Browsing Fashionphile’s Secondhand Accessories⁠—and Hundreds of Birkins⁠—With Katie Holmes

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I follow Holmes, who boasts a hoop nose piercing and perpetually glowing skin, and Davis through the rows and rows of accessories. Being in the showroom, whose size is comparable to a large suburban home, is no less than fantastic. There is “the cage” which boasts over 15,000 luxury handbags and accessories and over 400 pristine Hermès Birkin bags. In the front, there is a sushi-style conveyor belt of red-hot accessories where guests can pluck a Gucci bum bag or a Balenciaga City bag at their leisure. Fresh Tom Ford-era Gucci bag coming right up–monogram included!

Holmes taking a peak at a head-turning handbag. 

Photo: Courtesy of Aidan Doyle

A few things catch Holmes’s eye, including a Mickey Mouse print Gucci bag and a Hello Kitty-themed Balenciaga bag, which she takes a photo of and sends off. “I’ve always loved Mickey Mouse. I remember when that Disney store opened in the mall [when I was little],” she says.

Of course, shopping at Fashionphile is amazing because of the product, but the experience is more ecologically friendly than traditional resale because it doesn’t create as much waste as making a new product. “We’re not at a time where [sustainability] sounds good, but at a time where we have to [care],” says Holmes. “It is scary, we don’t have a choice anymore.” Holmes also notes that she just directed two films back to back, and takes time to re-use the costumes. “I’m very detail-oriented. I love costumes so much, and I love that it reveals so much about the character,” she says. “I save a lot of costumes and the idea is to use it for the next thing.”

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