your lady-friends may have informed you, acquiring Hermès’ legendary Birkin bag isn’t easy. But it can be a great deal simpler than getting your hands on a sought-after piece from skatestyle maestro, Supreme. Though one is high luxury and the other factory-made streetwear, both are hard to obtain for the same reason: scarcity.
In the case of the Birkin, its rarity is a result of demand outstripping the production capacity of the handful of French craftspeople sufficiently skilled to construct the bag. When it comes to the Supreme “grail”, however, rarity is a matter of deliberate choice—the company intentionally makes far fewer units than