How to choose a high quality Birkin /Kelly?

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1) Leather

For a good Birkin or Kelly the choice of leather is the most important point.

We use supreme leather in the most expensive supplier in Hong Kong. It has good elasticity and texture.

That's why we use video to show the elasticity on top of our  magnified photos.

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Our rationale to use both videos and photos  is that photos alone is insufficient to show the leather characteristics.

Just imagine if we  look at the video of  "PRESS & RELEASE" you can feel actually of the tenderness of our supreme leather.

But if you just look at the photo of bending, low grade Birkin , you only see that it is bendable but has "NO" idea on the flexibility.

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Just like you can bend a aluminum plate but doesn't mean it has good flexibility and elasticity.

So we highly recommend the use of video (not only photos ) to show the Leather's' Quality.

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Flexible Leather from our Birkin : (Video Above)

I used minimum effort to press it.

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Stiff Leather from some other manufacturer  : (video below)

You see that I used much effort to press it!

(It recoils like a spring)

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You may also Email our previous customers to inquire about the Supreme Leather Smell from our products. My customers told me some of the Birkin from other suppliers smell like gasoline.

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2) Stitch

For a good Birkin the leather stitch should be thick enough and each stitch 

should be inclined at a slight angle to the next (upper photo) . 

It should never be a thin stitch and should not be a straight stitch like - - - - - - -

(see the second photos)

Poor stitch below (thin and straight stitch)

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3) Place of Origin

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Our Birkin is made 100% in Hong Kong and unlike some which are made in Mainland China

for which the the craftsmanship ,leather , and quality control may not be so well maintained.

We check in full details for every Birkin before it is shipped.

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4) The Weight 

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Our Birkin is specially thinned with leather thinning machine   so as to ensure that the Birkin will be light enough for you to take for a longer time without fatigue. Moreover, the softness of the Birkin can also be controlled.

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fig 1. Leather thinning machine to lighten your Birkin

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The weight of  our 35cm Birkin is 1090g , which is comparable to the genuine one 1100g.

(Weight may change subject to different leather)

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Fig. 2  Weight of some of our Birkin

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Fig. 3 Magazine clipping from Japanese Magazine.

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Some Birkin by other manufacturer may be much more heavy since they will not care about  thinning procedure and choice of leather.

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5) The hardware 

We use High Quality Hardware which is highly reflective  and with smooth surface.

Besides, we use good quality gold tone hardware of extra thickness (1 micron) of electro-plating.

We receive no any complaint of rusting even over years.
You may email my very early buyer to verify this point.

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On contrary , Some other may provide " medium sized photos of the whole Birkin" 

to cover up their hardware like below:

It is best  to ask for enlarged photos as small photos will cover up ugly hardware,

 which will ruin your Birkin, photos below:

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Another example of bad hardware below: @                                           

 

Use of small photos to cover up the poor hardware :

(which can ruin your Birkin)

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6) The interior

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We will have matching inside and outside leather , which unlike some which may use leather of 

different unmatched color  and give bizarre outlook.

 

Some Bad Birkin may have non-matching inside and outside color that may been 

looking bizarre to some customer. (see below photos)

Also you can see the dirty oil stain inside.

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Some may have very ugly interior (see below)

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7) The handle

The handle of the Kelly is skillfully made with round contour / curvature in the whole length 

 which unlike other which only can make it as flat doomed handle.

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It is difficult to make because with 9mm thick the stitching require much higher craftsmanship than the flat one.

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(So far in Hong Kong there is only one / two craftsman who has that kind of skill to make a 9mm round and  thick handle throughout the whole length of the Birkin /Kelly handle)

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Above and Below is the firm round handle of our Kelly and Birkin respectively.

(You can see it is round in shape throughout the length of the handle)

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But some of the Bad Kelly/ Birkin has flat handle like that below (especially thin at the end):

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8) The handle structure.

Our Birkin is specially made with smooth and round contour ending to the bag so as to keep its good contour.

The round shape of the handle is keep till the ending of the attachment.

 

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While some of the other replica may have flat handle ending to the bag or have bizarre attachment parts.

