Friday, August 30, 2013


Posted by Bethan Holt, Junior Fashion Editor at Large

Just casually browsing through M'oda 'Operandi's latest auctions, as one does, I stumbled into the vintage Hermes auction. Clearly with zero ability or intention to buy. It's a wonderful place to be nosy because of course there is only one of each style featured so "Sold Out" effectively means "Somebody bought this". Quite a few of the vaguely more affordable handbags have gone. You know the ones which come in at about $20,000. But then I also noticed a "Sold Out" label on a 35cm Beton Matte Alligator Birkin with a price tag of $79,500.

So there's your proof that when it comes to shopping on the internet, our budgets and limits for what we might have once liked to see and buy in person know no bounds. Maybe the person who bought the Birkin knew it already and had previewed it in advance of logging on? Or perhaps they so implicitly trust the notion of buying online now that it seemed just incredibly convenient to so easily purchase a bag which might usually be so tricky to hunt down rather than astounding in any way.

The $79,500 bag (via M'oda 'Operandi)
Personally, I have my eyes on a Constance. Alas, I'm not sure I'll find the $45,000/ $99,500 in the four days before the auction ends.

The Ficelle crocodile Constance... $45,000 (via M'oda 'Operandi)

The White gold and diamond blue jean crocodile Constance (via M'oda 'Operandi)

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