Does Hermès Burn Its Own Bags…?

Zina Tasreen , 21 Jun 2012
Marc Jacobs coming out of an Hermès store, with a Hermès Birkin in hand
Marc Jacobs coming out of an Hermès store, with a Hermès Birkin in hand!

Apparently so! Can you frackin’ believe it? I’d happily trade one of my kidneys, and perhaps, liver, too, for just one Hermès bag (y-es, I’m exactly that shallow and materialistic), and there they are… Aaaarrrggghhhh! Want to know why?

Emma Hill with her muse Lana Del Rey
Emma Hill with her muse Lana Del Rey

For the sake of quality control, silly. Yeah, Emma Hill, creative director of the über cool British label Mulberry let the cat out of the bag in her face time with Telegraph’s Luke Leitch. Here’s what she said, exactly:

No one can touch them in terms of quality. A friend who was working at Hermès said that if there was even the most minor imperfection on a bag they would take it out the back and burn it ‒ no compromise.

Marc Jacobs with a Brikin in hand...
Marc Jacobs with another Birkin in hand…

Erm, okay, yeah, I can see where they’re coming from, sorta. I mean, their bags are legendary for the finest of craftsmanship and materials, which withstand the test of time ‒ and for the impeccable state they come in. I guess that’s the price Hermès pays to preserve the myth surrounding their wares. And it’s not like the crocodile/ostrich leather can be reused once they have been dyed, moulded and stitched up for the bags.

Marc Jacobs with Birkin
He loves his Birkin!

But mon cher Hermès, c’mon, don’t burn those babies. Give them to me, with utmost pleasure I’d find a cushty spot for them in my wardrobe, and I swear I wouldn’t ever take them out ‒ so no one would ever find out that you could be any less than perfect. Do ponder. Call me, maybe.


Z x

P.S. British Prime Minister David Cameron, for the longest time, thought “LOL” stood for “lots of love”, and would sign off his texts/e-mails with “LOL DC x”. I actually LOL’d when I found out.

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