Michael Tonello grew up in Massachusetts, amidst the windswept dunes and ever-encroaching tourism of Cape Cod. He attended New York City's
Fordham University for almost a full day, before beginning an ambitious
field study of New York socialites in their native nightlife habitats.
A few months later, armed with a vast array of discotheque expertise,
(but no longer possessed of parental financial support), he made his
way out to San Francisco. The West coast would be
his home for five years, and the start of his career
in hair and makeup. Eventually co-founding a
successful company -- an innovative advertising collaborative called TEAM -- Michael returned to his native Massachusetts,
settling into the artists' colony of Provincetown. But a chance job
assignment in Spain would prove fateful, and Michael went from P-townie
to expatriate in a flash, resettling in Barcelona. Pressed to find a
profession that didn't necessitate working papers, he turned in his
make-up bag for a laptop. Quickly finding his niche as an eBay luxury
reseller, he soon after began his lucrative relationship with all things
His Bestselling memoir, Bringing Home the Birkin, was published in May of 2008 by William Morrow/HarperCollins.
His memoir, Bringing Home the Birkin, was published in May of 2008 by William Morrow/HarperCollins.