Jane Birkin drops request to have her name removed from Hermès handbag
Jane Birkin and Hermès have patched things up and all is well again, as the French maison reveals that Birkin is satisfied with the measures it has taken following the crocodile farm scandal...
"Following the heartfelt emotion expressed by Jane Birkin and her request for explanation, Hermès in agreement with her reiterates its firm commitment in the ethical treatment of crocodiles in its partner farms," Hermès reveals in a statement. "Jane Birkin has advised us that she is satisfied by the measures taken by Hermès."
The luxury French maison said that it has tightened its "requirements for suppliers of crocodile skins and has investigated allegations of abuse made in a video published by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in July," according to a report by WWD. The luxury fashion house said it had given the farm a formal warning after "an isolated incident was reported during the killing of the animals."
PETA's founder Ingrid Newkirk released a statement in response to Hermès, calling the conditions at the Texas farm "not an 'isolated irregularity' at all."
"In the month that PETA U.S.'s investigator was employed at [the farm], no inspectors were on site nor was there any mention of inspections, casting grave doubt on Hermès' assurances that it conducts monthly investigations [at the farm]," the statement read.
"Jane Birkin is a good person, and we think has been given false assurances from Hermès that it gives a hoot about animals," Newkirk said.