How does one avoid the notorious Birkin waitlist? With their requisite status bags in tow, a slew of socials gathered Monday afternoon at the St. Regis to find out just that. Hosts Jill Fairchild and Melissa Biggs Bradley invited their friends in the Astor Court to celebrate Michael Tonello's new book Bringing Home The Birkin: My Life in Hot Pursuit of The World's Most Coveted Handbag, which hit shelves April 22. It is certainly a theme that the crowd, which included Jennifer Creel, Gillian Miniter, and Susan Gutfreund, could relate to. "I was offered Ferraris for the day and New York City penthouse apartments for the month," said Tonello of the outrageous gifts he was given for his Birkin finding services. "I accumulated over 100 stamps on my passport and spent $1.6 million at Hermès in a three month period."
After explaining the origins of the iconic bag, his global Birkin buying tour, and the ways in which one can attempt to "cut the line," Tonello took questions. "What are your thoughts on the Ralph Lauren Ricky bag that Whitney [Fairchild] is carrying?" Peggy Siegal asked. "Don't you think it's awfully similar to the Birkin?" Fairchild took the surprise outburst in stride. "Remember, I work for Ralph Lauren," she retorted. Marina Rust Connor was quick to come to her defense. "The hardware is completely different," she observed.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
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