... carried by women walking along Madison Avenue in New York City on any given Saturday? No matter how many times I see this, it still astounds me. I live here, I am not a tourist. You would think I would be over the shock by now, but I am not. This afternoon, in the course of a walk up Madison Avenue from 59th to 80th, I saw 4 black birkin bags, two black kelly bags, and three brown birkin bags. Maybe it was 4, I was losing count by then. And Barneys New York shoppers seem to have the most Hermes bags per capita than any other segment of the population. I find all this almost unreal. Does anyone else share my amazement? Most other East Coast cities, you maybe see one birkin bag or kelly bag a day, if that.