Review: Bringing home the Birkin by Michael Tonello


This was the first book I received from Harper Collins facebook group. I was pleasantly surprised when I was reading it. In all honesty, I didn’t think I would like it. Then I started to read it and couldn’t put it down.

The author calls it a memoir book. Which hasn’t really been my thing to read, so that might have been why I was thinking I wouldn’t like it.

If you’ve been dying to get your hands on a Birkin, then I suggest this book to you. I personally have never wanted one. I guess its one of those bags that I knew I never could afford so never lusted after it. You probably heard all the stories about how hard it is to actually get a Birkin bag, and that there is a two-year waiting list, and even worse a waiting list for the waiting list. Well, Tonello dispels all the myths that surround this bag.

After moving to Spain, on the promise of a job, Tonello finds himself in a desperate situation when the position falls through. After selling his precious Hermes scarf on eBay, he discovers the sheer number of fanatics that will pay a small fortune to get their hands on anything “Hermes”, especially the Birkin. And after a number of encounters Tonello discovers that the Birkin is where the money is at.

Getting his hands on one, however, proves to be anything but easy. And in the beginning, he hits a brick wall in the form of sales assistants. Then he discovers a formula and tries it out several times. He discovers this formula is the key and puts it into action.

I’ve tried not to reveal too much. What I will say, however, is that after the first few chapters I was hooked and had a hard time putting the book down. I ended up reading it all on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Tonello’s writing style is very descriptive of the beautiful cities he visits and his brilliant sense of humor served for very entertaining reading.

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2 thoughts on “Review: Bringing home the Birkin by Michael Tonello

  1. Cindy says:

    You are so welcome Michael. I am sorry that I couldn’t get to meet you while you where in Montreal.
    A few things came up that day. Perhaps the next time you are in town.

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