The Hermès Birkin is the heavyweight champion of handbags. You see, while Bottega Veneta purses compete for the top spot of our Instagram feeds, the Birkin bag sits comfortably—resting on its legacy. Donned by fashion front runners like Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian, the Birkin bag is a coveted symbol of style and stature, earned by its exclusivity (only a limited number get made per year), high-price point (prices range from $9,000 to $500,000), and quality (artisans train for five years). Much like a classic fable, the Birkin bag’s truth has become blurry. But we’re here to separate the sword from the stone, fact from fiction, and tell you where you can buy this luxury handbag.