Six Reasons to Bring Home The Birkin

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Trends may come and go, but one thing is for certain—an Hermès Birkin handbag never goes out of style. Starting at noon ET today on Gilt, you’ll have access to the ultimate splurge, a rare one-of-kind Béton Alligator version (see above), plus other covetable styles. And just in case you actually needed an excuse to spoil yourself, we came up with six reasons you need one now.

Reason #1: You Have to Earn It
Think you can just strut in and purchase the iconic “It” bag? Think again! There’s literally a waitlist to get on the waitlist. Most store associates won’t even show you a Birkin unless you make a substantial spend on other Hermès items.

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Who’s That Girl: Introducing the New Barbie “Fashionistas” Lineup

origBarbie has been a style icon for nearly six decades, but just when you thought you knew her, she’s seriously switched things up. Mattel’s latest iterations of the beloved doll — AKA the 23-strong Barbie Fashionistas line — serve up a refreshing dose of diversity, from the new variations in skin tone (eight, to be exact) and hair (signature blonde and way beyond) to the snazzy footwear developments (at long last, flats!).

And the outfits? Obviously, Barbie’s got those covered: Each Fashionista doll comes decked out in a perfectly of-the-moment look — think sporty graphic tees and print-splashed rompers — complete with knockout statement jewelry and a trendy handbag.

Get to know four of the dolls (and their signature style) below, then shop our assortment, stocked with Barbie Fashionistas dolls, inspired outfits for real girls, and lots of constantly coveted toys, from Dreamhouses to hot pink convertibles.

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I Get It From My Momma: Gilt Staff Style Advice

In celebration of Mother’s Day, we asked our stylish Gilt staffers: “What was your mom’s best style advice?” From justifying designer purchases to covering your—ahem—assets, this group of moms shared sound advice that will never go out of fashion.

Check it out below and tell us what your mom taught you via Twitter, Instagram or Facebook!

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Brittany Billings, Senior Director (Business Development),  San Diego, CA

Mom’s Advice: “You can justify any Chanel (or fill-in-your-favorite-luxury-brand-here) purchase by saying you’ll ‘pass it down to your daughter.’ Lucky for me, I’m her only daughter and my daughter will be born this summer!”-Brittany

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New to Gilt: Maison Jean Bourget for Kids (+ French Style Wisdom Straight from the Source)

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Around here, we admire — i.e., are borderline obsessed with — French style. That certain “je ne sais quoi” has a classic, never-trying-too-hard appeal, and the fashion-centric have long flocked to France for rich inspiration.

Enter Maison Jean Bourget, who have translated the timeless Gallic look into kid-friendly form for more than 50 years. We’re celebrating the storied family brand’s debut on Gilt with a little history lesson from company rep Pascale Adelson — along with the scoop on color trends, design inspiration, and some tips on how to dress your little Francophile.

How did the brand get its start?

In 1918, Jean Bourget’s grandfather, Emile Bourget, created a little atelier composed of three people at La Chaussaire, in the region of Maine et Loire, mainly focused on suits. Later, his son Emile gave the small company a boost and focused on military uniforms made with quality fabrics, bringing them a step ahead of the clothing industry in their time. With their expertise in strong, comfortable clothes, Bourget began specializing in children’s clothing in the early ‘50s.

Jean, the eldest of Emile’s 10 children, created the Le Bourget brand in 1959, and with growing demand, launched a children’s collection for winter sports and opened subsidiaries in Milan, New York, and Barcelona. The company was later renamed Jean Bourget, and run by Jean’s sister, Elisabeth, who launched newborn and layette with a group of freelance designers. Namesake boutiques and nearly 1,000 shops later, the extraordinary adventure of Jean Bourget continues with the same passion: innovative children’s clothing with a focus on constant quality.

What makes the designs distinctly French?

The motto is: We have to see children as children — not mini-adults. The brand has a comfortable, contemporary style with casual-chic designs that are easy to wear and laid-back, but not without elegance. Our fabrics are selected precisely to be strong and durable, and creative details like fun prints and colors and modern shapes give the line a sense of uniqueness.

How would you describe the way French children dress?

French children dress chic and casual for their everyday life. Sportswear is usually worn for sport days at school, but it could also be paired with something fun and comfy such as a vest or shirt. You wouldn’t wear sweatpants at work every day, so why should your child? They might play rough and get dirty at school, but why not put them in comfortable pants and shirts with fun character and a great fit?

What are the main components of that “French look”?

A marinière sweater, a raincoat, rubber boots, and soft pants.

What are some trends you’re seeing for next season?

The sun on the “roof gardens” of Brooklyn inspires us — a hipster-inspired range of contrasting off-white, ink, camel, and yellow curry. Also cotton satin polka dots in fuchsia and blue ink. A “smart-rebel” look.

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