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

by Michael Tonello

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  activelearning | Oct 13, 2013 |
Hilarious, snarky and fun. To top it all off, well-written. A delight, if you like this sort of thing. And I do. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
Enjoyable, light, fluffy. A fun, easy weekend read. Remarkably well-written. ( )
  amandamay83 | Apr 2, 2013 |
One of the funniest, most entertaining books I've read in a while. I just loved it. ( )
  Cyberlibrariannyc | Oct 6, 2010 |
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After moving from Provincetown to Barcelona, Mr. Tonello made a successful living by serving as intermediary between the makers of overpriced status goods and people desperately eager to buy those items. He does a good job describing his successful techniques. The book may fascinate or amuse those hoping to cut him out as middleman but is a bit too cute for me. A middling read. ( )
  abycats | Dec 19, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061473332, Hardcover)

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.

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This is Michael Tonello's account of his years spent globetrotting trying to work the Hermes system to buy and resell hundreds of impossible-to-get Birkin handbags on eBay, which made him one of the most successful online entrepreneurs, but earned him the wrath of the people at Hermes.… (more)

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