s to remove her name from iconic handbag
More than thirty years ago, the French fashion house introduced its line of handmade Birkin bags. The bags have since become status symbols for celebrities and the super rich. But their namesake British model and singer Jane Birkin wants her name removed from the Birkin Croco after an animal rights group released a video showing how crocodile skin is allegedly produced by farms associated withHerms.
In the video expos,People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) claims to show how alligators and crocodiles are farmed andslaughtered for Herms, spotlightingan alligator farm in Texas and a crocodile factory in Zimbabwe, both of which provide skins to tanneries that Herms owns.
“Having been alerted to the cruel practices reserved for crocodiles during their slaughter to make Herms handbags carrying my name I have asked Herms to debaptize the Birkin Croco until better practices in line with international norms can be put in place,” Birkin toldAFP.
Herms responded in a statement that it does not own the Texas farm and that “the crocodile skins supplied are not used for the fabrication of Birkin bags.” Still, an investigation is underway at the Texas farm, and Herms has committed to rectifying “any breach of rules.”