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Birkin’s special request to Hermes

2:49am IST - 00:52

The singer and actress asks the fashion house to remove her name from its croc Birkin bag. Alicia Powell reports.

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Actress and singer Jane Birkin has asked Hermes to remove her name from one of the luxury goods maker's best-selling bags due to what she called "cruelusli" crocodile farming and slaughtering practices. In a statement Birkin said: "I have asked Hermes to rename the Birkin Croco until they adopt better practices that meet international standards for the production of this bag." The crocodile Birkin and the famous Kelly bag, named after actress Grace Kelly, are among the most sought-after luxury goods. The starting retail price is more than $22,000 (USD). Birkin agreed to lend her name to the bag after sharing a flight with the late head of Hermes in the 1980s. No one at Hermes was immediately available for comment.

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Birkin’s special request to Hermes

2:49am IST - 00:52