Hermes Asked To Remove Jane Birkin’s Name From A Bag

The eponymous Birkin bag had some lovely beginnings – a true-blue mainstay in the Hermes line of favorites, this tote belongs to a royal line of fabulous leather goods (the Kelly for example, which was named after Grace Kelly). Hermes chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas named the bag after Jane Birkin in 1981, when he was seated next to her on a flight from Paris to London. An incident which involved her straw weekend bag tumbling down from the overhead compartment (with all her stuff over the place) struck a conversation between the two: apparently, Birkin explained that she haven’t found her one true bag yet. Thus, three years after, the Birkin was born – and was made personally for her. To this day, the bag is still one of the most coveted pieces in history.

But, with the changes of the tide, the “Birkin” will have to live under a new name – Jane Birkin has asked the luxury goods house to remove her name from the famous bag because of the “cruelusli” crocodile farming and slaughtering practices involved in making these pieces come to life. She is asking the brand to take her name down until they find better ways of producing the bag, which would meet international standards. Hermes is still keeping mum about the issue.

What do you think about this issue? Do you think that Hermes should heed Birkin’s voice with regards to their production practices?

  • lulu


    I understand and respect the issue- if in fact the crocodile is not being harvested humanely. However, if it is, then I have no problem with it.
    As for exotic skins, I seriously have no issues with the Python being used- specifically the Florida Everglades Python. This snake is not indigenous to the area, and is multiplying at an alarming rate, upsetting the natural balance of the ecosystem. Since it’s a park, and we are dealing with funding cuts to the entire park system, I think it would be great if the Python were harvested, and a donation or fee made to the system. Everyone wins: The natural balance and existing indigenous wildlife is protected, the park rangers and system has much needed revenue, the skins are used and not wasted ( which I suspect is what is happening now) and Hermes becomes part of a solution and not just a conspicuous consumption manufacturer. Essentially, they evolve.

    August 24, 2015
  • eliza


    I think so and I think there is no need for exotic leather skins. What’s in a joy when it’s another’s pain. Otherwise, hermes is no different from Cruella in the disney cartoon 101 Dalmatians.

    August 12, 2015

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