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Bags with logos too last century for Paris craftsman

There's something missing from the handbags that adorn the shelves of Serge Amoruso's Paris boutique. It's certainly not the hefty price tag or the top quality craftmanship. What you won't find, however, is that universal badge of 1990s consumerism -- a logo. Amoruso's message is clear. Exclusivity is what his customers -- many of them from China and Japan -- now want, and they don't mind paying for it.

Birkin handbag sells for record 63,800 euros at auction

A crocodile-skin Birkin handbag made by luxury goods firm Hermes has sold for a record 63,800 euros ($82,600) at an auction in Paris, auction house Artcurial said on Monday. The bag, manufactured in 2006 and marked by its unusual combination of orange, red and pink colours, was sold at above its estimate of 40,000-50,000 euros at the auction on May 21, Artcurial said. It did not disclose details about the purchaser. The previous record sale price for a Birkin bag was 61,000 euros, during a 2011 auction in Paris.

Birkin handbag sells for record 63,800 euros at auction

A crocodile-skin Birkin handbag made by luxury goods firm Hermes has sold for a record 63,800 euros ($82,600) at an auction in Paris, auction house Artcurial said on Monday. The bag, manufactured in 2006 and marked by its unusual combination of orange, red and pink colours, was sold at above its estimate of 40,000-50,000 euros at the auction on May 21, Artcurial said. It did not disclose details about the purchaser. The previous record sale price for a Birkin bag was 61,000 euros, during a 2011 auction in Paris.

Birkin handbag sells for record 63,800 euros at auction

A crocodile-skin Birkin handbag made by luxury goods firm Hermes has sold for a record 63,800 euros ($82,600) at an auction in Paris, auction house Artcurial said on Monday. The bag, manufactured in 2006 and marked by its unusual combination of orange, red and pink colours, was sold at above its estimate of 40,000-50,000 euros at the auction on May 21, Artcurial said. It did not disclose details about the purchaser. The previous record sale price for a Birkin bag was 61,000 euros, during a 2011 auction in Paris.

In quest for designer look, U.S. women admit buying knockoffs

NEW YORK, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Even if they can't afford the real thing, many American women still strive for that designer look and have no problem buying knockoffs, or cheaper copies, according to a new survey released on Tuesday. Three-quarters of women questioned in the poll admitted that they had knowingly purchased a counterfeit designer fashion item, and many said they had as many as five fake dresses, handbags, wallets, jewelry or pairs of shoes.
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