Here’s the report from International Business Times. I wonder when we’ll hear a response from PETA?
The coveted Birkin bag has long been a staple in the world of high-fashion and the French fashion house, Hermès, has made a bold business move to meet the growing demand. Hermès Joint Chief Executive Officer, Patrick Thomas, announced at the Reuters Global Luxury Summit in Paris that the fashion house has resorted to farming crocodiles in Australia. According to Thomas, Hermès produces 3,000 crocodile skin bags each year, which simply is not enough to meet the increasing international demand. With a limited supply, thousands of eager fashionistas are left on what seems to be a never ending waiting list. “It can take three to four crocodiles to make one of our bags so we are now breeding our own crocodiles on our own farms, mainly in Australia,” Thomas said in Paris. – from IBtimes
Alex has written for Vanity Fair, Barrons, Bloomberg and Condé Nast Traveler.