When you’re paying $20,000 for a handbag, you would think it would be free of flaws. However, customers are returning some new orders of the ferociously expensive, iconic Hermes bag, the Birkin. The bags are said to have the acrid smell of marijuana. Customers paid an excessive amount of money for these exclusive bags and were told by staff at the luxury goods store that there was a problem with a “badly tanned” batch of leather from a supplier to Hermes.
Apparently this is a worldwide problem because Hermes bags are disbursed to boutiques in limited quantities. The defect doesn’t affect all Hermes leather products, but does the Kelly, Elan clutch and the Birkin bags which retail from $5,000 to more than $20,000. It is believed the problem does not affect Hermes crocodile skin handbags, which can sell for more than $60,000.
The Hermes staff will send each bag back to Paris for their customers to have the sour-smelling leather panels removed and the entire bag rebuilt.
– Sia Richards
Source: Page Six