 

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9) Firmness of the bottom

For a good Birkin it should stand up on the table with only the 4 pins touching the table.

(Below is our Birkin for which you can see the gap between the table and our Birkin)

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For which some other Birkin may have soft bottom  which leaves no gap between the table and the Birkin.

(Below is the photo of a Birkin from other supplier)

The reason is that they don't have a firm and hard enough bottom so that even with the pins below it cannot stand up on the table. (i.e. the pins is hiding inside the circumference of the handbag )

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A soft bottom like this will will even ruin your Birkin contour more if you put heavy things inside.

It is not difficult to  imagine what will be the bottom like when you put heavy items inside.

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10) Ergonomics

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Our Birkin is skillfully  made for your convenient use.

The zipper of our Birkin is below the Flap so that you can take your items from it conveniently.

While some of the others may have their zipper hidden below the flap so that you have to take the flap off first to use zipper pocket, very inconvenient.

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It is a very important point as very often people will use Birkin in Open Status.

You need some safe pocket to hold your keys or other important items.

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Our Birkin (can access zipper conveniently)                                 Other's Birkin ( Zipper hide under Flap) 

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11) Structure

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For a good Birkin the folding leather should be hiding inside the rim and not protruding out.

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  Our Birkin                               Others' Birkin

   

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Our Birkin                               Others' Birkin

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12) Ratio 

The ratio of the height of the cover and the body as seen from the Birkin from most Japanese magazines is 1:2 , which is the proper ratio for well accepted Birkin design.

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Our Birkin also fit in this ratio: (see below)

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However , for some Birkin it has bizarre ratio which makes the Birkin looks strange.

(below photo)

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<< Click above to view them in parallel>>

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13) Other Hidden Details 

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We will care even the hidden parts.

Like the key holder we will have the thin genuine leather adhered inside.

Below is the photo of our Birkin, you can see we care even for inside details. 

Unlike other you may view the difference below:

(no inside leather and poor rim oiling)

Poor rim coloring at above and below:

Poor finishing (still looks good with small sized photos)

14) Good Zipper

We use zipper of the world-wide popular brand from YKK , for which the sliding is more smooth 

and much less defectives after use over years.

You can find more information in http://www.ykk.com 

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15) Good Contour

 

Good Birkin must have a good contour. It is an abstract term that is hard to measure or describe.

We believe we are the only online Birkin seller to show so many mega sized photos in online at

http://www.annlela.com , which you may compare the difference with the other.

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16) Tailor Make Basis

We do produce tailor make Birkin , Kelly and other handbag.

You may choose the leather color, stitch color, hardware, handle height, interior, which is totally different

 from other mass production low quality mainland China made handbags.

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Conclusion

Always ask for enlarged photos of the Birkin/ Kelly if

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The  above ten area constitutes only part of a good Birkin/Kelly.

The are the objective dimension to help customers to distinguish our Birkin from the other.

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One easy way to distinguish  a good Birkin is to see an enlarged photos. 

What I mean is really big photos which include the details of the Birkin.

Some  seller will use seemingly enlarged photos but with blur focus to cover the hardware and the stitch.

You may click on below two Birkin to find the difference of a small and enlarged photos.

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  <Click on the photos to see their difference

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You can see  that concerning the size and sharpness of the photos  we provides the best reference for our

customers online.

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Below are two examples of two  another "Seemingly" good looking Kelly but turn out to be hard-rock felling  plastic

like Handbag when you get it in your hand. 

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You may click below to see enlarged photos of the two small thumbnail photos.

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If you have any question about the details always  ask the supplier to give you more big size photos 

about the  details of the Birkin and Kelly.

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Hope you get a satisfactory Handbag with the  information  above.

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We are definitely not the cheapest in the market but we are definitely the best buy if you are looking

for details mentioned  above.

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Quote from one of my customer who has the real one :

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"The Bag is Beautiful! My Mother has a real Birkin and you can't tell them apart!"

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You may verify the above comment from my verified Ebay Feedback Forum

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and one of the Birkin you see is donated by another frustrated customer who had purchased a Badly Made Birkin from other supplier.

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You may visit our website http://www.annlela.com if you want to know more of our Birkin.

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