One of the most-sought-after bag and the most favored arm candy of celebrities and well-heeled divas has hit the headlines for inhumane reasons. Created in 1984 by Hermès chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas, Hermès Birkin bag has been inspired and named after Jane Birkin. However the 68 year old English actress has asked the French luxury goods maker to remove her name from the popular handbag.
After having been alerted that the crocodiles are allegedly harmed during the bag’s production by an investigation conducted by PET, Jane has officially released a statement, “Having been alerted to the cruel practices reserved for crocodiles during their slaughter to make Hermès handbags carrying my name… I have asked Hermès to debaptise the Birkin Croco until better practices in line with international norms can be put in place.”
To this, Hermès’ response is, “Jane Birkin has expressed her concerns regarding practices for slaughtering crocodiles. Her comments do not in any way influence the friendship and confidence that we have shared for many years. Hermès respects and shares her emotions and was also shocked by the images recently broadcast.” The French luxury house also added, “An investigation is underway at the Texas farm which was implicated in the video. Any breach of rules will be rectified and sanctioned. Hermès specifies that this farm does not belong to them and that the crocodile skins supplied are not used for the fabrication of Birkin bags.”
Liberally sported by the lady herself, Jane Birkin and the likes of Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Rita Ora, Katie Holmes, Kate Moss and Alessandra Ambrosio, it is also reported that Victoria Beckham has more than 100 versions of the iconic bag.Birkin bags demand a wild five-six figure price and wilder waiting period which can extend in to a couple of years.