Luxury Handbags. Hermes Admits to Croc Breeding for Managing Handbag Supply

June 10, 2009 • Fashion

The vintage Hermes Birkin bag-it took 3-4 crocodiles to make this?!!

In a bizarre admission yesterday the CEO of Hermes, Patrick Thomas, told media personnel that the label is actually breeding it's own crocodiles in order to maintain an ample supply of its legendary croc handbags. Um, come again? According to Thomas, the company as been experiencing "massive over-demand" for crocodile-skinned handbags and it has been very difficult for the label to produce 3,000 bags a year. So, to resolve the supply and demand imbalance, the company decided to set up their own crocodile breeding farms in Australia. Thomas said the breeding farms were a necessary step to keep production moving, since it takes on average anywhere from three to four crocodiles to make one Hermes bag. Prospective owners can wait up to several years for their own Hermes croc bag and pay upwards of $50,000 for one design. As they should! Afterall, that's four Australian reptiles they have hanging on their arms and, as Thomas dryly noted, ""The world is not full of crocodiles, except (in) the stock exchange!"

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