What’s the deal with the Hermès Birkin bag? Well, it’s not only one of the priciest bags in the world, but also one of the hardest to get.
In fact, it was used as a gauge to attest to the wealth of Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.
When a photo of Najib’s aides loading a total of 284 boxes containing luxury handbags—including dozens and dozens of orange boxes holding Hermes Birkin bags—into trucks was circulated online, it caused widespread anger. Many believed that she had misappropriated government funds to support her hobby. After all, the bags were known for its hefty price tag of more than $10,000.
It was reported that Rosmah bought a US$200,000 (S$270,000) crocodile Birkin bag in 2015. Her aide denied it. A recent New York Times article (May 15), however, quoted a broker who estimated that the value of her Hermès Birkin handbag collection was worth at least US$10 million.
Here are five things to know about the handbags, among the most highly coveted items in the luxury fashion world.
Text: The Straits Times / May 2018
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