If you ever think that the stock market, real estates, or gold are a safe investment during the years, you’d better think again, because the iconic Birkin bag is having its momentum. It is officially winning its place for the highest value increasing item year-by-year. And yes!… This is definitely a call for fashion lovers. This is why we desperately wanted to meet and interview the so-called The Birkin Boy – Israel Cassol.
Fashion Influencer and Presenter, Israel owns a couple of stunning Birkins that we have all only dreamt about. Originally from Brazil, he is based in London now and owns the largest man handbag collection in the UK. And here is how he integrates them effortlessly in everyday outfits.
Q: How old were you when you bought your first Birkin?
I: “I was 34. I had been dreaming for years to have a Birkin bag but we all know how difficult it is to get our hands on them. So I thought it would never happen. It made me feel like I’d made it.”
Q: Which is your favourite Birkin?
I: “Of course, I absolutely adore my first Birkin, The Black Togo Birkin with The Gold Hardware. I remember how hard it was to get the first one. I was in Milan and I was so excited when the sales assistant brought the orange box. I realized that it is finally happening and it is finally mine. It was such a good feeling that I will never forget. I love my sneakers as well.”
Q: How do you feel having this nickname?
I: “For some people, this might sound pointless, but for me, it means so much! I truly love Hermes and my bags and I’m so honored to be able to own them.”
Q: How would you describe your style?
I: “I have two rules: I like to dress for myself! And fashion has no gender! Growing up I always knew that I was different in my sense of style compared to my peers. Today, I try to express myself to the world with gender-neutral. Why not men can’t wear skirts or feminine items? We are in the 21st century and I believe that neutral gender is the future!”
Q: What items do you love the most besides your bag?
I: “I really love my skirts, because I feel so confident wearing them and I think they show my personality. They emphasize who I am and I can show to the others that I don’t care what they think. I always wear what I love.”
Q: Do you have other passions besides collecting bags?
I: “Traveling is my second luxury. I like to travel once a month and obviously add some of my Birkins to the luggage.”
And you can definitely notice that from his Instagram account. Extravagant lifestyle, glamorous events, and a unique style. If you want to keep an eye on it and get some inspiration, check it out here.
*The Birkin bag is a line of tote bags by the French luxury goods maker, Hermès, which is handmade in leather and named after English actress and singer Jane Birkin. Introduced in the 1980s, the bag quickly became a symbol of wealth and exclusivity due to its high price and long waiting lists. Birkins are the most popular bag with handbag collectors and was once seen as the rarest handbag in the world. The bag’s value as a matter of its intentionally high price has led to it being described as a Veblen good.
This article was written by Raluca Ristea, the Managing Editor here at A-Z Bible.