VHANYA -- yes, Mother knows best -- whatever floats your boat, go for it.
Now, that LINDY --I was so excited when I got my Rouge ; and shortly thereafter -- the euphoria went poof! For me, it is an inconvenient bag. I need to use 2 hands to open the zippers on either side (or I am just a klutz?).
IF you want to roadtest one, before deciding to buy -- you can do so with mine. Basta Ortigas, Makati or Greenhills areas lang ha.
VHANYA -- as for the ostrich -- once a round part of the leather popped off mine, I got kinda traumatized LOL -- so I sold it to a BFF who wanted it badly inspite of the popping-off. Sabi ng ibang friends ko ganon daw the ostriches -- some of the rounds pop off.
If you walk into an Hermes store and you are willing to pop US$10thou (more or less, depends on taxes and rentals?) for ANY color/leather of Birkin35 (regular leathers ha, not the ostriches, crocs, etc) -- you have a good chance of owning one. (Flash your Platinum card! Read Tonello's book -- very amusing.)
But well, for me -- I gotta get the color I want or I can stand it to say: nyet! to a Birkin35. So there, if you choose a color -- be ready for an average 1.5year wait.
I am not gonna pop that amount for what the HK Hermes store offered me last time -- as per my atrevida niece: yuck! "brown poop" color. So there.
All good things come to those who wait, sabi ng MIL ko.
As for Birkin owners or aspirers -- let us not judge. Whatever floats your boat, live and let die, etc etc etc.
My sole advice for Hermes/expensive bag owners: use your bags like there is no tomorrow. (as FASHION ADDICT stated: when the flood waters rise, will you cry pa over your bags?)
Bugbugin to an inch of dying. LOL
I bugbog my Birkins, and other bags (oo, kahit na Rustan's grocery bag -- no escape from me) -- sure, bugbog kita kasi bag ka eh (alangan naman bugbog ko my driver or husband. LOL malamang hindi papayag)