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Publisher Description

An insider's hilarious, whirlwind account of his years spent globe-trotting in search of the holy grail of handbags: the Birkin

For more than twenty years, the Hermès Birkin bag has been the iconic symbol of fashion, luxury, and wealth. Though the bag is often seen dangling from the arms of celebrities, there is a fabled waiting list of more than two years to buy one from Hermès, and the average fashionista has a better chance of climbing Mount Everest in Prada pumps than of possessing one of these coveted carryalls. Unless, of course, she happens to know Michael Tonello . . .

Michael's newfound career started with an impulsive move to Barcelona, a vanished job assignment, no work visa, and an Hermès 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 Hermès to part with one of these precious bags. Millions of dollars worth of Birkins later, Michael had become one of eBay's most successful entrepreneurs—and a Robin Hood to thousands of desperate rich women.

With down-to-earth wit, Michael chronicles the unusual ventures that took him to nearly every continent, from eBay to Paris auction house and into the lives of celebrities and poseurs. Flirting with danger, Michael recounts the heady rush of hand delivering his first big score to famed songwriter Carole Bayer Sager in Paris; how he had to hire thugs to rescue a bag that one of his "shoppers" held for ransom; and the story of the Oscar-worthy performances that allowed him to snag "reserved" bags from other, less dogged Birkin seekers.

Whether he's relating his wining and dining, buying and selling, dodging and weaving, laughing and crying, or schmoozing and stammering, Michael is a master raconteur who weaves together tales of hunting Birkins in the world's most posh locales, memories of meals that would make any gastronome salivate, anecdotes of obsessed collectors with insatiable desires, and sweetly intimate stories about his family, friends, and finding true love. The result is a memoir that is distinctive, fun, page-turning, and as addictive as its namesake.

Biographies & Memoirs
July 8
HarperCollins e-books

Customer Reviews

Poos mom ,

Bringing Home the Birkin

Absolutely delightful book that kept me unable to put it down. Cleverly written the author uses his whimsical and truly funny words to create a story of survival, success, entrepreneurial spirit and of course the Birkin as the protagonist. I loved this book!!

Fjgkfs ,

Entertaining and funny

Loved the insight to Birkin Hermes world! References to Barcelona and Paris were delightful as I am familiar with both cities.Also, Santiago and NYC.
I have re-read the book many times and I still laugh at your self deprecating humor and the humanity mixed with frivolity of high end fashion. Would love to meet you and Juan!!!!

Teyteyz ,

My first book ever

I had finish reading ghe book in just over 4 days. Too good to stop. Great book!