Hermès to Jane Birkin: Sorry, We’re Keeping Your Name on the Bag, XOXO
On Tuesday Jane Birkin demanded, politely, that Hermès take her name off the iconic bag baptized in her name over 30 years ago when Jean-Louis Dumas (late chairman of Hermès) sat next to Birkin (the icon) on a plane, inspiring him to make Birkin (the bag).
Birkin made the request after learning of horrible animal cruelty from a PETA investigation report. Read her statement (and PETA’s) here.
Now Hermès has issued a response, stating,
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.
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.
Hermès imposes on its partners the highest standards in the ethical treatment of crocodiles. For more than 10 years, we have organized monthly visits to our suppliers. We control their practices and their conformity with slaughter standards established by veterinary experts and by the Fish and Wildlife (a federal American organization for the protection of nature) and with the rules established under the aegis of the U.N.O, by the Washington Convention of 1973 which defines the protection of endangered species.
Which roughly translates to no dice, Jane. Hermès Birkin 4eva.