Palm Beach Daily News: ‘Birkin Houdini’ Michael Tonello makes big bucks in the resale business

Michael Tonello two trunk shows in Palm Beach this week. He will be at The Breakers on Friday and Serenella on Saturday. When life hands you lemons, you make $1.6 million from a lemonade stand. That’s what Michael Tonello did, well sort of. The Massachusetts native was once a makeup artist and hairstylist who found …

Boston Herald: Step into vintage luxury with Respoke espadrilles

Sara Hermes espadrilles featured at
Sara Hermes espadrilles featured at

Everything old is new again, or so the saying goes, and Massachusetts native Michael Tonello has taken the concept to a chic new level. The author of “Bringing Home the Birkin” (Morrow, 2008), who’s a luxury resale expert, takes vintage Hermes and Pucci scarves and turns them into gorgeous summer espadrilles. He and his line, Respoke, will make a Nantucket appearance at the end of the month at local luxe retailer Serenella.

“I’ve always believed that if something was once beautiful or expensive then it’s still beautiful and still has value. When I attended an auction in Paris back in 2000 for vintage Hermes and Louis Vuitton, I saw firsthand how spectacular some of those articles were and still are,” Tonello said.

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Fashion Unfiltered: Why Don’t You…Wrap Your Feet in Hermès Scarves?

Every morning, Michael Tonello makes himself a cup of Earl Grey tea and goes online to scour the all corners of the Web for vintage Hermès scarves. But Tonello is not a collector—they are actually for his espadrille brand, Respoke, which repurposes vintage silk scarves (also from brands like Gucci, Pucci, and most recently Alexander McQueen) into luxury shoes, entirely handmade in Spain.

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