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In 1984, the famous Hermès Birkin bag was born after actress Jane Birkin sat next to the then Chairman of Hermès Jean-Louis Dumas on a Paris- London flight. During their voyage, Birkin complained about her inability to find a quality bag that could carry all of their stuff. In an effort to engage the famous actress, singer, and model in conversation, the businessman asked her to describe her “dream bag.”

Dumas took studious notes during their discussion, and when that flight was through, he took those notes to the Hermès workshop, and designers went to work to create the bag that has now become legendary.

The exclusive and elusive handbags have soared in price over the last 37 years, increasing the brand’s value by 500% but also guaranteeing it a bestseller on the counterfeit markets.

According to 1st Dibs, a Birkin sold for $222,000 in 2015, making it the most expensive bag ever sold at auction. But that record was quickly shattered the very next year when another Birkin bag sold for more than $300,000.

For those lucky enough to own an authentic Birkin, the luxury house’s craftsmanship, quality, and color variety they come in make it a must have purchase. The counterfeiters understand this as well- which is why it can oftentimes be extremely difficult to spot a fake bag.

Debra Kent, the founder of Mightychic, claimed, “some of the bags coming out of Italy are so good that even Hermès has a hard time telling.”

Kent advised 1st Dibs that in order to avoid being taken, the first rule is to “know your seller,” she said. “You have to do your homework. You have to ask questions. You have to see that this is somebody that’s been around for a really long time.” You even need to know who, exactly, your seller is buying from.

Here’s a list of other important rules to follow to help you spot a fake:

The Stamp: Beneath the front flap of a real Birkin is the iconic phrase of dreams: “Hermès Paris Made in France.” Label stamps are always lightly pressed into the leather in gold, silver, or as a colorless imprint, and metallics generally match the hardware.

Also, always check for the accented “è” and make sure the stamp is properly centered.

The Lock & Keys: The quality of the lock is important. The hardware is usually gold or palladium, which gives a substantial feel. The toggle should move smoothly, and all engravings on the lock should be crisp and refined. The keys are enclosed in a leather clochette that loops through the bag’s handle. Hermès attaches keys directly to a leather band; they never use key rings.

The Shape & Base: Otherwise known as the posture of a true Birkin is strong and stands tall. Real Birkins don’t slouch. The high-quality leather is meant to ensure that the handbag maintains its impressive form. The feet located on the base of your bag should never twist off.

The Leather: The leather quality on a knockoff of any designer handbag is usually the first giveaway- and this is especially true of the famous Birkin. The bag can actually delight the senses. Many owners claim there is nothing like the feel and the smell of the genuine leather used to create their bags.

The Stitching: Authentic Birkin bags are stitched by the hands of experienced artisans. The stitch work is always slightly angled, tight, and precise. While the work is done by hand, it may have slight inconsistencies, but it is never ever “messy.” Shotty or uneven stitch work is also a dead giveaway to a keen bag collector’s eye.

Other key elements to the authentic Birkins are the engraved zippers and something called the blind stamp, which follows Hermès’ complex coding system- in an effort to thwart counterfeiters.

The one glaringly obvious giveaway of a fake Birkin bag- is the “authenticity card,” while many other luxury designer bags come with the card to help verify its authenticity. A real Birkin bag would never- so if you spot one- you know you gotta knockoff.




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Ethiopia Habtemariam Promoted To Chairman And CEO Of Motown Records

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Ethiopia Habtemariam has been promoted to the chairman and CEO of Motown Records.

After six years serving as president of Motown Records, Habtemariam has officially been promoted to CEO. She will now report directly to Universal Music Group chairman and CEO Sir Lucian Grainge. As a part of Habtemariam’s promotion, she will now have more independent power.

Before her new title, Habtemariam managed Motown’s move from New York to Los Angeles in 2014, Yahoo! News reports. She will now move forward with Motown’s mission to develop partnerships with creative and entrepreneurial brands and entities, including Atlanta-based Quality Control Music (QC). The collaboration with QC has jumpstarted the careers of popular artists, including City Girls, Migos, Lil Baby, and more.

“Motown is such an important voice and, just as when it was founded by Berry Gordy, its impact continues to be felt around the world. Motown’s resurgence and powerful partnerships under Ethiopia’s leadership has advanced the label’s legacy as home to some of today’s biggest hitmakers and most meaningful voices in music,” said Grainge in a statement.

In response to the new move, Habtemariam called her promotion an “honor.”

“It’s an incredible honor to represent and define what Motown is today. I’ve always understood the power of music and the responsibility I have, not only to continue to be an advocate for artists and creators, but to forge new paths for entrepreneurs and to lift up our next generation of executives around the world. I’d like to thank Lucian for his constant support and guidance over the years; my Motown team for all they have done and continue to do; the Capitol team for their help in building Motown over these past six years; Clarence Avant who has always taught me about the power of responsibility; and to Mr. Berry Gordy, for his faith in me to carry on his legacy.”




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‘My Biggest Concern Was History Repeating Itself’

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Prince Harry told Oprah Winfrey that he was scared “history would repeat itself” before leaving the royal family.

It’s been one year since Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle exited Buckingham Palace following a slew of attacks from the British media. Now, in a new clip from the couple’s first full-length interview since their exit, Harry tells Winfrey that he was afraid his family would suffer the same scrutiny his mother, Princess Diana, did.

“For me, I’m just really relieved and happy to be sitting here talking to you with my wife by my side because I can’t begin to imagine what it must have been like for her going through this process by herself,” Harry said in the clip. “It’s been unbelievably tough for the two of us, but at least we had each other,” he added.

Diana’s mistreatment by the British media was heavily documented and has been portrayed on television for years, most recently in Netflix’s series “The Crown.” Harry has been very open about condemning media, highlighting the photographers who chased after his mother the night she died. Diana died in a car crash in 1997 as paparazzi were pursuing her.

The new interview is set to air on Sunday; Winfrey says nothing is off-limits. “Were you silent, or were you silenced?” Winfrey asks Markle in her separate interview. “You said some pretty shocking things here,” Winfrey said.

Despite what people may think, Harry says leaving the royal family was a moment for the couple to take a step back. “It was never walking away; it was stepping back, rather than stepping down,” he said in a 17-minute interview with James Corden last week. He added that his “life is always going to be about public service. Meghan signed up to that, and the two of us enjoy doing that.”

 

 




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Man Says He’s Kim Kardashian’s Husband, Tries To Break Into Her Home

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A trespasser claiming to be Kim Kardashian’s husband tried to gain access into her Los Angeles home last week.

The unnamed 24-year-old man managed to breach the main entrance gate at Kardashian’s Hidden Hills home at approximately 6:30 p.m. on February 24th. However, he was stopped before he could enter the house. When security questioned him, he claimed that he was married to the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star.

The security officers alerted law enforcement, who cited him for trespassing. The man was also placed on a 72-hour psychiatric hold but has since been released.

The ordeal was particularly frightening because it comes nearly four-and-a-half years after the 40-year-old beauty mogul was tied up and robbed by thieves in her Paris hotel room. Since then, she has noticeably increased her security, with guards at “every edge” of her property.

Neither Kim Kardashian nor her reps have publicly commented on the break-in attempt.




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