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Why are Birkin Bags More Expensive in the Secondary Market?

Hermès Birkin bags

Out of all the coveted luxury items in the world, the Hermès Birkin is the most desired handbag. Sometimes referred to as “The Holy Grail” of handbags, the Birkin is a symbol of status, taste, and affluence. First created in 1984, and named after British actress and singer Jane Birkin, the demand for this handbag, more than 20 years later, is sky-high. The Birkin was not an immediate hit, but it became very popular in the 90s, when there was a boom of “It” handbags. In the 2001 episode of Sex and the City, Samantha tries to purchase a Birkin, only to be told there was a five-year wait list.

“It’s not a bag, it’s a Birkin,” said the sales associate.

Read: The 10 Most Popular Hermès Birkin Colors

A huge part of the appeal of the Birkin is that not everyone can get their hands on one. “There is no guarantee that you can ever walk into an Hermès boutique and walk out with a Birkin,” says Elizabeth Bernstein, Senior  Senior Director of Handbags and accessories of “Now, if you are a very good customer, spend loads on other Hermès items, and develop a good relationship with a Sales Associate, you might get added to the wait list.  If you do get on the list it can take up to two years to have your bag made.” Although demand is high, quantities are low.

So what is a woman, dying to get her hands on a Birkin, to do? She can purchase an authentic Hermès Birkin in the secondary market, from trusted sellers, like PORTERO. At an Hermès boutique, Birkin bags start at $10,000 and go up to six figures for more exotic skins and materials. In the secondary market, however, there is a premium for Birkin bags.

Birkin Bags available on PORTERO.comRouge Casaque Epsom Birkin 30cm with Palladium Hardware $21,500. Tangerine Ostrich Birkin 30cm with Palladium Hardware $40,000. Pre-Owned Kiwi Epson Birkin 35cm with Palladium Hardware $16,995. Emerald Green Shiny Nilo Crocodile Birkin 30cm with Gold Hardware $109,000.


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Popular Birkin colors

The 10 Most Popular Hermès Birkin Colors

In the House of Hermès, purple is not purple, but Anemone, or Parme. Blue is not blue, but Blue Atoll, Mykonos, or Ciel. When it’s time to shop for a Birkin you can choose different leathers, different hardware, and of course, many different colors. But what are some of the most popular ones out there? Our Senior Director of Handbags and Accessories, Elizabeth Bernstein, gives us handy guide to the most popular Birkin bag colors.

Please note colors look different on all computer screens. Lightning and photography equipment also play a big part. 

Read: Top 10 Most Popular Hermès Leathers and Skins.


Black Birkin


The classiest of colors. If you’re a first-time Birkin buyer you can’t go wrong with black; it goes with everything!

Black Birkin bags available on PORTERO.comPre-owned Black Birkin Troika with Gold Hardware $12,360. Black Togo Birkin 30cm with Palladium Hardware $21,950. Black Togo Birkin 25cm with Gold harware $22,000. Black Porosus Shiny Crocodile Birkin with Palladium Hardware $52,000


Gold Birkin bag


Gold is actually the Hermès’ signature camel color, not to be confused with gold metallic. This color is one of Hermès’ oldest and classiest. It goes with everything as it’s a perfect neutral camel color.

Gold Birkin bags available on PORTEROGold Togo Birkin 30cm with Gold Hardware $21,500. Pre-owned Gold Togo Birkin 35cm with Palladium Hardware $9.785. Gold Togo Birkin 35cm with Gold Hardware $26,775. Vintage Gold Ardennes Birkin 55cm $11,995.


Orange H

Orange H Birkin bag


Orange H is the most famous Hermès color. It is their signature orange, which is highly representative of Hermès because of their orange boxes. Surprisingly enough, this color is also a good neutral to be paired with tan, brown, blues, greens, reds, etc. Hermès adopted the Orange H in the 1960s, when they were inspired by the Orient and their mysticism.

Orange H Birkin bagsPre-owned Orange H Clemence Birkin 35cm with Palladium Hardware $9,940. Orange H Togo Birkin with Gold Hardware $19,995. Orange H Togo Birkin with Palladium Hardware $16,999.

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Our Big Giveaway–Revealed!

We crafted a teaser poem last week to get you excited, and then left you for a week to stew. Our partners over at FabSugar and PurseBlog also dropped some hints, and many of them guessed correctly: We’re giving away a gorgeous, coveted, pristine pre-owned Hermès Birkin!

Pictured above, this ultimate handbag (30 centimeters, black evergrain leather) is timeless, elegant and totally chic. Besides being guaranteed authentic (this is Portero Luxury, after all) this particular bag is pre-owned and in pristine condition, which means it has never been worn. Valued at $8,350, this is really the giveaway of a lifetime for a lucky handbag lover.

You might know that the Hermès Birkin is referred to as the Rolls Royce of bags–you’ve probably seen it slung over the arm of celebrities ranging from Victoria Beckham to Mary-Kate Olsen, and from Martha Stewart to Marc Jacobs. But do you know why?

Always hand-built by expert craftsmen, a Birkin’s high price tag comes from the materials and labor. Each takes weeks to create, and when they are distributed to Hermès boutiques, it is on an intentionally unpredictable schedule in low quantity. This particular model has palladium hardware (lock, keys, buckle and feet) which, unlike silver, won’t tarnish. Because of the high demand for Birkins, fakes are everywhere. Want to know some factors in determining authenticity? Here are some key markings:

–Even, consistent stitching

–”Hermès Paris, Made in France” should be gilt or blind stamped in the front face under the tap

–Craftsman’s marks and letter year of manufacture stamped in a square underside of right belt

–Interior leather zipper tag parallel with zipper hardware, not perpendicular

We are THRILLED to be bringing you this fantastic holiday giveaway, so be sure to enter now to secure your spot. Enter your email address here and you’ll automatically be signed up for the contest*. Good luck and happy holidays!

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Posh Birkin

Victoria Beckham Birkin

If you follow Victoria Beckham at all, you’ll know she’s on the absolute cutting edge of fashion–sometimes choosing to wear things that most of us would never consider a “real life” wardrobe. But just as she has you feeling completely befuddled by her choice of footwear or handbag, she goes and totes a totally classic Hermès Birkin around town.

Here she is just yesterday at London’s Heathrow airport looking travel chic. You can never go wrong with a black Birkin, and she pairs it with another favorite accessory of mine–a bold, oversized yellow gold watch. This just goes to show you that while a Birkin may be a big investment, it is an ultimate classic that straddles the line of fashion and function perfectly.

Want in on her look? Shop our collection of Hermes bags now, or check out a few of my favorite bold gold timepieces:

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day Date President 18k Yellow Gold Men’s Automatic 18038 Watch

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 18k Yellow Gold Diamond Automatic 2164.75.00 Watch

Cartier Cougar 18k Yellow Gold Quartz Unisex Watch