” (Boston Herald)

“In his peppy, addictive memoir . . . [Tonello] details the comical lengths to which he’s gone to snag hundreds of Birkins that he then sells (with a steep mark-up) on eBay.” (moderntonic.com)

“The perfect, fluffy and fun beach read.” (glamour.com)

“A witty and engaging retrospective on [Tonello’s] long career traipsing the globe as a purveyor of the Birkin bag.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

“[A] sunny memoir. . . . The prose is vivid, the tone lighthearted. Mr. Tonello comes off as the fantasy gay best friend immortalized in contemporary women’s fiction: sassy, plucky, optimistic―oh, and he can get you a Birkin.” (Wall Street Journal)

“[A] memoir of . . . madcap travels, triumphs and humiliations. [Tonello] peels back the layers of pretension at the eminent design house. . . . Anyone who’s ever stepped into a luxury boutique and felt the sting of the doorman’s disapproval will find a hero in Tonello.” (Miami Herald)

“Tonello recounts the strange and serendipitous tale of how he went from cleaning out his closet to being one of the busiest Internet resellers of Birkin bags in the world.” (The Globe and Mail)

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