Photo by Angel Chevrestt for the New York Post
When prices for a Hermès’s Birkin handbag can soar up to $300,000 for a diamond-studded, Himalayan crocodile–clad number, Barbara Segal’s $45,000 versions must seem like chump change in comparison. There’s just one catch: Segal carves her ersatz purses out of stone like orange calcite. Plus, they weigh about 100 pounds apiece. ““You can’t carry them around,” the Yonkers, N.Y.-based artist told the New York Post, “but so many women with Birkins just stare at [their bags]. They’ll say, ‘My bag is a work of art.’ Mine, too!” Segal is a stickler for detail. True to size, her “Birkins” co-opt the real McCoy’s signature folds, stitches, and embellishments. Each bag, she said, takes about three months to cut and chisel into shape.