By Pema Bakshi

Even Cardi B Can’t Get a Birkin

The songstress had her sights set on the elusive Hermès bag for her Paris Fashion Week trip.
PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 03: Cardi B attends the Schiaparelli Haute couture Fall/Winter 2023/2024 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 03, 2023 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/Getty Images)

Cardi B may have just come off of a whirlwind fashion tour for Paris Haute Couture Week, but it seems the rapper had another agenda for her Euro trip: nabbing herself a Birkin.

The notoriously hard-to-get bag, which has been wildly popular since its debut in 1984, is the highly coveted hand-crafted creation of Hermès and can retail from anywhere between $40,000-$150,000+. But the price tag isn’t the only obstacle to owning one. As some may have seen through Samantha’s plight in Sex and the City, getting your hands on one is no easy feat. The luxury leather goods house has a strictly limited supply, meaning it doesn’t matter how much you’re willing to spend, whether you’re a celebrity, fashion editor, royalty, or even the inimitable Cardi B, the competition is fierce.

During a ‘get ready with me’ video, she explained her struggles to obtain one to Vogue. “Everybody thinks I came here for Couture Week, but I really came here to buy a Birkin bag,” she said to her glam team. “I cannot find it nowhere in the States.”

“Let me tell you something,” she continues. “I’ve been looking for this Birkin for two months, and then my Hermès plug said that it was coming to New York, and I think she sold it to somebody else.” Ouch. But, of course, she is taking matters into her own finely-manicured hands.

“It’s ok because I came here to get it myself.”

Though she was photographed leaving Paris with a Birkin in tow, fans may recognise the particular version as being part of her existing collection.

Cardi B Birkin bag
PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 3: Cardi B is seen on July 3, 2023 in Paris, France. (Photo by MEGA/GC Images)

The cobalt blue crocodile tote with gold hardware made an appearance in a video she posted to Instagram, where she showed off her insanely large range of Birkins.

While the clip would leave many of us wondering which one she could possibly be missing in the sea of various colours, leathers and rare prints, it’s pretty clear that the rapper is ready to do what it takes to keep growing her collection. Godspeed, Cardi B.

This article first appeared on GRAZIA Magazine.