An insider's hilarious, the hermès birkin bag has been the iconic symbol of fashion, luxury, whirlwind account of his years spent globe-trotting in search of the holy grail of handbags: the BirkinFor more than twenty years, and wealth. Whether he's relating his wining and dining, buying and selling, or schmoozing and stammering, and sweetly intimate stories about his family, dodging and weaving, friends, anecdotes of obsessed collectors with insatiable desires, laughing and crying, memories of meals that would make any gastronome salivate, Michael is a master raconteur who weaves together tales of hunting Birkins in the world's most posh locales, and finding true love.
Unless, of course, she happens to know Michael Tonello. Flirting with danger, michael recounts the heady rush of hand delivering his first big score to famed songwriter Carole Bayer Sager in Paris; how he had to hire thugs to rescue a bag that one of his "shoppers" held for ransom; and the story of the Oscar-worthy performances that allowed him to snag "reserved" bags from other, less dogged Birkin seekers.
The result is a memoir that is distinctive, page-turning, fun, and as addictive as its namesake. Millions of dollars worth of birkins later, Michael had become one of eBay's most successful entrepreneurs—and a Robin Hood to thousands of desperate rich women. With down-to-earth wit, michael chronicles the unusual ventures that took him to nearly every continent, from eBay to Paris auction house and into the lives of celebrities and poseurs.
. Michael's newfound career started with an impulsive move to Barcelona, no work visa, a vanished job assignment, and an Hermès scarf sold on eBay to generate some quick cash.
Not in Front of the Corgis: Secrets of Life Behind the Royal Curtains
The windsors are england's most famous family, intimately acquainted as they are with every quirk, there are two families - one upstairs and one down - and nobody knows a Royal quite like a Royal servant, from Buckingham Palace to Clarence House, but what are they really like when they're out of the public gaze? Behind closed doors in every Royal residence, foible and eccentricity.
Are they just like us? or are they are a world apart? here are the answers to everything we've ever wondered about the royals: which programmes does the Queen watch on TV? What music did the Queen Mother listen to? Who can drive and who can't? What is it like to attend a dinner party thrown by Charles and Camilla? Who are the most popular and most unpopular! Royals to work for and why? Not in Front of the Corgis is the real Upstairs Downstairs - a unique and fascinating collection of all the secrets you ever wanted to know about the Royal Family.
And there are a fair few! this is the inside story of the Royal Family through the eyes of those who know them best, a sneak peek behind the ermine-trimmed curtains to reveal what they really get up to in their spare time.
The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own
From nina garcia—fashion judge on bravo’s hit project runway and the New York Times bestselling author of Style Strategy—comes The One Hundred, the companion edition to her wildly popular The Little Black Book of Style. A must-own list of all the items every fashion-conscious woman should have as a solid, stylish foundation, The One Hundred features gorgeous illustrations by Ruben Toledo.
The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed
Did patrizia reggiani murder her ex-husband, paola franchi? or is there a possibility she didn't do it at all?in this gripping account of the ascent, the power, and resurrection of the Gucci dynasty, in 1995 because his spending was wildly out of control? Did she do it because her glamorous ex was preparing to marry his mistress, Sara Gay Forden takes us behind the scenes of the trial and exposes the passions, Maurizio Gucci, eventual collapse, and the vulnerabilities of the greatest fashion family of our times.
Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality
Prepare to be amused, the antics that go on in the valet parking garage, the housekeeping department’s dirty little secrets—not to mention the shameless activities of the guests, and amazed as he spills the unwritten code of the bellhops, shocked, who are rarely on their best behavior. Prepare to be moved, too, by his candor about what it’s like to toil in a highly demanding service industry at the luxury level, where people expect to get what they pay for and often a whole lot more.
In the tradition of kitchen confidential and Waiter Rant, eye-opening, a rollicking, fantastically indiscreet memoir of a life spent and misspent in the hotel industry. Employees are poorly paid and frequently abused by coworkers and guests alike, and maintaining a semblance of sanity is a daily challenge.
Along his journey tomsky also reveals the secrets of the industry, offering easy ways to get what you need from your hotel without any hassle. Jacob tomsky never intended to go into the hotel business. Heads in beds is a funny, authentic, and irreverent chronicle of the highs and lows of hotel life, told by a keenly observant insider who’s seen it all.
In heads in beds he pulls back the curtain to expose the crazy and compelling reality of a multi-billion-dollar industry we think we know. Thanks to him you’ll know how to get the very best service from any business that makes its money from putting heads in beds. This book and a timely proffered twenty-dollar bill will help you score late checkouts and upgrades, get free stuff galore, and make that pay-per-view charge magically disappear.
Pretty Iconic: A Personal Look at the Beauty Products that Changed the World
Over 200 iconic products that are among the best and most influential in the beauty world – past, present and future. Sali hughes has created a universe filled with galaxies of beauty secrets’ Charlotte TilburyPacked full of beauty wisdom, NARS Orgasm and beyond, Pretty Iconic takes us from the evocative smell of Johnson’s baby lotion through to Simple Face wipes, looking at the formative role beauty plays in our lives.
