Actress Birkin asks Hermes to remove her name from croc bag

29 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Disaster! What Are They Gonna Call the Birkin Bag Now?.

Since its release in 1984, Hermes’ “Birkin bag” — named after British-born “It”-girl icon Jane Birkin — has become synonymous with luxury, exclusivity and, of course, fabulous style. But after PETA released a report detailing the “cruel” methods supposedly involved in the production of the bags, Yahoo reported that Birkin has asked the French fashion house to drop her name from the product. “Having been alerted to the cruel practices reserved for crocodiles during their slaughter to make Hermes handbags carrying my name …

I have asked Hermes to debaptise the Birkin Croco until better practices in line with international norms can be put in place,” said the 68-year-old in a statement. In its report published at the end of last year, PETA alleged that the Padenga Holdings crocodile farms that Hermes sources its materials from in Kariba, Zimbabwe, keep the animals in inhumane conditions. Birkin, a fashion icon, helped design the bag in 1984, when she was seated next to Hermès CEO Jean Louis Duma on an airplane; during the flight, she expressed frustration about not having the perfect bag for travel. She reportedly used the Birkin for years, even putting it to use in raising money for charity, but in 2006, Birkin told Vogue that she’d given up on it: “I will always love the Hermès bags but I have tendonitis so I had to search for something smaller.” At the time, Birkin noted that she was “always loyal to Hermès.” Well, those days are OVER! The bag, which (depending on the style) is worth anywhere in the tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars and a requires a long long wait on a waitlist, may no longer bear her name, though Hermès has not publicly responded to Birkin’s request.

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