Bringing Home the Birkin: My Life in Hot Pursuit of the World's Most Coveted Handbag Paperback
Michael's newfound career started with an impulsive move to Barcelona, a vanished job assignment, no work visa, and an Hermes 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 Hermes to part with one of these precious bags.
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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
- Publication Date: 21/07/2009
- Category: Domestic trade
- ISBN: 9780061473340
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Review by abycats
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.