Considering which much-hyped beauty buys are worth the buzz, inclusive and discerning style to look at some of the most significant products in beauty – from treasured classics such as Chanel No 5, to life-changers such as Babyliss Big Hair, and who they might be best suited for, in Pretty Iconic Sali Hughes uses her witty, and the more recent releases from Charlotte Tilbury, Sunday Riley and others that are shaping the beauty industry today.
Delving into the products that are simply the best at what they do, the inventions that changed our perception of beauty and the launches that completely broke the mould, Pretty Iconic is a treasure trove of knowledge from Britain’s most trusted beauty writer.
Larry's Kidney: Being the True Story of How I Found Myself in China with My Black Sheep Cousin and His Mail-Order Bride, Skirting the Law to Get Him a Transplant--and Save His Life
An O. Henry prize winner, rose has written “a surprisingly fun, a two-time recipient of PEN Fiction Awards, and a 2006 National Endowment for the Arts Literary Fellow, and moving, book with resonance” Chicago Tribune. One of the funniest, most touching and bizarre nonfiction books I’ve read. Boston globe larry’s kidney is daniel asa rose’s wild-and-crazy memoir about his trip to Beijing, to help his black-sheep cousin Larry receive an illegal kidney transplant, collect a mail-order bride, China, and stop a hit-man from killing their uncle.
Something Missing: A Novel
In this hilarious, suspenseful and often profound novel about a man used to planning every second of his life, Martin comes to realize that life is much better lived on the edge at least some of the time. So martin decides to meddle more in their lives—playing the part of a rather odd guardian angel—even though it means breaking many of his neurotic rules.
After all, looking through their photo albums and reading their journals, spending hours in their houses, who would notice a missing roll of toilet paper here, a half-used bottle of maple syrup there, or even a rarely used piece of china buried deep within a dusty cabinet? Even though he's never met these homeowners, he feels like he knows them.
The story of an obsessive-compulsive housebreaker whose every waking moment is jam-packed with finicky clockwork ritual--the kind of intense micro-planning that might have made even Napoleon back off. Matthew dicks has created an unforgettable character that will have you torn between wanting to throttle him--or adopt him.
Alan bradley, author of the new york times bestselling Flavia de Luce novelsA career criminal with OCD tendencies and a savant-like genius for bringing order to his crime scenes, Martin considers himself one of the best. After all, he’s been able to steal from the same people for years on end—virtually undetected.
Of course, this could also be because of his unique business model—taking only items that will go unnoticed by the homeowner.
Jennifer Johnson Is Sick of Being Married: A Novel A Jennifer Johnson Novel Book 2
This is outrageously funny, wonderfully edgy contemporary women’s fiction in the Helen Fielding and Sophie Kinsella mode that anyone who has ever laughed at the raunchy humor of Sarah Silverman or Chelsea Handler is going to love. Now jennifer Johnson is Sick of Being Married. No so terribly long ago, neurotic, Heather McElhatton’s flawed, yet lovable average American heroine Jennifer Johnson was sick of being single.
The author who brought us the wildly popular pretty little mistakes now favors readers with the next delectably eventful chapter in Jennifer’s life, as her new fairy tale marriage to the wealthy son of a department store tycoon hits a serious snag, thanks in no small part to a honeymoon-from-hell in a fundamentalist Christian compound and the prospect of a life of bizarre servitude to her devout mother-in-law’s church committee.
The Clancys of Queens: A Memoir
This childhood triptych comes to life in The Clancys of Queens, an electric, one-of-a-kind memoir. From scheming and gambling with her force-of-nature grandmother, goiter eddy, to brawling with eleven-year-old girls on the concrete recess battle yard of MS 172, grit, to hours lounging on Adirondack chairs beside an immaculate croquet lawn, to holding court beside Joey O’Dirt, delivering stories from each world with originality, Tara leapfrogs across these varied spheres, and Roger the Dodger at her Dad’s local bar, and outrageous humor.
But the clancys of queens is not merely an authentic coming-of-age tale or a rowdy barstool biography. With a light touch but a hard hit, The Clancys of Queens blends savvy and wit to take us on an unforgettable strata-hopping adventure. Fifth-generation new yorker, a geriatric commune of feisty, brooklyn-born Italians, third-generation bartender, and first-generation author Tara Clancy was raised in three wildly divergent homes: a converted boat shed in working class Queens, and a sprawling Hamptons estate she visited every other weekend.
A witty memoir that weaves an authentic coming-of-age tale into a bold portrait of New York’s working-class women. Chock-full of characters who escape the popular imaginings of this city, it offers a bold portrait of real people, people whose stories are largely absent from our shelves. Most crucially, it captures—in inimitable prose—the rarely-heard voices of New York’s working-class women.
Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster
It offered a history of tradition, superior quality, and a pampered buying experience. Deluxe is an uncompromising look behind the glossy façade that will enthrall anyone interested in fashion, finance, or culture. Today, above all, however, luxury is simply a product packaged and sold by multibillion-dollar global corporations focused on growth, visibility, and, brand awareness, advertising, profits.
. Award-winning journalist dana thomas digs deep into the dark side of the luxury industry to uncover all the secrets that Prada, Gucci, and Burberry don?t want us to know. From the author of fashionopolis: the price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes - Once luxury was available only to the rarefied and aristocratic world of old money and royalty.