Following a PETA investigation about Hermès crocodile and alligator skin suppliers, British actress Jane Birkin has asked for her name to be removed from the iconic handbags named after her, for her legacy as a 70s style icon.
The Birkin (which often sells for double figures in the thousands), is a long standing status symbol for the fashion crowd – but news of unethical treatment towards live reptiles for their exotic skins has shocked its muse, causing Jane Birkin to ask her name be removed from Hermes’ bestselling accessory, until “better practices in line with international norms can be put in place.”
PETA investigative video revealed that cruel farming methods are used by some suppliers, in some cases stabbing and skinning the animals while they’re alive, as well as dislocating their vertebrae.
PETA expressed their appreciation 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,”
No doubt this will be a blow to cult followers, but we say good on her for making a stand to do the right thing and address an issue that shouldn’t be overlooked in the name of trends.