L1050259After many reviews, I’ve decided to get my lovely little skeletal looking hands on Michael Tonello‘s [AMA-ZING BOOK] called, “Bringing Home The Birkin: My Life in Pursuit of the World’s Most Coveted Handbag”. Truthfully, I have read so far the first 20 pages and seriously, I feel like I am in a one-by-one coaching with Michael Tonello. The secrets of getting ahead of Hermes’ waiting list to re-selling Birkin bags on ebay & profitting, he also goes into detail on dressing the part when entering a Hermes store and how to converse with the associates, and even busting all the myths of the Hermes brand.


On October 27th, 2009, Hermes opened their prestigious store at the Bravern in the heart of Bellevue Downtown [between NE 8th ST and 112th AVE NE]. Now, all Bellevue & Seattle shop-a-holics can simply take their shopping to the next level.

My Observation/Experience[s]:

First effort, I went to Hermes & purchased a cashmere muffler with my best friend. Birkin = out of the question. Conclusion: I’ve tried to apply some of the tips from the book, however, I was successful UNSUCCESSFUL.

Second effort, I went into Hermes with my mother who was carrying her Hermes Birkin that she bought 5 years ago. Immediately, I noticed that the associates there were more attentative to her rather than those who were browsing around the store. Conclusion: Even though I am determined to get myself a Birkin sometime within the next year or two, I am willing to hassle the day & nights out of the AMEX customer service representatives!

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Thanks to several good reviews and a recent post on VueSociety. I really had to get a hold of this book which I did at last, a few days ago @ Barnes & Noble. Many recommend this book to those who are in the Fashion Industry or just a plain old label whore [like myself – not gonna lie]. Dana Thomas is a superb writer especially with the amount of extensive research, traveling, interviews, and etc for her book. It even benefits my Sociology Group Project on social class/status. deluxe-how-luxury-lost-its-luster

My favorite excerpts from the book:

  • “I am tempted to say what is luxury: servants and sixteenth-century service. If you want to talk about rare beauty, I know what it is. To fake luxury today is easy. You put some details from the brand’s past, you put a little bit of gold, and that’s it. I can’t bear that… Real luxurious people hate status. You don’t look rich because you have a rich dress. When you look at a person, do you see the spirit or the sexiness or the creativity? Just to see a big diamond, what does it mean? It’s all about satisfaction. I think it’s horrible, this judgment based on money. It’s all an illusion that you look better because you have a symbol of luxury. Really, it doesn’t bring you anything. It’s so banal.”  — Miuccia Prada”
  • “I remember walking into an assembly plant in Thailand a couple of years ago and seeing six or seven little children, all under ten years old, sitting on the floor assembling counterfeit leather handbags,” the investigator told me as we drove away from the (counterfeiting) raid. “The owners had broken the children’s legs and tied the lower leg to the thigh so the bones wouldn’t mend. He did it because the children said they wanted to go outside and play.”
  • “Before, cheap clothes looked cheap,” Andersson (H&M) told Dana. “Today, it’s nearly impossible to see the difference, and that’s what we are trying to prove. We can never be luxurious as Chanel, but luxury is more in YOUR perception than what it says on the label. We see ourselves as competitors with everyone — Gap, Zara, but also Chanel. Why shop at Chanel if you can shop at H&M?”

Where to get your copy of Deluxe: How Luxury Lost It’s Luster by Dana Thomas

New style bible, & author Amanda Brooks backstage at the Michael Kors show.

Classic, Bohemian, Minimalist, Street, High-Fashion, Eclectic… What’s your style?

So begins the fab new style book by Amanda Brooks, fashion guru & muse to countless designers. With gorgeous full-color pics, Brooks’ words of wisdom totally inspired me to take a look at my closet and redefine my personal style in a way that reflects ME and the message I send to the world. Love the description by HarperCollins:

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“What’s your personal style?”