Under the brand name bababebi, Dimity Giles has become a world-recognized expert in the authentication of Hermès handbags and other Hermès leather goods. She founded bababebi, her own authentication and advisory practice specializing exclusively on Hermès handbags and accessories, in October 2011. To date bababebi has issued over eleven thousand authentication opinions on Hermès handbags and other leather goods to over four thousand clients throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Australia including among them many leading resellers. She has consulted and provided authentication and advisory services on Hermès handbags to two leading auction houses that auction luxury goods including Hermès handbags and accessories.
Ms. Giles developed her expertise in authentication based on over thirty years of collecting and meticulous comparative study of the construction details and artisanship methods of Hermès handbags and other leather goods. A believer in the importance of respecting intellectual property rights, Ms. Giles began applying her authentication expertise as a contributor to the lifestyle PurseForum in 2009 where she is the lead authenticator of Hermès handbags. Ms. Giles has provided authentication to over nine thousand handbags on this site. bababebi is also the recommended Hermès authenticator of Deluxemall and Bagnatic.
Ms. Giles has also been a highly experienced international corporate banker, with particular strengths and expertise in leveraged buy-outs, corporate restructuring and transaction management. This experience was accumulated over a twenty-year career in international corporate and investment banking in Australia, Europe, Latin America and the United States at Citibank, N.A., Melbourne, London and New York; Violy, Byorum & Partners, New York; and Mountmill Advisors, New York, which she co-founded.
Before commencing her banking career, Ms. Giles was a member of Australia’s diplomatic corps serving at postings in Wellington, New Zealand and at the Australian Mission to the United Nations, New York.
Ms. Giles holds both BA and LLB degrees from the University of Melbourne and was admitted to practice law in the State of Victoria, Australia.