What gives the Birkin such an elitist status?

Blue Hermes Birkin Handbag

Owned by wealthy Hermès lovers everywhere, a Hermès Birkin is the ultimate bag. The continuing exclusivity, scarcity, and price tag of the Birkin guarantees it remains the world's most coveted bag since Hermès introdocued it in 1984, with prices rising into over six figures for some of the more exotic models.

For the last 5 years, it has become almost impossible to simply walk into a Hermès store and buy a Birkin, with the few Birkins available being reserved for those known to particular SA, celebrities, and concierge services.