Jane Birkin Demands Hermès Drop Her Name from Iconic Bag
Upon learning the horrifying news that “live reptiles are sawn open on farms that supply” French luxury brand Hermès (this according to a PETA press release on Tuesday), iconic model and singer Jane Birkin has publicly demanded that the Hermès Birkin bag, so named for her, be renamed — at least until better farming practices are put into place. She learned of these practices after the release of a PETA US investigation report, released recently.
In a statement to the AFP Birkin said,
“Having been alerted to the cruel practices endured by crocodiles during their slaughter for the production of Hermès bags carrying my name … I have asked Hermès Group to rename the Birkin until better practices responding to international norms can be implemented for the production of this bag.”
Birkin hasn’t yet gone naked rather than wear fur (unlike celebs like Khloe Kardashian, Taraji P. Henson, Waka Flocka Flame, Pink and Olivia Munn…) but this sort of means more than selling animal friendliness via sex. After all, that Birkin bag is iconic, it defines luxury and owning it means “making it” for so many people, including lots of the celebs who’ve posed nude for PETA.
PETA responded to Birkin in kind, with founder Ingrid Newkirk stating,
“PETA, on behalf of all kind souls in the world, thanks Ms Birkin for ending her association with Hermès, which makes grotesque handbags that were revealed in a PETA exposé to be constructed from the skins of factory-farmed and cruelly slaughtered crocodiles. We call on Hermès to stop plundering wildlife, factory-farming crocodiles and alligators and slaughtering them for their skins. Once, Birkin bags marked people as celebrities or at least members of the super-rich, but soon, no one will want to be caught dead carrying one, and animal advocates will then breathe a sigh of relief”.
No word yet from Hermès.