The Anatomy of a $432,000 Handbag

by Chima Rose


The Anatomy of a $432,000 Handbag

Well, that was fortuitous. Last week we celebrated World Handbag Day. Coincidentally, we happen to have a freshly posted  Hermès Himalayan crocodile Birkin bag, priced at $432,000—thought to be the most expensive Birkin ever offered for sale. How’s that for thematic relevance vis-à-vis a novelty holiday?

But in all seriousness, this bag is one of the most stunning Hermès pieces we’ve ever laid eyes on. Curious to learn more, we spoke to 1stdibs dealer  JaneFinds—the bag’s retailer and one of the foremost authorities on collectable  Hermès—to figure out exactly why this magnificent Birkin merits its equally magnificent price. Read on for more!