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作       者:Tonello, Michael

出  版  社:HarperCollins e-books

出版时间:2008-07-08

字       数:37.1万

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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 Herm 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 Herm 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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Cover

Title Page

Dedication

Contents

Prologue

1: Barcelona on the Brain

2: The Spanish Indecision

3: Vespas and Vespers

4: Warding Off Trouble

5: Career Chop Suey

6: Horseshoes and Handkerchiefs

7: Silk Serendipity

8: Le Monde d’wish Lists

9: The Pyrenees Passing

10: Livig It p Betwee the Birki ad Barceloa (“Michael’s Theme”)

CHAPTER 11: Birkin Bankruptcy

12: Orange You Glad You Asked?

13: The Formula

14: Smoke and Mirrors

15: Road Trip Redux

16: How Do I Buy These?…Let Me Count the Ways…

17: Knight in Shining Croc

18: Ping-Pong I’ll Play, but Purse Penelope? No Way!

19: Parisian Purse Pipeline

20: Devilish Prada Pants and Heavenly Cuisine

Photographic Insert

21: Chilean Charades and Buenos Birkins

22: Blueberries and BlackBerries

23: A Roster of Reservations

24: A Yen for Hermès

25: Shop ’til You Drop

26: Capricious Life

27: The Italian Way

28: In Hermès We Trust, Aston We Shall Receive

29: Creamsicles and Moonstones

30: There’s More Than One Way to Skin a Crocodile

31: Hermès, We Have a Hostage Situation

32: Mr. Sherlock Hermès

33: Fellini Film Noir

34: Found Money, Hidden Grace

35: A Birkin for Mom

Glossary of Hermès Terms

Acknowledgments

About the Author

Credits

Copyright

About the Publisher

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