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Painted Birkins
by Hag Mag
Have you ever asked yourself “How can I make one of my Birkins more unique?” It’s questions that plagues many of us, for sure. But ponder no longer, because Boyarde has provided an answer! Boyarde specializes in custom body- and birkin-painting (she’ll do any designer bags, actually). But what sets her apart from all the other “artists” slathering pain on the Holiest of Handbags and proclaiming artistic creation, is that Boyarde has skill. And it’s clear in her work, from the technique, and subject matter, to the mere placement on the bag, her Lichtenstein-esque renderings go far and beyond the average run-of-the-mill Birkin-Pollock impresario. The real questions that sits on my tongue, though, is how will this effect the bag’s value? Birkins are by far the best fashion investment a woman (or man) can make. Any faint hint of rarity or uniqueness nearly insures growth in second-hand value. We’ve seen many one-of-a-kind Birkins custom made by Hermès pass through auction houses and dealers with selling prices far above their off-the-rack counterparts. But does third-party customization increase value as well? Surely work done by well-known and revered artists would do the trick, as would well-publicized customizations, like those done by Lady Gaga. But could an artist whose main line of work stems from the bag actually ad value to the bag itself, or just novelty? It may be a while until we see a Boyarde-Painted Birkin on the block at Heritage Auctions, since it seems women willing to spend the money on customization are far less likely to part with their personalized trophy-bags. But I eagerly look forward to some light being shed on this facet of the Birkin marketplace.
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