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Hermes Responds to Jane Birkin’s Plea to Remove Her Name from Birkin Bags

With its five-digit price tag and storied legacy, the Hermes Birkin bag has long been considered a high-fashion status symbol. It is one of the most sought-after accessories on the market—until now, that is. Jane Birkin, the 68-year-old British actress and singer who inspired the original, is voicing her opinion on the alleged inhumane practices used to create the Birkin Croco bag. 

Image courtesy of Pan American Leathers

Image courtesy of Pan American Leathers

“Having been alerted to the cruel practices reserved for crocodiles during their slaughter to make Hermes handbags carrying my name… I have asked Hermes to debaptise the Birkin Croco until better practices in line with international norms can be put in place,” Birkin said in a statement. 

The brand designed the Croco bag in 1984 for Birkin. “A young mother at the time, she complained she could not find a bag that was both elegant and practical,” Yahoo! reported. The Birkin Croco, starting at $36,000, is considered one of the world’s most expensive handbags and is a favorite amongst A-list celebrities like Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian

PETA Goes After Hermès for Inhumane Crocodile and Alligator Harvesting ]

One handbag reportedly takes 18 to 25 hours to make by hand in France, and also comes in ostrich, cow and calf leather. And it’s only natural that PETA chimed in. “At just one year old, alligators are shot with a captive-bolt gun or crudely cut into while they’re still conscious and able to feel pain,” PETA said. “The investigator saw alligators continuing to move their legs and tails in the bleed rack and in bloody ice bins several minutes after their attempted slaughter,” it added.

PETA announced on its website, “On behalf of all kind souls in the world, we thank Ms Birkin for ending her association with Hermes.” They also asked Hermes to “stop plundering wildlife, factory-farming crocodiles and alligators and slaughtering them for their skins.”

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Hermes has released a statement in response to Birkin’s request: “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.”

Hermes denies that the farm in the report belongs to them and claims the crocodile skins produced are not used for fabricating Birkin bags. “An investigation is underway at the Texas farm which was implicated in the video. Any breach of rules will be rectified and sanctioned,” the spokesperson said.

Between Birkin and PETA, it’s safe to say that the waitlist days for Birkin Croco bags are over. 

[via Yahoo!, Vogue UK]

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3 Toronto Creatives Produce New Makeover Web Series ‘Project You’

Nothing helps you transition from a painful experience like a makeover. Look good, feel better, right? This is why we love Project You, a new makeover web series created by three Toronto creatives to help people transform their negatives into positives and encourage them to rise above by putting their best foot forward. Image consultant and personal stylist Josette Blackwood, makeup artist Sherlyn Torres and photographer Samantha Clarke will offer professional makeover sessions to people with compelling stories who’ve overcome a stormy past. Their goal? To empower and promote self-love.

Getting out of a relationship, dealing with a loss, a job transition or a sudden change in weight are all things that can take a toll on our self-esteem. The miniseries will be shared on the trio’s YouTube channel and will serve as a platform to help people share their stories and in doing so, provide support to others who may be experiencing similar hardships. (more…)

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Contestant Tess Makes ‘Ballsy’ Move on The Bachelor Premiere

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The Bachelor Australia began tonight, but one contestant wasn’t thrilled with the glitz and glamour that a premiere can bring.

Not feeling comfortable in her embellished blue dress, Tess decided to trade in her rose ceremony look for something that was a little more up her alley.

She grabbed a singlet, jeans, flanno and some Timberlands from her suitcase, changed into them and ambushed Sam Wood’s conversation with another keen contender. “I’m very ballsy,” Tess said.  (more…)

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ANTM Winner Brittany Beattie Makes Official Runway Debut

Australia’s Next Top Model Cycle 9 winner Brittany Beattie has made her official runway debut at Carriageworks for Witchery’s Spring 2015 collection last night.

The former bobcat driver seems to have left the anxiety and panic attacks that plagued her time on the TV show behind her as she looked calm and breezy strutting her stuff in a chic two-piece white suit.

As you will recall, the 20-year-old winner collapsed during her audition and had to be treated by a medic as a result of her anxiety and fears, but now it’s all behind her. Speaking to Daily Mail before her debut she shared, “I’m not nervous at all. I usually would be with my anxiety but now I can’t wait to get out there.” (more…)

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Gwyneth Paltrow Pays Homage to Her Fave Rappers By Designing These $2,300 Clutches

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Gwyneth Paltrow wants you to know that she’s a cool mum, not a regular mum.

The goddess of Goop is at it again, leaving her indelible mark on something that is better left alone. This time round, she’s taking on designer clutches and emblazoning them with the names of her favourite rappers, because if you didn’t know already, she is d-o-w-n, down with her rap music.

via Goop

via Goop

The lifestyle guru has partnered with high street handbag designer Edie Parker, and produced two rather mind-boggling, blinged out clutches. The handbags will set you back just over $2300 AUD ($1695 USD) and can be purchased from her website Goop, but be warned: these unwanted throwbacks feature some pretty odd pairings.  (more…)

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Calvin Harris Shows Off Serious Abs in the New Emporio Armani Underwear Campaign

Scottish musician Calvin Harris’ Emporio Armani ads are here and it’s time to immediately stop what you’re doing, as you don’t want to miss out on this major eye candy. To announce the news, he posted a photo on Instagram.


The new Emporio Armani Fall/Winter campaign @armani #CalvinHarrisforEA

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The campaign contains photos of Harris wearing nothing but black Emporio Armani briefs and some serious abs, as well as a few pieces of clothing from the Fall 2015 collection. But really, who’s interested in a fully clothed Calvin Harris right now?

Image courtesy of Armani

Image courtesy of Armani

“I feel an affinity to the brand ethos and have been a long time admirer of their designs,” he told Daily Mail. And according to Giorgio Armani himself, “Calvin Harris is a truly cosmopolitan, dynamic young man who is capable of attracting the masses with his music and energy. He isn’t a model by nature, and this creates a more sincere and engaging bond with the public.”

For those interested in seeing him fully clothed, check out the rest of the campaign photos below:  (more…)

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